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As part of the efforts to encourage the professional empowerment of women and promote gender equality, ‘Strengthening Rule of Law in Serbia’ a German development cooperation project implemented by GIZ, in cooperation with the OSCE mission in Serbia, supported a three-day seminar on gender equality and the empowerment of women in leadership positions.

Thirty-eight women and men participated in the seminar, including representatives of the Serbian Ministry of Justice and Administrative Court, where they had the opportunity to attend lectures on general gender-related issues, and on the national and international legal framework.

Key messages conveyed to participants were primarily related to gender sensitive language, the importance of gender mainstreaming, i.e., integrating the gender perspective in all activities, projects, programmes and policies. The importance of gender-sensitive language was illustrated by numerous examples of gender-discriminatory spoken language, which reflects the strong need to use gender-sensitive language.

The seminar was organized as part of the activities that focus on the empowerment of women in leadership positions through gender mainstreaming and directly contributes to the achievement of the targets set in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, specifically through Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 – Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment.

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