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Round Table discussion at the Macedonian Parliament reminds that democracy and gender equality are interlinked and mutually reinforcing

Skopje, 14 September 2012 – On the occasion of International Day of Democracy (15 September), High Government  and parliamentary officials, political party leaders, Civil Society and International organizations’ representatives gathered at the Macedonian Parliament to a round table discussion on Gender Equality and Democracy.


Over 100 participants had opportunity to engage discussion about the challenges and obstacles met by women and men in achieving key standards of democracy in regards equal participation and representation at all levels of policy and decision making.


The President of the Parliament, Mr. Trajko Veljanoski praised the achieved progress in country, such as 30% share of women among parliamentarians, adoption of law on gender equality and several amendment to specific laws. Yet, he acknowledged the need to take gender equality agenda forward and aim at screening law proposals from gender perspective.


Different speakers qualified absence of women among mayors as deficiency to democratic participation.



Vice-prime minister, Ms. Teuta Arifi called for increased commitment towards nomination of more women candidates for mayors because there is no genuine democracy without women being part of it.


Parliamentarians and civil society representatives acknowledged the need for increased accountability of political parties towards gender equality agenda.


On this occasion, CSOs launched their joint initiative to advocate with political parties leaders for nominating more women candidates for mayors in 2013 local elections.


The roundtable hosted by the Parliament, was organized by the Club of Women MPs in cooperation with the key women organizations as front-runners in advocacy for women’s political participation and leadership.



UN Women project office in Skopje coordinates the international support to this important initiative jointly provided by UNDP and UN, through the Human Rights and Gender Theme group, in partnership with the National Democratic Institute, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and Foundation Konrad Adenauer.