Gender equality, as the third pillar of the Programme, is in focus as a significant principle and an area in which activities are conducted to strengthen the institutional framework for the application of this principle at the local level, as well as to enhance local gender equality policies.
The Swiss PRO pays a special attention to the issue of gender equality which is not only the cross-cutting Programme aspect, but a separate pillar as a matter of essential value for a society that strives to advance itself. Working on strengthening gender equality in a society directly contributes to the improvement of its overall well-being. It contributes to its economic development and strength, to its cohesion, as well as to a more balanced political functioning, especially in public policies and decision making. Empowering women in both a political and an economic sense, as one of the disadvantaged groups in modern Serbia, also serves as a major supporting process in achieving societal change. Gender equality is essential for good governance and reification of its principles in the real life and practices of public, private and civic sectors.
The Programme provides support to the local self-governments for establishing and/or strengthening local mechanisms for gender equality, which will contribute to a better position and respect for the rights of women and girls at the local level. The Programme also supports the establishment of local Women’s Committee Networks with the aim of promoting and advocating this important topic.