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    • The introduction of gender perspective in strategic planning and reporting in the Ministry of Interior

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    • Date: 14 March 2014
      Familiarization with the importance of gender perspectives for strategic planning, and gaining concrete skills for the application of gender analysis in the reporting of results were the main themes of the seminar for analysts of the Ministry of Interior, held from March 12th to 14th, 2014 in the hotel Relax in Kovacica.

      Seminar gathered analysts from 27 regional police directorates in Serbia
      Seminar gathered analysts from 27 regional police directorates in Serbia

      The goal of the seminar “Gender analysis in Strategic planning and reporting in the police” was to provide concrete knowledge for the application of gender analysis to participants from 27 regional police directorates in Serbia who are responsible for reporting on results of the Action plan for the implementation of development strategies of the Ministry of Interior.

      BCSP director Sonja Stojanovic Gajic introduced the participants to the basic concepts of gender, sex, and gender mainstreaming by explaining the significance of gender perspectives in police work.

      “Gender is important for the analysis of security conditions because criminal acts are not gender neutral and they depict the roles of men and women in society. However, in addition to gender , it is necessary to analyze other characteristics which affect the security needs of individuals, such as sexual orientation, ethnic background, social status and age”, explained Stojanovic Gajic.

      The participants were able to better understand how important gender is for women and men through exercises which examined the influence of multiple characteristics on particular positions of individuals within society. This exercise aimed to demonstrate that various personas within society affect rights, opportunities and values of individuals.

      The seminar was marked by a number of workshops and exercises on specific examples
      The seminar was marked by a number of workshops and exercises on specific examples
      The importance of gender sensitive statistics

      The difference between gender-sensitive and other statistics was explained to the participants by Dragana Djokovic Papic, the head of the Social Indicators, Judiciary and Gender Statistics Division of the Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia. She presented specific databases and research led by the Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia which could be used by employes in the MoI for their own planning and analysis.

      “Using gender-sensitive statistics increases understanding and analysis of occurrences within society”, Djokovic-Papic pointed out.

      Tatjana Vasic, advisor to the Chief of the Sector for Analysis, Telecommunication and Information Technology of the Ministry of the Interior presented the institutional mechanisms for implementing the National Action Plan for the enforcement of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 “Women, Peace and Security”  in Serbia. Based on the research of analytical groups tasked with the implementation of  the NAP, Vasic concluded that active records of the Ministry of the Interior does not include the necessary parameters for executing the NAP, particularly in terms of professional development and education of women, compensation systems and career structure.

      Strategic Planning in the Ministry of Interior

      Vesna Radovic from the Bureau for Strategic Planning of the Ministry of the Interior underlined the advantages of strategic planning in the police. She gave an in depth presentation of the process of monitoring and reporting on results of the Action plan for the application of development strategies of the Ministry so that the participants could better grasp the planning process in the police sector and then apply it taking gender perspectives into account.

      The participants had the task to a gender analyze the security situation in several municipalities in Serbia
      The participants had the task to a gender analyze the security situation in several municipalities in Serbia

      “The results of strategic planning and reporting must produce efficient and feasible strategies and plans which give clear directives for decision-making linked to shaping the organization’s conduct”, pointed out Radovic.

      During the seminar participants had the opportunity to practically use gender analysis on cases of criminal acts in Sweden and Serbia. In addition, they analyzed the security conditions related to traffic, and police cooperation with regard to mass communication, non-governmental organizations and local administration. As a result participants were able to discern the concrete value of gender analysis in their future tasks.

      The seminar was realized as a part of cooperation between Swedish National Police Board (SNPB), Belgrade Center for Security Policy (BCSP) and Ministry of Interior with support of Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) within the program of Development of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia 2012-2014 Phase II: Supporting the implementation of the Development Strategy.

      Text translated by BCSP intern Ana Djordjevic.

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