Prof. Dr Dragica Vujadinović Country Report on Legal Perspectives of Gender Equality in Serbia, in: V. Efremova et al. (eds), “Legal Perspectives of Gender Equality in South East Europe”, Centre for South East European Law School Network, Skopje, 2012, 161-185.

Conclusive Statements and Recommendations – what the Beijing Platform for Action remarks especially for transitional countries in South-East Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, has been fully valid for Serbia nowadays. National mechanisms for gender equality in Serbia are understaffed, insufficiently funded and have marginal influence on key policy areas. They have to be empowered systematically and permanently. There is still insufficient training and guidance on introducing gender mainstreaming in different government policies. The lack of training undermines the widespread regional gender mainstreaming strategies in all areas of public policy. As a part of this discrepancy, there is relatively little reported on the impact of training on the effectiveness of strategies. These manifolds have to be eliminated, the training has to be intensified and the results of the gender mainstreaming trainings have to be monitored and constantly improved. Serbia should put in place and/or empower already existing gender focal points, special units and institutes, in order to better promote the practice of gender mainstreaming throughout government activities, as well as similar activities in all relevant social fields (economy, politics, education, media and culture).