On Sunday 10th of March 2013, five women¹s NGOs from Kvinna till Kvinna women’s network from Bosnia and Herzegovina: United Women Banja Luka, Helsinki Citizens Assembly Banja Luka, Lara Bijeljina, Buducnost Modrica and Most Visegrad, were invited to join the formal round of consultations with candidate for the new Prime minister of Republika Srpska.
As Ms. Cvijanovic, told us by inviting women’s organizations, she would like to send a strong message on how important gender mainstreaming will be in her future work and in the policies of the future government of Republika Srpska. All the representatives of women¹s NGOs stressed the importance of having a female Prime Minister, and shared that we see this moment as a small victory in advocating for a greater number of women in politics. We used this opportunity to emphasize some of the key problems of women in Republika Srpska. We have especially received the support for our request to create the measures that would support women’s employment and the request for the creation of financial funds from which NGOs could receive matching funds for the implementation of EU grants.
The candidate for Prime Minister of Republika Srpska and representatives of NGOs agreed they would form a joint Advisory Body. This Body should serve as a direct channel of communication between the female ministers and Prime Minister in the Government of RS and women¹s NGOs. We have agreed to have our first meeting in the upcoming months.
Minja Damjanovic, United Women Banja Luka