Gold Seal for Montenegro:Outstanding achievements in the field of gender equality

Jun 6, 2017
Gold Seal for Montenegro:Outstanding achievements in the field of gender equality

The Office of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Montenegro was awarded "gold seal" for outstanding achievements in the field of gender equality.

The award to the Resident Representative of UNDP, Fiona McCluney, was presented by the Deputy Regional Director of the UNDP for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, RastislavVrbenski at the awards ceremony held last night in New York.

"I am pleased that the gold seal for gender equality delivered to UNDP Office in Montenegro, where I've worked. This prestigious international recognition of UNDP allocated globally for its outstanding results in promoting gender equality and empowerment of women in politics, economy, family and social life, as well as for the implementation of equality policies at all levels of work within the organization. Thanks to the efforts of UNDP, Montenegro's Election Law introduced a quota of a minimum 30% representation of women, resulting in an increase in the number of women in Parliament. Also, with the support of UNDP, Montenegro has developed and adopted a legislative framework for the protection of domestic violence and is continuously working on improving women's entrepreneurship, "said Vrbenski.

He also stated that the management and staff of this office is recognized and respected for its commitment to gender equality in the workplace, and in the country.
“UNDP, as an organization on the global level, can learn a lot from the Resident Representative of Fiona McCluney and her extraordinary team. I want to emphasize the contribution ofKacaDjurickovic, an expert in gender equality and MiodragDragisic, Deputy UNDP Resident Representative in Montenegro, who are particularly responsible for these great results", said Rastislav Vrbenski.

On this occasion, Fiona McCluney, UNDP Resident Representative and Resident Coordinator of the UN System in Montenegro, said: "When I came to Montenegro, one of the first things I started doing was this process of certification for gender equality. I wanted above all to find out more about the mentality and cultural patterns in terms of women's participation in politics and economics, but also on the issue of domestic violence, in order to have a better insight into the degree of equality between men and women in Montenegro. I'm glad that UNDP in Montenegro works on these fields to change established patterns that are often discriminatory and promote inequality.We have achieved concrete results in the form of new laws and strategies, the introduction of multi-disciplinary response to domestic violence, establishing favorable credit lines for women entrepreneurs and increase of the number of women in politics. These results are achieved through programs for gender equality we are undertaking in partnership with the Government, and funded by the European Union. In addition to our scheduled activities, we have a number of mechanisms within the organization - such as the annual work plans of employees and assessment of their performance evaluation also include specific targets for gender equality; we have regular training in order to continuously improve our knowledge we continue to convey to others; and we have positive practices for balancing work and private life. "

Seal of gender equality implies a certification process with the aim to evaluate the impact of UNDP offices worldwide. In relation to the fulfilmentof goals, bronze, silver or gold seal is awarded. During this process, which is complex and which lasted almost two years, UNDP Montenegro has received top marks according to 44 criteria, and thus acquired the highest award - a gold seal.

An independent team of experts during a visit to Montenegro conducted evaluation and its report showed that: "UNDP in Montenegro gave a measurable contribution to achieving national goals of gender equality.

The office has a reputation as one of the most influential actors in this area and credibility among partners at all levels of society - from government, through social actors, other development agencies.

However, Montenegro needs to do more to equality become real in everyday life. UNDP is thankful to all partners in Montenegro for the joint and dedicated work in this area.