Under the TRAIN programme, CEP’s junior researcher Katarina Tadic developed the policy paper “Gender Mainstreaming of Public Policies in Serbia – a Case for Light Optimism” that deals with the issue of gender mainstreaming of public policies within the context of policymaking reform process. The emphasis of the paper is on the necessity to conduct gender assessment of policies in order to ensure that a gender perspective is incorporated in every policy proposal, thus improving the position of women. The paper is particularly relevant taking into account the recently adopted the National Strategy for Gender Equality that gender mainstreaming of public policy sets as one of the strategic priorities, as well as a new package of regulations that will regulate policy system management and planning in Serbia.
A special focus of 2016 TRAIN programme (Think Tanks providing Research and Advice through Interaction and Networking) was on fundamental rights in the context of EU accession of the Western Balkans countries. The strengthening of media freedom, the protection of minorities and a better representation of women in the political process are some of the topics addressed by the participants.
TRAIN is implemented by German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) in cooperation with the European Fund for the Balkans (EFB) funded by the Federal Foreign Office (Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe)