Political and social inclusion

BFPE traditionally promotes improvement of position of women, Roma, youth, as well as the residents of underdeveloped areas.

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Political and social inclusion

Discrimination lines are multiple and when it comes to decision-making, groups in one society do not necessarily need to be a minority in order to feel threatened or discriminated. We are witnessing a situation in which citizens representing large parts of society, majority even, face problems when trying to access decision-making processes.

BFPE traditionally promotes improvement of position of women, Roma, youth, as well as the residents of underdeveloped areas. We see the opening of opportunities for equal participation of these groups, as well as their fair representation in the educational system, as necessary requirement for democracy’s consolidation and for building of a truly open society. Attention and commitment of decision-makers is something BFPE has been working on for a long time.

We also worry for the marginalization of all things local, be it priorities for development, or state of (local) democracy and political participation, especially when placed against the context of European integration and expectations set upon the actors of local self-government.

We have completed a number of long-term, complex projects aimed towards the realization of full political and democratic potential of these groups. One of our more recent projects resulted in the successful establishment of the Women’s Parliamentary Network, an informal but already visible new form of empowerment of women politicians and a major step towards strengthening the Parliament itself. Through working with other minority and/or vulnerable groups (e.g. National Minority Councils, civil society representing vulnerable groups, etc.), the BFPE has addressed the topics of social inclusion, anti-discrimination, poverty reduction and human rights, gender equality, and at the same time insisted on their political empowerment.

In this program area, BFPE advocates for different progressive solutions and brings stakeholders together.