4th online educational seminar of the “Dialogue for the Future”: Women, Peace and Security

Svetlana Stefanović

05. October 2020

4th online educational seminar of the “Dialogue for the Future”: Women, Peace and Security

The online educational seminar within the “Dialogue for the Future” program continued on September 29th, 2020. Participants had the opportunity to gain new knowledge about leadership and decision-making, but also the participation of women in issues related to peace and security.

In the first part, the participants were addressed by Milos Djajic, President of the Board of the Academy of Women’s Leadership and the Center of Modern Skills, who spoke on the topics of leadership and decision-making. In addition to explaining the concepts of leadership and the essence of leadership, Milos Djajic drew attention to the much better results of women in response to the coronavirus pandemic, who approached the problem as true leaders, warning of danger, responsibility and care, with appropriate rhetoric.

Also, the participants heard more about the types of leadership, indicators and factors of leadership, but also about how leaders are formed, what they have in common and who are the best leaders.

In the second part, the participants were addressed by Zorana Antonijevic, Gender Equality Advisor of the OSCE Mission to Serbia. She explained to the participants the difference between the state security and the individual security, but also the change in the concept of security due to the very nature of the conflict. It was also important for the participants to hear more about the new actors of war and peace, in which children participate as soldiers, but also women, and that, unfortunately, forced prostitution is also present.

The last part of seminar, now a standard section “On Coffee with” was dedicated to a conversation with Sonja Lokar, an expert on gender equality from Slovenia. As she has international experience in the field of mentoring and capacity building of activists and politicians, Sonja spoke from personal experience about the orientalist discourse that exists towards the Balkans.

What the participants could hear from Sonja Lokar is that in Serbia and the region, women are much more successful in their fight for equality than women in developed societies. She also drew attention to the dangers to which women are exposed in less developed societies.

Online educational seminars are organized by the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence within the Joint Regional Program “Dialogue for the Future: Improving Dialogue and Social Cohesion in / between Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and the Republic of Serbia”, conducted by UNDP, UNICEF and UNESCO, and funded by UN Peacebuilding Fund (UN PBF).