60 politicians from 20 political parties joined the alumni network of the Women Leadership Academy, which now has more than 200 leaders from all spheres of politics. Two of the Academies, a program designed for politicians coming from all political parties and backgrounds were held in Kragujevac from 15 to 18 September, and in Zrenjanin, from 29 September to 2 October, organized by the BFPE and its partners Center for Modern Skills as well as Center for Support to Women and supported by the United States Agency for international development (USAID).
BFPE President Sonja Licht stated the essence and purpose of this program: “The Women Leadership Academy brings encouragement and empowerment to women politicians through the development of knowledge and skills in order for them to become better prepared for dealing with public affairs, policy and decision makers, as well as to decisively promote the value(s) of gender equality and women’s solidarity. An increasing number of women applying for participation in the Academy is the best proof that more and more women in Serbia are ready to face the challenging task of active participation in politics.”
The Academy in Kragujevac was opened by Sonja Licht, while in Zrenjanin two of our distinguished guests were Ms Azza El-Abd, USAID in Serbia Director, with Ms Margo Ellie, Deputy Head of USAID for Europe and Eurasia present.