|Nineteen female officials from six countries in Eastern Europe attend a seminar on August 31 in Beijing. [Women of China/Fan Wenjun]|
Nineteen female officials from six countries in Eastern Europe attended a seminar on August 31 in Beijing, sharing their experiences and opinions in promoting gender equality and women's development.
The seminar was "Uniting Women for the Belt and Road Initiative" Seminar for Female Officials from Eastern European Countries, which was hosted by the All-China Women's Federation and the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.
Ilda Rusha, director of Social Inclusion and Gender Equality of the Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth of Albania, introduced the general situation of Albanian women. She said, "The efforts of the Government of Albania towards achieving gender equality and reducing gender-based violence and domestic violence have improved the situation in the country and the attitude and perceptions related to these issues.
"The legal framework for the promotion of the further development of gender equality and guaranteeing respect for human rights of all Albanian citizens regardless of gender has also seen a marked improvement," she explained.
Iryna Damasevich, senior lecturer of the Department of Public Adimistration in Social Sphere and Belarusian Studies and secretary of Women Scientists Club of Belorusian Women's Union said the Union has shown itself as united social organization and has accumulated wide experience in providing assistance to women, families and children.
"Currently, the priority goals of our State in the field of gender equality are: ensuring gender-sensitive health care, ensuring gender equality in family relations, expanding economic opportunities for women and men, and prevention of domestic violence and human trafficking," she said.
Mia Lausevic, member of the Management Board of the Organization of Women of Montenegro and senior press and public information assistant in the OSCE Mission to Montenegro, said that they have launched networks for female entrepreneurs at both the local and national level in Montenegro, and the influence of traditional Chinese medicine in Montenegro has encouraged further education of health service employees.
|Attendees of the seminar [Women of China/Fan Wenjun]|
Anca-Raluca Popescu, parliamentaty adviser within the General Division for Foreign Parliamentary Cooperation, Foreign Bilateral Affairs Office, Senate of Romania, talked about the present business environment of the enterprising women of Romania.
"According to Deloitte Romania, in 2016, women occupied 10 percent of big companies' boards, 12 percent of the non-executive positions of the most important companies, and 15 percent of the supervising boards of all the companies listed on the Bucharest Stock Exchange," she explained.
Svetlana Selakovic, assistant secretary for Demography and Gender Equality Provincial Secretary for Social Affairs and Gender Equality Demography, Novi Sad, Serbia, said, "We need to work continually to increase the number of women in politics and public life by increasing the number of women in executive and decision making positions. Finally, our goal is to increase the percentage of women in assemblies."
Another Serbian representative, Vesna Salovic, assistant mayor of the city of Belgrade, municipality of Barajevo, pointed out that females, successful individuals, organizations, institutions with women in charge, including the Women's Forum of the Socialist Party of Serbia, can contribute considerably to developing cooperation along the Silk Road.
Iryna Suslova, member of the Parliament (Petro Poroshenko Bloc faction) and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Gender Equality and NonDiscrimination of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Human Rights, National Minorities and International Relations, from Ukraine, said that her country has joined the main international obligations to ensure gender equality: "Over the years, the process of adapting the current legislation to new gender-based challenges has been quite slow, but since 2015 we have been seeing a real breakthrough. "One by one, the Parliament has adopted a number of important gender-oriented laws," she added.
(Women of China)