A two-day Seminar on Gender Coaching opened on Monday, 25th September 2017 at 10:00 at Izvor Hotel in Aranđelovac as an introductory course on implementation of gender equality policy organized for senior officials of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia.
The Seminar was organized within the programme “Development of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia 2016-2018” which is implemented by the Swedish Police in the MOI of Serbia with financial support from the Swedish Government. The Seminar is a part of the Project “Development of Gender Agenda in the Ministry of Interior“.
Mr Zvezdan Radojković, Assistant Police Director, opened the Seminar and thanked the Swedish Government on their support in implementation of such projects that are important for advancement of the Ministry and pointed out that it was the first time that system solutions, legal framework and standardization of legal procedures concerning the implementation of a gender sensibility concept were introduced to the MOI. After expressing his personal pleasure to be a part of this programme Radojković said that it was essential that the gender equality issue should no longer be just an expression of good will but the obligation and deep appreciation of the fact that the policing was not for men only. In his address he concluded that “female colleagues are often better and more efficient and effective in performing their duties”.
Mr Joachim Waern, Minister-Councillor, Deputy Head of Mission addressed the attendants on behalf of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Sweden, and having mentioned that this year we celebrate one hundred years of diplomatic relations between Serbia and Sweden he pointed out that Sweden was firmly committed to support Serbia in the process of accession to EU through such or similar development projects. The Gender Coaching Programme has its roots in the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 which states that women and men can contribute to the sustainable world peace only if working together. By explaining the essence of the Gender Coaching Project, Vern emphasised the importance of coaching of senior officials as they were key carriers of changes in opinions in their respective organizational units.
Katarina Tomašević, Assistant Minister – Head of Human Resources Sector, Adviser to Minister and Chief of Cabinet, pointed out that implementation of gender agenda was significant not only for the MOI but for the Government of the Republic of Serbian in general. The objective of such restructuring process is to create good foundation for advancement of gender equality. Currently there are 23.5% of women employees at the MOI out of which only 11% work as police officers, i.e. women are predominantly engaged in administration work. Out of the total number of senior management positions women hold merely 14.6% of such functions. The objective of such projects is to change this situation by increasing the number of women employees in the operating system and on senior management positions.
Max Luteman , Head of the Programme “Development of the MOI 2016 – 2018”, implemented by the Swedish Police, emphasised that the gender equality was a key component of all four projects that they were implementing and that the establishment of gender agenda represented an inseparable part of goal achievements for all four projects.
In continuation of the Seminar, Mr Ulf Johansson, senior police officer at the Swedish Police and Ms Victoria Saxby, gender equality expert, presented their respective experiences and learnt lessons from the implementation of such model of coaching on senior officials, the achieved results and effects of implementation of acquired knowledge and tools for implementation of gender perspective in everyday police work in Sweden.
President of the SALW (Small Arms and Light Weapons) Control Committee for Montenegro, Mr Mladen Marković, talked about implementation of this model of coaching that he had been involved with in cooperation with the UNDP/SEESAC regarding the small arms and light weapons control program.
In continuation of the Seminar, representatives of the Project implementation team of the MOI and the Swedish Police Office in Belgrade, as the implementation partner of the MOI, presented the Gender Coaching Programme that had been especially developed for the purpose of education of senior officials of the MOI through adjustments and customization of the Swedish model to suit the requirements and environment of the Serbian police operations. Attendants to the Seminar were introduced to the coaches who would on one-to-one basis directly support senior management in their transfer of acquired knowledge into practice – which represents a final result of such model of education of senior officials and makes it exclusive and special.
The specificity of this model arises from the option of a one-to-one advise and support from the gender equality expert in terms of implementation of the gender perspective in everyday police work, through all management and administration functions, whereby it is adjusted not only to the needs of senior management /considering their incidence/ but to their time as well, which makes it special and efficient.
This coaching program, designed for senior police officials, which commences with this Seminar, includes 6 senior officials from the Police Directorate who will in direct contact and work with the gender equality expert acquire essential knowledge and master the required tools in order to understand and subsequently implement, starting from their functions within the police organization, a gender component into all functions of human resources management within the unit they manage and thus provide a gender perspective within activities conducted by such organizational unit, according to their scope of work.