A two-day seminar was opened on Monday, February 11, 2019 in the hotel "Izvor" in Arandjelovac, which is the beginning of the second cycle of implementation of the training program for senior executives in the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Serbia on integrating the gender perspective into police work, Developing a gender agenda in the Ministry of the Interior ". This project is being conducted under the Program "Development of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Serbia 2019-2020" with the support of the Swedish police as an implementing partner and with the financial support of the Government of Sweden.
This exclusive program of coaching high-ranking police officers, whose second cycle begins with this Seminar, encompasses 10 senior Police Directorate managers, who in the immediate context and work with the gender expert will get the necessary knowledge and master the necessary tools to understand and then implement, starting from their role in the police organization, gender component in all HRM functions in the unit they manage and provide a gender perspective within the activities that this unit implements, in accordance with the scope of its work.
The seminar in Arandjelovac was opened by Zvezdan Radojkovic, Assistant Director of the Police, and thanked the Swedish Government for their support in the implementation of such projects that are important for the development of the MOI, and on that occasion expressed personal and professional satisfaction on behalf of the Police Directorate, which in the MOI in the next two The project continues to be implemented and the organization shows significant progress in implementing the gender agenda and achieving gender equality.
Mats Berggren, head of the "Development of MOI 2019 - 2020" program, conducted by the Swedish police, stressed that it is a great honor for him to lead the extension of the project, which is part of a successful cooperation that lasts more than 14 years. "Equal opportunities for women in any organization make each organization more efficient if there is a gender balance. Research in the United States shows that an organization in which there is a good balance between men and women works more efficiently and better to solve the problems and challenges of business, "Berggren said.
"The first gender coaching program has achieved great results, which has resulted in the interest in implementing this program in other countries to which Sweden's police provide expert assistance and support," added Mats Bergren.
Gordana Vuković, Assistant Chief of Human Resources Sector and Coordinator of the implementation team of the project "Developing a Gender Agenda in the Ministry of the Interior", expressed satisfaction that after the exceptional success achieved by the first training cycle of senior managers, the implementation of this exclusive program continues this time with 10 managers carefully selected by the police director. Vuković pointed out that the Ministry of the Interior is the only ministry that has fully accomplished the tasks related to the implementation of the gender agenda that was given by the Government of the Republic of Serbia. The sustainability of the system established by the implementation of this project is guaranteed by the Gender Equality Committee established in the MOI, as well as a number of internal acts adopted in the previous period, whose full implementation and implementation represents a new challenge for the MOI.
In her presentation, Vukovic recalled the project of developing a gender agenda that has been implemented in the last three years in the MOI and pointed out that by adopting the new Law on Police, mandatory professional training for managers was introduced into the system, while the Regulation on Career Development of Police Officers, development, and it is stipulated for the promotion to a directly higher level of management to pass a professional examination successfully.
"Bearing in mind the current state and ongoing activities, it is the right time to use the learned lessons from the coaching program organized for senior managers through this form of teaching senior management, and integrate gender issues into the training program for all levels of leadership , and that managers are motivated to raise their competencies to a higher level in order to be more successful and contribute to the development and efficiency of police work ", said Vukovic.
"It makes it exclusively because senior executives will have the opportunity to develop their competencies and capacities to implement a policy of respecting diversity and equal opportunities, thus contributing to the personal and development of the organization, as well as to the greater efficiency of its work.
Through the realization of the Program, through various forms of work, the manager will improve the necessary knowledge of the gender equality policy, which is manifested through the international regulations ratified by our country and the domestic positive regulations adopted in the field of gender equality and non-discrimination; better understand the obligations derived from these regulations for the police; master the tools necessary to apply this knowledge in practice - through the process of management and the direct work of its organizational unit, as well as to develop and implement the Individual Plan for the development of its organizational unit through the transfer of the acquired knowledge and skills. "Vasic emphasized.
The Gender Coaching Program is implemented in a two-year period, using several methods of work and teaching managers. In the first year, the Program is realized through individual work with a personal gender trainer, joint participation in seminars that discuss topics of common interest and needs for all participants and the development of an individual gender mainstreaming agenda within the organization, through the role of managers, as well as through police work in the area it manages.
In the second year of implementation of the Program, the Manager implements the Plan, within his mandate and scope of work, with consultant assistance and the support of the assigned trainer.
On the second day, the experts who were included in the first cycle of the Program implementation, who will have the same role in the second cycle with the new 10 managers, presented the experience in the implementation of this program, pointed out the key points in its realization (goal of individualization, recognition and mastering resistance, etc.) and the new participants in the Program were introduced with the basic principles and requirements in the implementation of the Program, ie the assumptions for efficient work.
Their experience of participating in the 1st cycle of this Program, used for the Managers themselves and for the organizational unit they manage, were presented by high-level management leaders who were participants of the first cycle. They presented the method of work, the involvement of other managers and employees in this process, the need for analyzing gender-disaggregated data and the implementation of other methods of problem analysis, as well as how to define measures within their competence that are in the function of integrating gender equality and gender perspective into police work. They also presented results in the implementation of the individual plans that they made during the duration of the Program.
After introducing newly elected managers - participants in this Program cycle, with the experts they will be working on for a year, the program dynamics and next activities are agreed.