The representative of the NGO Mladiinfo Montenegro attended the UNDP conference at which the e-platform – Gender Map of Montenegro was presented at the Hilton Hotel, on November 27, 2020.
UNDP Representative in Montenegro Daniela Gasparikova, Ambassador of the Republic of Austria to Montenegro Ana Janković and Head of the Department for Gender Equality Biljana Pejović, spoke at the conference.
The new e-platform – Gender Map of Montenegro will enable continuous monitoring of the impact of Covid-19 on all domains of life and work of Montenegrin society, and contains the findings of numerous studies that indicate different realities of life of women and men in Montenegro, including gender-based violence.
At the beginning of the conference, the UNDP representative Daniela Gasparikova addressed the audience, expressing her gratitude to all those present on arrival and satisfaction with the realization of the e-platform.
One of the UNDP members pointed out that Montenegro is very careful about which country it will look up to when it comes to the fight against violence against women, and believes that Austria is a country from which we as a country have learned a lot.
“Like Montenegro, Austria recorded an increase in violence against women during the Covid-19 pandemic. The numbers were high: March (972), April (1076), now again more than 1,000 per month. The number of calls to the helpline has increased by as much as 50%”, pointed out the Ambassador of Austria, Ana Janković.
Biljana Pejović told us a bit more about the e-platform Gender Map of Montenegro.
“The gender map is the first electronic platform that serves as a tool for monitoring gender indicators in Montenegro. The aim of the map is to provide easier insight into the indicators, and the position of women in Montenegro. It offers numerous opportunities for independent examination and research of numerous aspects that affect the socio-economic picture of the Montenegrin society from the perspective of gender equality”, Biljana Pejović pointed out.
Also, Pejović spoke about the field of gender-based violence, which shows on the map the statistics of relevant institutions and non-governmental organizations that monitor cases of violence within their competence.
The Gender Map provides insight into statutory steps for dealing with cases of violence as well as practical instructions and advice for all those in situations of violence.
The project was supported by UNDP, the Ministry of Human and Minority Rights and the Austrian Development Agency.