After several organized workshops with
the Working Group on Gender Equality of ZELS and with the expert support of
Marija Risteska, ZELS finalizes the Manual and communication protocols of
coordinators for equal opportunities between women and men in the local
self-government units within the project “Towards
Gender-Responsive Municipalities: Strengthening Municipal Capacities for Gender
Equality Policies and Gender Responsive Budgeting” (2019-2021).
At the last online workshop organized on September 11th, 2020 through the ZOOM platform, the changes made by the gender-responsive budgeting expert, Marija Risteska, which referred to the protocols for external communication, communication with the media, as well as communication with non-governmental organizations, the business community and other institutions, were presented. After the last consultations with the Working Group, the need for preparation of a Protocol for the handover of the EOC (Equal Opportunities Coordinator) function was also determined.
In order to implement the protocols
more efficiently, the Handbook containing the protocols is also prepared, the
need for its preparation and purpose, and the communication and its importance
in planning and organizing activities in the municipality in the field of equal
opportunities are also explained. It is also explained why it is important for
the Equal Opportunities Coordinator to communicate and what are the
preconditions for successful communication of gender equality in the
municipality. In this way, the importance of the Equal Opportunities Coordinator
will be emphasized, but also of the person responsible for communication with
the public in terms of presenting municipal gender equality activities to the
Furthermore, the handbook contains the
protocols for internal communication in the municipality, namely the Protocol
for preparation of a program or strategy of the municipality for gender
equality and the Protocol for the organization of the citizens' gathering
(budget forum). In the area of external communication, a Protocol for
communication with the media and a Protocol for communication with
non-governmental organizations, the business community and other institutions
have been developed.
A special emphasis is placed on the
Protocol for the handover of the function of Equal Opportunities Coordinator as
a challenge faced by some coordinators during the assumption of the function in
the municipality. The aim is to raise the importance of this function and the
archiving of materials that are a kind of institutional memory in the
municipality in the field of gender equality.
The handbook should also be presented
at the workshop with the ZELS Lobbying Group, scheduled for September 18th,
2020. However, an additional deadline of a few days was previously given for
the members of the Working Group and the colleagues responsible for public
relations to have opportunity to review it once again in order to give any
remarks or proposals, before it is made official.
The communication protocols will be published on the platform www.rob.zels.org.mk, and will be printed and distributed to all units of local self-government.