The Methodology for the integration of the gender perspectives of the municipality in the local policies and budget was presented to the municipal coordinators at the online workshop held on December 29th, 2020, organized by ZELS. This document was prepared according to a pre-determined need within the project “Towards Gender-Responsive Municipalities: Strengthening Municipal Capacities for Gender Equality Policies and Gender Responsive Budgeting” (2019-2021), supported by UN Women, Skopje. The document prepared with the expert support of Marija Risteska is a kind of practical guide for the municipalities for creating local policies. At the online workshop, Maria spoke about the policy-making cycle, which consists of several stages, including the following: defining the problem and setting priorities, creating a list of alternatives and formulating options, choosing a solution or practical policy, designing a public policy, implementation and monitoring of public policy and evaluation. This cycle, as emphasized by Ms Risteska, should be followed and incorporated in the creation of local policies, specifically for gender-responsive policies and budget, which will contribute to successful and responsible municipalities. Following the policy-making cycle, through an interactive approach, the participants raised the issues about the situation with gender equality in the municipality, in terms of gender-disaggregated data, what needs they face, whether analysis has been made, what is needed to have in the municipality to determine all these needs. It was emphasized that it is necessary not only to have the human capacity for quality gender analysis but also the political will to be able to integrate gender perspectives with local issues and policies.
The methodology should help the municipalities in improving the policy-making process, as emphasized by the representative of ZELS, but it will be previously submitted to all coordinators in order to give possible proposals for additions and changes and after it will be finalized it will be printed, while an electronic version will be placed on the electronic platform. The coordinators who were present at the workshop agreed that this is an important document and valuable support in the development of municipal policies and budget, as well as the opportunity for greater involvement of other colleagues in creating local policies.