New Project: Early Integration for Gender Equality

In 2022, Institute Alternative started implementing a new project, with the aim of contributing to a better understanding of measures of early integration into the European Union (EU) for the improvement of gender equality in Montenegro.

Overall objective of the project ”Early Integration for Gender Equality” is to contribute to the inclusive and gender-sensitive process of Montenegro’s accession to the European Union (EU) through promoting the possibilities of early EU integration and IPA programming.

The specific objectives of the project are:

  • Promoting the opportunities of early integration of Montenegro into the EU’s structures, institutions and programmes related to gender equality;
  • Enhancing capacities of decision makers, public servants and civil society stakeholders for gender mainstreaming of the EU’s pre-accession assistance (IPA programming).

In order to achieve these objectives, over the next year we will implement the following activities:

  • Analysis of the potential of early integration of Montenegro in the institutional framework for gender equality and gender mainstreaming at EU level;
  • Monitoring of the programming of the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA), with the aim of assessing the gender mainstreaming of this process;
  • Organising a two-day training on gender mainstreaming of IPA programming, for up to 30 participants from relevant institutions and civil society organisations;
  • Conducting an advocacy campaign and initiative for organising a joint session of the Committee on Gender Equality and Committee on European Integration, in order to initiate a discussion on the opportunities of early integration of Montenegro into institutional framework for gender equality at the EU level;
  • Organising the final conference ‘’Benefits of Early EU Integration for Gender Equality’’, at which we will present the findings from our analysis and start a discussion with key actors in this area.

The project of the Institute Alternative is supported within the ‘’Furthering Gender Equality through the EU Accession Process’’ project, implemented in partnership by Reactor – Research in Action from North Macedonia, Women’s Rights Center from Montenegro, Albanian Women Empowerment Network (AWEN) from Albania, Rights for All from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo Women’s Network (KWN) from Kosovo and Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation from Sweden. The project is funded by the European Union and co-funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

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