The two-day conference on promoting gender equality titled “Women in Foreign Policy” started today at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, organized for the first time by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the initiative of Deputy Foreign Minister, Fatmire Isaki under the auspices of the First Lady, Elizabeta Gjorgievska.
The conference was opened by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bujar Osmani, who, in his welcoming address, emphasized the importance of strengthening the role of women in foreign policy, as well as that of ensuring greater representation of women in the decision-making processes in the country. The promotion of gender equality is in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and is part of the commitments of OSCE, to be chaired by the Republic of North Macedonia in 2023.
“In accordance with the national and international commitments, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has undertaken the task of strengthening the role of women in foreign policy and raising the voice for gender equality. In this regard, the Ministry has already implemented activities such as appointing women ambassadors from the ranks of the Ministry, including gender equality in the new draft Law on Foreign Affairs etc. Today’s conference, which is planned to become an annual event, is organized in that same regard, and this will give rise to other smaller events, such as thematic workshops, seminars, round tables, networking events and platforms for cooperation etc., which will take place throughout the year”, Osmani said.
The first panel “Can women in foreign policy change the world?” was addressed by the First Lady, Elizabeta Gjorgievska, the Deputy Foreign Minister, Fatmire Isaki, with the virtual participation of Marriet Schurman, Dutch Human Rights Amabassador, DonnatienneHissard, President of Femme et Diplomatie and Alicia Herbert, FCDO Director of the Education, Gender and Equality Directorate and UK Special Envoy on Gender Equality.
A joint declaration shall be adopted as part of the conference, which will create a network of women diplomats from the Western Balkan region.