According to the document, a democratic society cannot be built if women - in other words, more than 50 percent of population - are excluded from the process.

Participants concluded that the only way to ensure gender equality was to harmonize legislation, both internally in Bosnia and Herzegovina and with the international standards.

Furthermore, they called for implementation of existing laws, creation of constructive dialogue between authorities and women civil society organizations, collection of data and protection of the equality of women in all spheres of society in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Nine non-governmental organizations drafted recommendations that were submitted to the EUD and the European Commission, including a recommendation to secure implementation of the Law on Gender Equality through permanent controls and increased number of inspections. 

Gender equality EUD Jamila

Head of Communication and Spokesperson for the EUD Jamila Milovic-Halilovic told media that the gender equality issue was very important, not only for the EU Delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina, but also for the entire global policy of the EU.

As of 2007, according to Milovic-Halilovic, the EU invested nearly EUR seven million into various projects that promote gender equality and strengthen the role and the status of women.

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