Maja Gojković: “Women Do Not Add to Problems, They Solve Them”
The President of the National Assembly of Serbia on the role of the EWF in forming mutual trust among parliaments and mass media attitude towards women politicians
Ms. Gojković’s political experience is immense: she was at the forefront of founding the Serbian Radical Party, was the Deputy Prime Minister of the federal Government of Yugoslavia, became the first ever woman mayor of Novi Sad city. Maja Gojković has been the head of the National Assembly of Serbia since April 2014.
The politician participated in the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum to discuss the role of women in securing the sustainable development with her international colleagues.
Maja Gojković – the President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, lawyer.
The Serbian Parliament is constantly developing the gender equality legislation. According to our interviewee, the National Assembly passed the law banning gender discrimination and established a plan regulating violence against women. In December 2018, a new law setting the compulsory level of female representation in all governance bodies at 40% will be enacted. The reason for that is, unlike the National Assembly, the number of women in municipal governance bodies is still insufficient.
Serbia is the top European country in terms of women’s representation on senior positions. Nevertheless, Maja Gojković is striving to increase that rate. According to her, “the role of women is very important, as they always solve the problems without adding to them”.
Speaking on the balance of positive and negative information in mass media, Ms. Gojković highlighted journalists being too harsh with women politicians. She said: “I think the reporters are more likely to write about what is on my head, than what is in it. They are more interested in my hairstyle rather than the essence of my work”. She called upon journalists to treat women parliamentarians more loyally and seriously.
The politician is sure international cooperation has to rely upon mutual trust. At the Forum, she met with Saber Hossain Chowdhury, the former President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (Bangladesh) and Valentina Matvienko, the Chairperson of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation.
Maja Gojković highlighted: “Such format of the Forum is essential for bilateral meetings with colleagues from across the world”.
Marina Kachkalova, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community
Translated by Nikolay Boykov