Commissioner for the Protection of Equality, Brankica Janković, said that the Gender Equality Law, which came into force yesterday, should bring about a better gender balance in all areas.
“Balance between both sexes exists if that percentage is between 40 and 50 per cent. Lower percentages represent a gender imbalance and it does not matter regardless of which gender we are talking about. It is a wrong perception that it is only about women’s equality, it is about the equality of all of us”, Brankica Janković said for RTS.
“The law might not bring balance in the judiciary, for instance, where 75% of judges are women. The reason for this is that, a few years ago, a lot of male judges left their jobs for better-paid ones,” said Janković.
Speaking of penalties, Janković said that they have been increased, from 50,000 to 2,000,000 dinars, compared to the previous law, when fines ranged from 10 to 100,000 dinars and added that the new law prescribes higher penalties because the previous one did not produce results.
She went to say that protection against discrimination had been effective so far, while the new law leads to procedural changes and smoother proceedings. She concluded that the new law introduces two new forms of discrimination: gender and sexual harassment and segregation, and provides for the introduction of special registers, which will be under the responsibility of the institution she heads.
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