Non-governmental organisations dealing with human rights of women announced that they oppose the draft National Gender Equality Action Plan for the 2010-2013 period tabled by the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, and Family, the SITA newswire wrote. The groups have sent government authorities an open letter and expressed their reasons for objecting to the draft at the April 27 session of the Government Council of the Slovak Republic for Gender Equality.
The NGOs asked the cabinet to not approve the current version of the plan and to involve all competent ministries as well as NGOs in its redraft, wrote Ľubica Trubíniová from the organization Citizen, Democracy and Responsibility, SITA reported.
The NGOs said the main problem is that the action plan was drawn up without prior public and expert discussion which would have produced a more comprehensive and conceptual document covering all relevant areas of life. They also claimed the draft plan does not clearly define what tasks and responsibilities the individual ministries will assume. Nor does it mention ways to control the fulfilment of the tasks, complained Šarlota Pufflerová of the same NGO.
The groups said the blueprint barely deals with the health sector and reproductive health, which are of key importance for gender equality and it does not mention measures to resolve multiple handicaps to which certain groups of women suffer. Moreover, they said the draft omits many institutional solutions, such as establishing the post of a deputy prime minister for gender equality.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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29. Apr 2010 at 14:00