ACT IN THE MEDIA

Zuko in an ambitious two-year project

Through institutional support over the next two years, ŽUKO (Women’s Association of Kolubara District)
will increase by six new branches and influence women in those municipalities to recognize the basic problems and
find ways to solve these problems.
“We are warming up for exciting work with women in the next 24 months,” announced ZUKO.
The women’s association of the Kolubara district presented to the media the activities they will work on for the next two
years.
ZUKO’s activities are divided into several phases, and the ultimate goal is that after two years, in at least 3 of 7
Municipalities in which ZUKO operates, Local Action Plans for Gender Equality will be adopted.
Local action plans help to realistically assess the needs of local residents
self-government, to collect data and on the basis of these data municipalities have a clear picture of what these steps are
which are necessary towards achieving gender equality.
The Kolubara District Women’s Association has launched an initiative to adopt local action plans for
gender equality in five municipalities of the Kolubara district whose goal is for all citizens to be equal.
The Municipal Assemblies of Mionica recently and Ljig just today adopted the European Charter of the Motherland
equality at the local level and thus became the first municipalities in the Kolubara district, which are
signatories to this important document.
The project plans to hold various activities such as seminars, trainings and workshops aimed at
informing women about the importance of women’s political association and participation in local decision-making
level.
One of the results of the activities will be the creation of a strong group of women in all seven municipalities, which will in influence the creation of positive changes in society in the future.
This project received the support of the project of the Government of Switzerland “Together for active citizenship
Society – ACT ”, conducted by Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation and Civic Initiatives.
Namely, the Women’s Association of the Kolubara District is one of the 30 organizations from the territory of Serbia
approved institutional grant for two years by ACT, and from the funds of the Government of Switzerland. On call
Over 200 organizations have applied to the ACT. Institutional grants are intended for the functioning of the association
and cover the main running costs, salaries of employees, as well as the costs of some of the activities that will be
conducted over the next two years. At the invitation of the ACT, the associations submitted their strategic plans and everything other documentation of the association in the previous 3 years (financial reports, internal documentation
associations, etc.), and based on that, a decision was made whose work will be supported. ZUKO will with the help of that institutional grant in the next 24 months to establish 6 branches in 6 municipalities and deal with social
by organizing and political participation of women.
“So far, we have mostly been funded by a project for a year, and that has created pressure on employees to
will not be able to ensure the sustainability of work after the expiration of these projects. This two-year support will certainly to provide the association to work more calmly on achieving its goals in the coming period, “she reminded
President of ZUKO Jelena Ruzic.