Narrative Report 2002

Sat 1 Feb 2003

Budapest, Ljubljana, Tallin

Conclusions and recommendations:

  • 2002 has been very successful. Olof Palme Center funding was crucial to keep the Network working, but funds are too late in being transferred so this impedes the implementation of the program. The Network has submitted a proposal to the Olof Palme Center for 2003 and funding is still pending. Realization of the program depends on this prompt funding.
  • The Network has received significant political support from PES EP members and from a number of SP/SD parties. The Network owes special thanks to the President of the MSZDP, to the president of the SDP Hungary and the President of the ULSD in Slovenia to this effect. The Network hopes to increase it’s political support base in 2003 among leading men and women politicians in the PES and SP/SD parties. The support of the European Forum Steering Committee in this is critical.
  • Activities were more comprehensive and with more impact if done in close collaboration with the European Forum and the SD Foundations. The Network has advocated over time that for its political impact to be felt it has to operate within the broader context of European Forum/PES and the foundations’ activities. This should be reinforced and endorsed by the European Forum Steering Committee.
  • In the SEE region collaboration with the GTF was successful as can be seen from the number of training programs where 20 SD/SDP parties were included . There is interest to continue and develop this collaboration with the GTF and further using the WCDI modules across SP/SD parties in the (sub)region. The Network may consider developing it’s own manual in the future, and will explore this possibility with the foundations.
  • The Network will focus in the coming period on the gender equality aspects of the up- coming EU accession referendums and elections in 2004. To achieve this it needs political and material support from the European Forum, the PES and the Foundations. The Network proposes that a respective agenda item on the issue be included in one of the future European Forum Steering Committee meetings. The Network is available to develop a gender equality strategy to be integrated into the overall program of the European Forum on EU accession.
  1. OVERALL CONTEXT
  • CEE Network for Gender Issues Action plan for 2002-2003 was discussed and accepted at the Board meeting in Vienna on March 1, 2002.
  • The main focuses were:
  • Strengthening of the work of the sub-regional offices in Ljubljana (operating within SEE) and Budapest (operating within CEE).
  • Continuation of the efforts to establish Baltic sub-regional office in Tallinn (for the needs of the three Baltic states, Western Russia, Belarus and Ukraine)
  • Strengthening of the social democratic women organizations in transition countries, their sub-regional cooperation and better exchange of information, experience and know how (via web site and special publication),better coordination of their work within the whole Network.
  • Development of the joint social democratic women strategy for European enlargement and forthcoming European elections.
  • Inclusion of the CEE Network activities and initiatives in the programs and action plans of the Forum for Democracy and Solidarity, PES and SIW.
  • Direct cooperation with all SD foundations and the social democratic women’s organizations in Western Europe.


  1. INSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT


Dasa Silovic, Board Chair led the work of the Network and coordinated its connections with the Forum, PES, SIW and social democratic foundations, delegating also the tasks to the other Board members.

The Board started to work through daily e-mail connections between its members. Its four meetings were held in Vienna (March 1, 2002), in Budapest (September 22, 2002), in Vienna (October 12, 2002) and in Bratislava (January 14, 2003).

CEE Network for Gender Issues sub-regional Office for SEE , active from July 2001 in Ljubljana, based upon the in kind support of the United List of Social Democrats of Slovenia and a part of the donation from Olof Palme Center, took over:

  • Coordination of the capacity building of the social democratic women organizations in the SEE sub-region mostly based on the partnership of the CEE Network for Gender Issues with the Stability Pact Gender Task Force and its Women Can Do It II project.
  • Preparations of the new publication and information flow for the updating of the CEE Network part of the Forum web site.
  • Project preparation and fundraising, organization of the implementation and narrative and financial reporting for the SEE and the Baltic sub-region projects.
  • Organization of the transfer of the Olof Palme Center donations and supervision of the financial reporting.


CEE Network sub-regional Office for CEE

, active from May 2002 in Budapest, based upon in kind support of the Hungarian Socialist Party and a part of the donation from the Olof Palme Center for 2001 and 2002, took over:

  • Coordination of the capacity building of the social democratic women organizations in the CEE region.
  • Implementation of the Women Can Do It I SP GTF project in Hungary.
  • All the work connected with the implementation of the 2 nd CEE Network for Gender Issues conference of EU women MP-s and MP-s from the transition countries.
  • Preparation of the national projects and fundraising for the projects to be implemented in the CEE region in 2002-2003.
  • Preparation of the 3 rd CEE Network for Gender Issues conference of the EU women MP-s and women MP-s from the transition countries, planned for the fall of 2003.


Due to the insufficient funding of the CEE Network for Gender Issues sub-regional Office for the Baltic , planned to start to work in Tallinn with the in kind support of the Moodukat and the donation from the Finnish government, activities were limited to the following:

  • Serial of the Women Can Do It I training in Western Russia (Arhangelsk oblast),
  • Women Can Do It II training set for the three Baltic States, Ukraine and Belarus.
  • European enlargement and European elections in 2004 social democratic women’s strategy sub-regional workshop, planned in August 2003 in Sweden.
  • Due to the insufficient funding of the CEE Network for Gender Issues sub-regional Office for the Baltic, planned to start to work in Tallinn with the in kind support of the Moodukat and the donation from the Finnish government, we were forced to limit our activities there to the following:
  • Serial of the Women Can Do It I training in Western Russia (Arhangelsk oblast),
  • Women Can Do It II serial of training for the three Baltic states, Ukraine and Belarus.
  • European enlargement and European elections in 2004 social democratic women’s strategy sub-regional workshop in august 2003 in Sweden.


  1. DRAFTING OF PROJECT PROPOSALS, FUNDRAISING AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROJECTS


3.1. PROJECTS WE HAVE COMPLETED from January 2002 – March 2003
  • Women Can Do It I Train the trainer seminar and 10 local seminars in Arhangelsk Oblast in cooperation with Norwegian Labor Party Women and Pomor University Women’s Studies Center in Arhangelsk, started in February 2002 with the train the trainer seminar and followed by a serial of 10 local Women Can Do it training implemented till the end of 2002.
  • Women Can Do It II training in 18 social democratic women’s organizations in 9 SEE countries (Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, Serbia, Montenegro, BiH, Macedonia, Croatia and Slovenia) – a joint venture with the SP GTF.
  • Brainstorming meeting of SD women groups in Bratislava, January 2003, funded by Olof Palme Center donation for the CEE Network Office in Ljubljana.
  • Women Can Do It II Train the trainer seminar in Tallinn, February 14-16, 2003, for the social democratic women party, trade union and NGO activists from the three Baltic States, Ukraine and Belarus, in cooperation with Finish International Solidarity Foundation, Friedrich Ebert Foundation Office in Estonia, Finish SDW, Swedish SDW and Moodukat Women. We hope to be able to continue this work with the support of SD foundations, organizing a serial of national WCDI II trainings in all SD parties till end of June 2003 in all five countries.
  • International women in EU accession conference in Prague hosted by the Czech SDP women section, sponsored by the Jean Jaures foundation, November 2001
  • Actively supported women groups in Hungary during both election campaigns through the help of Jean Jaures foundation (2002 Q2-Q4)
  • Organized a mobile exhibition that was presented through out Hungary at events
  • Organized a local campaign with international participants from Romania, Ukraine, Slovakia and presenters from the CEE Network and Jean Jaures foundation in Fehérgyarmat and a local capability training the following day and the mobile exhibition, March 2002 (International Women Day)
  • Organized across the country trainings (around 50) in both Hungarian elections with French media expert seconded by Jean Jaures Foundation.
  • Organized 2002 women for 2002 – opened by Prime Minister candidate of the Socialist Party of Hungary, (present Prime Minister) and prominent local and international politicians, including Pierre Morrois.
  • Provided strategic and operational support to the Yellow-Scarf grass root trans-national women movement in Hungary.
  • Initiated and finalized with the support of local grants the bi-lingual publication of the mobile exhibition (January 2003)
  • Implementation of the Women Can Do It I SP GTF project in Hungary for the local elections, 2 trainer the trainers seminars and 10 seminars across the country Q3-4, 2002.
  • All the work connected with the implementation of the 2 nd CEE Network for Gender Issues conference of EU women MP-s and MP-s from the transition countries with more than 50 participants representing 18 organizations and countries, September 2002
  • Supported and participated at the opening event in the Romanian Parliament of PD’s Women section in August 2002
  • Participated and fundraised at Foundation events and at the European Forum events in Vienna and Warsaw.
  • Prepared jointly with the SP GTF and the EO Commissioner of Hungary a conference inviting 461 women mayors on the 13 th of February (Women Mayors Link) More than 300 participants were present.
  • Organization of the brainstorming meeting of the SD women in Bratislava and fundraising for WCDI for them to be customized and implemented from 2003.
  • Preparation of the national projects and fundraising for the projects to be implemented in the CEE region in 2002-2003 (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania.)
  • Preparation of the 3 rd CEE Network for Gender Issues conference of the EU women MP-s and women MP-s from the transition countries, planned for the fall of 2003.
  • Prepared and printed a new Fact sheet of the CEE Network for Gender Issues, published in September 2002 (Founder: Olof Palme Center)




3.2. PROJECTS WE HAVE PREPARED AND INSURED THE FUNDING AND

IMPLEMENTATION
  • Publication on the CEE Network for Gender Issues and its social democratic women organizations’ partners, to be printed in March 2003. (Funded by the Olof Palme Center donation for 2002 to the CEE Network Office in Ljubljana)
  • Youth Can Do It Train the Trainer sub-regional seminar to be implemented in Ljubljana till the end of March 2003 for all SD youth organizations in the SEE sub-region. (Funded by Westminster Foundation).
  • Women Can Do It I and II training for all social democratic women groups in Slovakia, to be implemented till the fall of 2003. (Funded by Karl Renner Institute).
  • Strategic workshop of SDW from the Balkans regarding our response to the conservative backlash and our strategy within European enlargement and stabilization and EU accession process for the Balkan countries, to be implemented in June 2003 in Novi Sad, Vojvodina/Serbia&Montenegro (Funded by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Belgrade).
  • Strategy workshop with the SD women from Baltic sub-region, dealing with the EU enlargement and European elections in 2004. To be implemented in August 2003, with the support of the SDW from Sweden.
  • Strategic workshop of the SDW in CEE sub-region on EU enlargement and European elections in 2004, to be implemented in Prague in the fall of 2003 (Funded by Westminster Foundation).
  • Preparation and implementation of the 3 rd CEE Network for Gender Issues conference of the EU women MP-s and women MP-s from the transition countries, planned for the fall of 2003 (Warsaw) part of the Olof Palme Center contribution for 2003 (pending).
  1. COOPERATION AND NETWORKING


4.1. Forum for Democracy and Solidarity
  • We intensified our working cooperation with the Forum for Democracy and Solidarity:
  • Representatives of the CEE Network Executive Board took active part in the meetings of the Forum for Democracy and Solidarity Steering Committee in Brussels (September 19, 2002) and in Warsaw (November 2002).
  • We regularly updated CEE Network’s part of the Forum’s web page.
  • Sonja Lokar and Marta Bonifert participated at the Forum’s Roma conference in Budapest, in November 2002.
  • We succeeded to add our part to the Forum’s Country update for Macedonia.
  • Our yearly report became a part of the Forum’s yearly report.


4.2. SP/SD Foundations
  • The Network brought efficiency to its cooperation with SD foundations:
  • Representatives of the CEE Network Executive Board took active part in two SD Foundation meetings in Vienna (February 28, 2002 and October 12, 2002).
  • CEE Network Executive Board members took active part in Karl Renner Institute conference on Women in transition in Vienna, February 2002.
  • This cooperation led to the enlargement of cooperation with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Westminster Foundation and Karl Renner Institute.
  • Representatives of the CEE Network Executive Board took active part in two SD Foundation meetings in Vienna (February 28, 2002 and October 12, 2002).
  • CEE Network Executive Board members took active part in Karl Renner Institute conference on Women in transition in Vienna, February 2002.
  • This cooperation led to the enlargement of our partnership with the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Jean Jaures Foundation, Westminster Foundation and Karl Renner Institute.




4.3. SIW
  • The Network continued good cooperation with the SIW:
  • We work closely with SIW, through direct representation (Zita Gurmai, Hungarian Socialist party MP, is the Regional Vice- president of SIW.
  • In 2002 CEE Network Office in Ljubljana organized the meetings of Marlene Haas, SIW Secretary General with the SD women organizations in Belgrade, Serbia and in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
  • Representatives of the CEE Network Executive Board took active part in the SIW conference on migrant women in Rome, in January 2003.


4.4. COOPERATION WITH THE PES WOMEN’S STEERING COMMITTEE
  • CEE Network Executive Board members continued our traditionally good cooperation with the PES Women’s Steering Committee, exchanging information, sending them all our initiatives and reports from our projects and coordinating our activities connected specially with the preparations of our joint strategy for European enlargement and forthcoming European elections.
  • We work closely with PES through the direct representation. Zita Gurmai, Hungarian Socialist Party MP is assigned to work with PES, Nato, EU integration) She sits in all strategic meetings.
  • The Network Chair, Dasa Silovic, took part, in expert capacity, to a hearing in the European Parliament (Committee for Gender Equality) to present issues relating to socio-economic aspects of gender equality in EU accession processes.
  1. PUBLIC OUTREACH
  • CEE Network Executive Board members were presenting our work to the important international audiences:
  • Gender Equality sub-regional seminar for the trade union leaders of the former Yugoslavia, Fiesa, Slovenia, May 14, 2002
  • 5 th Council of Europe Ministerial Women’s Conference in Skopje, January 2003
  • Swiss Institute for International Development Gender equality and globalization conference in Geneva, January 2003
  • IUSY seminar for the Balkan states, Celje, Slovenia, December 13, 2002
  • Women from Europe March 1, 2003 Paris (Jean Jaures and the European Women Lobby)
  • Media campaign part of the EU referendum activities through the region (discussions in Czech, Slovakia, Hungary and Austria)
  • March 3, 2003 media connection among senior EU and accession country politicians organized by the EU Parliament, Hungary represented by the Hungarian Prime Minister.
  • Invited to participate to the EU EO Commission meeting to be held in Budapest last week of February, 2003
  • PES document drafted for the 8 th of March, 2003 events in light of the EU accession.
  • Key contributor and speaker at the EU parliaments EO commission and associated events Zita Gurmai March 2003