We are xenophobic towards LGBT population

In Montenegro there is a strong xenophobia against the LGBT population, misogyny towards women in the social and political life, lack of understanding the problems of people with disabilities, said the executive director of the Center for Civic Education (CCE), Daliborka Uljarević.

CCE  organized today in Podgorica the final conference of regional project “Connecting civil society in the protection of marginalized human rights in Serbia, Montenegro, and Kosovo”, titled “Achieving equality in societies of the Western Balkans – traces STEP-a”

The aim of the conference is, as stated, to provide a review of the current situation in the implementation of anti-discrimination policy, the fight against homophobia and empowerment of women in public and political life in Montenegro through the prism of the results of projects that civil society organizations are carried out within the allocated sub-grants through regional project.

“But the efforts and results of institutions in identifying the challenges and opportunities of improving future cooperation in combating discrimination and achieving equality,” it said in a statement.

Uljarevic stated that in the fight against discrimination, LGBT rights advocacy and promotion of gender equality has developed a broad front of those who are empowered and prepared to cope with the problems of human rights and freedoms in Montenegro, no matter how challenging it was and no matter what the consequences were.

According to her, a number of issues that were eventually recognized by most relevant institutions as areas for special advocate human rights and freedoms are opened.

“However, it should be noted that in Montenegro there is a strong xenophobia against the LGBT population, misogyny towards women in social and political life, the lack of understanding of the problems of persons with disability rate,” said Uljarević.

Director of YUCOM from Serbia, Milan Antonijevic, said that in the entire region’s most recognizable two topics are struggling with discrimination, and that the problems of LGBT and gender equality, and stressed the need for a regional approach to these issues.

Advisor to the rule of law from the European Union Delegation in Podgorica, Barbara Rotovnik, reminded of the critical assessment of the European Commission’s Progress Report for Montenegro, with special emphasis on the rights of LGBT people, people with disabilities and marginalized groups.

She pointed out that some representatives of civil society were attacked on a personal basis by certain local media and that the civil sector has a key role in this area, which is different from the role of political parties, but inseparable from the political and socio – economic processes.

STEP is a coalition of non-governmental organizations from Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo, organized with the aim of combating discrimination at the regional level.

Members of STEP’s are the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights – YUCOM, Belgrade Centre for Human Rights, CHRIS network, Gay Straight Alliance from  Serbia, followed by the Center for Civic Education (CCE) and LGBT Forum Progress from Montenegro, and Humanitarian Law and Youth Initiative for Human Rights in Kosovo.



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