Tradition as a vehicle for economic empowerment of wom

The government building in Novi Beograd hosted the ceremonial handover of handicrafts made for the purpose of the Protocol of the Government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs within the public works project in late 2015. The ceremony was attended by Serbian First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic, president of the Board of Ethno Network Violeta Jovanovic and Director of the National Employment Service Zoran Martinovic, accompanied by representatives of the private sector and members of Ethno Network.

Minister Dacic congratulated the international women’s day to all the ladies and in his further address, Minister Dacic thanked the members of Ethno network for it as their creativity produced protocol gifts that are bestowed on foreign senior officials. It’s obvious that these items include genuine care for the preservation of Serbian tradition said the minister who personally delivered many such gifts to foreign diplomats such as the former US Ambassador Michael Kirby and former EU High Representative Catherine Ashton.

„March 8 is the symbol of struggle for gender equality, which cannot be achieved without the right of women to work and be economically independent. Unemployed women throughout Serbia rarely get the opportunity for temporary employment and income generation. With today\'s gathering we want to offer viable solutions to this problem and introduce public works project as an outstanding model for institutional support to women\'s economic empowerment,“ said Violeta Jovanovic. Director of the National Employment Service, Zoran Martinovic expressed his readiness to provide further institutional support to programs that support women\'s entrepreneurship with a view to permanent employment.

Gold-threaded alphabet, traditional Serbian towels, sashes, hand-woven bags, are among more than 400 items that were made by engaged women in 2015 and will be delivered to the protocol of the Government of Republic of Serbia and the Protocol of the M