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Role of Women in Legal and Economic Reform in Macedonia


June 26, 2009


On the 12th of June 2009 in the Aleksandar Palace Hotel in Skopje the conference “Role of Women in Legal and Economic Reform in Macedonia”, was organized by GTZ, the Lawyers Association of Macedonia and the Regional Centers for Development of the East, South-east and Polog regions. More than 100 women from different sectors took part in the conference with the aim to exchange experience and present successful examples of women’s role in legal and economic reform in Macedonia. The conference also emphasized the important role women have in leading economic and legal reform and the need to strengthen this role in Macedonian society. The Conference with own welcome speech was opened:

  • Mrs. Ulrike Maria Knotz, Ambassador of Federal Republic of Germany in Republic of Macedonia;
  • Mrs. Wiebke Ottenbriet, vice Director of GTZ in Republic of Macedonia
  • Mrs. Elizabeta Kancheska Milevska, Minister for Culture of Republic of Macedonia

The national legal frame for gender equal opportunities and clause for not-discrimination was presented by:

  • Mrs. Lidija Dimova executive Director of the Macedonian Centre for Europe Training, she spoke on the theme: “How to achieve the European Union”;
  • Mrs. Savka Todorovska representative of the National Women Council of Republic of Macedonia – SOZM presented “Factual state of women in Macedonia”;

Role of women in economic-legal reform:

  • Mrs.  Aneta Arnaudovska, Director of Academy for training of Judges  and public prosecutors of the Republic of Macedonia she has presented on the theme: “Judges  and public prosecutors, woman as guarantors of independence and fairness”.
  • Mrs. Mariana Lonchar-Velkova, President of the Customer Organization of the  Republic of Macedonia spoke on the theme: “The role of women in the establishment and function of the Macedonian Customer organization”
  • Mrs. Liljana Cekovska, Executive Director of the Lawyer Association of Macedonia spoke on theme of: “Woman in business-reality and needs”
  • Prof. d-r Mare Zarezankova-Potevska, University of FON, spoke on the topic of: “Macedonian woman and entrepreneurship”

The final topic of the conference was: “Role of woman in the economy of the Republic of Macedonia”:

  • Mrs. Mimoza Tachi – “Sun and star”, Tetovo –“Think positive”;
  • Mrs. Divna Jovanova, individual agriculture “Divna” Kochani – “with Macedonian strawberry to European table”;
  • Mrs. Lenche Litajkovska  owner on Cobra TV, Radovish – “I believe in Angel”;
  • Mrs. Suzana Naumoska, Ltd Spa “Izida”, Ohrid, “Creativity is open world on unlimited possibilities”
  • Mrs. Olgica Ilioska, Manager and main coordinator on AD Inex Gorica, Ohrid – “Every great success is a triumph of persistence”



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