Gender quotas changing the face of politics in Albania, Croatia & Serbia: Achievements and limitations -GenPolSEE Webinar – 9 March 2023, 12:00-13:30 CET

On the occasion of 8 March – the International Women’s Day

About the webinar:

The shift from one-party socialism to multi-party democracies, and overall social, economic and political transformations in South-East Europe (SEE) have radically changed the understanding of the role of women in public life. In the Nineties, women’s formal participation was decreased in all national legislatures, compared to the times of socialism. In order to counter this development and to advance women’s presence in politics, all SEE countries joined the emerging community of states that have decided to introduce legislated gender quotas for parliamentary and local elections. From today’s perspective, gender quotas had a clear impact in increasing the number of women members of parliament and local level councilors, but they were also faced with diverse forms of resistance. At the second webinar of this series we will look into three specific case studies, aiming at better understanding the formal and informal institutions that had an impact on quota implementation. We will also critically review the influence of quotas on the way politics are done and what type of outcomes they produce.

This webinar is part of the Gender & Politics Research in South-East Europe Webinar Series, initiated by the GenPolSEE network, aiming at promoting research and researchers from the region.


  • Lilijana Čičkarić, Principal Research Fellow, Institute of Social Sciences, Belgrade
  • Marjeta Šinko, Assistant Professor, University of Zagreb
  • Marsela Dauti, Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Tirana

Moderator: Milica Antić Gaber, Full Professor, University of Ljubljana

The webinar will be in English language.

All interested to participate are kindly invited to register at the following link

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Gender and Politics Research Network in South-East Europe (GenPolSEE) is an informal, feminist network interested in fostering research on gender equality, representation, backlash and public policy in South-East Europe. GenPolSEE was established at the Founding Meeting in November 2022. The network is committed to a) Strengthening peer-to-peer learning and exchange among gender and politics researchers in the region; b) Promoting contemporary feminist research methodologies and strengthening links with international experts, networks and platforms; and c) Conducting empirical research aimed at supporting change, innovation and transformation, and promoting research from the region internationally. Thematic research: a) Gender and representation: institutions, critical actors, arenas of representation, women’s and social movements, masculinities and intersectionality; b) Gender and backlash: anti-gender movements, backlash on women’s and LGBTI rights, right-wing politics; and c) Gender and public policy: gender equality legislation, inclusive policy making, accountability mechanisms, gender mainstreaming.

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