The monitoring of the implementation of the Law on Equal Opportunities of Women and Men within the local self-government of the Republic of Macedonia constitutes the first more serious attempt to analyze the implementation of the Law on Equal Opportunities of Women and Men by the local authorities.
The research was conducted in 2008 with the view to provide relevant information on the extent and manner of implementation of the Law by the responsible actors in the local self-government units and develop guidance for its further more effective implementation.
One of the key motives of Akcija Zdruzenska for conducting this research lies in the fact that the adoption of the Law in 2006 was not followed up by a comprehensive monitoring framework with clear indicators of its implementation that would not come down to a simple marking of the number of established committees and appointed coordinators for equal opportunities. The activities undertaken by the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy through the Department for Equal Opportunities for the purpose of introducing the necessary preconditions for its principal implementation, particularly on the local level, were insufficient and inappropriate.
The research results confirm once again the absence of a clearly defined gender equality policy that will reflect the specific Macedonian requirements and priorities and establish the institutional assumptions for realizing the international and European commitments on gender equality.
The recommendations constitute general priority guidance for a more effective implementation of the Law on the local level, as well as for further promotion of the policies and actions not only on the part of the institutions on the central and local level, which have the mandate to promote gender equality, but also by various international subjects active in this area in the Republic of Macedonia.