The Sarajevo Open Centre has submitted requests to all representatives of the House of Representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina and to the parties whose leaders have talked about the formation of the executive power at the state level to act in accordance with the Gender Equality Law in BiH when appointing the Council of Ministers of BiH.
The Gender Equality Law in Bosnia and Herzegovina stipulates in Article 20 that (1) State bodies at all levels of the organization of government and local self-government bodies, including legislative, executive and judicial power, political parties, legal entities with public authorities … will ensure and promote (2) Equitable gender representation exists when one of the genders is represented at least in the percentage of 40% in the bodies referred to in paragraph (1) of this Article. (3) Discrimination on the grounds of gender shall be considered a situation where there is no equal representation referred to in paragraph (2) of this Article.
So far no convening of the BiH Council of Ministers has reflected the equal representation of both genders by 40%, therefore the parties’ leaders (SBB, HDZ, SDA, SNSD) have been asked to directly implement the Gender Equality Law in BiH, and from the representative The House of Representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly of BiH is required not to confirm the appointment of the Council of Ministers of BiH unless it reflects the equal representation of both genders.
A government with no relevant number of female ministers can not be legitimate or representative. Equal representation of men and women in all decision-making places, and especially at the place where the most important state decisions are made – the Council of Ministers of BiH is one of the interests of the citizens of BiH which must be respected.
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