||The resources available for Serbia in 2014 in the area of women?s economic empowerment will be used to support UN Women?s work towards the following results: 1) increased access of women from under-developed municipalities to information and legal assistance related to protecting their rights in cases of gender based discrimination, and violation of their socio-economic rights; 2) enhanced capacities of relevant policy makers and service providers to ensure measures and programmes on employment enhancement/income generation for the most vulnerable Roma are gender sensitive, and 3) increased capacity of civil servants from planning, finance, and sectoral departments at national and provincial level to integrate gender in the policy making cycle. Work in these areas represents a follow-up to the project and builds on the lessons learnt and partnerships that have been established with key stakeholders, such as the Commissioner for the Protection of Equality, the National Employment Service, and the Provincial Secretariat for Economy, Employment and Gender Equality.
The UN Women?s newly established Regional Office in Istanbul will revisit possible expansion of its programme in collaboration with its Gender Specialist in Serbia, once it is fully staffed and operational, including pursuing further fundraising for a second phase of the project (Scenario 1) that will build on the achievements of the 1st phase of the project and will delve more in depth into selected sub-themes that have been identified by the evaluation as meriting further attention (i.e. position of rural women, ethnic minority women, networking/advocacy by gender advocates), while maintaining the ?umbrella? approach to bring together both duty bearers and rights holders at different levels of government, as well as ?non-traditional? partners, applied by the project?s first phase. The RO, in consultation with national partners and UN Women field offices, will also explore the possibility of broadening the geographic scope of the project during a second phase, to pursue a truly regional initiative, as proposed by the evaluation. The development of a follow-up phase, however, will be initiated once a full-time Policy Advisor on Women?s Economic Empowerment will come on board.