Rodoljub Sabic, Commissioner for Information
Constituting of the new composition of Serbia's National Assembly will certainly provide us with specific, indicative information of public importance. The gender structure of the new composition of the Parliament, or more precisely, the number of women in it, will strike another keynote for thinking about the issue - gender equality, an issue which was otherwise much exploited by many political parties in the pre-election campaign.
We know that on all the lists of candidates there were at least 30 percent of women. That was a requirement imposed by the law, but we will have to wait a few more days for information on the real number of women in the Parliament. This is not the case with certain other information, also very indicative from the aspect of gender equality. Thus, for example, although they account for the majority of the population, women own only 16 percent of enterprises, and an even lower percentage of them - 13 % - have real property registered in their name; they constitute barely 25 percent of managerial structures in the society.
And certain information which should remind us that the issue of gender equality is not a matter of political propaganda but a thing of crucial importance for a democratic society will, by all likelihood, remain secret to us for a long time. Information on mobbing, harassment, psychical and physical domestic violence have constantly remained in the grey area for years. Sometimes it seems that we are not aware just how much of this information we are deprived of. Of course, the ultimate goal is not to know, but to change.