Gender Equality Law – Implementation of Gender-Sensitive Language Started on 21/5

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On May 21, 2024, the provisions of the Law on Gender Equality concerning the use of gender-sensitive language came into effect. These provisions aim to promote equality and combat gender stereotypes, discrimination, and violence based on sex or gender. Special attention is given to public authorities, institutions, and the media, which are obligated to adhere to these legal requirements.

According to the Law on Gender Equality, public authorities and employers engaged in education, upbringing, science, and technological development must use gender-sensitive language. This includes the use of language that aligns with grammatical gender in all educational materials such as textbooks, teaching aids, certificates, diplomas, classifications, titles, professions, and licenses.

The media also play a crucial role in implementing the Law and are required to use gender-sensitive language in their reporting and actively work towards raising awareness about the importance of gender equality. Media outlets are encouraged to contribute to the suppression of gender stereotypes, as well as social and cultural patterns that support discrimination based on sex, gender, or other personal characteristics.

The Law prescribes penalties for non-compliance with the duties related to the use of gender-sensitive language. Responsible persons in the bodies of the Republic of Serbia, territorial autonomy bodies, and local government units will be fined from 5,000 to 150,000 dinars if they fail to comply with the obligations prescribed by the Law. Additionally, the same fines will apply to responsible persons in public authorities and individuals entrusted with specific public powers for violations. These penalties aim to ensure that all relevant entities take their obligations seriously and commit to implementing gender-sensitive language in their work.


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