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On the 23rd November 2016, the Agency for Science and Higher Education received the MAMFORCE STANDARD as part of the project In Pursuit of Full Equality between Men and Women: Reconciliation of Private and Family Life. The Agency thus became the first organisation from the public sector to receive this standard as a confirmation of implementing family responsibility and gender equality policies.

MAMFORCE STANDARD is awarded to organisations that have passed an independent review of their working conditions and the practice of human resources management, and which will use the received recommendations to implement new practices regarding the responsibility towards the employees’ family obligations and to enable uniform gender representation in managerial positions.

„ASHE became involved in this project in order to raise awareness of existing good practices of human resources management, as well as to identify possibilities for further development“, stated Vesna Dodiković Jurković, PhD, Assistant Director of ASHE, during the awarding of the standard.

The project included several phases: filling out questionnaires about the policies, practices and measures that support family responsibility and gender equality; conducting an employee survey that gives insights into their perception of existing practices, interviewing the employees, and developing recommendations for further improvement.

In organising its activities, ASHE gives great importance to ensuring the compatibility between its employees’ business obligations and private life, and fosters equal treatment of all employees. „We hope that our example will encourage other public sector institutions to become involved in this project, and to think about gender equality and family policies. We want to turn caring for our employees into one of our priorities, because this is the only way to build an efficient organisation“, stated Dodiković Jurković, PhD.