Minister for Human and Minority Rights and Social Dialogue
She was born in 1958 in Novi Sad. She studied at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Institute of Physics, and worked at the University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Technical Sciences, in the subjects of physics and quantum mechanics (1984-1999).
She has been a Member of Parliament of the Republic of Serbia from 2000 to 2020, elected as member of the Democratic Party. She was Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia in the period from 2001 to 2004 and from 2008 to 2020.
As a member of the Democratic Party, she was in charge of the elections in Novi Sad in 1996, was the President of the Provincial Committee of the Democratic Party for Vojvodina (1998-2001), Vice President of the Democratic Party (2001-2004 and 2014-2016) and member of the Assembly of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina (1996-2004).
As of 13 May 2020, she is not a member of any political party.
She was Chair of the Foreign Policy Committee of the National Assembly (2004-2008), as well as a member of the National Assembly delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, where she was elected Rapporteur of the Committee on Human Rights, Democracy and Humanitarian Affairs from 2006 to 2016.
She was Deputy Chair of the Committee on Constitutional Affairs and Legislation, a member of the Committee on European Integration and the Committee on Environmental Protection.
As the founder of the Women's Parliamentary Network of the National Assembly and a member of the women's movement in Serbia, she had a role in the fight for equality and equal participation of women in all decision-making positions in Serbian society.
In October 2019, at the 141st IPU General Assembly held in Belgrade, she was elected President of the IPU Women's Parliamentary Forum.
In February 2020, she proposed amendments to two election laws, for the national and local levels with a mandatory quota of 40 percent of the underrepresented gender. The ruling coalition agreed to the changes and they are in force in Serbia.
She is committed to dialogue, European integration of Serbia, rule of law, culture of human rights, regional cooperation and building stable peace and development of both Serbia and the region, with equal participation of both women and men as decision makers on a common future.
She is married, with four children.
She speaks English.