Overcoming Barriers to Empowering Women in the Public Sphere
The Forum for Leadership and Diplomacy, on Thursday, 6 February 2020 organized a debate “Overcoming Barriers to Empowering Women in the Public Sphere”, within the project “Leadership Academy”, with the financial support of GIZ in Kosovo. This debate was organized as a result of many meetings, debates and other activities with up to 40 participants (women and girls) within the academy.
Njomza Emini, Executive Director of the Forum for Leadership and Diplomacy, commenting on the composition of the current government cabinet stated that “This change is showing that in Kosovo there are more than five ministers capable and able, but lacking space and support. I believe that even more women can be a part of the government cabinet. It is a good start for this new government with Mrs. Vjosa Osmani, the new Speaker of the Parliament of Kosovo. It is more than proud that the Assembly of Kosovo will, for the first time in history, be led by a professional woman and a lady.”
United Nations Development Coordinator, Ms. Ulrika Richardson, underlined the fact that women’s rights should be a priority of each government. According to her, it is important to understand that we have not achieved enough development, women and men do not have equal opportunities, and many of you are convinced that you are talking about these inadequate rights. “You might have noticed that in every area we can see the difference between the places men and women occupy. Equality is yet to be achieved and we must admit that it is difficult. Arguments and data show that we live in an unequal world. Of course, there is progress and it is much better now, but more needs to be done. She concluded with the statement that the world would not be better off if only one gender had all the power.
Ms. Rozafa Ukimeraj, a Permanent Secretary from the Ministry of Local Government Administration stated that the biggest challenge in the country is the economic empowerment of women: “First, we need women’s economic empowerment, creating more opportunities to increase women’s participation in the labor market. Second, is the prevention and reduction of violence against women, the elimination of gender discrimination in health education and society at large. And third, increase women’s participation in decision-making mechanisms”
The project will continue with other activities to support, empower and collaborate with women and girls participating in the Leadership Academy project.