WOMEN’S ROLE IN AGREEMENT IMPLEMENTATION
Gender issues remain a challenge for the region. They stem from the particular historical development of the region and could be found in almost any sphere: culture (patriarchal society), education, politics, environment, and domestic life. The gender gap is particularly high in political empowerment. The gender gap and relatively low political empowerment of women is reflected in the dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo. Though there are women included in the dialogue and there are women in high positions both in Serbia and Kosovo, they remain highly underrepresented in decision-making bodies. The dialogue process could represent a chance to improve women’s participation in the political process.
To address the gender gaps in political empowerment, and particularly in the dialogue, the Council for Inclusive Governance (CIG) organized on May 13, 2023, in Prizren, Kosovo, a roundtable for a group of representatives of political parties, members of parliaments, and civil society organizations from Serbia and Kosovo to continue discussing issues related to incorporating a gender perspective into the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, increasing women’s meaningful inclusion in the process and their influence in the implementation of the agreed documents. Below is a short report from the roundtable.