GENDER PERSPECTIVE AND WOMEN’S PARTICIPATION IN THE DIALOGUE ON NORMALIZATION
The Council for Inclusive Governance (CIG) organized on March 3, 2023, in Tirana, Albania, a roundtable for a group of representatives of political parties, members of parliaments, and civil society organizations from Serbia and Kosovo to discuss issues related to incorporating a gender perspective into the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue and increasing women’s meaningful inclusion in the process. The participants recommended that a gender perspective should be considered in future processes, especially in areas where one gender is affected disproportionally, and that more women should be involved in the dialogue process.
The United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, adopted 23 years ago, has contributed to gender mainstreaming globally. Post-conflict situations have proven the essential role of women in peacebuilding processes. But their role is even more necessary for maintaining peace. These issues are often omitted by leaders who are more concerned with such issues as status or gaining political victories. Thus, with women in the processes of negotiation and implementation, as well as with the proper inclusion of a gender perspective, agreements are usually more comprehensive, sustainable, and more implementable. The question remains how to include these practices and perspectives in the current Serbia-Kosovo dialogue. Participants offered a number of suggestions.
The report below provides a brief summary of the discussions.