Gender perspective in Kosovo foreign affairs : [presentation given December 15, 2010]

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Title: Gender perspective in Kosovo foreign affairs : [presentation given December 15, 2010]
Author: Kurti Islami, Violeta
Abstract: This paper addresses exclusion of the Kosovo women in building its foreign affairs (FA) and involvement in a newly established diplomacy. Women are not admitted to the FA in appreciable number. In decision making, executive appointments and in the foreign affairs women are few. Having chosen the male in leader decision making position is common in the Kosovo public institutions as such to the foreign affairs. Application of laws and some affirmative measures in Kosovo condition the changes of cultural values and professional preferences, which means that more women are considering participation in decision making, politics and diplomacy as naturally as their men colleagues. Nevertheless Kosovo Constitution ensures gender equality (GE) as a fundamental value for the democratic development of the society. Kosovo women remain under represented in all public offices though. Kosovo must comply with its constitution which endorses the UN landmarks including the Convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women (CEDAW ); beside with EU requirements and in accordance with the international mechanisms to take action to provide an environment, in which women and men could pursue equal career opportunities in all and state institutions. This paper is not about inclusion of more women in public offices but it is to encourage ‘productive interaction and communication of women and men in working processes, based on full gender equality. Further this paper identifies gender equality mechanisms in Kosovo and the EU and its shortcomings putting forward recommendations as to how the gender equality should be implemented in full. Having inclusion of women with merits in foreign affairs within Kosovo government, will upgrade the organizational structure in Kosovo institutions.
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Date: 2011-01-04

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