Mind the GAP: KWN Advocates for an improved implementation of the EU’s Staff Working Document in the Western Balkans
After two weeks of intense field research on the implementation of GAP II in the Western Balkans, more specifically in Kosovo, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, the Former Republic of Macedonia and Montenegro, Kosovo Women’s Network (KWN) presented its report ‘Mind the GAP’ in Brussels on the 22nd of January 2018. The European Commission (EC) and the European External Action Service (EEAS) published this Staff Working Document titled ‘Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Transforming the Lives of Girls and Women through EU External Relations 2016-2020’ in 2016. Participants included officials from Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development, Country Desks and others from the European Commission.
            “This report is like a list you make for cleaning your house, you don’t like it, but it is good because you needed to clean the house”, said Charlotte Isaksson, Senior Gender Advisor to the European External Action Service. Other participants present welcomed KWN’s report with great pleasure, praising its detailed findings and clear and practical recommendations.
            Besides the report being presented, KWN used its time in Brussels to meet up bilaterally with specific officials to discuss specific recommendations from the report. All in all, this advocacy trip proved to be rather successful and fruitful as it resulted in KWN expanding its network in Brussels and put some important point related to the implementation of GAP II on the agenda in the region and in Brussels. 

Kosovo Women's Fund Documentary, 2015-2017

Kosova Women's Network