This year, at the HQ base "Film City", KFOR marked "Gender Perspectives Day" by organizing the International Conference on Women, Peace and Security in Kosovo, held on March 6, 2018.
This conference aimed to provide a platform for KFOR and NATO as well as local and international institutions and organizations in Kosovo to discuss gender issues with a special focus on security issues and the new generation from a gender perspective. Therefore, this event was intended to convey the message about the importance of Women, Peace and Security agenda and the current state of gender equality in Kosovo.
Following the introductory speech of KFOR Commander, General Major Salvatore CUOCI, the conference continued its work in two panels. The first panel underlined the commitments, work and suggestions for "Security Challenges of Women in Kosovo", where speakers were Flora Macula, Feride Rushiti, Taibe Canolli, Vahagn Muradyan and Kethlin Edith Piirma.
Meanwhile in the second panel, Igballe Rogova, Edi Gusia, Adrijana Hodzic, Tijana Simic LaValley and Irfete Spahiu discussed "Women as Actors of Peace and Security".
Among others, Mrs. Rogova spoke also about the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 United Nations Resolution on Women’s Peace and Security 1325 from a political and gender perspective, highlighting the struggle and role of women in civil society in this process. She further emphasized the international and local advocacy the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) since its adoption in 2000 and how after the war in Kosovo, she used the Resolution to seek many more meetings between UN officials, international decision-makers and women in Kosovo.
As guest speakers from political sphere were Burbuqe Deva Bakija and Mimoza Kusari Lila.
Last year, the KFOR conference on "Gender Perspective Day" for the first time was an event organized outside KFOR base and, then, General Major Giovanni Fungo described it as a step to connect with Kosovar society.