KWN Attends the Working Party on the Western Balkans Region (COWEB) Meeting 

We thank EULEX and the Working Party on the Western Balkans Region (COWEB) for the opportunity to share about KWN and our members’ work to empower women’s rights groups; increase women’s participation in politics and a gender perspective in laws and policy-making; address gender-based violence in line with the Istanbul Convention; empower women economically through legal reforms and addressing gender-based discrimination at work; further women’s access to healthcare; and transform gender norms through education, including childcare availability.

We requested COWEB members’ support to:

1) ensure diverse women have a seat at the table during Pristina-Belgrade Dialogue and that EU Special Envoy for the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue, Miroslav Lajcak, consults women’s rights groups as per UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and EU commitments to it, as per KWN’s letters;

2) ensure that EU regulations make stronger commitments to furthering gender equality, including clear targets and budget allocations (noting IPA III as a missed opportunity);

3) encourage the Kosovo government to adopt needed legal and policy reforms and allocate budget for implementing the Istanbul Convention in close consultation with women’s rights activists as experts; and

4) expedite visa liberalization to truly realise European values of intercultural exchange and peace-building.

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