KWN Calls: Vote for More Women in Local Elections

In recent days, the Kosova Women’s Network (KWN) has conducted the field campaign “Vote for more women in local elections”, and through social networks has called on voting women in local elections, which will be held this Sunday, October 17, 2021.

About 80 volunteers, for five days (October 11-15), talked to citizens in 23 municipalities in Kosovo going door-to-door to discuss with women and men voters the importance of voting more women in local elections.

Prior to this campaign, KWN publicly called on political parties to respect the Law on Gender Equality (LGE), providing equal opportunities for women and men.

Given that neither the parties nor the institutions implemented this law, then it is up to us as citizens to elect as many women as possible in the municipalities.

KWN has campaigned in the field for this issue even in previous years’ elections, and will continue to support, protect, and promote the rights and interests of women and girls, regardless of their political, religious, ethnic, or sexual orientation.

We also recall that supporting women’s participation in politics and decision-making is part of KWN’s 2019-2022 Strategy. KWN values ​​elections as a fundamental element of a democratic state and gender equality as a vital right of each of us, so we consider it more than necessary and important that citizens are given equal opportunities.

Lack of democratization and low participation of women within most parties unjustly deprives women of participation and contribution in decision-making. So, on October 17, whichever list you choose, vote for more women in your municipality!

Vote for equality!

This campaign is implemented as part of the initiative “Strengthening Women’s Participation in Politics“, and is supported by the European Union (EU) Office in Kosovo.

KWN member organisations supporting the implementation of this campaign:

Active Females of Gjakova – Gjakovë

Centre for Education and Development “Elita” – Lipjan 

Family Care and Education Association – Gjakovë

Female Emancipation Association ALMA – Pejë

Hendifer – Ferizaj

Independent Women’s Association “Hareja” – Rahovec 

Local Reforms Organisation (EULOC) – Viti

Mitrovica Association of Persons with Disabilities “Handikos Mitrovica” – Mitrovicë

NGO Drugëza – Skënderaj

NGO Women’s Centre for Rural Development – Novobërdë

NGO Women’s Centre “ATO” – Vushtrri 

Organisation of People with Muscular Dystrophy of Kosova (OPMDK) – Prizren

Psychotherapists in Action – Gjilan

Ruka Ruci – Fushë Kosovë, Graçanicë, Partesh, Ranillug, Kllokot, Leposaviq, Mitrovicë e Veriut, Zubin Potok – Zveçan

Women’s Alliance for Integration – Prishtinë.