KWN, Members Advocate for Improved Gender Perspective in EU Accession

This week several representatives and members of the Kosovo Women’s Network (KWN) are in Brussels, together with other women’s rights organizations from the region, where they are meeting members of the European Parliament, the European Commission and the European External Action Service in order to advocate for an improved gender perspective in the EU Accession Process. Key advocacy points have included the need to: include attention to gender-based violence in the Acquis chapters related to Judiciary and fundamental rights (23) and Justice, freedom and security (24); to consult with women’s rights organizations as part of accession processes, in accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 and the EU Gender Action Plan II; and the need to better resource women’s rights groups and movements for their work in support of informing EU accession reforms with their expertise, advocating for reforms, raising awareness, and holding their governments accountable. This is part of an annual advocacy trip supported by the Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation.