Gender Mainstreaming Kosovo’s Legal Framework on the Environment in Line with EU Commitments
By Katharina Miller and Sylvia Cleff Le Divellec, European Women Lawyers Association, for the Kosovo
The environment is a shared resource and access to it is crucial for the wellbeing of individuals and communities. Research has highlighted the importance of understanding gender roles to ensure environmental security.1 Women are disproportionately impacted by climate
change and other ecological threats due to their more limited access to resources such as land, technology, education, and decision-making power. To ensure environmental security, it is essential to provide women with equal access to resources and opportunities, so that they can
play a more active role in protecting their environment.
This means considering gender-specific considerations when designing interventions for climate change adaptation and mitigation, as
well as promoting the inclusion of women in all aspects of decision-making processes related to the environment. Only by ensuring that women are enabled to meaningfully participate and have access to resources can Kosovo ensure environmental security in the long run.