WCSOs Call for the Inclusion of a Gender Perspective in the Berlin Process

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KWN joins other WCSOs in the region in calling for more women’s rights activists to take part in the Berlin Process and for it to better reflect attention to gender equality in all sectors.

The Berlin process is a platform for high-level cooperation between official representatives of
the Western Balkan Six (WB6), consisting of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo,
Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia, and their peers in Berlin Process host countries1
It aims to improve and intensify regional integration as well as accelerate the entire region’s
closer alignment with the European Union (EU).

Its main areas of focus are infrastructure development and connectivity, business, regional youth exchanges, reconciliation, and science. These areas were discussed through individual working papers during the digital preparatory workshop of the Berlin Process Civil Society and Think Tank Forum 2022 on October 19-20. The workshop sought to bring civil society voices and expertise into the Berlin
Process by preparing joint recommendations in these areas.

At least seven women’s rights civil society organisations (WCSOs) attended the preparatory
workshop and provided several recommendations on how attention to gender equality could
be integrated into the consolidated civil society recommendations. However, the resulting
draft recommendations that were shared lacked sufficient attention to gender equality.