08 March 2016
Today, on the occasion of the International Womens Day, EULEX joins the struggle of all women around the world for womens equal rights and gender equality. This day also serves as a reminder that gender equality remains a significant challenge worldwide, including in Kosovo.
This year, the UN reiterates its commitment to gender equality by announcing its aim to achieve gender equality globally by 2030. EULEX is fully committed to support this target and to include a gender perspective while strengthening rule of Law in Kosovo.
As the Head of Mission of a Rule of Law mission in Kosovo, I am pleased that Kosovo has adopted a significant number of laws and policies with the aim to ensure gender equality. Last year, Kosovo authorities adopted a new Gender Equality Law. It has an ambitious goal to achieve 50 % representation of each gender in public institutions, including in decision-making positions and in sectors that traditionally have been male-dominated. It is therefore particularly encouraging that we see a positive trend and increased attempt by Rule of Law institutions in Kosovo to improve gender representation. However, there is still room for improvement, especially in making those laws and policies fully efficient in advancing women into decision-making positions.
I remain strongly supportive of all local and international women here in Kosovo as they strive to build an efficient and independent justice system providing equal access to justice for all. I urge all institutions in Kosovo to reflect and acknowledge the fundamental role women play in the development of a prosperous and democratic society.