KOSOVO: Inclusion and Integration of Women of Northern Kosovo Important Topics in a Roundtable Discussion Organized by the Regional Women's Lobby

Thursday, June 28, 2012
Embassy of Finland
PeaceWomen Consolidated Themes: 
General Women, Peace and Security

The Regional Women's Lobby (RLW), a network of women from seven countries in the Western Balkans, organized a roundtable entitled “Dialogue between women in Kosova”. The event provided a forum for women to discuss and share on how to integrate Serb women of northern Kosovo into Kosovo institutions and social life. A focus was also put on the importance of women's empowerment in Kosovo and the rest of the region in the discussions that turned out to be very constructive in addressing core issues and concerns of women living in North Kosovo.

The event gathered representatives from local NGO's from different parts of the country as well as representatives from the Kosovo Government and the international community. Kosovo Deputy Prime Minister and Chair of RWL Edita Tahiri was also present in the event.

The Regional Women's Lobby for Peace, Security and Justice in Southeast Europe (RWL-SEE) was founded in 2006 and is currently supported by the Embassy of Finland in Pristina. RWL gathers prominent women politicians and activists from the region, committed to the goals of promoting women's rights and women's participation in decision-making processes. The network gathers members from different countries in the region including Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.

The RWL aims to promote comprehensively the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security which calls upon state parties to ensure increased representation of women at all decision-making levels in the prevention, management and resolution of conflict.