Dialogue on Gender and Equality as Enshrined in Law

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by: Vjollca Krasniqi and Egzona Azemi

Conceptions of equality as enacted in the everyday life as maintained the in the cultural imagination are important. But also important is how they are translated and how they have been introduced in the legal arena. In Kosovo, but also widely in South East Europe, a significant shift in the institutionalization of gender equality has taken hold. Gender Equality laws have been adopted and a number of gender equality mechanisms introduced, at the national and local levels. In Kosovo, the Gender Equality Law was adopted in 2004. As a significant institutional practice, this law strives for gender equality across the public sphere of politics, economy and employment, education, health, and culture, as well as in the domain of the private sphere and family. Over the last two years, the law has been under review. New amendments have been sought to strengthen the existing foundations and towards greater gender equality.

Aiming to bring gender and law at the center of the academic debate, the University Program for Gender Studies and Research of the University of Prishtina, joined the public discussion with a group of diverse participants from academia, women’s movement, civil society, students, and women political activists. This event preceded the discussion of the Gender Equality Law at the Kosovo Assembly last week, at which the new revised law was adopted.

Aiming to further the dialogue on gender equality law, we invite women participants in the “Budva process” to share their views on three specific aspects of the law: its perspectives and challenges in practice. We would like to begin with the following question: In what way does the Gender Equality Law ensure equal participation of women and men in society, politics, economy and culture? We continue with a reflection on what way the Gender Equality Law is inclusive for women and men from different walks of life. And last but not least, what are the challenges for a genuine implementation of the Gender Equality Law?

 

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