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Minister Hoxha: We have proper legislation on gender equality in place, but it should apply in practice

March 28, 2019

Prishtina, 28 March 2019 – In the presence of representatives of local and international institutions, on the occasion of “Week of Women”, Minister of European Integration, Ms Dhurata Hoxha, spoke on the topic ”Increasing accountability of public institutions by filtering public policies from a gender perspective”.

The National Democratic Institute (NDI), for the seventh year in a row, organized the Week of Women, focusing on issues of women, empowering leadership of women, their political integrity, equal participation and representation as a determining factor for advancing democracy in Kosovo.

Regarding the importance of filtering public policy from a gender perspective, in order to increase accountability in public institutions, Minister Hoxha pointed out that gender equality is one of the main principles of the EU and in advancing Kosovo towards integration processes.

Despite the achievements we have made over the years in the field of gender equality, Minister Hoxha added that women in Kosovo are still underrepresented, so interests of half of society are not factored in policymaking.

Just as stereotypes that must be eliminated in education, the same applies to political parties in terms of equal representation, particularly in decision-making roles, said Minister Hoxha, and also quoted Ms Albright ”What people have the capacity to choose, they have the ability to change”.

The minister also invited the media to show sensitivity to gender equality in their reporting, taking care of their language as well as the great role of civil society in collecting and analysing data regarding participation and representation of women in public life.

“It is true that we have laws that open the way for equal participation. But these laws should apply in practice, “said Minister Hoxha, expressing confidence that through your contribution, policies in the function of equality, transparency and accountability will mark steps forward.

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