Women in Kosovo are not decision makers 

Kosovo has advanced legislation on gender equality, but women living there are far from equal. 

Lidija Pisker
Lidija Pisker NewsMavens, Balkans
Women in Kosovo are not decision makers  - NewsMavens
Young Kosovar woman. Adam Jones/Wikicommons.

Why this story matters:

One of the most striking findings of the Balkans Policy Research Group's research, as reported by Kosovo 2.0., is that gender-based economic inequality in Kosovo is estimated to be the highest in Europe. 

"Although women comprise 52.1 percent of the total number of Kosovars with a university degree, compared to 47.9 percent of men, in employment they account for only 12.7 percent compared to 46.6 percent men." 

The report also states that the trend of non-inclusion of women in leadership positions and insufficient inclusion in representative positions has increased in recent years. Women’s representation in local elections, for example, doesn't exceed 4 percent.

Insufficient involvement of women in decision-making and leadership is a serious challenge Kosovo needs to start dealing with very soon if it wants to progress on the path to Europe.

Details from the story:

  • The Law on Gender Equality of Kosovo protects and promotes equality between the sexes and sets rules for equal opportunities for the participation of women and men in political, economic, cultural and social life and foresees sanctions in cases where those principles are not enforced. 
  • Kosovo has the most advanced Law on Gender Equality in the region, according to the report, which is, however, not being put in practice.
  • Kosovo has a very small number of women in senior decision-making positions (secretary general, chief executive and executive director) within the government. 
  • In 2012, women made up 9,8 percent of those in senior decision-making positions. The number dropped in 2015, when women made up 5,6 percent and in 2016 they made up 5,7 percent. 
  • In 2018, the participation of women in senior decision-making positions reached 11,9 percent. However, as Kosovo 2.0. reported, in the course of seven years, the 2,1 percent increase since 2012 has been inconsequential. Two extra ministries have been created in the current mandate of the government, which theoretically should have provided more opportunity for the inclusion of women.
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