Respect to gender equality in Kosovo is also highly appreciated by the EU
Prishtina, 2 May 2017- Minister of European Integration, Mimoza Ahmetaj, hosted today in a meeting Ambassador Mara Marinaki, the Principal Advisor on Gender Issues, Women, Peace and Security from the European External Action Service (EEAS). On this occasion, Minister Ahmetaj and Ambassador Marinaki talked about the current situation in Kosovo as well as about advancing the active integration of women into society, decision-making and property rights. This is because Kosovo possesses a more integrated legislation, an EU model, and the implementation of these guaranteed rights should be monitored consistently. Minister Ahmetaj stressed the importance of supporting European standards and values in our society, and at the same time emphasized that these practices enjoy the support of the public as an undisputable right for full inclusion of women in decision-making and state-building processes. Meanwhile, Minister Ahmetaj thanked Mrs. Marinaki for her contribution and stressed that institutions of the Republic of Kosovo are constantly trying to advance the position of women in all segments of life. Minister Ahmetaj also pledged that for this issue, as a Minister, she will continue to give her personal and professional contribution so that women in Kosovo are recognized as a value and not as a burden for society. Ambassador Mara Marinaki was pleased with the achievements of Kosovo institutions in the field of gender equality and women's rights in general. On this occasion, she emphasized that, in particular, the legal framework is a model to be followed by the countries of the region whereas we should continue to work in the implementation and awareness-raising phase.