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Conference: Women's Leadership: Strategies for Empowering Women in Political Decision-Making, Prishtina, 18-19.6.2004

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    International Conference: Women s Leadership: Strategies for Empowering Women in Political Decision-Making / Prishtina, Kosova / June 18-19, 2004 / For more
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      International Conference: " Women's Leadership: Strategies for
      Empowering Women in Political Decision-Making" / Prishtina,
      Kosova / June
      18-19, 2004 / For more information, please contact: Delina Fico,
      STAR
      Network of World Learning
      delinafico@... Mobile/cell +377 44 222 566


      STAR Network of World Learning/Kosova - Kosova Women's Lobby -
      US National
      Democratic institute

      Co-funding from UNIFEM, Swiss Cooperation Office, and the
      Friedrich Ebert
      Stiftung

      Greetings by Bajram Rexhepi, Prime Minister of Kosova
      Opening remarks by Marcy Ries, Head of US Office in Prishtina
      International Speakers to include the UK's Lesley Abdela
      (lesley.abdela@...)

      The main expected result of the conference will be a Plan of
      Action on
      Women 's Political Participation in Kosova with concrete
      conclusions and
      recommendations to be used in particular by Kosova Women's Lobby,
      political parties, the parliament, and women's NGOs in their
      efforts to
      bring more women in all levels of political decision-making.

      International speakers/resource persons invited to the
      conference include:

      -Politicians and/or representatives of women NGOs from SEE
      countries, in
      particular from Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Hercegovina,
      Serbia and
      Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, and Greece

      -Politicians and representatives of organizations and programs
      (beyond
      SEE) that have successfully promoted women's participation in
      political
      decision-making

      Background and description
      General elections will take place in Kosovo in autumn 2004.
      These will be
      the second free and democratic general elections in Kosovo after
      the 1999
      NATO intervention. The elections will be run based on the current
      regulation that provides for a 30% quota for women. Because of
      this
      requirement, 30% of Kosovar MPs are women. With upcoming general
      elections
      in sight, donors, international and local organizations such as
      OSCE,
      IFES, Norwegian People's Aid, Kosovo Women's Network, Gender
      Training and
      Research Center, Women's Caucus, etc., are engaging in programs
      that aim
      at increasing women's participation in political decision-making
      in
      Kosova. Although 8 out of 19 heads of parliamentary committees
      are women,
      there is only one women minister in the current government and
      there are
      no women Heads of municipal assemblies or Chief Executives of
      municipal
      governments. Women are also largely missing from the leading
      structures of
      political parties at the central and local level.

      The colloquium will:

      1. Look critically at the successes and failures of strategies
      for
      promoting women's participation in political decision-making in
      Kosova.
      2. Learn from successful and failed strategies, programs and
      initiatives
      in other countries, in particular, in those in South Eastern
      Europe, in
      bringing more women at the highest levels of political decision-
      making,
      with particular attention paid to work within political parties.
      3. Develop recommendations for effective and farsighted
      strategies that
      will consolidate the achieved results and will ensure the
      sustainability
      of women's participation in the highest levels of political
      decision-making in Kosovo.
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