Kosovo: Overcoming Barriers to Women’s Political Participation

Authored by: National Democratic Institute

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Democratization and Political Participation
Country: Kosovo
Region: Europe and Eurasia
Year: 2015
Citation: Kosovo: Overcoming Barriers to Women’s Political Participation. Washington, DC: National Democratic Institute [NDI], 2015.

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Executive Summary

From October 7 to 11, 2014 NDI conducted an assessment of women’s political participation in Kosovo’s 2013 local elections and 2014 parliamentary elections. The assessment drew upon international standards for women’s political participation developed by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and NDI’s own global programs on Gender, Women, and Democracy. The assessment focused on identifying challenges or “gaps” in the recruitment of women candidates, women’s access to decision making positions, their nomination for positions by political parties, and women’s roles within political parties’ campaigns. Based on the assessment findings, NDI has developed recommendations to support gender equality within Kosovo’s political parties and to support future electoral reform efforts.