Initiative for Kosova Community (IKC) within the project ‘Sustainable Rural Development and Reconciliation in Kosovo’ supported by partner We Effect, has held the roundtable ‘The role of local governance on empowering rural women’ to mark International Day of Rural Women. The roundtable was held in Ferizaj on 15 October 2018.
The purpose of this Roundtable was to discuss and enlighten the role of local authorities as duty bearers on rural women development by bringing together actors such as local authorities, CSOs representatives, women organizations, personalities involved on gender issues in Kosovo and other relevant stakeholders. Participants in the discussion panel were Mr.Naim Ferati, Deputy Mayor of Ferizaj Municipality; Mr.Burim Bajrami, Director of AFRD department in Ferizaj Municipality; Mrs. Sebahate Ajeti, Director of Finance from Ferizaj Municipality; Mr. Hasan Aliu, Deputy Mayor of Viti Municipality; Mr. Veton Ademi, Director of AFRD department in Viti Municipality; Mr.Rrahman Jakupi, Deputy Mayor of the Municipality of Shtime, Mr.Fauz Xhemajli, Deputy Mayor of Lipjan Municipality, Mr.Zaim Bela, Director of AFRD department from Hani i Elezit Municipality, Mr.Bajram Imeri, Representative from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development in Kosovo, Mrs.Flora Abdullahu, Member at the Municipal Assembly in Ferizaj, Representatives of Rural Women’s Organizations in Kosovo, and Representatives from We Effect Europe Region Office.
The roundtable addressed the following issues:
- Assessing the current situation of rural women and their role in Kosovo society;
- The role of local authorities in Kosovo in improving and strengthening the position of rural women in Kosovo;
- Economic empowerment of rural women and participation in decision-making
Beside the roundtable, there was also organized a fair of Rural Women business activities including agriculture products, handicrafts etc., to promote the rural women engagement in business and domestic products. The fair was held in the “Dëshmorët e Kombit” square in Ferizaj during all day.