Parlamentarians discuss Report on monitoring the implementation of the Law on Gender Equality

17 Jul 2013

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The Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights, Gender Equality, Missing Persons and Petitions met yesterday, 17th July 2013, to review and approve the Report on monitoring the implementation of the Law on Gender Equality in Kosovo nr.  2004 / 2.

Monitoring of the law was directly supported by UNDP’s, Parliamentary Development for Social Policies (PDSP) Project, with the aim of exploring whether Kosovo institutions have reached the objective of building a more equitable society in accordance with the law and the third Millennium Development Goal - Gender Equality and Women Empowerment.

The monitoring process and the approval of the Report represent a duly completed parliamentary obligation deriving from the SAA Feasibility Study for Kosovo (April, 2012) which notes that “Kosovo's legal framework provides for women's rights. Gender equality is also well enshrined in the legal system, but implementation is slow” and requested that “the Assembly needs to strengthen its oversight function of the executive, through improved scrutiny of legislation and monitoring of implementation of policies and laws”.

Moreover, The European Parliament’s Report (2013) “Women’s Rights in the Balkan Accession Countries”  highlights that the implementation of women’s rights and gender equality measures requires an increase in public awareness of these rights, judicial and non-judicial ways to invoke these rights, and governmental and independent institutions to initiate, carry out and monitor the implementation process.

Members of the parliamentary committee thanked the UNDP and PDSP’s expert for the professional support in drafting the monitoring strategy, questionnaires, and participating in the process of data collection and analysis.

Both the monitoring process and the Report were considered to have provided one of the most professional parliamentary contributions in fulfillment of SSA obligations. Due to its high effectiveness and success, the Committee plans to use the monitoring strategy drafted by UNDP as a best-practice example for all future parliamentary monitoring of the law implementation processes.