Parental leave: Starting point in reshaping the labour market?


On 3rd of April, was held a Salon on  topic Parental leave: Starting point in reshaping the labour market?”. Part of the panel  were Henrik Nilsson, Ambassador, Embassy of Sweden in Kosovo, Çerkin Dukolli, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, Ardiana Gashi, Professor, University of Prishtina, Alban Hashani, Executive Director, Riinvest Institute.

In this salon it was discussed how maternity, paternity and parental leave is foreseen to be regulated in the in concept document on regulating the field for the employment relationship, a draft document which is in the public discussion phase and is open for comments for all interest groups that can contribution to develop a more suitable concept for all parties until 11 April 2018 on the platform for public consultation.

During the discussion the need to review the proposed model in this concept paper for the regulation of maternity leave and parental leave, issues related to various modalities for compensation of maternity, paternity and parental leave, as well as the amount of research taken into consideration from the Ministry prior to designing its proposed model were emphasized. Overall, the discussion highlighted the different opinions and concerns that still prevail over this issue, such as family responsibilities and duties. It was  also emphasized that if addressing gender inequality is an objective, then the economic effects on women after pregnancy should be the main goal of  this public policy.

This salon was moderated by Ajete Kërqeli, Project Manager, Democracy for Development Institute (D4D), while the Op/Ed will be written by Iliriana Banjska, Gender Analyst, Kosovo Women’s Network.

This salon is being organized as part of the project “Parental leave 4 gender equality”, implemented by Democracy for Development from Pristina, financed by the Olof Palme International Centre and supported by Swedish Government

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