Enhancing women’s access to employment: How is the Decent Work Agenda being implemented?


The percentage of women employed in Kosovo continues to be very low. In addition to difficulties in access to employment or employment-related resources, adhering to the ILO’s Global Agenda for Dedicated Work is almost an unknown concept in the labor market in Kosovo. What do we mean by decent work? How is the current law on labor being implemented? How to ensure women’s protection from discrimination and how can we advocate to promote an environment that puts people at the center of development and empowers them?

Throughout the discussion, a special focus was placed on the necessity for support from state institutions to increase women’s access to employment, information provision that increases their chances of finding a job, and empowering entrepreneurship among them. Furthermore, women’s various barriers were discussed, such as the lack of information on the existing resources in the municipality where they live, the low percentage of women who have registered property on their name, the lack of affordable child-care services, maternity leave and lack of implementation of applicable laws that regulate the life-family balance.

The panel consisted of: Besa Luzha, Program Coordinator, FES, Shqipe Pantina, Member of Kosovo Assembly (PSD), and Flamur Bunjaku, Economist.

The salon was moderated by Rozafa Kelmendi, Project Manager, UN Women, and the editorial will be written by Linda Abazi Morina, Project Manager, Institute Democracy for Development (D4D).

The Tuesday salon: “Enhancing women’s access to employment: How is the Decent Work Agenda being implemented?” was held on 12th of March, 2019, in Prishtina.

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