Prishtina, March 6, 2018 – Advocacy Training and Resource Center (ATRC) in partnership with United States Agency for International Development (USAID), organized the Conference on “Implementation of Institutional Commitments to Improve the Rights of Marginalized Groups”, at which stakeholders, Kosovo institutions and partners working with marginalized groups in Kosovo to improve the implementation of the rights of marginalized groups in Kosovo, were involved.
Through this conference, ATRC took a step towards strengthening cooperation between civil society organizations (CSOs) and Kosovo institutions, who are the key policy makers addressing the fundamental rights of marginalized groups in Kosovo, such as women, youth, LGBTI and people with disabilities. The conference identified social and economic inequalities faced by marginalized groups and gathered recommendations from the civil society and partners, which were addressed to the relevant Kosovo institutions. Some of the recommendations stemming from the conference are: the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology should address the stereotyping of women and girls in school textbooks, the role of vocational schools and the inclusion of youth in the Kosovar labor market. The utilization of discriminatory language in job vacancies should be addressed by relevant institutions, due to its impact on the market, the issue and the duration of maternity leave should be identified because of its impact on women’s employment in Kosovo, and many other issues related to gender equality, critical thinking and the impact it has on preventing violent extremism, and people with disabilities in Kosovo.
The conference also served as a tool to raise public awareness on the need for further improvement of the rights of marginalized groups and their social inclusion in Kosovo. This conference is part of the Engagement for Equity Program – E4E, which aims to improve the integration of vulnerable and marginalized groups by strengthening civil society’s role in raising critical democracy and governance issues and in influencing the development and effective implementation of policies affecting these communities.
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