Regional cooperation for advancing gender equality in the Western Balkans

Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

A Regional roundtable on gender equality was organized for the first time in Albania by the Deputy Prime Minister of Albania, Senida Mesi, in cooperation with UN Women in Albania.

Representatives from Bosnia, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova and Serbia gathered to share their experience and challenges regarding their respective National Gender Mechanism - a key structure in meeting international obligations of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

A common denominator in the participants interventions was the need to place the NGMs at the highest possible level, preferably within the Prime Minister’s offices in order to ensure that gender is sufficiently mainstreamed at all levels of the public administration.

Mrs. Mesi, who is also the National Coordinator for Gender Equality said that Albania will soon have a coordination unit for strengthening the National Gender Mechanism. This unit will support the work of the national gender coordinator and will ensure sustainability and deeper collaboration with donors and partners.

Participants also stressed the importance of improving the regional cooperation among the NGMs not only from within the region but also from other countries. A regional network platform was seen as a formidable tool in order to increase leverage and advocacy before national governments on gender equality issues.