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Kosovo: UN urges higher profile for women

UN’s top envoy to Kosovo urges higher profile for women in political life

The senior United Nations envoy to Kosovo today urged a higher profile for women in the political life of the UN-administered province.

Søren Jessen-Petersen made his remarks during a meeting with Kosovo women leaders at the headquarters of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), where he invited those present to advocate with local decision-makers and leaders of parties to change the mindset that has excluded women from the political arena.

“Women should play a more significant role in the political life in Kosovo. They have a lot to bring to the table, including to the negotiating one. Their views should be taken into account by those who are discussing the future of Kosovo in Vienna,” he said, referring to talks on the province’s future status.

Mr. Jessen-Petersen also appealed to the Kosovo women leaders to enhance reconciliation among all Kosovo communities.

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