Achieving gender equality is one of UNDP’s core commitments on the path to sustainable development. Not only is gender inequality an obstacle to human development and a violation of human rights, but inequities between men and women in terms of rights and opportunities are intimately entwined with endemic poverty, inequitable growth, and failures of governance.
Gender equality and women’s empowerment is a cross-cutting component for UNDP in Kosovo. By mainstreaming gender approaches in its programmes on a continual basis, UNDP Kosovo has been strengthening its overall performance in delivering results that are beneficial for both women and men and contribute to a more just and equitable society. Advancing gender equity remains the principal priority throughout all the programs, projects and procedures. Emphasis is being placed on protecting women’s social, economic, political and cultural lives while promoting sustainable livelihoods. With its strong program on the rule of law, UNDP supports more gender responsive institutions, by ensuring gender responsive judicial learning programs and equal participation of lawyers and judges. On the Environment program, UNDP provides advisory services to national machinery in promoting gender sensitive policy making and strategic planning. UNDP is a strong partner in all Gender Coordination mechanisms established in Kosovo. UNDP has an extensive partnership especially with Agency for Gender Equality within PM Office and all international and local organizations and COs. CO Gender Focal Team (GFT) established in 2012 ensures operative gender mainstreaming and transparent and participatory process. It is led by RC/RR and/or DRR and chaired by GPA, with members representing all units. In June 2015 UNDP Kosovo has been awarded with Gender Seal Bronze for a full compliance of mandatory actions for gender mainstreaming and achieving strong partnerships. In 2017, UNDP in Kosovo office was awarded with Silver Gender Seal.
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UNDP Kosovo, has adopted gender mainstreaming strategy to promote and implement gender equality through its work its three priority areas: sustainable development, democratic governance and climate and disaster resilience. UNDP also works closely with institutions to support the fulfillment of its commitments towards achievement of gender equality and women’s empowerment in the post-2015 development agenda.