Round table on “Law for gender equality and legal institutions” with women with disabilities

28 Jan 2013

UNDP Advancing Gender Justice Project aims to provide a significant contribution towards making the justice system more accessible for women and ensuring protection of their rights and to bring a gender perspective in the formal and informal institutions of the justice sector. The micro grants component is being implemented to engage NGOs/CSOs to put into practice projects that address access to justice needs of all communities in Kosovo, with a special focus on women rights and empowerment.

One of the NGO beneficiaries, the Association of Persons with Children Paralyses ‘Handicap Kosova’ is implementing the ‘Law for Gender Equality and Legal Institutions’ project. The project aims to raise the awareness of women with disabilities for their rights and to facilitate their access to legal institutions as guaranteed by the law. The activities include an analysis of the problems or barriers to access  women with disabilities in legislative institutions; organize round-tables in three municipalities in Kosovo: Mitrovica, Gjilan/Gnjilane; Prishtine/Pristina, and establish focus groups

On 28 January 2013, Handicap Kosova organized a round table in Pristina. In this session, 10 women with disability were present, representing the main Disabled People's Organizations (DPOs): Kosovan Association of Deaf, Association of Blind and Visually Impairment of Kosovo, Down Syndrome Kosovo, Civic War Invalids, and Republican Committee of Blind Women in Kosovo. Ms. Suzana Novobërdaliu, the Deputy of Kosovo Assembly Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights, Gender Equality, Missing Persons and Petitions was present jointly with other participants from local institutions as Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, Social Political Institution, and UNDP representatives.