Kosovo, Serbia and Turkey share their experience on the Women’s Struggle for Peace
02.06.2017

Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung (FES) in cooperation with the Research Center for Peace, Democracy and Alternative Politics (DEMOS) in Turkey, organized in Istanbul a conference and workshop on “Women's Struggle for Peace: Serbia, Kosovo and Turkey”, on 12,13 and 14 May, 2017. The conference provided a space for sharing experiences and analyzed the activism of women in the peace building process of different countries, which lack the integration of women's perspective in peace negotiation talks between the officials of the respective states.
      Among the many speakers, Kosovo was represented by Igballe Rogova, Executive Director of the Kosovo Women's Network (KWN), Nazlie Bala from Vetevendosje/Self-Determination Movement and Vjollca Krasniqi from the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Prishtina.

On the first day of the conference, women from civil society and politics shared their experiences regarding memory and identity, whilst women from Turkey spoke about women's participation in the peace building process.

        
Ms. Bala and Ms. Krasniqi from Kosovo shared experiences on the struggle for women's inclusion in politics and negotiations from the political and gender point of view, while Mrs. Rogova emphasized the commitment and the role of women in civil society in this process. She further informed on international and domestic advocacy for the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) since its adoption in 2000 and how after the war in Kosovo, she used the Resolution to seek more meetings of women in Kosovo with UN officials, and international decision-makers.

      By overcoming the obstacles they faced and taking into account the commitment of women to contribute to peace building and to participate in the negotiations, Rogova recalled: “This was the time period when KWN and the Women in Black Network decided to create the Women's Peace Coalition  by joining women from Kosovo and Serbia who, based on Resolution 1325, were requesting to have at least one woman in the negotiating teams of both states by stressing the importance of lobbying for women's participation in peacebuilding process”.

        The two-day conference was concluded with the reflections of activists on how to bring peace to agendas in difficult times and how to use the best practices and methods of women’s activism on the path of peace building.

 
Kosova Women's Network