President of Kosovo hosts the International Women’s Summit “Partnership for Change – Empowering Women”


Reported by Kushtrim Mehmetaj in Prishtina

9 October 2012 – Prishtina, Kosovo – The President of Kosovo and the youngest woman leader in the world, Atifete Jahjaga, are hosting this week the International Women’s Summit: Partnership for Change – Empowering Women which is taking place in Kosovo.

The summit has brought together over 200 women leaders from from the region, Europe, Americas, Middle East, Asia and Africa. They represent public, private and civil society sector, academia, international organizations and professional associations. Among the guests are Madeleine Albright – Former US Secretary of StateMaitha Salem Al Shamsi – Minister of State, Government of the United Arab Emirates , Clarice Alpha Jah – Senator of Liberia,  Ulrike Lunacek – Member of the European Parliament,  Jane Harman – Former U.S. Congresswoman, Director, President and CEO of Woodrow Wilson Center, and Afshan Khan – CEO of Women for Women International.

The summit is the first of its kind in the Balkans, addressing economic development, political participation and the security of women as well as the factors that affect the position of women in the society, their economic empowerment and the constitutional and electoral barriers to full participation of women in politics and decision-making. The International Women’s Summit aims to build bridges of cooperation, communication and partnership between public offices and private enterprises, between academia and policy-makers not only within the borders of a country but also between nations, neighboring countries and beyond.

US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton addressing the Summit through video-link

Constructive discussion and exchange during the summit produced a document containing strategic orientations, principles, and measures further advancing the women position in the world, which, from now on it will be known as “Pristina Principles”. More on http://kosovowomenssummit.org and http://www.facebook.com/InternationalWomensSummit.

Source: kosovodiaspora