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Tahiri calls on women to use activism to prevent border correction ideas (Koha)

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Women involved in peace-building processes give better results to the sustainability of agreements and the progress of society in general and therefore they need to be involved in decision-making processes. This was said at the UN Global Open Day for Women, Peace and Security, organized by the OSCPA and the EU Office in Kosovo. Edita Tahiri, former chief negotiator in the talks between Pristina and Belgrade, called on women to be actively involved in dialogue with Serbia in order to stop border correction ideas. Tahiri said women in the Balkans have a very important role. “Kosovo is the only country that has trusted women and it proved this in Rambouillet and Brussels. I don’t want to praise my country, but this is the truth. We need more women in government however. Our agenda nowadays is being sidelined. We are hearing some short-sighted politicians talk about border correction ideas. We know that borders can be changed only through wars. We, the women, must take on leading roles. The International Court of Justice has confirmed that there cannot be any ethnic states. We, the women, need to speak up. I am surprised by Federica Mogherini, because she too is a woman and she is supporting this idea. I say we, the women, need to take on leading roles and reject ideas that can produce instability,” Tahiri said. Sonja Licht, from the Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence, said that societies cannot progress if women are not sufficiently represented in decision-making bodies. “This is why I think that meetings like this one are very important. The whole world has agreed that we need to fight for common values, from freedom to what is called global development,” she added.

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