Women in Kosovo: work, culture, society. The research report The research was conducted by D. Cieslikowska as a part of the project “The development of women’s economic activity in Kosovo”
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The research report
Theresearch was conducted by D. Cieslikowska as a part of theproject
“The development of women’s economic activity in Kosovo”
by Partners Poland Foundation, and was finansed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland in 2007.
1. What are the characteristics of the female gender role in Kosovo?
What are the differences between traditional and non-traditional gender role patterns? Which life domains have changed and how are they different? How do men and women perceive this issue?
2. What kind of cultural, social and individual factors influence a woman’s decision to enter the workforce or stay at home?
Which of these are conducive to start working and which are handicaps on the labour market?
3. How are women perceived within the context of employment?
What are men’s and women’s expectations towards women in the domestic, professional and public spheres?
Is there conflict or harmony between the needs of individuals and social expectations?
“Life is very different when you have a husband. You’re free, you can do more (…). Being without a husband is like being dead. It would have been better if we had died and our husbands were still alive.”
a professionally, socially and individually satisfied person. She clearly owed her success to her strength of character, her efficiency and effectiveness and many other talents besides. However, as she herself often pointed out, the general opinion in the community was that it was her father-in-law who had made her carrier possible.
Work has become an important issue for Kosovar women. They are now not only concerned with family matters but want to work outside the home as well.
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“to help mobilize women throughout Kosovo, with a specific focus on returnee, displaced, and war-affected women, to assist them and their families in rebuilding their lives and livelihood”,
“to empower women to become agents of change and solidarity through raising awareness, fostering the development of women’s network, and enhancing the principles of gender equity at all levels of government and civil society” (The Kosovo Women’s Initiative)