April 28, 2017
On April 27, 2017, Ms. Atifete Jahjaga, former President of Republic of Kosovo, delivered a lecture on women’s role in politics and the benefits of having women in public leadership positions.
During the talk, President Jahjaga shared her experience from the time when she was member of the Kosovo Police Force until the time she became the first female president of the Republic of Kosovo. Regarding the latter position she held, her speech was very emotional, especially her stories about gender discrimination and gender inequity in the workplace and the society in general. Additionally, President Jahjaga talked about the challenges and barriers that she experienced during her time in public service.
Apart from women’s role in policy making, President Jahjaga shared her views on what she deemed to be the best approaches on improving the gender balance at all levels in the Government of Kosovo. The speech was followed by a Q&A session where PPDL participants from different ministries, municipalities, and agencies, were able to ask questions regarding the prevalent issue of missing persons, possible ways to overcome the challenges that women face in the public service, and other related ones. Donika Ahmeti, a PPDL participant in Professor Garentina Kraja’s class, asked President Jahjaga to share her thoughts on how to successfully integrate people with disabilities, especially women with disabilities, in governmental institutions.
This guest lecture was held as part of the USAID TLP Public Service Courses/Public Policy Development and Leadership (PPDL) Guest Lecture Series for the Spring Semester 2017.
The Transformational Leadership Program Public Service Courses is sponsored by USAID Kosovo and managed and delivered by RIT Kosovo™ (A.U.K).
“Investing in Women is Investing in the Future”
Atifete Jahjaga, President of Kosovo (2011-2016)
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