On November 17th a round-table with the leaders of Village Councils in the Municipality of Mitrovica took place. The discussion focused on women’s engagement as members of Village Councils, on equal opportunities of men and women on being a village leader as well as in the councils’ membership.
Differently from other municipalities visited so far, the Municipality of Mitrovica had a community leader of the neighborhood “July 2” and one member of Village Council in two villages Broboniq and Vinarc in 47 of a total villages in the municipality.
The purpose of this meeting was therefore to offer a democratic perspective on women’s engagement in decision-making and community leadership, the potential of women to contribute as co-citizens and the legal responsibilities in regards to equal gender representation in decision making structures, formal or informal ones. Community leaders were also informed that the young women from the municipality of Mitrovica (certified by PEN on local decision-making and community leadership) are willing and ready to join Village Councils and help contribute for the challenges and problems in their villages and neighborhoods.