Only four percent of women in Kosovo have the right of property

Only four percent of women in Kosovo have the right of property

Pristina, 11 February 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

Women in Kosovo continue to be marginalized. They are still not able to enjoy any rights in property ownership and heritage, although the laws in power and international conventions give them this right.

This was pointed out in a conference held in Pristina dubbed “The Growth of the Participation of Marginalized Groups in Kosovo”.

The participants in this activity said that only 4% of women in Kosovo have the right of property.

US ambassador to Kosovo, Greg Delawie said that it is not enough to just have laws on paper, but to also implement them.

“Domestic and international laws that guarantee the rights of women must be implemented. In democratic societies, discrimination of women must not be acceptable”, declared the US diplomat.

According to him, marginalization hinders the democratic process and has an impact the economic development.

“When people are marginalized, it is very difficult for them to exert their economic, political, cultural and social rights”, said the US ambassador.

Meanwhile, minister of Justice, Hajredin Kuci said that the issue of properties is a significant issue and it is part of the economic development of a country.

“In around 60% of cases, women do not understand that a woman or a girl has the equal right of property. Women and girls have the same right in heritage, although this is not applied in practice”, he said.

Minister of Justice said that this is not only solved through legislation, but also through conferences and education. /ibna/