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Women Pioneers in Justice Honored in March 8 Ceremony

On the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of International Women’s Day, March 8, 2010, the Kosovo Chamber of Advocates, in collaboration with USAID Kosovo Justice Support Program, organized an exhibition honoring pioneer women in the justice system at the National Museum of Kosovo.

The Women’s Day exhibition opening coincided with the release of a television documentary and DVD, Women Pioneers in Justice, which follows the careers and achievements of five leading women in the legal profession in Kosovo. The opening event was attended by several hundred guests and the exhibition remained open to the public from March 8, 2010 to March 15, 2010.

To watch the TV documentary please click the following link!

The Women Pioneers in Justice documentary features some of the leading women attorneys in Kosovo today, including Nekibe Kelmendi, Minister of Justice; Lirije Osmani, Judicial Council President; Bademe Siqani Sllamniku, the first woman prosecutor in Kosovo; Meleqe Behxheti, one of the first women judges; and Gjyljeta Mushkolaj, one of the first women to become a judge of the Constitutional Court of Kosovo and one of the first women law professors. The initiative sought to document the experience of women pioneers in the profession, to create a historical record of experiences, to build personal linkages that advance the profession, and build public awareness of the on-going improvements that seek to strengthen the Rule of Law in Kosovo.

Musa Dragusha, President of Kosovo Chamber of Advocates (KCA), remarked that the Women Pioneers would continue to be honored in KCA Women’s Day events in the years to come. Lirije Osmani, Chairperson of Kosovo Judicial Council, gave a speech describing the many developments in Kosovo pertaining to women’s engagement in the professional life. As part of the event honoring the women pioneers, Shpresa Rama, Chair of the KCA Committee for Gender & Minority Issues, presented awards in recognition of promising law students. Three students were honored for their essays on women issues in Kosovo society, and for minority challenges in Kosovo today. Several winners were awarded a scholarship to advance their studies and the work of one student will be published in Chamber of Advocates’s newsletter.

The Women Pioneers in Justice initiative is made possible through the support of USAID’s Kosovo Justice Support Program (KJSP), in cooperation with the Kosovo Chamber of Advocates and the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA/ROLI).

The three-year Justice Support Program is implemented under contract with USAID by the National Center for State Courts.

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