The second phase of the project “Removing Ceiling for Equal Opportunities” provided professional development training for a selected group of professional women with different backgrounds. The training modules were within a framework of the certification program, which equipped participants with necessary skills to exercise a decision-making position, and it changed attitude and practice by reducing gender stereotyping in the workplace. It was designed to remove some of the impediments related to barriers that women face.
The majority of participants in the training sessions were KUSA Alumnae who had the opportunity to gain knowledge on how to achieve and hold decision-making positions. This project increased awareness about the glass ceiling that professional and competent women in Kosovo face when they are eligible to hold decision making positions within private and public institutions.
The certification program is designed to cover key areas of corporate governance and decision making and is organized in two stages. The first stage was implemented in 2017, consisted of the following modules:
- “Ethics, Integrity and Transparency” presented by Afrim Atashi, who elaborated how companies’ ethical and moral behavior can change a companies’ course, and how to look forward to a fully transparent company future;
- “Strategic Planning – Developing and Implementing Organizational Strategy” presented by Merita Gjyshinca Peja who talked about how an organization defines its strategy and how it allocated its resources to peruse this strategy;
- “Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)” presented by Arjeta Spahiu who talked about the ethical principle that an organization should be responsible for how its behavior might affect society and the environment. We were also honored to welcome Robert Wright, CEO of Raiffeisen Bank Kosovo, as a keynote speaker during this module.
- “Financial Management” presented by Hajdar Hoxha.