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Gender assessments in Europe and Central Asia reveal pandemic’s devastating impact on women

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

A survey to assess the gendered impacts of COVID-19 on women’s and men’s lives and livelihoods in ten countries/territories across Europe and Central Asia has revealed dire findings.

Women survivors of violence receive vital support from shelters in Kosovo during the pandemic

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Around 550 women survivors of domestic violence from Kosovo were admitted to shelters during the COVID-19 pandemic, with support from UN Women within the regional programme on ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey, “Implementing Norms, Changing Minds,” funded by the European Union.

Take Five: “Women leaders around the world have demonstrated successful management of the pandemic”

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Around the world, women are shining through as outstanding leaders as the COVID-19 pandemic escalates. From Germany to New Zealand and Denmark to Iceland, women leaders have shown clarity in their decisions and policies, they are compassionate, empathetic, strong communicators and they show solidarity. Her Excellency Vjosa Osmani, the first woman assembly president in Kosovo, has been praised for her professionalism in leading the assembly during the crisis. She is a Doctor of Legal Sciences, former professor and mother of two girls.

My take, your take: Women’s rights in Kosovo, then and now

Friday, October 18, 2019

In this new intergenerational series for Generation Equality campaign, young people take the lead to shape the conversations. Marigona Shabiu, 26-year-old, a human rights activist from Kosovo is talking with Igballe Rogova, 58 years, whose women’s rights activism spans three decades.

Take five: “Impunity is not acceptable”

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Drita Hajdari is a prosecutor for the Special Prosecution Office of Kosovo, where she investigates and prosecutes war crimes. Today, police investigators and special prosecutors, like Ms. Hajdari, are working on an increasing number of cases, with a victim-centred approach. UN Women, through the Gender-Sensitive Transitional Justice project, funded by the European Union, has facilitated mentoring support from international criminal law experts to prosecutors and investigators in Kosovo.

Across eastern Europe, rethinking urban planning, infrastructure and safety bring changes in women’s lives

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Across eastern Europe social support services have not been very inclusive, whether it be because of armed conflict, local decision-making or simply dangerous, unsafe neighborhoods. Now, people are calling for better infrastructure, safer cities and urban planning.

Young men help to fight early marriages in Kosovo’s minority communities

Friday, July 27, 2018

In Kosovo, young men are volunteering to go door-to-door in minority communities to prevent early marriages and encourage girls' education.

In the words of Kadire Tahiraj: “Sexual violence during the war remains an unpunished crime in Kosovo"

Monday, March 5, 2018

Kadire Tahiraj is the founder and director of Centre for Promotion of Women’s Rights in Drenas, central Kosovo, which has been advocating for the rights of survivors of sexual violence during the war in 1998-1999. The centre provides support and services to survivors who still face many challenges in the face of post-conflict transformation.

In Kosovo, legal recognition of war-time sexual violence survivors after 18 years

Thursday, October 19, 2017

After almost two decades of silence and stigma, Kosovo women survivors of sexual violence during the armed conflict of 1998 – 1999 will soon get legal recognition and reparations, including financial assistance.

Young people in Kosovo take action to combat violence against women

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Supported by UN Women and UNICEF Innovation Labs, young people in Kosovo* have developed innovative solutions to address violence against women. An initiative that boosts economic opportunities of violence survivors, and an app that educates teenagers about sexual health and rights are making strides.

Press Release: UN Women and the European Union launch a new initiative to focus on ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey

Monday, July 10, 2017

UN Women and the EU will aim to reform policies in line with international standards, transfrom dicriminatory social norms and empower women and girls subjected to violence.

UN Women and UN Kosovo Team-supported movie “Home” wins BAFTA award

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

In February, the UN Women Kosovo-supported short film “Home” received the award for British Short Film at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA Film Awards 2017. This makes the movie Kosovo’s first production to win this prestigious award.

Bringing women on equal footing with men in Kosovo* Police

Friday, February 24, 2017

Established in partnership with UN Women in Kosovo, the Association of Women in the Kosovo Police trains and supports women to take on leadership roles, and break the stereotypes and cultural barriers that discourage women from joining the security sector.

Path to justice for survivors of Kosovo’s sexual violence: Q&A with Siobhan Hobbs

Monday, August 15, 2016

During the armed conflict of 1998 – 1999 in Kosovo, an untold number of women experienced systematically organized sexual violence. Siobhan Hobbs, Gender Adviser with UN Women’s Project Office in Kosovo, is working on a programme with the National Council for Survivors of Sexual Violence, the government of Kosovo and survivors of conflict-related violence, to facilitate reparations for the survivors.

Coordinated response gives Kosovo* domestic violence survivors hope

Monday, July 18, 2016

UN Women-supported project leads to Municipal Coordination Mechanisms and a more effective response by Kosovo’s police, judiciary, NGOs, shelters and other institutions working with domestic violence survivors.

Kosovo* women police association to elect new board

Friday, April 1, 2016

At its 10 February annual meeting in Pristina, Kosovo the Association of Women in the Kosovo Police (AWKP) voted to change its method of electing future board members.

Reparations soon for conflict-related sexual violence survivors in Kosovo*

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Kosovo begins implementation of the law that gives legal recognition to civilian survivors of the armed conflict and allows them to claim survivor benefits.

Dressing up a soccer stadium for survivors in Kosovo

Friday, July 10, 2015

As the country moves to break the silence around conflict-related sexual violence, a public art installation aims to raise awareness and combat stigma for survivors.

Building businesses, and inclusive peace, in Kosovo

Monday, June 8, 2015

Budding entrepreneurs from minority groups get training and support from a joint EU-UN Women-UNDP project to spur lasting recovery in post-conflict Kosovo.

Balkan women make inroads in peace and politics

Friday, October 24, 2014

With support from UN Women, women leaders in the Balkans are putting gender issues at the centre of politics and fueling women’s empowerment in order to bring peace and stability to the region.

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