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Exhibition portraying life as they would love it to be - created by survivors of conflict-related sexual violence

Thursday, November 22, 2018

To illustrate the hopes and needs of conflict-related sexual violence survivors in Kosovo, UN Women organises a powerful exhibition of artworks by survivors. More

Conflict-related sexual violence and ending stigma spotlighted at Dokufest in Kosovo

Monday, August 20, 2018

On 9 August, Dokufest, a major international documentary and short film festival held annually in Prizren, in the southwest of Kosovo [1] , shone a light on conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) with two UN Women-supported activities. Nearly 20 years after hostilities ceased in 1999, a culture of shame and silence in Kosovo continues to stigmatize survivors of conflict-related sexual violence, who until recently had no legal recognition or rights and were unable to get reparations for the... More

Take Five: “Academia’s potential to promote human rights and peace needs to be utilized”

Friday, July 20, 2018

Dr. Remzie Istrefi, a Professor in the Department of Law at the University of Pristina, is the coordinator of the first Transitional Justice Research Centre in Kosovo which is based in the University. The Centre was launched in May this year in Pristina by the University of Pristina, UN Women and UNDP with financial support from the European Union. The Centre aims to enhance the role of education in transitional justice processes, peace-building, human rights, and establish conditions for reconciliation. The Centre also provides a gender perspective on transitional justice processes with an in-depth focus on sexual violence during conflict. More

Providing justice for war-time sexual violence survivors remains a challenge in Kosovo

Monday, July 9, 2018

To commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, UN Women Office in Kosovo organized the conference “Providing justice for conflict- related sexual violence survivors: Challenges and the way forward”. More

UN Women statement for the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict (19 June)

Thursday, June 14, 2018

This year, on the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, we celebrate ten years since the adoption of the United Nations Security Council’s landmark resolution 1820 (2008), which classified the use of conflict-related sexual violence as an impediment to the restoration of international peace and security. More

Criminal justice collaboration a must for effective sexual violence investigations

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

A UN Women and European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX) supported working group meeting of experts in Kosovo looks at ways to enhance the investigation and prosecution of sexual and gender-based violence cases. More

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

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Kadire Tahiraj is the founder and director of Center 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. Tahiraj’s organization was a partner of UN Women in implementing a grants scheme which provided financial and psychosocial support to survivors. The project, Gender Sensitive Transitional Justice, was implemented in partnership with Kosovo Women’s Network, and funded by the EU. More

First applications in for long-awaited compensation for conflict-related sexual violence survivors in Kosovo

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Comprehensive efforts to recognize and compensate victims of sexual violence during the Kosovo conflict almost 20 years ago took a leap forward with the start of an application process for the survivors. More

Kosovo pledges 1 million euros for sexual violence survivors

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

After a UN women conference brings together stakeholders to discuss access to justice and reparations for conflict-related sexual violence survivors in Kosovo, government announces budget with funds for survivors. More

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. More

Culture of shame slowly lifts for conflict-related sexual violence survivors in Kosovo

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Training organised by UN Women is an important step forward to recognising Kosovo’s survivors of conflict-related sexual violence and bringing them reparations. More

From Where I Stand: “Nature has healed me”

Monday, August 7, 2017

Adila Suljević, 52, is a farmer and the director of NGO “Suze” in Brčko. Her NGO provides a support network for women survivors of wartime sexual violence and offers them a chance to talk freely about their trauma. Adila expanded her agricultural business after receiving trainings from UN Women and UNDP as part of the joint programme 'Seeking Care, Support and Justice for Survivors of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina,' financed by the Governments of United Kingdom, Canada and UN Action Against Sexual Violence in Conflict. More

UN Women and United Nations Kosovo* Team-supported movie Home wins British short film – BAFTA award

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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

From where I stand: Nada Marković

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Nada Marković is a human rights activist from Bosnia and Herzegovina and works with with the organization “Maja Kravica“ that seeks to empower women from rural communities. More

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. More

Civil society calls for wartime sexual violence survivors' participation in reparations and justice

Monday, June 20, 2016

South East European launch of Secretary General's Guidance Note on reparations for conflict-related sexual violence in Sarajevo sees Balkan women’s groups echo calls for comprehensive reparations programmes. More

UN Women statement for the first International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict (19 June)

Thursday, June 16, 2016

In a statement for the first International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict on 19 June, UN Women recounts the historic firsts this year in combatting sexual violence in conflict. More

Survivors of conflict-related sexual violence speak out in Kosovo – and get Government action

Thursday, October 15, 2015

As the UN Security Council marks the 15th anniversary of the landmark UN Security Council Resolution 1325, we showcase how survivors of conflict-related sexual violence in the Western Balkans come out of the shadows and speak out against human rights violations of women in conflict. More

Dressing up a soccer stadium for survivors in Kosovo

Tuesday, July 21, 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. More

The Interagency Working Group presents the recommendations on the establishment of a National Referral Mechanism for the prevention and protection of survivors and victims of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

Thursday, February 14, 2013

UN Women/EU cross-regional programme ‘Women Connect Across Conflicts: Building Accountability for Implementation of UN SCR 1325, 1820, 1888, 1889’” facilitated today the meeting to present the recommendations developed by the interagency Working Group for the establishment of a suitable National Referral Mechanisms for Victims of gender-based violence, including sexual violence (SGBV) to the new Gender Equality Council. More

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