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Mergita Hoti is a 24-year-old Roma entrepreneur on a mission to empower young girls from her community to follow their dreams. She specializes in photography and videography and believes that her profession allows her to best express herself, share her perspective on everyday matters and become the voice of other people.
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In this interview, Gashi explains how the organization’s programme on the economic empowerment of survivors, implemented within the EU-funded regional programme on ending violence against women “Implementing Norms, Changing Minds,” provides women survivors of violence with the skills and means to provide for themselves and reintegrate independently into their communities.
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Implementing Gender Responsive Budgeting requires a nexus of interventions therefore for the very first time supported by UN Women in Kosovo1, under the leadership of deputy mayors, over 30 local representatives as budget directors, financial and gender equality officers from 12 municipalities were gathered for a two-day workshop in March, 2022.
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As the gender gap across science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) persists around the world and in Kosovo , more than 100 young women studying in STEM fields participated in a virtual event to mark the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Organized by the UN Women office in Kosovo, in cooperation with the Office of the Presidency and the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, the event delivered the message that today’s girls can become tomorrow’s leading scientists and innovators, shaping a fair and sustainable future for all.
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The challenges of making budgets respond equally to the needs of women and men were debated at a pane l, supported by UN Women in Kosovo and organized by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) on 16 March. Under the title “Accountability in Local Governance: Citizens' Priorities Addressed through Gender Responsive Budgets,” the panel brought together high-level representatives from local governments.
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International Women’s Day in 2022 celebrates the dedicated women activists who are stepping up to save the planet. UN Women presents their stories of climate courage and environmental action through a collaboration with illustrators across the Europe and Central Asia region. Read and be inspired...
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UN Women, in cooperation with the Ombudsperson Institution in Kosovo1, launched the Informal Advocacy Task Force on Gender-Sensitive Standards for Occupational Safety, Health and Decent Work on 25 October 2021.
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To ensure that governments allocate spending to meet the needs of both women and men – also known as gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) – 15 high-level representatives gathered for a two-day workshop supported by UN Women in Kosovo in October, 2021.
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Gender-based violence has detrimental effects on everyone and cannot be considered a private matter. To highlight this, a number of private sector companies and corporations in Kosovo1 joined this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign.
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The International Conference “NEVER MORE URGENT: Investing in Women’s Leadership in Politics and Peacebuilding,” organized by the Regional Women’s Lobby in Southeast Europe (RWLSEE) and UN Women, with the support of the Government of Sweden, took place on 8 December in Thessaloniki. The conference marks the 21st anniversary of United Nations resolution 1325 and is dedicated to promoting the Generation Equality Compact on Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Affairs (WPS-HA).
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Only 1 in 10 women survivors of violence seek help from police, globally. But even those who do often withdraw from the justice process due to poor responses from police or other judicial actors. Women’s access to justice starts with believing survivors and taking action, every day. Through this special editorial series for the 16 Days of Activism, UN Women showcases the voices of survivors and programmes that transform lives and communities.
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Blerta Basholli is a filmmaker whose feature film “Hive”, a Sundance Festival triple winner, is now Kosovo official entry for the Oscars’ international feature category. Hive follows the true story of a woman from Kosovo who breaks barriers to become a successful entrepreneur. After her husband went missing during the armed conflict of the 1990s, she and other women widows from the village of Krusha established a cooperative to produce and sell the pepper-based condiment ajvar, and other local food products. Despite the hardships they experienced, they continued to support their families and contributed to post-conflict recovery and peacebuilding efforts in their community. Today, this cooperative has a large market base and even exports internationally. UN Women spoke to Basholli about why she brought this inspiring story to screens around the world.
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Women from rural areas have played a crucial role in Kosovo for centuries , cultivating land, securing good food for all, caring for family members, and providing work for other women in the community. International Day of Rural Women is an opportunity to shine a light on the importance of gender-responsive budgeting as a tool to improve  the lives of rural women.  The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected the lives of women from rural areas in...
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UN Women reveals findings of a recent assessment of the capacities, experience, and needs of local government representatives in applying a gender lens to their budgeting processes. The assessment found that largely women officials apply a gender lens to their budgeting processes even though more men contribute to preparing budgets.
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A UN Women “door-to-door” awareness-raising campaign on the issue of child, early and forced marriages, funded by the European Union, has reached around 2000 people in five municipalities in Kosovo.
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In line with the G20 Agenda for 2021 and following up on the G20 EMPOWER second plenary session, which took place in May 2021, both chaired by Italy, UN Women in Kosovo, the Embassy of Italy in Pristina and the Ministry of Justice organized a joint event aimed at addressing the needs of survivors of domestic and gender-based violence in all COVID-19 economic recovery plans.
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On 7 and 8 July, Åsa Regnér, Assistant Secretary-General and UN Women Deputy Executive Director visited Kosovo , together with OSCE: Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Chairperson-in-Office and Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ann Linde.
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Artist Lebibe Topalli in the process of painting her mural “What you sow, you reap” in the municipality of Ferizaj, Kosovo. Photo: Donit Avdyli / Mural Fest Lebibe Topalli is a 39-year-old artist from the city of Ferizaj, Kosovo. [1] An established artist, Lebibe received the Artist of the year award from the municipality of Ferizaj. She is also the director of the well-known Mural Fest, which has transformed the city of Ferizaj into the City of Murals, bringing together...
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UN Women and the Association of Journalists of Kosovo have trained 20 journalists and 25 university students to accurately report on Gender Responsive Budgeting, as a legal mechanism in Kosovo to achieve gender equality.
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Prior to serving as the Ombudsperson in Kosovo, Naim Qelaj was the National Coordinator against Domestic Violence. A lawyer by profession, Qelaj has been committed to making gender equality a reality throughout his career.