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Ask a policewoman: What can police do to better protect women exposed to violence in an emergency context?

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Xhemile Behluli has been a sergeant within the Kosovo Police since 2004 and has been domestic violence section supervisor since 2011.

Take Five: “The signing of this Memorandum seeks to create the best possible employment opportunities for survivors of domestic violence”

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

In a significant step towards reintegrating and economically empowering survivors of domestic and conflict-related sexual violence, Kosovo’s Ministry of Justice, Kosovo Women’s Network Minister of Justice Selim Selimi spoke to us about the agreement and its plans to improve the lives of survivors.

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.

Recognizing domestic violence as a criminal offence, a big step towards justice for women in Kosovo

Monday, June 8, 2020

More women from Kosovo are reporting cases of violence since the Criminal Code was revised in 2018 to treat domestic violence as a separate criminal offence, which was achieved with the support of regional programme on ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey, “Implementing Norms, Changing Minds,” funded by the European Union.

Women confront pandemic-related violence against women across Europe and Central Asia

Monday, June 1, 2020

Both globally and across Europe and Central Asia, home confinement and stress brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic have exacerbated violence against women and girls. In most countries, women’s organizations, hotlines and front-liners have noted sharp increases in calls and reports from locked-down survivors afraid that they have nowhere to turn.

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

Wednesday, May 27, 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.

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

Wednesday, May 20, 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.

Temporary shelters set up to quarantine safely domestic violence survivors in Kosovo

Friday, May 8, 2020

UN Women and the UN Population Fund respond to a rise in domestic violence during COVID-19 by supporting temporary quarantine facilities in Kosovo with essential supplies to ease comfort and safety of domestic violence survivors.

UN Women COVID-19 campaign against domestic violence in Kosovo reaches over 1 million

Friday, May 8, 2020

As reports of domestic violence increase dramatically during the coronavirus pandemic, influential leaders in Kosovo join UN Women’s “Report Violence, Save Lives!” campaign against domestic violence.

Aida Loshaj: A medical researcher from Kosovo hoping to discover cure for an evasive autoimmune disease

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Aida Loshaj is a teaching assistant and lecturer at the University of Prishtina, Faculty of Pharmacy, and makes a big step forward with her exploratory study on the treatment for Guillain Barré syndrome, which still has no cure.

International Women's Day around Europe and Central Asia

Monday, March 16, 2020

On and around International Women’s Day, 8 March, a rich diversity of initiatives celebrate women and girls, their limitless imagination, their joyous dreams and their boundless strength across Europe and Central Asia. UN Women, along with partners, organized events across the region, under the theme of “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”, putting innovation by women and girls, for women and girls, at the heart of efforts to achieve gender equality.

Call for Proposals: Empowering women and girls who have experienced discrimination or violence in Kosovo

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Call for Proposal under the Kosovo component of the Regional Programme “Ending Violence Against Women in Western Balkans and Turkey: Implementing norms, Changing minds”, and invites the civil society organizations legally registered and operating in Kosovo to submit the proposals.

Mrika Nikҫi: The world’s youngest woman to climb the seven highest peaks in seven continents

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

In January 2018, 16-year-old Mrika Nikҫi and her father Arianit Nikҫi had just summited Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, when they came up with a plan to climb the seven highest mountains in all seven continents before Mrika’s eighteenth birthday.

Innovative campaign contributes to increased reporting rates of violence in Kosovo

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Reporting rates to the police of incidents of Reporting rates to the police of incidents of violence against women have increased by 20 per cent since the launch of an innovative campaign aiming to involve the public in preventing violence against women.

Kosovo Philharmonic pays tribute to victims of conflict-related sexual violence

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

On 8 December, ahead of Human Rights Day, the Kosovo Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestra held a concert to mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign and performed “Requiem” by W.A Mozart. The concert served as a homage to women and girls who died as a result conflict-related sexual violence, while at the same time honoring the survivors who continue to suffer in silence because of shame and stigma.

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.

“You’re never too young to lead and bring justice”

Friday, October 11, 2019

On International Day for the Girl Child, a visually compelling art mural stamps young women’s dreams and hopes on Pristina’s walls.

Regional forum puts forth solutions to end violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Key governmental, regional, and civil society leaders came together in a regional forum in Tirana to commit their efforts and discuss progress toward the elimination of violence against women in the region.

Take five: “Time has come for women to have more power”

Friday, October 4, 2019

The former Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo and past chief negotiator in the Brussels Dialogue, Edita Tahiri is currently Chair of the Regional Women’s Lobby for Justice Peace and Security in South-Eastern Europe (RWLSEE). A participant at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, she witnessed the moment when a visionary agenda for women`s rights was adopted. In this interview, Edita Tahiri discusses women in power and decision-making, an area of concern included in the Beijing Declaration.

Kosovo Women Parliamentarians promote younger women in decision-making and politics

Monday, September 23, 2019

The Caucus of Women MPs, a long-time UN Women partner in advancing gender equality in Kosovo, develops a new three-year strategic action plan that seeks to increase the number of young women involved in leadership, peacebuilding, and politics.

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