Gender-based Violence

In 2008, KWN conducted a Kosova-wide survey which revealed that approximately 43% of respondents had experienced domestic violence at some point in their lives and that more than 46% of all women suffer from domestic violence.

Multiple agencies, organizations, and legislation exist promoting the reporting of domestic violence cases, preventing domestic violence, and assisting victims of domestic violence. The National Action Plan, Gender Equality Law, Anti-discrimination Law, and Family Law were all promulgated in 2003 and 2004. KWN members currently operate shelters for persons who have suffered trafficking or domestic violence.

Many challenges to preventing domestic violence lie in societal norms and the implementation of the relevant legislation. In response, KWN developed the “Know Your Rights” Campaign, educating citizens about their rights and existing gender mechanisms through artistic plays. From 2005 through 2007, KWN implemented other campaigns highlighting the status of women in Kosovar society, including the “Every Monday” TV series.

In 2010, the parliament passed a new Law on Protection against Domestic Violence, informed by KWN’s prior research. KWN then monitored justice providers’ response to domestic violence, advocating for improved response. In 2012, KWN assessed the cost of domestic violence to the state.

Our Strategy

KWN’s long-term goal is for women to live a life free from trafficking and domestic violence. In KWN’s new Strategic Plan, KWN aims to improve the implementation of the trafficking and domestic violence legislation; and to increase public awareness about the legislation and how to seek assistance.

Prior Activities against Domestic Violence and Trafficking

  • ONE BILLION RISING

    On 14 February 2014, at 17:00 at the plateau near the Grand Hotel in Pristina, women and men, boys and girls will harness their power and imagination, rising for JUSTICE for women and girls who experience violence. One in three women on the planet, has been raped or experienced domestic violence in her lifetime. That adds up to one billion women....
  • “Know Your Rights” Campaign Uses Culture to Education Citizens about Rights

    The National Action Plan, Gender Equality Law, Anti-discrimination Law and Family Law, all promulgated in 2003 and 2004, are huge accomplishments for gender equality. They facilitate the promotion and protection of human rights in Kosova. However, social problems such as violence against women, trafficking for prostitution, low enrollment of girls ...
  • Kosovo Joins One Billion Rising

    On 14 Feb., Kosovo joined 207 countries,marking V-day in the largest global action to end violence against women and girlsin history. To mark the 15th Anniversary of V-Day, organizers launched V-Day’s most ambitious campaign to date, One Billion Rising. “One Billion” derives from the statistic that one in three women experien...
  • Citizens March, Condemning Domestic Violence

    On 20 May 2011, KWN organized a march to condemn violence and ask for justice. The recent murder of Diana Kastrati (age 27) deeply concerned KWN and the citizens of Kosovo. This was the fourth women this year who died as a result of domestic violence. During the march, citizens signed a petition, which demanded: Immediate action by the K...
  • Municipality of Dragash Establishes Mechanism against Domestic Violence

    Civil society representatives, the local gender equality officer and police in the Municipality of Dragash knew they needed a mechanism for reporting domestic violence. Domestic violence exists within their municipality, but people hesitate to denounce it. Due to Dragash’s high mountain location, far from opportunities for higher educatio...
  • KGSC Reports to UN on Violence against Women in Kosova

     In October, six KWN members contributed to a report written by the Kosovar Gender Studies Center (KGSC) and submitted directly to the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women in New York that includes information about some factors contributing to violence against women in Kosova; data from and good practices on behalf of NGOs wor...
  • KWN Contributes to Kosova National Action Plan against Trafficking

    KWN representatives attended a strategic planning session in Durres, Albania toward drafting the Kosova National Action Plan against Trafficking. The Ministry for Internal Affairs took the lead in drafting the Plan with support from the UNDP Women’s Safety and Security Initiative. The Ministry officially thanked KWN for its involvement and ha...
  • KWN Releases Findings from First Kosova-wide Household Survey on Domestic Violence

    The first in-depth inquiry into domestic violence in Kosova, entitled Security Begins at Home was released on 27 Nov. at the Grand Hotel in Prishtina. The Agency for Gender Equality in the Prime Minister’s Office of Kosova with support from the UNDP Women’s Safety and Security Initiative contracted KWN to write the report. The findings ...
  • KWN Releases Report on the Response of Justice Providers to Domestic Violence

    From June to September 2009, KWN researched the response of justice providers to domestic violence in Kosova, contracted by the UNDP’s Women’s Safety and Security Initiative (WSSI) and supported by the Agency for Gender Equality in the Prime Minister’s Office (AGE). The research sought to support the Government of Kosova and lawma...
  • KWN Supports Shelters, Efforts against Gender-based Violence

    Kosova lacks the necessary infrastructure to support women and children suffering from gender-based violence. The existing shelters that protect victims of violence lack sufficient financial support for providing adequate healthcare to victims, adequately protecting them and assisting with their reintegration into society. In addition, there is a l...
  • Play “Every Monday” Brings Attention to Violence against Women

    On 8 March, at ODA Theatre the campaign against violence against women was launched with a play by Italian playwright Sara Bogatti entitled “Every Monday at 1:30 pm” sponsored by MAMACASH. KWN helped raise funds for this bestselling play, also among the most produced shows in Italy on women’s issues and their attitudes toward thei...
  • Shelters Meet Minister of Labor and Social Services

    On 15 July, KWN members met with the Minister of Labor and Social Services, Minister Selmanaj, to bring his attention to the absence of appropriate legislation addressing gender-based violence. KWN members noted that the Law on Social Services was not being fully implemented, and shelters were not included in the Kosova consolidated budget. They a...
  • Kosova Coalition against Family and Sexual Violence Solidifies Strategy

    The Kosova Coalition against Family and Sexual Violence convened in Durres, Albania from 11–14 Nov. to discuss the Coalition’s strategy for 2009 and future structure. Seven organizations participated including the Center for Protection of Women and Children (Prishtina and Mitrovica), Medica Kosova (Gjakova), Liria (Gjilan), Women’...

 
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