Child or early marriage is the union of two persons, officially or unofficially, at least one of whom is under eighteen years of age.
By virtue of being children, child spouses are considered to be incapable of giving free and full consent, meaning that child marriages are a violation of human rights and the rights of the child. In Kosovo today, child marriage is relatively rare, but it continues to be practised among certain communities and/or ethnic groups, most notably, but not exclusively, Roma, Ashkali, Egyptians, and Gorani.
The report "Missing Links: How Kosovo's Institutions and Society are Failing Civilian War Families in Mitrovica", published by Centre for Research, Documentation and Publication (CRDP) focuses on the health and economic needs of civilian war widows (defined as women whose husbands perished or went missing during the armed conflict of 1999), in the municipality of Mitrovica.
The result ongoing work since 2005, the report assesses the implementation of UNSCR 1325 in Kosovo. It examines key areas of obligation according to UNSCR 1325: 1) Inclusion of women at all decision-making levels; 2) Gender perspective and training of police and military personnel; 3) Protection and respect of human rights of women and girls; and 4) Inclusion of gender perspective in UN reports. The research received funding from UNDEF and UNIFEM.