International Students Groups meet KWN
06.07.2017

 During the month of June, Kosovo Women's Network (KWN) met two groups of students from the Amsterdam University College and University of Essex. During these research visits, on 19 June the Amsterdam University College students met with Igballe Rogova, KWN Executive Director, at the Faculty of Law in Prishtina. 
      As this is the third year they are meeting with KWN, they showed interest in learning more about the experiences of women's rights activists in Kosovo, recent developments, human rights challenges, peace and security, as well as obstacles and opportunities in the future. 
     Ms. Rogova initially spoke about activism during the 1990s in Kosovo, for the ‘Sisters Qiriazi’ Association, as well as for the war period in Kosovo, when this association did not cease at all its activity to help Kosovars who were placed in camps as refugees. Students also had the opportunity to be informed about the history of the women's movement in Kosovo, how the first women's rights organizations in Kosovo were founded, and the history and work of KWN since its founding in 2000 as an informal network. Among other things Rogova also mentioned investigative reports on gender-based violence and sexual harassment in Kosovo; Establishment of the Council for Survivors of Sexual Violence in Kosovo; As well as for initiatives and researches with regard to the monitoring of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 in Kosovo, Resolution on Women, Peace and Security. 
      Students evaluated this meeting as an invaluable experience and source of information. 
On 27 June, graduate students from the Human Rights Centre from the University of Essex, during their study visit to Kosovo met with KWN staff members, Adelina Berisha and Iliriana Banjska. 
     Adelina and Iliriana informed the students about women’s activism throughout the years. Moreover, the informal presentation among other things contained also detailed information about the fields in which KWN is active in now; the researches, advocacy initiatives, capacity building for member organizations, etc. 
“Is there anything you don’t do?”, a student said,  expressing that he was impressed by the amount of work KWN does. 

 
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