CPWR & CPHF Advocate for the Rights of Women Survivors of Sexual Violence During the War in Kosovo
01.08.2017

 Starting from July, the Centre for Promotion of Women's Rights (CPRW) in Drenas, in partnership with the Centre for Promotion of a Healthy Family (CPHF) in Prishtina, for four months will implement the project “Empowering survivors of sexual violence during the war toward achieving their legal rights”.

The project aims at raising awareness, advocacy, documentation and empowerment of women and girls who have experienced sexual violence during the war, who live in the municipalities of Drenas, Skenderaj and Pristina. During the implementation of the project, awareness-raising sessions will also be held with families and communities, and there will be advocacy at the local institutions for the economic empowerment of survivors of sexual violence during the war.
The fact that in these municipalities there is a large number of women and girls who have experienced sexual violence during the war, has made the CPRW and CPHF collaborate with the aim of recognizing these women as civilian victims of war.
On July 17, the third informative meeting with women and girls was held so that they could get acquainted with their legal rights and application procedures for the status of a civilian victim of war.
The trainer Eronita Brahimi presented in details the Law on amending the Law no. 04 / L-054 on the status and rights of martyrs, invalids, veterans, members of the Kosovo Liberation Army, victims of sexual violence, civil victims and their families, as well as other categories of war, explaining also the role of the Commision created for the acceptance of the applications for recognizing the status survivors of sexual violence during the war in Kosovo, for which NGOs’ that will support the verification process were authorized.
In March 2014, the Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo approved the amendment of Law no. 04/L-054 on the "status and rights of martyrs, invalids, veterans, members of the Kosovo Liberation Army, victims of sexual violence, civil victims and their families" to formally recognize and include the status of civilian victims of sexual violence during the war in Kosovo. The status entitles 20,000 women in Kosovo to monthly pensions and other benefits as prescribed by law. The National Council on Survivors of Sexual Violence during the War, established in 2014 by the former President of Kosovo, Mrs. Atifete Jahjaga, developed the necessary legislation and sublegal acts that create preconditions to ensure that survivors of sexual violence will have access to the benefits mentioned in the previous law.
On 19 April 2017, the Government of Kosovo published the National Strategy of the Republic of Kosovo for Protection from Domestic Violence and Action Plan 2016-2020. The strategy relies heavily on data and remarks made by the Kosovo Women's Network (KWN), respectively in about 70% of the recommendations of the recent report "No More Excuses - An Analysis of Attitudes, Incidence and Institutional Responses to Domestic Violence in Kosovo".
One of the beneficiaries of the project, who is a survivor of sexual violence, stressed that "the consequences that have been caused to us are enormous and that every day because of them we live with fear, suffering and pain. A strong blow is also given to the society that stigmatizes and humiliates, as if that has happened to us is our fault." Women, survivors of sexual violence, hope that one day justice will be established and the perpetrators punished for their actions.
This project is supported by Kosovo Women’s Fund (KWF) of KWN and financed by the European Office in Kosovo

 
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