"Marching, not celebrating " – Men and women took to the streets this year also for human rights

 This year, too, 8 March–the International Woman’s Day, was marked in Kosovo by a series of activities organized by civil society, activists, trade unions, academics, and students. Joined under the umbrella of Collective, they gathered under the moto “We March, we don’t celebrate”, which was used for the third time in events organized to mark the Women’s Day.

     This year, people took to the streets in Prishtina to demand economic and social rights as a precondition for a unified citizenry, exploitation-free employment, equality, freedom and social justice, paid employment for a life with dignity; they protested against sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and racism. In addition, they called for health insurance, security in work and employment without discrimination for everyone, regardless of their ethnicity, age, education, sexual orientation, or disability.
     Protest-march “We March, we don’t celebrate”, took to the streets at 12:00 a.m., where hundreds of citizens marched from Zahir Pajaziti Square, to the Central Bank of Kosovo, Municipality of Prishtina, Basic Court to go to the Parliament/Government of Kosovo.
     Cheerings became even more loud when the marchers passed by three billboards set near the Police Station at Luan Haradinaj Street; two of the first billboards read “Diana Kastrati” and “Zejnepe Bytyqi”, names of the women who were both killed by their husbands. The third billboard read: “How many missed calls more are needed?”, referring to the failure of relevant authorities to protect the victims. These billboards were designed by Haveit Group, inspired by the move titled Three Billboards Outside Ebbiing, Missouri.

Kosovo Women's Fund Documentary, 2015-2017

Kosova Women's Network