Building the capacity of KWN

Established in 2000, KWN was originally an informal network of women’s groups and organizations from various regions in Kosova. Since its inception, KWN has developed into a network that advocates on behalf of Kosovar women, at the local, regional and international level. Representing the interests of women’s organizations of all ethnic groups from throughout Kosova, KWN is a leader among civil society organizations in Kosova and the region. Since 2003, KWN has increased its membership from its initial 42 members to its current 100 member organizations. In 2006, KWN became the first network of not-for-profit, non-governmental organizations in Kosova to adopt a code of conduct, setting an example of transparency and accountability. 

KWN cooperates regularly with other women’s groups in the region both informally and formally. During initial negotiations regarding Kosova’s political status, KWN was an active member of the Regional Women’s Lobby for Justice, Peace, and Security in South East Europe and the Women’s Peace Coalition.

While considering these accomplishments, as donors have begun to withdraw from Kosova, decrease their support, or allocate support to other issues, women’s organizations are facing challenges in securing funding for continuing their work. Many lack skills in fundraising within this new, more competitive context.

KWN’s Strategy

Towards the long-term sustainability of KWN and its members, as well as the implementation of its Code of Conduct, the program aims for women’s groups and organisations in Kosova, the region, and internationally to cooperate and communicate regularly, as well as to organize around issues of joint concern. Planned program outcomes include:

  • Ensure regular, continued communication and cooperation among KWN members and other stakeholders
  • Improve the institutional capacity of KWN and its members towards greater advocacy capacity, and the long-term sustainability of the network
  • Increase cooperation among women in the region towards transitional justice, peace and security

Through this program, KWN offers services to its members, including information, technical support, project proposal-writing assistance, donor relations, advocacy strategies, and translation assistance. We keep members informed of political issues impacting women, each other’s activities, funding opportunities, and local and international campaigns for women’s rights. For more information about this program, please consult our Strategic Plan.

Prior Activities towards Building the Capacity of KWN

  • KWN Releases 2013 Annual Report

    We are pleased to share with you the Kosovo Women’s Network (KWN) 2013 Annual Report. This year KWN has made progress towards realizing its Strategic Plan for 2011-2014. Some of our key accomplishments in 2013 include:   o   The Government of Kosovo approved a National Action Plan for the implementation of United Nations Secu...
  • Members Begin Drafting KWN’s New Strategic Plan

    KWN members gathered at Hotel Prishtina on Mar. 10 to begin the process of drafting KWN’s new Strategic Plan for 2015-2018. They divided into groups based on KWN’s existing programs, discussing future objectives. KWN will hold additional planning meetings in Jun. and plans to approve the new strategy in fall 2014. 
  • KWN Organizes Workshop: “Women Advocate Locally”

    KWN organized a two-day workshop in Durres on 28-30 Mar., seeking better cooperation between women in municipal assemblies and KWN member organizations. Within KWN’s Strategic Plan, an important goal is that women participate actively in politics and decision-making at local and national levels. KWN sees that active participation will be...
  • Kosova Women’s Fund Reviews Key Achievements

    Following a series of consultations with KWN’s 100 member organizations, the Kosovo Women’s Fund (KWF) was created to meet a crucial need in supporting grassroots women’s organizations amid shifting aid priorities in Kosovo. With generous support from Kvinna till Kvinna and later the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), KWN establi...
  • Individual Member Innovative in Supporting KWN

     Did you find 5 cents on the street today? There is a place for that. Consider storing all your extra coins in a jar for KWN. This is what Iziar Mujika from the Basque Country and her family are doing. In addition to joining KWN as an individual member last year, Itziar and her family have found another way to continue their support year-round...
  • Members, Stakeholders Evaluate Positively KWN’s Work

     Another year was concluded with the traditional KWN Annual Membership Meeting, held on 7 Dec., where our members, among other activities, evaluated KWN’s work. Each year members, partners and other stakeholders complete an anonymous questionnaire about the network’s programs and services.      Respondents eval...
  • KWN Exchanges Experiences with Activists in Austria

    KWN and Sudwind organized a five-day study visit in Austria. During the visit, women activists from Kosovo learned more about the position of women in Austria.  The visit began in Sant Polten (Sankt Pölten), the capital city of the region of Lower Austria. Participants met successful women politicians, discussing participation in politic...
  • Young Feminists Strategize, Impress Officials

     On 13-14 Nov., 40 young feminists from throughout Kosovo and neighbouring countries (e.g., Serbia, Macedonia, Croatia) gathered in Prishtina to spend two amazing working days. Organized by KWN and supported by Kvinna till Kvinna, the 2013 Regional Young Feminists Forum involved young women in deliberating over domestic and global issues. The ...
  • KWN, AH Release “Where’s the Money for Women’s Rights?”

    The Kosova Women’s Network (KWN) and Alter Habitus – Institute for Studies in Society and Culture launched the report Where’s the Money for Women’s Rights? A Kosovo Case Study. This event brought together more than 40 participants (donors, non-governmental women’s organizations and other civil society representatives) ...
  • Seven Organizations Receive Kosovo Women’s Fund Grants

    Seven KWN member organizations received grants from the KWN Kosovo Women’s Fund on 22 Nov. totalling €18,509. Following an orientation session, they signed contracts and energetically set out to begin their initiatives. The Fund enables underserved smaller, rural and/or marginalized organizations to access funds for important initiatives...
  • KWN Organizes Regional Young Feminist Forum 2013

    The Kosova Women's Network (KWN) on 13-14 Nov. organized the Regional Young Feminists Forum 2013. The forum focused on the impact that young women have on global and local issues. The forum was supported by Kvinna till Kvinna (KtK).  Approximately 40 young women from throughout Kosovo and neighboring countries in the region met at Hotel Siriu...
  • Advocacy Plays a Key Role in Young Women’s Empowerment

    The Young Women’s Empowerment Initiative (YWEI) supports young women in developing their skills and taking the lead on issues that concern them. The initiative engages young women throughout Kosova in becoming catalysts of change and mobilizing their peers to do the same. In Gjakova, young women shared the challenges they face on 24 Sep.: st...
  • Annual Retreat Energizes, Empowers KWN Members

    More than 100 KWN members gathered in Durres, Albania from 3-6 October for a weekend of recuperation, debate, entertainment and learning. Despite the dense agenda, participants energetically continued discussions outside organized activities. Diverse members readily shared their knowledge and life experiences, motivating and inspiring each other. ...
  • KWN, AH Present Initial Findings: “Where’s the Money for Women’s Rights?”

    On Sep. 2, KWN and Alter Habitus – Institute for Studies in Society and Culture (AH) presented initial findings from their research: “Where Is the Money for Women’s Rights?” The research involved a survey of 90 women’s organizations and interviews with more than 35 donors.The resulting recommendations seek to further e...
  • Young Women in Prizren Passionate about Advocacy

    Dynamic lifestyles sometimes make it difficult for young women to meet and discuss issues impacting their rights. The Young Women’s Empowerment Initiative (YWEI) provided space for young women in Prizren to gather and strategize how to address some of the challenges they face in their municipality. During the meeting, they developed an advoc...
  • Men Join KWN as Individual Members

      KWN recently launched its new Individual Membership Program. We’re pleased that three men already have joined as individual members! We want to take a moment to recognize individually each of these men who also have been great supporters of KWN’s work!      The first man to join KWN, Arber Sylejmani, ...
  • Retreat Energizes KWN Staff, Motivates Future Work

    Work combined with fun was the formula for an invigorating and productive KWN staff retreat, held on Aug. 1-2 in the beautiful mountains of Prevalle.  The personality profiles test was perhaps the most memorable activity. During this exercise, everyone took a quick, fun test to determine whether they were a mastermind, romantic, warrior and/o...
  • New Association Empowers Deaf Women in Prizren

    Krenare Ajdini found her beginnings as a women’s rights activist while working as a sign language interpreter during KWN meetings. She attended her first KWN meeting in 2012 as an interpreter for the Association of Deaf People (ADP). “During this meeting I learnt a lot of new information about NGOs and their work,” she said. &ldq...
  • Men Join KWN as Individual Members

    Last week KWN launched its new Individual Membership Program. We’re pleased that three men already have joined KWN as individual members! We want to take a moment to recognize individually each of these men who also have been great supporters of KWN’s work in the past! The first man to join KWN, Arber Sylejmani, developed our webs...
  • KWN Welcomes Individual Members!

    Are you an admirer, friend or supporter of the Kosova Women’s Network (KWN)? Perhaps you do not have your own organization or you do not live in Kosovo, but you feel connected to our work and want to support us? We have a new program for you! KWN is proud to announce our Individual Membership Program. The program offers individuals the opport...
  • KWF Supports 7 Members’ Initiatives

    KWN awarded seven Kosova Women’s Fund (KWF) grants to member organizations in July. In this round, 29 organizations applied, and KWF’s Grant Review Committee (GRC), elected by KWN members, selected the following: 1) Venera will help women in Peja prepare legal documents and offer advice for completing procedures to open their own bu...
  • IPKO Foundation Donates €5000, Becomes KWN Partner

    The IPKO Foundation (IF) has donated €5000 to KWN’s programs and initiatives. On 23 July, the two organizations signed a memorandum. “IF thought that donating money to KWN’s Kosovo Women’s Fund would be a very good opportunity for philanthropy,” said Teresa Crawford, IF Founding Board Member. “Since these f...
  • KWN: Calling All Young Women Activists, Feminists

    Are you a young woman or do you know any young women with an activist spirit? Do you want to become involved in women’s organizing? Or just demand your rights? If yes, KWN invites you to join the Young Women’s Empowerment Initiative (YWEI). Concerned by ageism and seeking to build a stronger women’s movement in Kosovo, we initi...
  • Young Women Activists Mobilize in Prishtina

    The Young Women’s Empowerment Initiative (YWEI) meeting on Jul. 5 gathered 16 young women from various NGOs and institutions in Prishtina. Young women discussed the problems and issues they face in everyday life and their strategies for overcoming these issues. The main challenges that they identified included young women’s access to ed...
  • Members Shoot Photos in Germia

    In response to members’ requests, KWN hosted a training on photography on May 28. Held in Gërmia National Park, the training was both relaxing and informative.   They learned elements to consider in taking good photographs, such as light, reflection, action, composition and ethics (e.g., when one should request permission to take ...
  • Young Women from Kosova, Serbia Strategize

    Young women from Kosova and Serbia met in Split, Croatia on 7-11 June. Young women from Croatia, Armenia and Azerbaijan joined them. They discussed the rights of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) persons, as well as exchanged information and experiences. They also attended the Parade for the Rights of LGBT persons.   ...
  • Young Women Activists Mobilize in Mitrovica

    KWN organized a Young Women’s Empowerment Initiative (YWEI) meeting in Mitrovica on May 30. Approximately 25 young women from various NGOs and institutions attended. Young women discussed the problems and issues young women from Mitrovica face in everyday life and their strategies for overcoming these issues, including young women’s ac...
  • Did You Miss the Last KWN Meeting?

    Here’s what happened. In the morning, KWN members heard the conclusions and recommendations of the Gender Study in Kosovo, which examined the implementation of the Law on Gender Equality and Kosovo Program for Gender Equality to date. Undertaken by two independent experts in Nov.-Dec. 2012, the study was funded by the Swedish International De...
  • KWN Launches Fundraising Initiative: Support Us!

    Donor aid to Kosovo, particularly financing earmarked for civil society, seems set to decrease over the next decade. We at the Kosova Women’s Network (KWN) do not want shifts in foreign funding to jeopardize our ongoing work in serving, protecting and promoting the rights of women and girls in Kosovo and beyond. Therefore, we launched a n...
  • Visit Our Revitalized Website!

    KWN has added new sections and features to our website. The “Members” section includes information about each of our diverse individual member organizations, alphabetically, by municipality and by areas of expertise (e.g., economy, health). This can be a vital resource for individuals and organizations in Kosovo and abroad who seek ...
  • New School, KWN Screen First Oral History Film

    In April 2013, KWN in cooperation with The New School screened the first product of their joint Oral History Initiative in New York. The short film presented the oral history of Safete Rogova, one of Kosovo’s first women actors and a dedicated women’s rights activist. Two audiences joined screenings of this short: first at The New Schoo...
  • KWN Members Develop Public Relations Skills

    On Apr. 19, KWN held a one-day workshop on public relations in Prishtina, following members’ requests. Members discussed the challenges they face in Public Relations, their needs and possible strategies for promoting their work. Then they learned techniques for writing effective press releases. “All members should attend this kind of...
  • Medica Kosova’s Clients, Staff Visit Istanbul

    Twenty-eight clients and staff members from KWN’s member organization Medica Kosova visited Istanbul, Turkey on 16-20 April 2013. The visit aimed to facilitate the rehabilitation process for women who suffered losses during the war, as well as various forms of violence. This visit received support from the Ministry for Family and Social Polic...
  • KWN Launches Fundraising Initiative: Support Us!

    Donor financing for civil society seems set to decrease over the next decade. We at the Kosova Women’s Network (KWN) do not want shifts in foreign funding to jeopardize our work in serving, protecting and promoting the rights of women and girls in Kosovo and beyond. Therefore, we've launched a fundraising imitative. KWN’s new Sustainabi...
  • Kosova Women’s Fund Awards Eight Grants

    The Kosova Women’s Network (KWN) awarded grants to eight member organizations through the Kosova Women’s Fund in April. Altogether, 29 organizations applied for grants. Funding decisions were made by the Kosova Women’s Fund Grant Review Committee, elected by KWN members last year. The organizations awarded grants include: 1...
  • Women Strategize for Municipal Elections

    KWN organized a discussion on 29 Mar., during which 27 women from seven municipal assemblies and KWN member organizations strategized for women’s greater participation in the upcoming municipal elections. Vjosa Dobruna, a Human Rights Activist and member of KWN’s Advisory Board led the discussion. Participants sought to generate ide...
  • KWN Members Hold Meeting in Gjakova

    Approximately 60 people attended the KWN Bimonthly Meeting on 8 Apr. 2013 in Gjakova. Participants included KWN member organizations, board members and other interested persons.       Besa Shehu, Finance & Administrative Manager at KWN, opened the meeting, announcing the names of eight organizations awarded grants t...
  • Members Attend Proposal Writing Workshop

    In response to members’ demands, KWN organized a second workshop on Project Proposal Writing in Prishtina on 28 Feb. through 2 Mar. "I am really grateful to KWN for organizing such workshops. They help us a lot,” said Gjejrone Lokaj, from Women’s Initiative Association in Dragash. “Even though Dr...
  • KWN Launches New Ethical and Accountability Code

    In 2006 KWN became the first network of non-governmental organizations in Kosova to adopt a code of conduct. Our members acknowledge that transparency and accountability are qualities non-profit, nongovernmental organizations must possess in order to demonstrate to citizens, partners, and donors that organizations work in service to the public. Th...
  • Kosovo Women’s Fund Grants Available

    On 15 Feb. 2013, KWNannounced the opening of the Kosovo Women’s Fund’s second grant round. KWN has invited its member organizations to submit applications that will contribute to realizing the Strategic Goals identified by KWN members in the KWN Strategic Plan for 2012-2014. This grant round has received funding fromthe Austrian Dev...
  • KWN Meets Women Activists from Liberia, Afghanistan and Congo

    Through its “Building Peace” project, founding organization Medica mondiale, based in Germany, cooperated with its Kosovar partner, Medica Kosova, to organize a one week meeting of sister projects from Liberia, Afghanistan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. During a weeklong visit to Kosova, representatives of these countries, thei...
  • KWN Elects New Board Chair

    KWN held its first board meeting for 2013 on 15 Jan., during which board members elected the new KWN Board Chair: ArianaQosaj Mustafa. ElmazeGashi was elected Deputy Chair. They will serve two-year terms. Board members also discussed installing membership fees for network members in order to support KWN’s numerous initiatives, members&rsqu...
  • KWN Members Hone Skills in Proposal Writing

    Since KWN began, members have requested a workshop on Project Proposal Writing. In response to members’ demands, KWN organized two such workshops in Prishtina on 6-7 and 10-11 December, respectively. “We really need workshops like the one on Project Proposal Writing,” said Bahrie Deva from the Association for the Education and C...
  • Members Gather for Bimonthly Meeting

    Approximately 75 people attended the KWN bimonthly meeting on 4 Feb. 2013. Participants included KWN member organizations, donors, board members and other supporters. The meeting began with a greeting from the newly elected KWN Board Chair, ArianaQosaj Mustafa. “Thank you all for giving me the opportunity to contribute to the women’...
  • KWN Members Convene, Celebrate 10th Annual Membership Meeting

    Approximately 160 people took part in the Kosovo Women’s Network’s (KWN) 10th Annual Membership Meeting on December 15 in Prishtina, making it the best attended membership meeting ever held by KWN. Participants included representatives of KWN member organizations, partners, donors and media. The meeting began with beautiful music by ...
  • KWN Welcomes 100th Member Organization: “Prehja”

    KWN welcomed its 100th member organization, “Prehja” from Skenderaj, in October 2012. Since its establishment in 2000, KWN has grown from its initial 36 members. KWN marked this momentous event by donating a computer to its newest member. Prehja actively works to raise awareness and empower women. Founded in 2003, the organization focu...
  • Members Start Implementing KWN Ethical and Accountability Code

    In 2006, KWN members adopted the KWN Ethical and Accountability Code. The document sets standards of accountability and transparency for KWN members. The code includes six basic principles: Mission and Program, Good Governance, Human Resources, Financial Transparency and Accountability, Civic Responsibility and Partnerships, and Networking. Most im...
  • KWN Members Hone Skills in Proposal Writing

    Since KWN began, members have requested a workshop on Project Proposal Writing. In response to members’ demands, KWN organized two such workshops in Prishtina on 6-7 and 10-11 December, respectively. “We really need workshops like the one on Project Proposal Writing,” said Bahrie Deva from the Association for the Education and C...
  • Women Activists from Israel and Palestine Visit Kosova

    From October 11 to 16, with support from the Swedish organization Kvinna till Kvinna, KWN hosted a delegation of women’s organizations from Israel and Palestine. After spending some time in Serbia, they came to Kosova together with representatives of the Women in Black Network. The purpose of the visit was to share experiences with women&rsqu...
  • Women in Black Network Serbia, KWN Form Women’s Peace Coalition

    The Kosova Women’s Network cooperated with Women in Black Network Serbia to form the Women’s Peace Coalition on 7 May. The coalition, comprised of activists from Kosova and Serbia, seeks to make women’s perspectives more visible in the political affairs of Serbia and Kosova. Striving toward just and sustainable peace, the Women&rs...
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