Women’s economic empowerment

The estimated unemployment rate among women in Kosova is 56.9%, compared to 40.7% among men. Only 35% of women actively participate in the job market. Women’s under-representation in the formal job market is due in part to women’s unequal access to education. In fact, roughly 65% of women in Kosova (compared to approximately 41% of men) have not completed secondary education. When women are employed, it tends to be in lesser-paid positions (e.g., teachers, nurses, and service industries) making it much more difficult to gain and maintain economic independence. Women tend to lack access to assets, including property; according to cultural norms, men within their families manage such assets. Further, women heads of households face particularly difficult conditions as they often lack access to both assets for developing their businesses and markets for selling their products (a task previously undertaken by their husbands). Insufficient access to employment, property and family finances places women in a precarious position, increasing their lack of decision-making power within their families.

Our Strategy
As a long-term goal, KWN is working so that women have an equal economic position to men at home and in society. In our Strategic Plan, KWN aims to improve the economic position of women in Kosovo and for more women to access their right to inheritance and property.

Towards these aims, KWN has established a Working Group on this issue. KWN plans to support women in developing and managing successful businesses; encourage more girls to attend higher levels of education towards better economic prospects; educate more citizens about woman’s right to inheritance and property; and support more women in ensuring their right to inheritance and property.

Prior Activities towards Women’s Economic Empowerment

  • Ikebana Functions Independently, Produces Teas

    An interethnic group of women in Shtrpce always dreamed of forming an organization through which they could collect and market herbal teas. They aimed to prepare products with quality ingredients in an environmentally friendly manner. Some of medicinal plants with which they wanted to work are well-known in the pharmaceutical industry.  With s...
  • NGO “Krusha e Vogël” Economically Empowers Rural Women

    Members of NGO “Krusha e Vogël” expressed their interest in visiting organizations involved in agriculture in other municiplaities. They visited the “Centre of Seedlings (Qendra e Fidaneve)” in Koretin village in the Municipality of Kamenica. The visit took place on 23 Jul., with support from the Local Action Grou...
  • New “Piazza” Raises Awareness about Women’s Rights

    The new “Women’s Piazza” on Prishtina’s Mother Teresa Boulevard innovatively sells women’s products while simultaneously organizing street events to raise awareness about women’s rights.  The Women’s Piazza, run by NGO Rikotta, sells baked goods everyday on this busy pedestrian square. In addition to ...
  • Municipality Supports Gruaja Hyjnore to Empower Women

    The Municipality of Gjilan has provided NGO Gruaja Hyjnore (Divine Women) with a free venue for their activities. Cooperation with the Municipality has enabled Gruaja Hyjnore to cut back on operational costs, contributing substantially to the organization’s sustainability.  “The Municipality of Gjilan is trying to pay a lot of ...
  • 1100 Leaders Discuss Women’s Economic Empowerment

    A delegation led by President of the Republic of Kosova Atifete Jahjaga represented Kosovo at the Global Summit of Women 2013. The delegation also included KWN representative Mirlinda Kusari-Purrini, Executive Director of SHE-ERA, and Afërdita Saraqini Kelemndi, President of the Women’sEconomicChamberofKosovo. The summit, held in Kuala L...
  • Food Hygiene Plays Role in Finding Markets for Products

    Ensuring hygienic preparation of food is the first step that women must take in preparing products for market. Therefore, NGO Parajsa Jonë (Our Paradise) invited 20 women to its training on food hygiene in Krojmir village in Lipjan Municipality. The topic raised so much interest that more than 43 women, ages eight to 55, attended. Participant...
  • Women Entrepreneurs Create Platform

    On 8 Apr., 40 entities signed the National Platform of Women Entrepreneurs in the Republic of Kosova. Signatories included NGOs, women’s associations, business associations, networks, education and training institutions and media. The signing followed a prior workshop in which they developed the platform, held on 22 Mar. The main strategi...
  • Rural Development Program Supports Women

    The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development (MAFRD) plans to offer financial assistance for women entrepreneurs working in various agricultural sectors. Its Rural Development Program will offer financial assistance amounting to approximately €27 million in 2013. Through this financial support, MAFRD aims to improve farms&rs...
  • KWN Convenes Economic Empowerment Group

    KWN organized a workshop with its Economic Empowerment Working Group on 6 Mar. The workshop had two sessions: Economic Empowerment of Women through Income Generation and the Rights of Women on Inheritance and Property. The first session was attended by 21 representatives of 17 KWN member organizations. KWN member NGOs presented the...
  • Women, Girls Displeased with the 2013 Budget of the Republic of Kosovo

    Following the first reading of the budget in the Assembly of Kosovo, KWN issued a statement, delivered to all parliamentarians, key government officials and media, which read: “We, as citizens of Kosovo, deplore the government’s and Parliament’s recent initial passing of the Budget of the Republic of Kosovo for 2013. We disagre...

 
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