On June 27 at the “Agim Ramadani” Square in Gjilan, more than 100 visitors visited the exhibition “Break the Silence: Ending Violence behind Walls,” hosted by Kosovo Women’s Network (KWN). They closely observed the labyrinth revealing stories of women and men who experienced domestic violence in Kosovo, collected by the KWN.
“This exhibition carries within itself breath-taking stories of Kosovar women and men who experienced domestic violence”, said Adelina Berisha, Advocacy and Research Coordinator on Gender-Based Violence.
She shared with the public more information about this exhibition.
“After Prishtina, Gjilan becomes the second city to welcome the exhibition “Break the Silence: Ending Violence behind Walls,” while in the upcoming months we will visit other municipalities as well. By moving from one place to another, this exhibition aims to reach every individual, because only together we can fight domestic violence”, said Berisha.
Among the attendees were representatives from the Shelter of Gjilan, from the CSO Divine Woman (Albanian: Gruaja Hyjnore), as well as representatives from the Police Inspectorate.
“Standing walls” were an essential part of the exhibition, through which people were briefed about what the key institutions provide for addressing this type of violence and how citizens can reach out to these institutions to realize their rights. Confessions of domestic violence survivors affected those who dared to walk through this labyrinth.
“An excellent meaning,” “Very good and also very necessary,” “Perfect, very well, but I also hope that it will have an impact,” were just some of the impressions gained by the visitors.
The exhibition “Break the Silence: Ending Violence behind Walls” was open in Prishtina 14-16 June. After Gjilan, it will also be launched in Gjakovë, Ferizaj, Pejë, Mitrovicë, and Prizren.
This exhibition was supported by the European Union (EU) through UN Women (#EVAW), and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA).
For more information, you can find the Exhibition’s Booklet HERE.