Kosovo Women’s Network (KWN) member organizations, as well as other civil society groups from the region, now have two more opportunities to improve the position of women in society and promote gender equality.
This is possible thanks to two grants that were presented in Prishtina by KWN staff on October 17. Approximately 40 potential beneficiaries were introduced to the 14th round of the Kosovo Women’s Fund (KWF) which is supported by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and UN Women.
Diellza Olluri, KWF Coordinator, initially showed the application procedures with participants urging youth-led organizations to apply.
“The KWF 14th round comes after a long successful collaboration with our member organizations. Throughout the years the fund has supported organizations and increased their capacity. Together this time we will be achieving the best results from your ideas”, said Olluri.
Similar to previous open calls, organizations can apply for two types of grants: an individual advocacy grant for a single organization, and a partnership change advocacy grant where two organizations can apply for a joint initiative.
Participants also gathered on October 17 to learn about the call for applications announced as part of the European Union (EU) funded project “Promoting Women’s Labor Rights” by the Swedish Development Cooperation.
Gentiana Murati, Grants Manager, and Adelina Tërshani, Project Coordinator, presented the guidelines for the application, and shared findings from the report: “Gender Based Discrimination and Employment in the Western Balkans”.
“This report reveals that women’s participation in the labor force remains very low. In view of these troubling results, the Coalition of Women’s Rights Organizations launched this project to demand accountability from relevant institutions for the implementation of anti-discrimination legislation in the labor market. This call is a great opportunity for us to contribute together to increase women’s participation in the labor force,” said Murati.
Sanije Grajqevci, Director of Aureola Organization, appreciated the information.
“The infusion was very clear, now I find it much easier to apply to all EU grants because I finally understood the application process correctly,” said Grajevci.
Implementing partners for this initiative are: Kosovo Women’s Network (KWN), Reactor – Research in Action from Northern Macedonia, Gender Alliance for Development Center (GADC) from Albania, Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Banja Luka from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Women’s Rights Center from Montenegro, and the Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation from Sweden through its office in Serbia.
This briefing session will continue in other Western Balkan (PB) countries.
Applications for these two types of grants can be found HERE.
On October 24, KWN officially announced the beneficiaries of KGK’s 13th round.