KWN Participates in “Making Markets Work for Women” Training

 On Jan. 14-15, USAID EMPOWER Private Sector and Promoting Private Sector Employment (PPSE) project in Kosovo held a Making Markets Work for Women (Gender in Value Chain Analysis) training, in which approximately 20 representatives participated. Among them, were representatives from the Kosovo Women’s Network (KWN) and other agencies. Vjosa Mullatahiri and Artan Xërxa facilitated the training.      The training was tailored for participants of the first training “Gender in Value Chain Development Course” held from Oct. 5-9, supported by the PPSE project, so that they could transfer further knowledge to their members, staff and beneficiaries. The training provided tools for the inclusion of gender aspects in the analysis of value chains and sought to devise gender strategies that enhance empowerment and incomes for all stakeholders. 
    A value chain is the full set of different activities that a business goes through in order to bring a product or service to their customer. A value chain also refers to the model of how a business receives the raw material as an input, it adds value to the raw material by going through different processes and then sells the finished product to its customers. 
    By offering different materials and group work for participants, the training aimed to:clarify gender goals and objectives for value chain development; distinguish between “do no harm”, gender inclusion, women’s empowerment and gender transformation; as well as to equip participants with tools and knowledge to develop sustainable gender strategies comprised of gender change solutions capable of market uptake and time bound gender interventions.