The Kosovo Women’s Network (KWN) mission is to support, protect and promote the rights and interests of women and girls throughout Kosovo, regardless of their political and religious beliefs, age, level of education, sexual orientation and abilities. KWN has a vision of a Kosovo in which women and men are equal and have equal opportunities for education, employment, political participation, health care and a life without violence. KWN’s Strategy includes four program areas, described below. KWN implements its Strategy in close cooperation with its 140 member organisations and partners.

In Kosovo, only 20% of women are registered, active participants in the labour market, compared to 65.7% of men.  Only 13% of working age women are employed (compared to 47% of men). Extensive evidence shows that making economically affordable childcare available would allow more women to enter the labour market (see “Education”). Meanwhile improving the enabling environment for women’s participation in the economy involves the need to continue work towards increasing women’s property ownership, as women currently own only 17% of properties. While KWN has supported gender mainstreaming of the EU Accession process, EU financial programming in support of Kosovo’s EU Accession can still be further gender mainstreamed.

Our Strategy

The goal of this program is: Women and men have equal economic opportunities at home and in the public sphere.

Objectives include:

  • Improve conditions for women’s participation in the labour force.
  • More women have access to inheritance and property ownership.
  • Improve the extent to which EU policies and programs include a gender perspective.