The National Council on Survivors of Sexual Violence during the War, established by the President of the Republic of Kosovo, on 30 March held its concluding meeting where its two year work was presented. Participants included representatives from local institutions, embassies and civil society. During this meeting, speeches where held by the President of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga, Minister of Justice Mr. Hajredin Kuçi, Minister of Health Mr Imet Rrahmani, Minister of Labour and Social Welfare Mr. Arban Abrashi, Ambassador of the United States to The Republic of Kosovo Mr. Greg Delawie, the Director of UN Women’s office in Kosovo, Ms. Flora Macula, Executive Director of Kosova Rehabilitation Centre for Torture Victims (KRCT) Ms. Feride Rushiti, Executive Director of Kosovo Women’s Network (KWN), Ms. Igballe Rogova, Executive Director of Medica Gjakova, Ms Mirlinda Sada and Executive Director of Medica Kosova Ms. Veprore Shehu.
President Jahjaga, in her speech said that during this two year period, the Council broke taboos and our society showed strong support for survivors of sexual violence during the war. “With the help of the Council we managed to do a lot. The long term objectives that were set were proper and dignified treatment of the survivors and offering other countries in the world that face similar war consequences a good example of how a society needs to treat its survivors, namely by addressing it through the leadership of the highest institution of the country, that of the President,” she said. President Jahjaga also awarded recognition for KWN, Medica Kosova, Medica Gjakova KRCT and Centre for the Promotion of Women’s Rights for their contribution to the establishment of an affirmation of the status of victims within the National Council for the Survivors of Sexual Violence during the War.