The Activism of KWN During August

During August 2020, the Kosovo Women’s Network (KWN) worked to fulfil its mission of protecting and promoting the rights of women and girls by continuing its research and monitoring member organizations.

Kosovo Women’s Fund (KWF) Contribution

Although the pandemic COVID-19 has impacted field work supported by the Kosovo Women’s Fund (KWF), it did not stop KWN member organizations, Rikotta and the Women’s Centre ATO from holding their first meeting on the economic empowerment and capacity building of women. Thanks to this initiative, 30 Bosniak and Gorani women from Prevalla and surrounding villages such as Mushnikova, Gornosella, Recani, Grnqare and Lubinje, discussed their concerns and opportunities to improve the situation of women and girls in the region.

Read more HERE.

Furthermore, KWN staff provided assistance and mentoring to member organizations, which are continuing to conduct activities in the coming weeks, in accordance with the pandemic situation.

The research on the implementation of Resolution 1325

Another important engagement of KWN staff during this month has been the research that will precede the second publication of Facts and Fables. Given the success of the first book published in 2011, this publication represents a continuation of the monitoring of the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security in Kosovo. KWN’s research team interviewed a diverse group of men and women involved in the implementation of this resolution in the past 10 years. You will be able to read those stories later this year to mark the 20th anniversary of the adoption of this resolution.

Read HERE Facts and Fables.

The research on Gender Based Violence

Research has also continued on gender-based violence in Kosovo. This report, which continues the research developed in 2015 with the “No more Excuses” report, supported by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA). It explores societal and institutional awareness of gender-based violence since 2015.

This as an ongoing endeavour by KWN to identify the prevalence and consequences of gender-based violence and demand proper institutional response against it.

Read HERE key findings from KWN “No More Excuses” research report.