On 9 August, Dokufest, a major international documentary and short film festival held annually in Prizren, in the southwest of Kosovo, shone a light on conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) with two UN Women-supported activities.
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Early-marriage is a long-standing traditional practice within the Ashkali, Roma and Egyptian communities in Kosovo. Thanks to the campaign conducted by the Network of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian Women Organizations of Kosovo (NRAEWOK) – a project under the EU–UN Women regional programme, ‘Implementing Norms, Changing Minds’ – these communities are learning about the detrimental effects of early-marriage and the restrictions it imposes on girls’ prospects of a decent life, as well as the mechanisms for preventing the potential for violence against women.
After almost two decades of silence and stigma, Kosovowomen survivors of sexual violence during the armed conflict of 1998 - 1999 will soon get legal recognition and reparations, including financial assistance.
Supported by UN Women and UNICEF Innovation Labs, young people in Kosovo have developed innovative solutions to address violence against women. An initiative that boosts economic opportunities of violence survivors, and an app that educates teenagers about sexual health and rights are making
Remarks by UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri at the World Parliamentary Forum second Plenary on "Ending violence, sustaining peace" in Bali, Indonesia.