CREATE

Engagement for Equity grantee CREATE in partnership with Roma, Ashkali Development Center (RADC) implemented the project Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian Women in Governance and Economy (RWGE) that was designed to tackle challenges the RAE women face. The project succeeded to have a more equitable participation of Roma, Ashkali, and Egyptian women in political and economic spheres of society at household, community, municipal, and national levels, through:

An increased understanding of the knowledge, attitudes, and practices from within the Roma, Ashkali, Egyptian, and majority communities that impact the participation of minority women in governance and economic activity and the household and community levels;

Key barriers to participation -as identified in the study- are addressed and reduced, and;

Women from the target groups have gotten the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in decision making and income generation/economic activity.

The project started its implementation in 2015 and finished in 2016, and was implemented in municipalities of Mitrovicë/Mitrovica South, Fushë Kosovë/Kosovo Polje, Gjakovë/Djakovica, Prizren, Pejë/Pec, Ferizaj/Urosevac, and Graçanica/Graqanicë.

CREATE and RADC developed a Socio-economic study on attitudes and norms concerning the participation of Roma, Ashkali, and Egyptian women in decision making, leadership, and economic activity. The report can be found here.

Balkan Investigative Reporting Network – BIRN

Engagement for Equity grantee Balkan Investigative Reporting Network – BIRN implemented the project Empowering Women to seek their Inheritance Rights that was designed to raise awareness of Kosovo citizens on issues related to women inheritance rights and educate the public and public institutions on best practices on addressing this issue, through these objectives:

Enhancement of awareness among women in Kosovo regarding their heritage and property rights;

Contribution to improving policy-making in the field of women’s inheritance rights through public discussions and policy recommendations;

Provide impartial and objective reporting on women’s inheritance rights through televised, online and print reporting;

Increasing people’s awareness on inheritance rights of women through public information and direct monitoring of courts;

The project started its implementation in August 2015 and finished in August 2016, covering all Kosovo.

BIRN published a Report on Kosovo Women’s Right to Inherit Property, which analyzes the state of inheritance process in Kosovo, region and EU. It also will brings concrete recommendations on specific aspect of inheritance process. The report can be found here.

Advocacy Center for Democratic Culture – ACDC

Engagement for Equity grantee Advocacy Center for Democratic Culture – ACDC implemented the project Increasing Public Awareness of Women’s Property Rights in northern Kosovo that was designed to empower women in northern Kosovo through raising awareness on Women’s Property Rights and advocacy for the establishment of local mechanisms for ensuring Gender Equality, through these objectives:

Increasing knowledge and awareness on Gender Equality and Women’s Property Rights;

Monitoring and reporting on the court proceedings involving Women’s Property Rights;

Empowering Women’s Caucuses in the municipal assemblies in northern Kosovo, through training program and study visits to CSOs and institutions;

Advocacy for establishment of Gender Equality Offices and appointment of Gender Equality Officers in the four municipalities in northern Kosovo.

The project started its implementation in August 2015 and finished in 2016, covering four (4) municipalities of northern Kosovo, namely North Mitrovica, Zvečan/Zveçan, Zubin Potok and Leposavić/Leposaviq.

Kosovo Center for Business Support – KCBS

Engagement for Equity grantee Kosovo Center for Business Support – KCBS implemented the project Change Kosovo by Empowering Women that was designed to strengthen socio economic empowerment of women, through these objectives:

Raise the awareness of women in business on their importance and contribution to the business and community development;

Increase the influence of women in business by establishing an informal advocacy network for women in business to advocate on issues that women face in business;

Develop a municipal strategy to strengthen the position of women in governance and monitor the implementation of this strategy into practice;

Promote project activities in the media;

The project started its implementation in August 2015 and finished in February 2017, covering Municipalities of Kamenicë/Kamenica, Drenas/Glogovac and Rahovec/Orahovac.

The Strategy developed by KCBS for municipality of Kamenicë/Kamenica, Drenas/Glogovac and Rahovec/Orahovac was approved by three targeted Municipalities. The Strategy for Women Entrepreneurs for Period 2017-2022 for municipality of Kamenicë/Kamenica, Drenas/Glogovac and Rahovec/Orahovac can be found here:Strategjia Drenas , Strategjia Kamenicë, Strategjia Rahovec.

Žensko pravo

Engagement for Equity grantee Zensko Pravo implemented the project Enhancing Women Participation in Northern Kosovo that was designed to increase participation of women in municipality of Zubin Potok, Zvečan/Zveçan, Leposavić/Leposaviq and North Mitrovica, through these objectives:

Develop capacities of women organizations to advocate with decision makers for increased women participation;

Develop capacities of municipal officials for gender responsive governance;

Raise awareness among right holders and general public on importance of women participation and equal representation in public institutions.

The project started its implementation in February 2016 and finished in February 2017, covering municipalities of northern Kosovo, namely north Mitrovica, Zvečan/Zveçan, Zubin Potok and Leposavić/Leposaviq.

Kosovo Association of Blind Persons

Engagement for Equity grantee Kosovo Association of Blind Persons under Rapid Response Fund implemented the project Addressing Unpredictable Changes Affecting the Lives of the Blind to analyze the amendments initiated by Division for Medical Commissions – DMC of Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare – MLSW in the Regulation on the Functioning of the Medical-Social Commission – RFMSC, taking into account their effect in the lives of the beneficiaries of blindness scheme and of the Law on Blind Persons, through these objectives:

Analyzing the adequacy of the proposal for the amendment of the RFMSC in relation to the Law on Blind Persons;

Collecting information from the Blind persons about the impact that the planned amendments of the RFMSC in their lives;

Informing the Blind persons about specific changes, thus avoiding the confusion among them and enabling them to benefit from their legal rights.

The project started its implementation in July 2016 and finished in August 2017, covering municipalities of northern Kosovo, namely Prishtinë/Pristina, Pejë/Peć, Mitrovicë/Mitrovica, Prizren, Gjakovë/Đakovica, Gjilan/Gnjilane and Ferizaj/Uroševac with the focus in Prishtinë/Pristina.

Kosovo Association of Blind Persons achieved to integrate the proposed amendments in the Regulation on the Functioning of the Medical-Social Commission – RFMSC as a result of consistent advocacy process during the project implementation.

Center for Education and Community development – CECD Friends

Engagement for Equity grantee CECD Friends under Rapid Response Fund implemented the project Boys and Men, part of the solution – show that you are against violence, marked the 25th of November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women through these objectives:

Raising awareness of citizens and responsible institutions on economic and social benefits from the equal treatment of women and inheritance;

Empowering women in asking their property and inheritance rights by informing women on their rights and how that leads to empowerment and prevention of domestic violence.

The project started its implementation in November 2015 and finished in December 2015 covering Municipality of Mitrovicë/Mitrovica, Skenderaj/Srbica and Vushtrri/Vučitrn.

Center for Independent Life – CIL

Engagement for Equity grantee Center for Independent Life – CIL implemented the project Youngsters with Mental Disabilities Together for a Better Life to advocate, to promote social integration, increase participation and development of personal autonomy of children and young people with mental disabilities, through these objectives:

Advocating to local and central institutions for support from local and central institutions;

Daily acceptance and rehabilitation of about 30 young people with mental disabilities;

Supporting up to 30 young persons the necessary skills to live in an independent life;

Increasing participation of parents, family members in order to reach public awareness about CIL.

The project started its implementation in February 2016 and finished in January 2017, covering municipality of Peja/Peć, Istog/Istok, Deçan/Dečani.

Center for Independent Life has achieved to advocate for people with mental disabilities and signed one Memorandum of Understanding with the Municipality of Peja that guarantees a long term financial support from Kosovo Institutions for the Center.

ARTPOLIS

Engagement for Equity grantee ARTPOLIS in partnership with Gheto Theater Lapje Selo implemented the project Increasing Community Awareness on Women’s Property Rights by using Art as a Tool to raise awareness through public education of both men and women, about the benefits of formalized property rights and encouraging the change of existing attitudes towards women’s property rights, through these objectives:

Promoting Women’s Property Rights and enhancing discussion by conducting 20 Forum Theater Performances that address challenges and misconceptions in Kosovo society (both in Kosovo Albanian and Kosovo Serbian and RAE Communities);

Increasing the knowledge among women and men, including youth and minorities on access to information and understanding of property rights by using Forum Theater, community consultation sessions and social media campaign.

The project started its implementation in February 2016 and finished in January 2017 covering Municipality of Prishtinë/Priština, Gjakovë/Đakovica, Ferizaj/Uroševac, Skenderaj/Srbica, Fushë Kosova/Kosovo Polje, Mitrovicë/Mitrovica, Gjilan/Gnjilane, Pejë/Peć, Gračanica/Graqanicë, Vushtrri/Vučitrn, North Mitrovica, Berkoce, Leposavič/Leposaviq, Prizren, Dragash/Dragaš, Ranilug/Ranillug Šterpce/Shterpë, Suhareka/Suva Reka, Rahovec/Orahovac and Kamenicë/Kamenica.

Initiative for Progress – INPO

Engagement for Equity grantee Initiative for Progress – INPO implemented the project Inclusion of Youth in the Vocational Education Development aiming to develop the youth through enhancement of local policies on professional education, through these objectives:

Increasing inclusion of youth in improving strategic policies of education development related to municipal strategies for economic development;

Raising awareness of youth for vocational education, labor market and career guidance. The project started its implementation in February 2016 and finished in January 2017 covering Municipality of Prishtinë/Priština, Mitrovicë/Mitrovica, Pejë/Peć, Gjakovë/Đakovica, Prizren, Gjilan/Gnjilane and Ferizaj/Uroševac.

INPO has published one Research Analysis “Involvement of Youth in Developing Vocational Schools”, a research that emphasizes perceptions about vocational schools in Kosova. The Research can be found here.

INPO has published one Guideline for Establishment of Orientation Career Center that serves as a helpful source for establishment of career centers in Kosovo. This Guideline has strongly facilitated the advocacy process done by INPO towards relevant Kosovo Institutions regarding the establishment of career centers. The Guideline can be found here.

Emancipimi ma ndryshe – EC ma ndryshe

Engagement for Equity grantee EC ma ndryshe in partnership with Organization of Persons with Muscular Dystrophy in Kosovo implemented the project Prizren, a Free-barrier City, aiming to increase the participation of persons with disabilities and young people in designing a barrier-free Prizren, through these objectives:

People with Disability (PwD) and youth actively involved in designing solutions and providing local government with practical options for a barrier-free city;

Initiating Policy changes that regulate the participation of PwD in urban planning;

Raising public awareness and increase understanding on accessibility of PwD.

The project started its implementation in February 2016 and finished in January 2017 covering Municipality of Prizren, Malishevë/Mališevo, Suharekë/Suva Reka, Dragash/Dragaš, Mamushë/Mamuša and Rahovec/Orahovac.

EC ma ndryshe has published one Administrative Instruction that regulates the technical conditions of buildings and the accessibility of People with Disabilities into these buildings. The Administrative Instruction can be found here.

Ec ma ndryshe has published one Manual “A projection of a Free-barrier City” that serves as a guideline for Kosovo relevant Institutions and gives concrete illustrations on how to implement a free barrier city concept. The Manual can be found here.

Ec ma ndryshe has published one Visionary Report “A school for everybody” for school building and rehabilitation for people with disabilities. The report can be found here.

Ec ma ndryshe has published one research “PRIZREN – a City that has not removed barriers for People with Disability (PwD)” that brings out the challenges of PwD accessibility in Prizren and gives helpful recommendations for the relevant Institutions in Kosovo about a free-barrier city. The research can be found here.

Association of Persons with Disability – Handikos Mitrovica

Engagement for Equity grantee Handikos Mitrovica implemented the project Little from Self; Much for PwD aiming to advocate, promote business opportunities and enterprises for work/study training programs for unemployed PwDs, and monitor the implementation of the law no. 03/L-019 on Vocational Ability, Rehabilitation and Employment of People with Disabilities, through these objectives:

Forty (40) persons with disabilities from Mitrovica region are trained for work and become competitive in the labor market, and promote opportunities of enterprises/institutions for hiring PwDs;

Monitoring of the implementation of the Law No. 03/L-019 Vocational Ability, Rehabilitation and Employment of People with Disabilities professional training and employment, focusing on article 12. Item 2. Each employer is obliged to employ a person with disability, in every fifty (50) employees, and monitoring of implementation of National Strategy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2013-2023 focusing on strategic Objective no. 2. Proper and operational system for wellbeing and social safety and provision of equal employment opportunities for Persons with Disabilities.

The project started its implementation in February 2016 and finished in January 2017, covering Municipality of Mitrovicë/Mitrovica, Skenderaj/Srbica and Vushtrri/Vučitrn.

Handikos Mitrovica has published one research on Monitoring and Implementation of Law no. 03/L-019 on Vocational Ability, Rehabilitation and Employment of People with Disabilities that gives helpful recommendations for the relevant Institutions in Kosovo about PwD. The research can be found here.

Quality Institute for Research Analyses and Training – iChat

Engagement for Equity grantee iChat under Rapid Response Fund implemented the project Amending and Supplementing Administrative Instruction No.10/2010 on Youth Voluntary Work to supplement and amend Administrative Instruction No.10/2010 according to European Law of Voluntarism, through these objectives:

Adjusting Administrative Instruction No.10/2010 according to EU report, published in 2010 on European Voluntarism;

Media promotion to enable youth to understand the importance of voluntary work and get youth interested in their rights of voluntarism.

The project started its implementation in November 2015 and finished in December 2015 with Kosovo wide coverage.

iChat has published one Report Adjustment of Administrative Instruction No.10/2010 on Youth Voluntary Work that gives helpful recommendations for the relevant Institutions in Kosovo regarding voluntary work. The recommendations have been taken into account by Ministry of Youth and were integrated into Administrative Instruction No.10/2010. The research can be found here.

Center for Equality and Liberty for the LGBT Community in Kosovo – CEL

Engagement for Equity grantee Center for Equality and Liberty for the LGBT Community in Kosovo – CEL implemented the project Inclusion of the LGBT Community in Kosovo aiming to improve the position of the LGBT community in Kosovo and increase the level of understanding among the general population, through these objectives:

Increase knowledge about LGBT issues among, journalists, stakeholders and the general population;

Increase and empower the well being of LGBT community;

Increase the engagement of Government of Kosovo in promotion of LGBT rights in Kosovo.

The project started its implementation in August 2015 and finished in April 2017 covering Kosovo wide.

CEL has published two books, “The LGBT movement”, as the general need to have more information on the LGBTI movement, to conform to societal changes, as well as to understand individuals which belong to this community. The book can be found here. The other book “Manual for psychological practice with lesbian, gay and bisexual clients” serves psychologists with basic information and tools on counselling of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people, in the areas of assessment, intervention, identity, and relationships. The manual can be found here.

Syri i Vizionit

Engagement for Equity grantee Syri i Vizionit implemented the project Women’s Support Project aiming to promote local democracy and citizen participation in Kosovo, through improvement of governance, parliamentarianism, and entrepreneurship, building capacities for and empowering women in public, private and non-governmental sectors, and improvement of their positions in institutions and businesses. The project objectives are:

Support and increase of the number of women in leading positions in governments, business and civil society with the purpose to improve policy-making and socio economic development of the country;

Professionalism and capacity building of women in business, governance, and civil society, including improvement of entrepreneurship, policy-making and governance skills;

Increase of pro-activity and exchange of success stories among women in order to improve development policies and economy.

The project started its implementation in February 2016 and finished in April 2017 covering municipality of Pejë/Peć, Deçan/Dečani, Junik/Junik, Istog/Istok. Syri i Vizionit published one brochure covering stories and profiles of successful women in fields of business, civil society and governance in Dukagjini region. The brochure can be found here.

Communication for Social Development – CSD

Engagement for Equity grantee Communication for Social Development – CSD implemented the project Women’s Right in Democratic Society, aiming to visualize the situation regarding women’s property rights, and to enhance the capacity of women in Kosovo to exercise their property rights, as equal citizens under the law through these objectives:

Increase awareness of both property rights for women, and their rights through family laws;

Increase the capacity of Civil Society to assist citizens in exercising their rights to property;

Raise awareness about opportunity for women to anonymously address the property rights issues.

The project started its implementation in June 2016 and finished in May 2017 covering municipality of Gračanica/Graçanicë, Novo Brdo/Novobërdë, Ranilug/Ranillug, Parteš/Partesh, Klokot/Kllokot and Štrpce/Shtërpcë.

CSD published one research “Women’s property rights in a democratic society” that gives helpful conclusions and recommendations regarding women’s property rights. The research can be found here.

Democracy +

Engagement for Equity grantee Democracy + implemented the project Increased Effectiveness of the Law on Youth through Monitoring aiming to empower and engage young people in public life by improving the implementation of youth legislation and policies, through these objectives:

Increase the attention and resources of the Kosovo’s Assembly in overseeing the government regarding policies on youth engagement;

Empowering youth through the implementation of provisions of the applicable legislation in Kosovo;

Adaptation of implementation of youth legislation to engage women and other marginalized groups.

The project started its implementation in June 2016 and finished in November 2016 covering Kosovo wide.

Democracy + published one report “Monitoring the implementation of Law no. 03/L-145 for empowerment of youth participation” that gives recommendations on effective implementation and improvement of legislation that affects youth issues. The report can be found here.

Kosovo Rehabilitation Center for Tortured Victims – KRCT

Engagement for Equity grantee Kosovo Rehabilitation Center for Tortured Victims – KRCT implemented the project Equal Economic Empowerment to all women in Kosovo aiming for women/survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in Kosovo to have equal participating rights and opportunities in governance and the economy through improved representation, education and employment, through these objectives:

Increase the level of employment and income up to 25 SGBV in Kosovo among Albanian, Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities;

Increase equal opportunities, social integration and welfare of SGBV in Kosovo among Albanian and Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities.

The project started its implementation in June 2016 and finished in May 2017 covering Kosovo wide with specific attention in Drenas/Glogovac.

KRCT published one study dedicated to the identification of needs and potential of SGBV survivors for their participation in Governance and employment opportunities in Kosovo. The study can be found here.

Qendra për Emancipim Shoqëror – QESH

Engagement for Equity grantee Qendra për Emancipim Shoqëror – QESH implemented the project Integrational Education and Legal Advancement aiming to increase the visibility and rights of the LGBT community in Kosovo through raising awareness of the general public and empowering the LGBT community, through these objectives:

Increase the accountability of the relevant institutions regarding the implementation of the current laws on LGBT rights;

Increase the awareness of the LGBT community among the general public regarding their rights in Kosovo;

Empower members of the LGBT community by preparing them for job market.

The project started its implementation in June 2016 and finished in May 2017, covering Kosovo wide with the focus in Prishtina/Priština.

Down syndrome Kosova – DSK

Engagement for Equity grantee Down Syndrome Kosova implemented the project Empowering People with Disability (PWD) Community through increased participation in Institutional policies and social life aiming to increase awareness of the rights of PWDs and unify legal protection, ensuring the inclusion of PWDs through constructive dialogue with decision makers, through these objectives:

Draft a common platform between PWDs organizations, recording the needs and priorities for protection and legal inclusion;

Advocate through campaigns on the rights of PWDs and initiation of the drafting of a comprehensive draft law on PWDs.

The project started its implementation in June 2016 and finished in May 2017, covering Kosovo wide.

Center for legal aid and regional development – CLARD

Engagement for Equity grantee CLARD implemented the project Legal Aid and litigation of women’s rights on property and inheritance and increase capacities of young female lawyers, aiming to increase women’s access to justice through ad hoc supplied free legal aid services that will improve the legal framework as well as create best practices regarding women’s rights to joint property and inheritance, through these objectives:

Provide free legal aid services to at least 400 citizens that belong to VMG, in ten different municipalities in Kosovo, where at least 50% – 70% of the citizens are women that cannot financially effort barristers;

Train the new generation of female lawyers on how to address improvements or changes in the legislation;

Identify public interest cases related to women’s rights to property and inheritance (Strategic Litigation);

Draft policy paper for the responsible institutions during the second part of the project implementation.

The project started its implementation in June 2016 and finished in March 2017 covering Kosovo wide.

CLARD published one research Women’s Property and Inheritance Rights that gives recommendations on how to overcome identified issues and improve the legal system of women’s property and inheritance right. The research can be found here.

Quality Institute for Research Analyses and Training – iChat

Engagement for Equity grantee Quality Institute for Research Analyses and Training – iChat implemented the project Inform to Prevent, aiming to build capacities amongst the youth, this way raise awareness and prevent the involvement of the youth in violent extremist activities, through these objectives:

Raise awareness of youth between 16-20 years on the forms of influences that lead to violent extremism in a six-month period;

Encourage critical thinking amongst at least 35% of youths at secondary school level in Kosovo, in order for the approach against extremism to raise awareness amongst the youth during a semester.

The project started its implementation in December 2016 and finished in May 2017 covering municipality of Ferizaj/Uroševac, Kaçanik/Kačanik, Prizren/Prizren, Gjilan/Gnjilane, Peja/Peć, Mitrovica/Mitrovica, and Vushtrri/Vučitrn.

iChat published one research that gives recommendations on how to increase the participation of youth in preventing of violent extremism. The research can be found here.

Femrat Aktive të Gjakovës -FAGJ

Engagement for Equity grantee Femrat Aktive te Gjakoves implemented the project Women’s Access to Property aiming to raise the awareness of women and girls to realize their property and inheritance rights and also raise awareness in institutional level among key stakeholders dealing with property and inheritance, based on obligations from Kosovo legislation, through these objectives:

Raise awareness of women and girls to realize their property and inheritance rights, and how to approach justice effectively;

Increase opportunities for women to exercise their property rights by providing legal assistance, counseling and mediation free of charge for legal property issues;

Increase effectiveness, and institutional responsibilities of the Basic Court in Gjakova, notaries, cadaster office, and registration office to address cases of inheritance and property issues through monitoring of these mechanisms.

The project started its implementation in December 2016 and finished in July 2017, covering municipality of Gjakova/Đakovica, Dragash/Dragaš, Junik/Junik and Deçan/Dečani.

Human Rights Radio Network – HRN

Engagement for Equity grantee Human Rights Radio network – HRN implemented the project It’s time to de-stigmatize Persons with Disabilities – We can start by talking about, it aiming to increase protection and awareness of Persons with Disabilities (PWD) in Kosovo regardless of their ethnicity by organizing radio talk-shows for PWD, through these objectives:

Increase awareness of and protection of rights of PwD in society by organizing radio talk-shows by and for persons with disabilities focused on PwD rights in Kosovo;

Increase involvement of PwD in civic engagement, employment and educational opportunities;

Increase constructive dialogue between civil society and government institutions on needs of PwD.

The project started its implementation in December 2016 and finished in July 2017, covering Kosovo wide.

Lëvizja FOL

Engagement for Equity grantee Levizja FOL implemented the project Youth involvement in promoting fight against corruption in education system in Kosovo, aiming to prevent and minimize corruption in the education system in Kosovo by involving and activating youth in this campaign, through these objectives:

Setting of a perception trend, knowledge, and experience of the youth regarding the corruption level in the education system in Kosovo;

Encourage civic participation amongst youth in promoting the fight against corruption in the education system through information technology and social media;

Empower youth role in promotion of the fight against corruption in the education system in Kosovo;

Educate youth on mechanisms and institutions responsible for fighting corruption in the education system in Kosovo;

Promote transparency and accountability of public investments in the education system of Kosovo.

The project started its implementation in August 2015 and finished in August 2017 covering municipality of Pristina/Priština, Gjakova/Đakovica, Mitrovica/Mitrovica, Ferizaj/Uroševac and Podujeva/Podujevo.

Levizja FOL published one research Edu’ Corruption Scan about perceptions, knowledge and experience of youth in corruption in education system 2016. The research can be found here.

GAP Institute

Engagement for Equity grantee GAP Institute implemented the project Revising Gender Discriminating Policies in the Labor Market, aiming to eliminate discriminatory practices on labor market, in order to create equal opportunities for women employment in Kosovo, through these objectives:

Elimination of discriminatory practices on job advertisements;

Supplementing Labor Law, through which gendered wording on job advertisements is considered illegal;

Increase the number of women employees on public sector;

Establishment of quotas on women participation on publicly owned companies and independent institutions board’ of directors;

Improvement of national statistics about women labor market participation and employment;

Maternal leave analysis and its effect on women labor participation.

The project started its implementation in December 2016 and finished in November 2017, covering all Kosovo.

GAP Institute published one research report “Representation of women in the boards of publicly – owned

enterprises and independent agencies”. The research compares the number of men and women in public-owned boards of independent agencies. The research can be found here.

GAP Institute published one statistical report “Employment and representation of women in Kosovo”. The report can be found here.

GAP Institute published one research report “Household budget management – men and women”, a research that shows the differences in expenditures between men and women. The research can be found here.

GAP Institute published one research report “Labour market discrimination – How job advertisements create gender inequality”. The research can be found here.

Democracy 4 Development – D4D

Engagement for Equity grantee Democracy 4 Development – D4D implemented the project Women for Development: Activation of Women in the Labor Market, aiming to alleviate gender gaps in the labor activity, by engaging the political leadership and the private sector, and developing the capacities of women, CSOs and local organizations that work in the economic empowerment of women. The objectives of the project are:

Initiation of debates that consider the gender gap issue;

Increase in the availability of political solutions based on evidence/recommendations related to main gender gaps and the degree of activity of the labor force;

Awareness raising campaign which encourages the inclusion of women in the activity of the labor force and which reaches out to all the segments of society;

Empowering the skills of CSOs at grassroots and initiatives which effectively represent the interests of women in relation to public institutions and businesses, and increase the participation of women in the work force;

Existence of specific trainings designed to improve the employment and entrepreneurial skills of (young) women.

The project started its implementation in December 2016 and finished in November 2017, covering all Kosovo.

D4D published one research “Women’s Inactivity in the Labour Market”, that gives reasons why a significant percentage of working age women are inactive in Kosovo’s labor market. The research can be found here.

Balkan Investigative Reporting Network – BIRN

Engagement for Equity grantee BIRN implemented the project Empowering Women to seek their Inheritance Rights, aiming to advocate for the appropriate changes needed on the laws under amendment procedures, as well as continue to enhance awareness among women in Kosovo for their heritage and property rights, through these objectives:

Contribute to improved policy changes on heritage-related laws (Law on Gender Equality);

Enhance understanding of the applicable legislations through reporting on women’s inheritance rights through televised, online and print reporting.

The project started its implementation in December 2016 and finished in November 2017, covering all Kosovo.

Public Organization for Local Initiatives and Supports – POLIS

Engagement for Equity grantee POLIS implemented the project Joint Endowers for Women’s Rights to Joint Property, aiming to establish a more suitable legal environment, raising institutional and citizen’s awareness, inform and support women to achieve their property rights, through these objectives:

Research and monitor the implementation of Administrative Instruction No. 03/2016 on special measures for registration of joint immovable property in the name of both spouses;

Advocate to improve the legislation and raise awareness of institutions on implementation of measures improving women’s position in the society by promoting their participation in property, inheritance, and other fields;

Inform and raise awareness of citizens on equal treatment of women in registering the joint property in the name of both spouses.

The project started its implementation in December 2016 and finished in November 2017, covering ten municipalities of Prishtina/Priština, Lipjan/Lipjan, Fushë Kosovë/Kosovo Polje, Obiliq/Obilić, Drenas/Glogovac, Ferizaj/Uroševac, Shtime/Štimlje, Štrëpce/Shtrpce, Kaçanik/Kačanik, Hani Elezit/Elez Han.

POLIS published one report on the implementation of Administrative Instruction 03/2016 “The equal rights on property”. The report can be found here.

Multimedia Center

Engagement for Equity grantee Multimedia Center implemented the project Handling Violent Extremism through Social Theater, aiming to create a positive climate for debate, reflection and knowledge of the effects of extremism in any form in Kosovo, through these objectives:

Enable young people to get educated on the issues of extremism and develop among them a sense of empathy by pulling to the surface some of the untreated topics which relate to extremism in Kosovo;

Relax the radical attitudes of the youth in Kosovo against their “opponents” of whatever affiliation and create a climate of trust and recognition, by using the theater plays and debates;

Engage young people in discussion and bring them closer to institutional representatives, civil society and media address problematic issues related to extremism.

The project started its implementation in December 2016 and finished in November 2017, covering municipality of Kaçanik/Kačanik, Vushtrri/Vučitrn, Ferizaj/Uroševac, Peja/Peć, Prizren/Prizren, Fushë Kosovë/Kosovo Polje, Obiliq/Obilić, Gjilan/Gnjilane, Lipjan/Lipljan, Mitrovicë/Kosovsa Mitrovica.

Kosovo Center for Business Support – KCBS

Engagement for Equity grantee Kosovo Center for Business Support – KCBS implemented the project The Inheritance Rights for Women – Their Empowerment, aiming to functionalize the municipal registry office for implementing the legal obligation ex officio for the submission of acts of death in the court for the succession procedure, through these objectives:

Advocate to the municipal registry offices for the implementation in practice of the Law on out contentious procedure, and the article 133 and 133.1 of the Law in Gjilan/Gnjilane, Kamenicë/Kamenica, Vitia/Vitina and Novobërde/Novo Brdo;

Educate and raise awareness of the citizens, particularly women for the means to achieve their inheritance rights;

Raise awareness by targeting men, on importance of equal inheritance and benefits of including daughters and wives in inheritance.

The project started its implementation in December 2016 and finished in October 2017, covering municipality of Gjilan/Gnjilane, Kamenicë/Kamenica, Viti/Vitina, Novobërde/Novo Brdo.

JETA

Engagement for Equity grantee JETA implemented the project Public Awareness Campaign on Women Property and Inheritance Rights in Junik municipality, aiming to influence changes regarding the property rights perceptions and give voice to women to assert their rights to property and inheritance as envisioned in Kosovo’s legislation, through these objectives:

Press societal attitudes and community practices of women’s discrimination on property and inheritance rights and raise public awareness on this issue;

Reduce the gender gap in primary and secondary schools by addressing gender stereotypes as one of the causes of discrimination about women’s property and inheritance rights;

Mobilize municipal leadership and women caucus of the Assembly in the project activities (workshop, lectures, TV and radio program) as a wielding force that can influence changes in perceptions of the people on women property and inheritance rights;

Influence the changes of perceptions among schoolchildren over importance of recognition of equal inheritance rights for girls and boys.

The project started its implementation in April 2017 and finished in November 2017, covering municipality of Deçan/Dečani and Junik.

JETA published one research “The Rights of Women in Property and Inheritance in Municipality of Junik”. The research can be found here.

Internews Kosova

Engagement for Equity grantee Internews Kosova implemented the project Countering Violent Extremism among Kosovo’s youth, aiming to raise awareness about the fight against violent extremism and tackle the issue of such radicalization from many angles, through the following objectives:

Raise awareness of the Kosovar youth about violent extremism in order to prevent their radicalization and recruitment of youth in terrorist groups;

Monitor current and future cases in court sessions related to terrorism and violent extremism. Report on these cases and current developments of violent extremism in Kosovo through television and online media;

Increase the awareness and promote the fight against violent extremism through public information.

The project started its implementation in April 2017 and finished in September 2017, covering Kosovo wide.

Iniciativa Qytetare Skenderaj – IQS

Engagement for Equity grantee IQS implemented the project Enhance Youth Participation in Prevention of Violent Extremism, aiming to engage youth in preventing violent extremism by activating them in educational activities and raise awareness of the wide public, through these objectives:

Involve youth in educational activities that promote the prevention of their involvement in radical groups and activities;

Raise awareness of the population about legal mechanisms that prevent Kosovo youth involvement in foreign wars;

Advocate to the Municipal Council for Security, Consultative Committee for Community Security, Community Policing (a branch of Kosovo Police) and other responsible actors such as, Kosovo Police, Prosecution office, etc, that work in preventing violent extremism.

The project started its implementation in April 2017 and finished in October 2017, covering municipality of Skënderaj/Serbica.

Center for Peace and Tolerance – CPT

Engagement for Equity grantee CPT implemented the project Women Empowered – The Application of Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) in Kosovo Serb Municipalities, aiming to increase economic empowerment of women through implementation of gender responsive budgeting in 10 non-majority Kosovo municipalities, through these objectives:

Increase awareness and sensibility of municipal administrations in regards to gender equality and GRB;

Develop capacities of municipal officials and civil sector employees in selected municipalities for gender analysis, gender policy making and GRB;

Promote establishment and adoption of municipal processes with inclusive approaches to GRB

Improve economic opportunities for women through creation of municipal advisers on female entrepreneurship;

Increase media space on the topics of GRB and female entrepreneurship.

The project started its implementation in April 2017 and finished in Sepember 2017, covering municipality of Mitrovica North, Leposavić/Leposaviq, Zvečan/Zveçan, Zubin Potok, Gračanica/Graçanicë, Ranilug/Ranillug, Novo Brdo/Novobërdë, Klokot/Kllokot, Parteš/Partesh and Štrpce/Shtërpcë.

CPT published one report analysis “Women’s Empowerment”, with emphasis on gender responsive budgeting in Kosovo Serb municipalities. The report can be found here.

Riinvest Institute

Engagement for Equity grantee Riinvest Institute implemented the project Partnership for strengthening the participation and performance of women in business, through the establishment of the “Women’s Economic Forum”, development of the “National Agenda for Women in Business” and advocating for issues of interest, aiming to advance women’s position in business, both as employers and employees at the same time. Riinvest Institute’s aim was to establish a common advocacy campaign, as well as the drafting a national agenda which takes into consideration the engagement of women in business and economy, through these objectives:

Enhance advocacy channels of relevant stakeholders, through the development of a more effective and comprehensive platform, which will result finally in activation, better conditions and opportunities for women in business;

Transform public institutions communication with relevant stakeholders involved in improving the role of women in the economy, by standardizing the process of communication and intervention in the future;

Prioritize important issues for consideration, through better use of resources, analyses and advocacy capacities in Kosovo;

Identify and consider topics that are related to the role of women in the economy, through the development of a national agenda that will serve as a basis for long-term advocacy on this topic.

The project started its implementation in June 2016 and finished in November 2017, covering Kosovo wide. Riinvest Institute published one analysis report “Women in the workforce” that focuses on work environment for women in Kosovo. The analysis can be found here.

Riinvest Institute published one analysis report “Women’s entrepreneurship” that focuses on business environment for men and women in Kosovo. The analysis can be found here.

Riinvest Institute published the National Agenda for Women’s Economic Empowerment, a document that focuses on identification of issues and overcoming barriers of women’s economic potential in Kosovo. Find the agenda here.

Riinvest Institute published two short videos on raising awareness about the women’s economic potential in Kosovo.

Women’s entrepreneurship

Women in the workforce in Kosovo

Youth Initiative for Human Rights – YIHR KS

Engagement for Equity grantee YIHR KS implemented the project Curricula Revision, aiming to influence and change the approach of Kosovar society towards human rights and making it more inclusive. YIHR KS intend to expand the already set notions that are seen in traditional way such as family, nation, gender and sexuality, through these objectives:

Increase knowledge about discriminatory language on high school text books among relevant stakeholders and the general public;

Increase youth participation in decision making policies;|

Improve intercultural communication.

The project started its implementation June 2016 and finished in September 2017, covering Kosovo wide.

YIHR KS published one Analysis report Discriminatory Language in School Textbooks, that analyses upper secondary level school textbooks in Kosovo and gives recommendations to Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports on curricula revisions. The Analysis can be found here. YIHR KS produced various videos regarding human rights issues in Kosovo, such as LGBTI rights, Transitional Justice, discriminatory language in school textbooks, etc. Find the videos below:

The System of (miss) education

Discriminations in Kosovo

Discriminatory language in school textbooks

The portraying of women and girls in school textbooks

LGBTI Community

Kosova Women 4 Women – KW4W

Engagement for Equity grantee Kosovo W4W implemented the project Women as Property Rights Agents in municipality of Ferizaj/Uroševac, Viti/Vitina, Kaçanik/Kačanik and Štrpce/Shtërpce, aiming to educate rural women and men on women’s property right and inheritance and empower women to seek this right, through these objectives:

Educate 300 rural women and 150 rural men in municipalities of Feriza/Uroševac, Viti/Vitina, Kaçanik/Kačanik and Štrpce/Shtërpce about the law on property and inheritance and the procedures for initiating any legal procedure related to this;

Provide legal support and advices to women who want to initiate any procedure to claim their right to property and inheritance;

Stimulate women’s initiative to claim property and inheritance rights through their economic empowerment, and;

Raise awareness on the rights of women to property and inheritance among the general public with more focus in the municipalities of Ferizaj/Uroševac, Viti/Vitina, Kaçanik/Kačanik and Štrpce/Shtërpce.

The project started its implementation in December 2016 and finished in November 2017, covering municipality of Ferizaj/Uroševac, Viti/Vitina, Kaçanik/Kačanik and Štrpce/Shtërpce.

W4W published one analysis report “What do we really know about property rights?” which focuses on the knowledge and attitudes of women and men about property and inheritance rights. The analysis can be found here.

W4W also published one informative brochure regarding women’s property rights. Find the brochure here.

Kosovar Gender Studies Center – KGSC

Engagement for Equity grantee KGSC implemented the project Gender mainstreaming in civil society and private sector Kosovo wide, but with the focus in Prishtina/Priština, aiming to support civil society and private sector on becoming more gender sensitive, through these objectives:

Contribute to a gender-sensitive civil society and private sector that respond to the needs and interests of both men and women in its structures, operations, methods and work;

Promote and achieve equality in numbers of women and men across all bodies and internal structures of organizations (committees, presidiums, boards and other bodies);

Develop a gender equality policy framework suited to national civil society context (inclusive of Sexual Harassment Policy and Code of Conduct for civil society and private sector);

Promote Gender equality as the positive thing to do in 21st country.

The project started its implementation in December 2016 and finished in November 2017, covering Kosovo wide, with the focus in Prishtina/Priština. KGSC published one research Gender Policies in Civil Society and Private Sector, which focuses on perception of people about gender policies in their organizations and the existence of gender policies. The research can be found here.

KGSC published a series of informational leaflets on sexual harassment and strategies for gender equality. The leaflets can be found here.

Centar za orjentaciju društva – COD Kosovo

Engagement for Equity grantee COD Kosovo implemented the project Right for Active Participation and Inclusion of People with Disabilities – RAPID in North Mitrovica, aiming to contribute to the full inclusion of People with Disabilities (PwD) into community and decision making processes by supporting them to advocate for their rights and affecting overall socio economic development, through these objectives:

Strengthen the capacity of civil society organizations (CSO’s) and Disability People Organizations (DPO’s) through establishment of joint informal network;

Create self-sustainable economic solutions for PwD’s through retraining and capacity building programs.

The project started its implementation in December 2016 and finished in November 2017, covering municipality of North Mitrovica.

Handikos Prishtina

Engagement for Equity grantee Handikos Prishtina implemented the project Expand Participation of Persons with Disabilities (PwD) in Prishtina/Priština, aiming to improve access and inclusion of PwD in the municipality of Prishtina/Priština, through these objectives:

Increase participation of persons with disability in the development process of government’s three year plan of action for PwD;

Ensure implementation of local Disability Action Plan 2018-2020 in municipality of Prishtina/Priština.

The project started its implementation in December 2016 and finished in March 2018, covering Prishtina/Priština municipality. Handikos Prishtina developed Disability Action Plan that was addressed to Municipality of Prishtina/Priština. The Plan was approved by the municipality and the recommendations are taken into consideration. The Disability Action Plan 2018-2020 can be found here.

Iniciativa e Femrës Kosovare – IFK

Engagement for Equity grantee IFK implemented the project Development of social entrepreneurship from a gender perspective, aiming to develop social entrepreneurship from a gender perspective through these objectives:

Identify informal group business that have tendencies to register in social entrepreneurship;

Raise awareness and educate informal group business through implementation of Law on social entrepreneurship;

Encourage women to start the registration as social entrepreneurship;

Build employees structures for the protection of women’s labor rights under the law on social enterprises. The project started its implementation in April 2017 and finished January 2018, covering municipality of Gjakova/Đakovica, Rahovec/Orahovac and Junik.

Advocacy Center for Development Culture – ACDC

Engagement for Equity grantee ACDC implemented the project Strengthening women in rural areas through education on women’s inheritance and property rights, aiming to contribute towards mobilizing community in rural areas on the issue of gender equality, women’s inheritance and property rights in general, through these objectives:

Raise knowledge and awareness about the equal rights that women have in probate and exercise of property rights in rural areas through educational seasons;

Monitor and report court and notary services when it comes to property rights and to produce recommendation for delivering to Kosovo Judicial Council;

Investigate, monitor and report on relations between institutions that are in charge of starting probate proceedings ex officio.

The project started its implementation in April 2017 and finished in October 2017, covering north of Kosovo. ACDC published one research report Women’s property and attitudes towards women’s inheritance rights. The research can be found here.

Kosovo Glocal

Engagement for Equity grantee Kosovo Glocal implemented the project Proactive media for LGBTI rights, aiming to raise awareness about the political, social and cultural realities of LGBTI individuals in Kosovo towards their inclusion in Kosovar society, through these objectives:

Monitor Kosovar institutions and implementation of legislation that affects the wellbeing of LGBTI individuals, to raise awareness in society that LGBTI rights are human rights and keep Kosovar state institutions and other relevant actors accountable to the public;

Tackle and raise awareness among social and cultural actors about their role in advancing the rights of the LGBTI community;

Play and active role in reporting the use of discriminatory languages among Kosovo political class.

The project started its implementation in April 2017 and finished in December 2018, covering Kosovo wide. Kosovo Glocal produced a four episode documentary film regarding LGBTI parade in Prishtina/Priština. Watch the four film episodes here.

Kosovo Glocal published one monograph regarding LGBTI issues in Kosovo. The monograph can be found here.

Klubi Dëshira

Engagement for Equity grantee Klubi Dëshira implemented the project Enhance participation of people with intellectual impairments in employment and self-employment, aiming to increase the participation of persons with disability in society by improving their employment skills through training and practical work, through these objectives:

Develop capacities of work and self-employment for 195 persons with intellectual impairments;

Improve the level of information for representatives of the employment offices and private companies on the employment of persons with intellectual impairment;

Conduct advocacy campaign for the rights of people with intellectual impairment and creation of a constructive dialogue between the Government institutions and the Kosovar Parliament. The project started its implementation in April 2017 and finished in February 2018, covering municipality of Prishtina/Priština, Mitrovicë/Mitrovica, Gjakova/Đakovica, Prizren, Ferizaj/Uroševac and Gjilan/Gnjilane.

Handikos Mitrovica

Engagement for Equity grantee Handikos Mitrovica implemented the project Empowering Persons with Disabilities by raising Awareness on their Property Rights, aiming to advocate and promote property rights for Persons with Disabilities regardless of gender, through these objectives:

People with Disability and their family members acquire knowledge on their inheritance and property rights;

Address recommendations to the relevant institutions for the inclusion of the PwD regardless of gender.

The project started its implementation in April 2017 and finished in November 2017, covering municipality of Mitrovicë/Mitrovica, Vushtrri/Vučitrn and Skënderaj/Srbica.

AVOKO

Engagement for Equity grantee AVOKO implemented the project Act Smart, aiming to increase participation towards strengthening and improving the integration of young people, through these objectives:

Draft Youth Action Plan and recommendations for the implementation of the Strategy and Action Plan on prevention of violent extremism for municipality of Dragash/Dragaš;

Organize a media campaign in schools and isolated settlements in municipality of Dragash/Dragaš on positive alternatives for young people by increasing youth participation in socio-economic and cultural activities.

The project started its implementation in April 2017 and finished in December 2017, covering municipality of Dragash/Dragaš. AVOKO developed Youth Action Plan that was approved by municipality of Dragash/Dragaš.

Dokufest

Engagement for Equity grantee Dokufest implemented the project Film and Factual Media against extremism, aiming to raise awareness and strengthen the community’s immunity to violent extremism, through these objectives:

Screen violent extremism films in schools in four regional high schools. Following the screenings of films, teachers will learn to facilitate discussions using the accompanying discussion guide DokuFest will provide;

Build the capacity of at least 12 young people the ability to use film and visual storytelling through the production of series of human interest video documentaries focused on youth affected by extremism through social media;

Trained journalists provide training on storytelling, whereas Dokufest provides training on the use of camera, audio recording and postproduction equipment to produce engaging stories.

The project started its implementation in April 2017 and finished in February 2018, covering municipality of Hani Elezit/Elez Han, Kaçanik/Kačanik, Viti/Vitina, Gjilan/Gnjilane, Prizren, Suharekë/Suva Reka, Gjakovë/Đakovica and Prishtinë/Priština.

The youth engaged in this project through Dokufest produced 15 documentary films in regard to violent extremism in Kosovo. Watch the films here.

Security Policy Research Center – SPRC

Engagement for Equity grantee SPRC implemented the project Promoting civil society engagement in countering violent extremism in Kosovo, aiming to contribute to a more secure, democratic and prosperous society through active participation of civil society in policy and decision making process in Kosovo, through these objectives:

Strengthen the capacity of CSO’s, youth activists, media, local and national authorities to support effective implementation of the government strategy and the Action Plan on the Prevention of violent extremism;

Contribute towards implementation of National Strategy and Action plan on prevention of violent extremism and radicalism leading to terrorism;

Facilitate constructive cooperation between communities, local authorities and security providers in addressing and responding to key causes and consequences of violent extremism.

The project started its implementation in December 2016 and finished in November 2017, covering municipality of Gjilan/Gnjilane, Kaçanik/Kačanik, Mitrovicë/Mitrovica, Pejë/Peć and Ferizaj/Uroševac.

SPRC published one research report Influencing factors on radicalization and violent extremism; lessons from Peja, Mitrovica, Gjilan, Ferizaj and Kaçanik. The report can be found here.

Sbunker

Engagement for Equity grantee Sbunker implemented the project Countering violent extremism through “Critical Thinking Program”, aiming to build and cultivate young leaders and opinion makers, alternative and countering views to those promoted by organizations that promote violent extremism, through these objectives:

Strengthen the capacity of 250 youngsters who are opinion leaders in their environments for critical thinking and public engagement countering violent extremism through a series of lectures, publishing and writings through social media network;

Strengthen further the capacity of 14 young students participating in lectures doing internships in Sbunker;

Raise awareness of 600 university students all over Kosovo against risks of extremist ideologies through film screening, book donation, presentations by prominent figures, as well as networking and engaging publicly in Sbunker;

Raise awareness of thousands of young people throughout Kosovo on causes, consequences and solutions to the problem of violent extremism through publication of writings on Sbunker platform and social media.

The project started its implementation in December 2016 and finished in November 2017, covering Kosovo wide.