Women’s Safety and Security Initiative

Project Summary


The project supported implementation of the legal framework addressing domestic violence, of the strategy against domestic violence, and the strategy against trafficking in human beings.

What we wanted to achieve

The second Women’s Safety and Security Initiative (WSSI Plus) aimed to enhance preventive and responsive services across the justice, security, social welfare, health and education sectors addressing the needs of women and men, young girls and young boys.

The project supported implementation of the legal framework addressing domestic violence, of the strategy against domestic violence, and the strategy against trafficking in human beings, including the adoption of its secondary legislation, development of capacities in Kosovo institutions through a gender perspective to implement the legislation and better protect and enable women to access their rights.

In addition, WSSI Plus assisted in the establishment of a Civil Society Network responsible for monitoring and verifying the implementation of the law and the national strategies. The project built a close collaboration between civil society organizations, Kosovo Shelters’ Coalition, the Agency for Gender Equality, relevant ministries, the Kosovo Police and other relevant municipal and civil society bodies.

Results



• Adoption of the Law on Domestic Violence (through WSSI Plus expert support)
• Facilitated the drafting of secondary legislation to implement the Law on Domestic Violence;
• Support in preparing the National Strategy and Action Plan against Domestic Violence 2011-2014 and the National Strategy and Action Plan against Trafficking in Human beings 2008-2011 and 2011-2014;
• Institutional development: the Anti-Trafficking Secretariat is established in the Ministry of Internal Affairs; a Monitoring and Evaluation Expert position on Strategy Implementation embedded;
• Domestic Violence Secretariat established in the Ministry of Justice;
• A civil society network is established, monitoring the government’s implementation of the National Action Plan on Domestic Violence;
• Changing the public opinion in Kosovo towards acknowledging violence against women and trafficking in human beings, placing these issues on the political agenda and building local ownership through constant advocacy.

Donor Information

Donor Amount
Government of the Royal Kingdom of Netherlands 937, 500USD
Overview
Status
Closed
 
Project Duration
February 2009 – December 2013
Geographic Coverage
Pristina and Kosovo-wide
Focus Area
Democratic Governance
Beneficiaries
Women and men, young girls and boys, victims of domestic violence and trafficking in human beings
Partners
Agency for Gender Equality Line ministries Kosovo Police Kosovo Judicial Institute State Prosecutor (Victims’ Advocacy and Assistance Office) Civil Society Organizations Municipal public entities
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