UNDP Kosovo Goes OrangeDec 3, 2015
Mr. Andrew Russell, UN Development Coorsinator and UNDP Resident Representative
In Kosovo, a number of events are taking place as part of the campaign to fight gender based violence during the 16 Days of Activism. UNDP has been an integral part of these initiatives taking lead in two events, both happening on the first day of the campaign, 25 November. For the first time, under the patronage of the Speaker of the Assembly of Kosovo and in close cooperation with the Women Caucus, UNDP, UN Agencies, the Security and Gender Group and other stakeholders engaged in fighting violence against women and gender based violence, the campaign kicked off in the presence of MPs, diplomatic corps in Kosovo and other local and international high level representation. At the event, orange bracelets were distributed to all participants to symbolically mark the campaign for the next 16 Days.
On the same day, as part of the Kosovo wide commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, UNDP supported and participated in a public event organized by KFOR in cooperation with the Italian Embassy. The main aim was to present the current situation and challenges regarding domestic violence on women in Kosovo. Italian Ambassador in Kosovo and representatives women associations and the Kosovo Police also gave their inputs on this phenomenon. On this occasion, UNDP had the opportunity to present its current projects concentrating on the economic reintegration of victims of Domestic Violence as well as general prevention. The guests were informed about the complexity of the whole issue, how economic empowerment as well as human security may not be reached without comprehensive institutional cooperation and law enforcement.