Final Evaluation: Empowering Minority Communities in Kosovo against Gender-Based Violence
Authors/editor(s): Prishtina Regional Enterprise Agency (Prishtina REA)
Location: Kosovo (UN Administered Territory Under UNSCR 1244)
Grantee: European Center for Minority Issues in Kosovo (ECMI)
Grant period: January 2014 – December 2015
Grant amount: $300,522
Publication year: 2016
Implemented by the European Center for Minority Issues in Kosovo, the project “Empowering Minority Communities in Kosovo against Gender-Based Violence” aimed to ensure that women from minority communities in targeted municipalities experienced less domestic violence and fewer early and forced marriages. To achieve this, the project addressed:
- limited access of survivors of gender-based violence to adequate prevention and treatment services;
- the extreme socio-economic vulnerability of women from minority communities;
- a lack of awareness about women’s rights, gender equality and mechanisms against gender-based violence.
Main findings of the evaluation:
- 3,026 primary and secondary beneficiaries were reached (of which 2,482 were female).
- Through the Women’s Rights Curriculum teaching programme, the European Center for Minority Issues in Kosovo and its partner organizations, Central for Legal Aid and Regional Development (CLARD), Aktiv, and the Network of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian Women’s Organization of Kosovo, reached 674 high school students.
- The project created greater economic opportunities for victims of domestic violence, and increased access to social welfare mechanisms and the judicial system.
- The project’s sustainability is ensured through continued contact and cooperation between NGOs and project beneficiaries, as well as community involvement and public institutions.