Engagement for Equity

Civil society organizations (CSOs) play a vital role in ensuring that the needs of vulnerable and marginalized communities are represented so that members of these communities can take part in Kosovo society
Civil society organizations (CSOs) play a vital role in ensuring that the needs of vulnerable and marginalized communities are represented.
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Engagement for Equity empowers marginalized groups in Kosovo by providing grants and technical assistance to local Civil Society Organizations (CSO) that represent the interests of vulnerable and marginalized groups, and by strengthening the CSO’s ability to influence the development and implementation of policies affecting these communities.

KEY ACTIVITIES

Through provision of sub-grants and targeted technical assistance, the program supports local civil society organizations working on behalf of vulnerable and marginalized communities to:

  • Conduct complex advocacy and awareness campaigns in cooperation with stakeholders from diverse segments of society and government; 
  • Engage in drafting policy recommendations on democracy, governance, and economic empowerment issues, drawn from consultations with members of vulnerable populations, a wider base of citizens, and other relevant stakeholders; 
  • Monitor and track the implementation of targeted legislation, reforms, and initiatives of high importance to vulnerable and marginalized groups.

Engagement for Equity activity focuses on five themes: (1) Improvement of women's participation in governance and economy; (2) Empowering women through awareness about their property rights; (3) Improving the situation of the LGBT community; (4) Increasing the participation of People with Disabilities (PWD's) in decision-making and empowering them to advocate for their interests to the government; and (5) Encouraging young people to better understand and engage in efforts to counter violent extremism.  To date, 63 grants have been awarded.  

KEY RESULTS 

  • Program grantees have engaged over 1.5 million people in civic education on women’s property rights, women in governance and the economy, the prevention of violent extremism, improving the situation of vulnerable populations, and the rights of PWD.
  • Over 8,000 youth are engaged from communities at high risk from violent extremism through strategic communication and media, working groups, discussions, and theatre performances.
  • One hundred and twenty policy recommendations have been adopted by policy-makers on women in governance and the economy, women’s property rights, LGBT and People with Disabilities rights.
  • Established social enterprise Deshira that employs people with intellectual impairments leading to economic independence for this category 
  • Supported and strengthened LGBTI community, since 2017 when first Pride Week was organized in Pristina, including activities such as Pride Parade, roundtables and discussions on LGBTI rights with over 3,000 people participating in activities since      
  • The four-episode documentary The Sky is Turning on LGBTI rights was awarded by BIRN Kosovo the first prize on human rights issues
  • Critical secondary legislation has been adopted, including:
    • National action plan for LGBTI rights; Extension of administrative instruction that enables the free registration of joint property on behalf of both spouses
    • Seat gained on the National Council for Economic Development for the Women’s Economic Forum
    • Administrative instruction that regulates the rights, procedures and obligations of voluntary work
    • Concept document on Comprehensive Law for persons with disabilities;
    • Action Plan for persons with disabilities in Pristina
    • Strategy of Women Entrepreneurs 2017-2022 in three municipalities  
    • Action Plan for preventing violent extremism leading to terrorism in Lipjan and Podujevo 

Project Duration:                   February 2015 - November 2020 

Partner:                                      Advocacy Training and Resurce Center (ATRC) 

Contact:                                     Luljeta Gjonbala

Last updated: February 11, 2019

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