“Newborn” it says with proud and big letters, painted with the flags of all the states that have recognized Kosovo, on the monument in the centre of the capital Pristina. For that is exactly what Kosovo is, newborn and on her way forward as a country and identity. The air is filled with vehicle emissions and I can feel a dim smell of lignite from Kosovo’s main energy source, the lignite power plant located just outside Pristina. Dust from the endless road constructions flows in the air as Pristina´s young inhabitants move back and forth between a wide range of cafées and restaurants. The street ahead of me is suddenly filled with laughing, eating, teasing and nonstop talking kids, bubbly of joy, on their way back to school after a lunch break.
The country, with an area of 11000 km², is sandwiched in Balkan between four countries in southern Europe, north of Macedonia and south of Serbia and is estimated to be one of Europe’s poorest countries.
Women at the streets of Gjilan
BeFem – the yearly feminist festival in Belgrade!
BeFem – where you meet the coolest crowd of Balkan feminists!
BeFem – where else in the region could you attend a lesbian talk show or a feminist poetry slam performance?
BeFem – where activism against patriarchy is nurtured.
BeFem – the place that welcomed the performance “Internally Displaced” about war rapes in Kosovo.
BeFem – my first experience of Qeer Salsa dancing and activist knitting!
BeFem – so cool, refreshing, inspiring and empowering!
Befem 2014 – I’m telling you – be there or be square!
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Text and photos: Lina Andéer/Kvinna till Kvinna
On November 25th, Kvinna till Kvinna’s Lebanese partner organization KAFA launched their 16 Days Media Campaign on “the Role of the Internal Security Forces (ISF) in Combating Family Violence” under the Violence Against Women project with ISF, at the ISF head quarter in Beirut. The event was attended by high ranking representatives from foreign missions and the UN, officials from Lebanese ministries, as well as the judicial, security, civil and media sectors in Lebanon.
Poster of Kafa’s White Ribbon campaign
The media campaign “We have a Mission, If you feel threatened, don’t hesitate to call” aims at rebuilding trust between women victims of violence and the ISF, and informing the public on the ISF’s ongoing preparations to provide women with the protection they need.
UNFPA and the Italian Embassy and Norwegian Embassy had also been significant supporters of the collaboration project with ISF, but KAFA especially pointed out the partnership with Kvinna till Kvinna as being very important for their work. Hearing leading officers of ISF, such as the acting General Director and several Generals, talking about how violence against women is damaging on so many levels of society and pledging to support KAFA’s work – by having the police force trained on adequate ways of protecting and responding to women who report violence and abuse – was most inspiring. Training certificates were also awarded to police officers who are currently training other ISF officers on the issue of family violence, and an air of pride and seriousness filled the hall.The entire police force will be carrying the white ribbon pin to prove their support of the campaign, and that they are approachable and prepared for women in need of help.