Analysis of the Situation of Women and Children in Kosovo*
This Situation Analysis is the outcome of a collaborative and consultative process managed by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Kosovo Office under the overall direction of the Head of Office, Mr. Murat Sahin, with technical support and guidance from the UNICEF Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (ECARO). The exercise was undertaken with the collaboration and support of relevant government ministries and departments. Line ministries interviewed included the Ministries of Health; Education, Science and Technology; Youth, Culture and Sports; Labour and Social Welfare; and Justice. Other agencies included the Office of Good Governance and Office of Strategic Planning in the Prime Minister’s Office, the National Institute of Public Health, the Pedagogical Institute, Kosovo Agency of Statistics, Office of the Ombudsperson, the Kosovo Assembly SDG Council and University of Pristina.
Day-to-day management and guidance for the Situation Analysis was provided by Ms Teuta Halimi, UNICEF Child Rights Monitoring Specialist for Kosovo. Programme staff in Kosovo provided useful technical inputs and perspectives while the Planning and Monitoring Section of UNICEF ECARO supplied and coordinated essential inputs, advice and technical support from the Regional Office. The Situation Analysis was prepared by Development Pathways, a global development consulting firm based in London, England. The team from Development Pathways responsible for the document included Christopher Davids (lead author) with technical support from Alex Key and Bjorn Gelders. As part of the process, consultations were also held with a number of UN agencies in Kosovo including the Development Coordinator of the UN Kosovo team, UNFPA, UNMIK and UN Women.
Development Partners interviewees included the EU Mission in Kosovo, the Embassy of Luxembourg, the Austrian Development Agency, the Swedish International Development Agency, USAID, the Millennium Challenge Corporation and the Millennium Foundation Kosovo.
A Situation Analysis Reference Group co-chaired by the Office of Good Governance and UNICEF was established to provide guidance to the process. A Business Reference Group comprising representatives from Raiffeisen Bank, Rugova Company, Gjirafa.com, the German-Kosovar Chamber of Commerce and a Young Persons Reference Group provided valuable and creative perspectives and information. In addition, beneficial information and support were supplied by the following CSO partners: Coalition of NGOs for Child Protection, (KOMF), Action for Mothers and Children, HANDIKOS, Kosovo Education Centre, European Centre for Minority Issues, Red Cross Kosovo and Labyrinth.
The data in this report and its interpretation and recommendations are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of UNICEF. However, as always, UNICEF welcomes any comments and suggestions that might contribute to strengthening the shared understanding of and action towards achievement of full and equitable rights for children and women in Kosovo.
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