The UN Kosovo Team and the Association of Journalists of Kosovo announce the winners of the Journalism Poverty Prize 2018
Pristina, 15 October 2018 – In marking of the International Day of Eradication of Poverty, and to promote an increased debate around the issues and causes of poverty in Kosovo, the United Nations Kosovo Team (UNKT) and the Association of Kosovo Journalists held today the 13th Award Ceremony of the Journalism Poverty Prize 2018 contest.
The jury – Prof. Shaban Buza, President of the University of Gjakova/Đakovica, Professor of construction and mechanics, mechatronics, traffic, manufacturing and automation, Mr. Arben Hajredinaj, Programme Officer with the Media Section of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, Ms. Rozafa Kelmendi, Project Manager on gender-sensitive transitional justice for UN Women, Ms. Violeta Oroshi, independent multimedia journalist, and Prof. Fahredin Spahija, artist, photographer and teacher of photography at College AAB – have selected six winners in six categories.
The winning journalists were announced tonight, during a ceremony attended by UN Representatives, journalists, donors and civil society.
- Merita Neziri won the category Best Short Video story with the news story “Police saves three kids in Gjilan/Gnjilane”, broadcast by KLAN KOSOVA.
- Kaltrina Rexhepi Dragusha, won the category Best TV Documentary with the reportage “Child Mother”, broadcast on RTK1.
- Majlinda Doda won the Best Audio Story with the radio story ““Poverty and Migration” broadcast by Radio Kosova.
- Besa Kalaja & Leonida Molliqaj, won the Best Written Story with the reportage “Don’t grow old!”, published on the portal Preportr
- Jeton Sopa, won the category Best Photography with the photography “In the middle of Pristina, eight poor family members live homelessly”, published on Indexonline.
During the Award Ceremony, Mr. Eoghan Sweeney, the Global Training Director of First Draft – a non-profit organisation, based at the Shorenstein Center and dealing with training, education and research in the field of online mis- and disinformation – delivered a lecture about “Misinformation and disinformation: The risks facing media”.
The 17th of October is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. This advocacy day presents an opportunity to acknowledge the effort and struggle of people living in poverty and a chance for them to make their concerns heard.
As of today, 700 million people live in extreme poverty, which means living on less than US$ 1.25 a day.
Building a sustainable future requires intensified efforts towards eradicating extreme poverty fighting discrimination, and ensuring that everyone can fully exercise their human rights. The Sustainable Development Goal #1 – “End poverty in all its forms everywhere” – explicitly recognizes that poverty is a result of many different interrelated factors that affect the lives of people living in poverty.
Globally, extreme poverty has already been cut by more than half since 1990. But more needs to be done by 2030, in order to create a world where every child gets a fair chance at life, no matter where they are born.
Poverty in Kosovo
Poverty rates in Kosovo remain the highest in the region and in Europe: According to the Statistical Agency of Kosovo and the World Bank, today 5.2% of the population lives in extreme poverty.
Thankfully, Kosovo is witnessing an encouraging trend, with poverty rates declining. But many challenges remain:
- The 4% GDP growth rate registered in 2017 is not enough to translate into significant changes in the key development indicators.
- The employment rate in Kosovo is still the lowest in the region and far below the EU. The overall unemployment rate is very high 30.5%, with youth unemployment at 52.7%. Most notably, Kosovo has also the highest unemployment rate for women in Europe: 36.6%. (Source: Kosovo Statistical Agency).
The UN Agencies in Kosovo will continue advocating for each woman and man to have the right to decent work, for enforcing labour standards and addressing any form of exclusion or discrimination.