What is UN Women
Established in 2010 after merging the mandates of four previously distinct entities, UN Women is mandated to support inter-governmental bodies in their formulation of policies, global standards and norms; to help Member States in implementing these standards, standing ready to provide suitable technical and financial support to those countries that request it, and to forge effective partnerships with civil society; and to lead and coordinate the UN system’s work on gender equality as well as promote accountability, including through regular monitoring of system-wide progress. UN Women, among other issues, works for the: a) elimination of discrimination against women and girls; b) empowerment of women; and c) achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.
What does UN Women do in Kosovo?
UN Women has worked in Kosovo since 1999 (then still as UNIFEM) and has been promoting in Kosovo institutions and civil society the participation of women in conflict prevention and resolution, peace building, decision-making and ensuring their access to justice. UN Women contributed to the existing legislation on gender equality, domestic violence and women’s empowerment, as well as to the establishment of gender mechanisms at local and central levels.
Activities in Kosovo focus on supporting the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 through developing and strengthening governmental and civil society capacities to implement and monitor commitments under UNSCR 1325 and on Ending Violence against Women. UN Women supports national partners’ efforts that focus on increasing women’s participation in decision-making, promoting the use of gender perspectives in policy development, strengthening the protection of women affected by conflict, reinforcing the capacities at local and central levels to counter gender-based and domestic violence, amplifying calls for accountability and advancing the status of women in post-conflict settings.
Contact in Kosovo:
Ms. Flora Macula
Head of office
Tel: + 381 38 554 645 / 651 /654
Address: Hyzri Talla 26/1,
Prishtina, 10000, Kosovo