Your monthly gifts of $35 supports a woman with skills to support her family and create sustainable change.
Women care for 2 children on average
8% have no formal education
Average daily income is $0.35 at enrollment
Women in Kosovo struggle for economic and social equality in a patriarchal society that offers limited job opportunities. During the Kosovo War in 1999, an estimated 20,000 Kosovar women were subjected to systematic rape. In the years following, rates of sexual assault, domestic violence, and sex trafficking have remained high.
Today, Kosova Women 4 Women continues this work as an independent organization, and in affiliation with Women for Women International.
From 1993 to 2016, Women for Women International served nearly 32,000 women.
Women for Women International – Kosovo piloted a job placement program for its graduates in 2012. To date, 504 graduates have been placed in jobs and 957 are seeking jobs through the Women for Women International – Kosovo Job Placement Office.
After graduating from our program, women reported positive changes in four key areas:
Women earn and save money: Women report average personal earnings of $0.85 per day at graduation, compared to $0.35 at enrollment.
Women develop health and well-being: 100 percent of participants report practicing family planning at graduation, compared to 35 percent at enrollment.
Women influence decisions in the home and community: 65 percent of women report participating in household financial decisions at graduation, compared to 27 percent at enrollment.
Women create and connect to networks for support and advocacy: 91 percent of participants report sharing information about their rights with other women at graduation, compared to 5 percent at enrollment.
Building upon this work, the new local affiliate Kosova- Women 4 Women will continue to provide the WfWI 12-month social and economic empowerment training program to at least 300 women in 2017 (with some modifications), as well as support to graduates and women’s associations to further their business plans.