About the Women We Serve in Kosovo

Women care for 2 children on average

16% have no formal education

Average daily income is $0.12 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.

Yet women like Valbona are forging a new path. With your help, the Women for Women International – Kosovo team provides our yearlong training programs for marginalized women like her.

Valbona's Story

Our Impact

Since 1999, Women for Women International – Kosovo has served nearly 32,000 women through our yearlong program.

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 report positive changes in four key areas:

Women earn and save money: Women report average personal earnings of $0.80 per day at graduation, compared to $0.12 at enrollment.
Women develop health and well-being: Nearly 100 percent of participants report practicing family planning at graduation, compared to 45 percent at enrollment.
Women influence decisions in the home and community: Nearly 49 percent of women report participating in household financial decisions at graduation, compared to 24 percent at enrollment.
Women create and connect to networks for support and advocacy: More than 98 percent of participants report sharing information about their rights with other women at graduation, compared to less than 1 percent at enrollment.

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