About the Women We Serve in Kosovo

Women care for 3 children on average

Only 54% attended primary school

Average daily income is $0.02 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 more tahn 31,000 women through our yearlong program.

Women for Women International – Kosovo piloted a job placement program for its graduates in 2012. To date, 327 graduates have been placed in jobs and 500 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: 16 times as many participants report earning more than $1.00 per day two years after graduating from our yearlong program.
Women develop health and well-being: More than three times as many participants report practicing family planning two years after graduation.
Women influence decisions in the home and community: 69 percent of women report being involved in household financial decisions.
Women create and connect to networks for support and advocacy: Nearly 50 times as many participants report they have shared knowledge of their rights with other women in their communities.

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