DAY 11
DAY 10 // DECEMBER 4, 2012
Violence against children
DECEMBER 5, 2012
Violence and discrimination against persons with disabilities
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities does not explicitly define what a disability is, rather it says that a disability “is an evolving concept and that disability results from the interaction between persons with impairments and attitudinal and environmental barriers that hinders full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others” . The Convention sets out international standards which should be respected in Kosovo as well.

Women and girls with disabilities

Equal opportunity and non-discrimination are central to the respect of human rights and take even a greater importance when speaking of persons with disabilities. Girls and women of all ages with any form of disability are among the more vulnerable and marginalized of society. There is therefore need to take into account and to address their concerns in all policy-making and programming. Special measures are needed at all levels to integrate them into the mainstream of development. Women and girls with disabilities experience violence in situations similar to all women and girls but face even bigger challenges when seeking for help. They are more vulnerable to physical violence when depending on other peoples’ help on a daily basis.

Persons with disabilities in Kosovo

Currently, the lack of resources and of specialized professionals and facilities are some of the major challenges faced by persons with disabilities living in Kosovo. Some of these shortcomings stem from the society itself, while others result from economic, social and cultural challenges. However, the real challenge is to ensure that persons with disabilities are equal and are treated equally in our day-to-day activities, including within our families. Also as important, recognizing that women and girls with disabilities are often at greater risk, both within and outside the home, of violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation.

There are around 150,000 people with different disabilities in Kosovo who all share stigma and discrimination due to their disability. In the fight against stereotypes associated with persons with disabilities we all gain from increasing our knowledge on the issues they face. It is essential for communities and institutions alike to acknowledge this and respond appropriately as a step towards improved social inclusion and as a fulfilment of our obligations towards the respect of human rights.

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DAY 12 // DECEMBER 6, 2012
The role of Education
DAY 13 // DECEMBER 7, 2012
The role of Young Men