DAY 2 // NOVEMBER 26, 2012
UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security
NOVEMBER 27, 2012
Gender based violence
33% of women in the world are exposed to violence during their lifetime
Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread violations of human rights and the main source of insecurity for women and girls worldwide. It includes physical, sexual, psychological and economic abuse, and it cuts across boundaries of age, race, ethnicity, culture, income and geography. Until recently, gender based violence was treated as a private or a family problem.

Nowadays, it is generally accepted that gender based violence is of public concern, limiting the potential of society for peace and prosperity.
Among women aged between 15 and 44, acts of violence cause more death and disability than cancer, malaria, traffic accidents and war combined.

Gender-based violence is any harm that is perpetrated against a person on the basis of her biological sex and against the personís will, affecting the physical or psychological health, development, and identity of the person.

  • • Gender-based violence is most frequently committed by men against women, but it also occurs the other way around.
  • • Categories of perpetrators may include family members, community members, politicians and other state actors.
  • • It takes place in the home, on the streets, in schools, the workplace, in farm fields, refugee camps, during conflicts and crises.
Domestic and sexual violence, or intimate partnership violence, is the most common type of gender-based violence. It also requires special consideration because it is hard for many people to talk about.

If a woman is being abused, why does she not leave the relationship?
  • - Almost 60% of all dating violence happens after the woman has broken off the relationship
  • - The perpetrators often threaten to harm or even kill the woman, or someone close to her
  • - The woman is economically dependent on her violent partner
  • - Women and men alike hold strong beliefs about the importance of keeping the family together despite violence
  • - The woman is still in love with the perpetrator and wants to believe him when he says he is sorry and that he will change his behavior
  • - The long-term experience of being abused has destroyed the womanís self-confidence and broken her spirit
What does the Kosovo law say about Domestic violence?

Kosovo has a Law on Protection against Domestic Violence and a National Strategy and Action Plan against Domestic Violence, 2011-2014. Program against Domestic Violence and Action Plan 2011-2014. The law aims to protect victims of domestic violence, prevent it from happening, and provide services for the rehabilitation and integration of both victims and perpetrators.

Kosovo police is responsible for responding to any report of actual or threatened violence: physical or sexual, regardless of whom reports it. Kosovo police can issue temporary emergency protection orders, and is responsible for using reasonable means to protect victims of violence and prevent further violence.

Victimís advocacy officers provide support and assistance to the victims and advocate on their behalf.

District Legal Aid Bureaus provide free legal aid to qualifying victims. The domestic violence and anti-trafficking helpline number is 0800 11112. It helps to identify victims of domestic violence or trafficking in human beings and refer them to people who can help. It provides information and contact numbers not only to victims but also to media, government institutions and NGOs and provides a safe way to report these crimes.

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