Kosovo women join the “One billion on foot” campaign

Kosovo women join the “One billion on foot” campaign

Pristina, 15 February 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Elton Tota

As in many countries of the world, even in the Kosovo’s capital, Pristina women marched to demand more rights on Sunday.

With marches and dances on the squares of Pristina, the country joined the global incentive “One billion on foot”, which aims at raising awareness against violence toward women.

The march was organized by the Kosovo Women Network “Artopolis” and “Girls Coding Kosova”.

Adelina Berisha of the Kosovo Women Network and coordinator said that this is the fourth year that such activity takes place.

According to her, last year, the women network has carried out research on domestic violence and sexual harassment, where as a result, 68% of women in Kosovo have been subjected to violence, while 48% have been victims to sexual harassment.

“This is the fourth year that ‘One billion on foot’ is taking place. It is a global incentive which takes place all around the world. World statistics show that one in three women is a victim of domestic violence”, Berisha said.

Berisha also said that Kosovo has a very good infrastructure which offers help to victims of domestic violence.

“As far as domestic violence is concerned, Kosovo has a very good infrastructure, which offers help victims of domestic violence, but we must always bear in mind that there’s room for improvement. Kosovo still lives in a patriarchal society, where women enjoy very few rights and for this reason, they remain in an environment where violence is used against them”, she said. /ibna/