Economic Empowerment to Address Gender-Based Violence

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Moderated by EULEX’s Gender Advisor, Chiara Tagliani, the panel consisted of Edi Gusia, Chief Executive of the Agency for Gender Equality, Luljeta Aliu, Executive Director of INJECT, and Adelina Berisha, Kosovo Women’s Network Programme Manager for Addressing gender-based violence. The discussions focused on how economic empowerment can help to address gender-based violence. The panelists examined the relationship between economic empowerment and gender-based violence, exchanged views on challenging gender stereotypes, and stressed the necessity of dedicated programmes for women’s economic empowerment.  

When it comes to the intersection of economic empowerment and gender-based violence, the former is seen as a key factor in the approach that societies and institutions should apply to prevent and mitigate gender-based and domestic violence. However, the Chief Executive of the Agency for Gender Equality, Edi Gusia, notes that economic empowerment does not always mean security for women when it comes to violence. “Unfortunately, worldwide statistics show that even in well-established economies, despite the fact that women are empowered economically, they still face gender-based violence. This shows that gender-based violence should be approached in an intersectional way, which puts in the center the emancipation and education of men and women from an early age, when they are taught to see each other as allies in the fight against gender-based violence,” emphasized Gusia.

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This project is supported by the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and is implemented by the New Social Initiative. Expressed opinions represent the authors’ views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations, UNMIK or New Social Initiative.

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