A new project of ECMI Kosovo wishes to increase the professional and entrepreneurial skills of Roma, Ashkali, and Egyptian women. The project will also advocate for increased support from local and central level government institutions for the same purpose.
The project will be implemented in partnership with the Network of Roma, Ashkali, and Egyptian Women Organizations of Kosovo (NRAEWOK).
Identifying needs and capacities
In February, three information and consultation meetings were held with Roma, Ashkali, and Egyptian women from municipalities of Prizren, Gjakovë/Ðakovica, Pejë/Peć, Ferizaj/Uroševac, and Mitrovica. The meetings aimed to gain a better understanding of the women’s economic situation, capacities and needs.
Most of the women proved to be unemployed and of poor economic background. However, they are skilled in producing valuable traditional clothes, handicrafts or jewelry. Many of them are engaged in agriculture and livestock productions.
The women have expressed their desire to attain further skills on business planning, marketing skills, and on applying for grants, explains eventually ECMI Kosovo Monthly Newsletter December 2012.