New Kosovo project on economic empowerment of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian women

Action, research and documentation (ECMI Synergy Wheel stories) - European Centre for Minority IssuesECMI Kosovo has started implementing a new one-year project. It aims to promote economic empowerment of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian women, reports ECMI Kosovo Monthly Newsletter December 2012.

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.

The project is funded by the UN Women, UNDP, and European Union.

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5 Responses to New Kosovo project on economic empowerment of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian women

  1. Read about April’s similar activity in ECMI Kosovo’s Monthly Newsletter for April:
    http://www.ecmikosovo.org/images/Document1.pdf

  2. Read about training sessions in the context of this project in ECMI Kosovo’s Monthly Newsletter for May:
    http://www.ecmikosovo.org/images/May_Newsletter.pdf

  3. read about further roundtables, hand-over of certificates, and individual coaching candidates in ECMI Kosovo’s Monthly Newsletter for June: http://www.ecmikosovo.org/index.php/publications/monthly-newsletters

  4. Read further about individual coaching and support to eight selected women and girls in ECMI Kosovo’s July Newsletter:
    http://www.ecmikosovo.org/images/ECMI_Kosovo_Newsletter-_July_2013.pdf

  5. Read about further individual coaching and in-kind support to selected beneficiares of the project in ECMI Kosovo’s August 2013 Newsletter
    http://www.ecmikosovo.org/index.php/publications/monthly-newsletters

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