"Preventing and combating violence against women is a govt priority"

“We have defined the prevention and fight against domestic violence, violence against women, and gender-based violence as a government priority,” said the Prime Minister of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, at a roundtable organized to mark the 10th anniversary of the Council of Europe for Prevention. and combating violence against women and domestic violence, known as the Istanbul Convention.

Prime Minister Kurti said that the government will do its utmost to implement all the steps and measures required by it and that it will take over the obligations provided by the Convention.

“The range of oppression that falls on women weighs a lot, it takes on different shades depending on other identities, in addition to gender. And, a kind of violence, any kind of violence, that is not problematized at first, grows and expands over time, making solution and justice difficult. But our task as a society and especially for us as the government is to intervene where it is most needed,” Kurti said.

The roundtable organized by the Agency for Gender Equality / Office of the Prime Minister and the Office of the Council of Europe in Prishtina was also attended by: President Vjosa Osmani, Frank Power, Head of the Council of Europe Office in Prishtina, Joern Rohde, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Kosovo, Michael Davenport, Head of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, Edi Gusia, Head of the Agency for Gender Equality, in the Office of the Prime Minister.

Opened for signature in May 2011, the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention) is the most advanced international treaty to address this serious human rights violation. This convention was included last year in the Constitution of Kosovo.