Szunyog: Violence against women, a terrible reality in Kosovo

Head of the EU Office in Kosovo Tomas Szunyog said in his remarks at the launch of the online platform for legal aid by the Kosovo Law Institute that domestic and other types of violence against women are still a “terrible” reality in Kosovo.

He added that the capacity of such legal mechanisms needs to increase to ensure equal and qualitative access for all.

UN Development Coordinator Ulrika Richardson at the same time hailed the work Kosovo institutions are doing on the strategy against domestic violence and underlined that the UN family in Kosovo welcomes the launch of the platform.

“Access to justice should be blind, justice should not depend on the dimensions of your pocket and how much you can give. Everyone should have the same access,” she said, adding however that this is not the case all the time and especially with regards to marginalized and vulnerable groups.

Justice Minister Albulena Haxhiu said they are in the process of finalizing the national strategy against domestic violence and that the document will be presented during the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.