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A collection of main information related to the police operation

A collection of main information related to the police operation

Just as we have informed through press releases and an official press conference, by the authorization of the competent prosecutors, after an ongoing investigations conducted for almost a year, the implementation of the police operation in cooperation with Kosovo...

GAP: Covering Cross-Border Insurance Fees from the State Budget

GAP: Covering Cross-Border Insurance Fees from the State Budget

Today, GAP Institute published its report “Covering Cross-Border Insurance Fees from the State Budget”. Paying at the border for motor third party liability insurance has been one of the constant complaints of the diaspora, primarily due to border crossing delays and...

EU Special Representative Lajčák to visit Kosovo

EU Special Representative Lajčák to visit Kosovo

The European Union Special Representative (EUSR) for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue and other Western Balkan regional issues, Miroslav Lajčák, will travel to Kosovo tomorrow. During his visit from 15 to 17 September, he will meet with political leaders,...

European Union deploys Election Observation Mission in Kosovo

European Union deploys Election Observation Mission in Kosovo

In response to an invitation by the President of Kosovo, the European Union (EU) has decided to deploy an EU Election Observation Mission (EOM) to observe the local elections scheduled for 17 October 2021. Josep Borrell, High Representative of the Union for Foreign...

ICRC: 23 years on, more than 1,600 people still missing in Kosovo

ICRC: 23 years on, more than 1,600 people still missing in Kosovo

More than 23 years since the armed conflict in Kosovo ended, the families of as more than 1,600 missing persons are still waiting for answers about the fate and whereabouts of their loved ones. These families are left in limbo, stuck in the past, unable to either...

Call for Applications for Very Verified Facilitators

Call for Applications for Very Verified Facilitators

KosovaLive and IREX are currently implementing the Learn to Discern (L2D) – Kosovo project to address Kosovo’s media and information consumption challenges by equipping 1,100 young adults with media and information literacy skills through development of Very Verified...

Young people aim for “a different kind” of  interethnic communication

Young people aim for “a different kind” of interethnic communication

“The interethnic communication remains one of the biggest challenges in Kosova. This lack of communication is most apparent in the limited knowledge that young people have about each other. They live with the prejudices and stereotypes instilled in them by the society,” Kadriu pointed out.

Only around 30 blind people have a job in Kosovo currently

Only around 30 blind people have a job in Kosovo currently

According to the head of the Kosovo Blind Association (KBA), Bujar Kadriu, most of the employees work as therapists, teachers, and in information technology. On the other hand, he says that the institutions do not provide enough space to increase the number of blind employees.

Kosovar women entrepreneurship still limited to small businesses

Kosovar women entrepreneurship still limited to small businesses

From the research “Women in Entrepreneurship” that was conducted by Riinvest Institute in 2017, it turned out that only 10 % of active businesses in Kosova are owned by women. This research emphasizes that most of these businesses are small and are mainly oriented in the trade and service sector, such as beauty and hairdressing parlors.

A mental health center in a village free of stigma

A mental health center in a village free of stigma

This center was founded with the intention of integrating people with mental disabilities into society. To build this center, more than 160,000 Euro was invested in 2016. The treatment at this center has been successful this far, although there are individuals who haven’t been able to socialize for decades.

Vushtrri, like other municipalities, is not spared of theft

Vushtrri, like other municipalities, is not spared of theft

“The phenomenon that is happening in Vushtrri is quite concerning. This is because the lives of families that are targeted by these criminals are endangered. Every citizen, from families to neighborhoods, education institutions, and religious institutions need to give their best in order to teach new generations not to steal. At the end, legal measures should be taken for those who steal.”

Mentality still keeps numerous cases of sexual harassments silenced

Mentality still keeps numerous cases of sexual harassments silenced

Vahide Morina, a psychologist at the Foundation Together Kosovo (FTK), located in Prishtina, gives advice on the web-page www.nukjevet.net for youth aged 12-25 and the problems they face. Among others, she helps them with professional instructions regarding trafficking, sexual abuse and sexual harassment. During the last two years, she also helps them in the field of reintegration in society.

A “special classroom” inside a regular school

A “special classroom” inside a regular school

A classroom with 12 students with special needs, such as Down syndrome, autism, speech and hearing impediment etc. still exists in “Ali Kelmendi” school. Two teachers use different games to teach boys and girls, aged 8 to 19.

Teenager’s increased exposure to alcohol, increases cases of excessive usage

Teenager’s increased exposure to alcohol, increases cases of excessive usage

“We noticed that the number of excessive users is increasing, because some drugs are often used in combination with alcohol. This is another problem, when these two get mixed. For example, cocaine and alcohol are linked to each other. The majority of those who use cocaine also use a lot of alcohol. During the next stages we are not sure whether they are addicted to alcohol or cocaine: often times it is both. Individuals develop double addictions,” says Blakaj.

Sexual education in schools: Some teach it, some neglect it…

Sexual education in schools: Some teach it, some neglect it…

Around 264,000 elementary school pupils in Kosovo have the option to learn sexual education in subjects such as biology or some other elective subjects. However, not all teachers teach the chapter about sexual education, although it is included in the curriculums designed by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

Same sex couples are still not free of public prejudice

Same sex couples are still not free of public prejudice

“When you grow up in a small country where the LGBTQ community is still taboo, you have to be very strong to tell society how you feel. You have to expect common negative comments,which can really hurt you. Now I have friends who belong to the community and I feel like my true self when I am surrounded by people like me. My family still doesn’t know. They have their doubts but I haven’t told them how I feel. This bothers me the most because they don’t know and I am always stressed about it. When you know your family and you know that they are homophobes, you know what you will be dealing with,” says Y.U.

Kosovo’s youngsters and elderly at risk from false information, news and content

Kosovo’s youngsters and elderly at risk from false information, news and content

According to Media Index 2018, published by the Open Society Institute in Sofia, Bulgaria, countries in the Balkan region are the most sensitive and most at risk in Europe from misinformation and fake news. This is mainly due to the low level of education, the high number of state-controlled media or the interests of businesses, and the lack of trust in society. This danger from manipulation and unfiltered consumption of media content poses a great danger to the region and especially to Kosovo

Media Law Training

Media Law Training

What is this workshop: a two day training workshop on the legal landscape for journalists and media, covering both Kosovo law and law and principles drawn from the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights

Mental Fitness: Practical Steps for Resilience

Mental Fitness: Practical Steps for Resilience

Working in potentially traumatic situations is a routine reality for many journalists in the Western Balkans. You don’t have to be in an active war zone to find yourself interviewing vulnerable contributors or in threatening situations where physical violence is a possibility.

Fact – Checking Reminder Poster

Fact – Checking Reminder Poster

It is a step by step algorithm, developed as a result of trainings and workshops with journalists across the region, designed to provide practical guidance in cases when suspicion information needs to be verified.

In a place thought of as belonging to men, men are supporting women

In a place thought of as belonging to men, men are supporting women

“I always put stress on freedom, space and opportunity since I have noticed that women are not free to be who they want to be. She has no opportunity to be who she wants to be, and even if she becomes that, she cannot prove herself. I am afraid of that, and it is a fact that feminism is transforming into the opposite of machoism. It is turning into hate against men. It often happens that instead of feminism, the ‘feminists’ themselves cultivate sexism, often against themselves, and here we cannot talk about feminism,” he says.

“Internship & Mentorship Program” – training III

“Internship & Mentorship Program” – training III

The third training in the framework of the “Internship & Mentorship” program was held at KosovaLive. On this training that lasted for two days, participants had the opportunity to learn about social media trends in Kosovo, finding valuable content online and utilizing various social media platforms to increase the audience in the stories that they have produced.

Local Verification Information Training

Local Verification Information Training

The workshop aimed to prepare journalism students and young journalists to familiarize themselves with the latest online tools that can be used to identifying bias and disinformation.

“iEngage & iWrite II” – Day III

“iEngage & iWrite II” – Day III

The third part of the training was delivered by Agron Bajrami about the creation of attractive content for the audience in traditional and modern media (televisions and portals), within the framework of the program “iEngage & iWrite”.

“Internship & Mentorship Program” training II

“Internship & Mentorship Program” training II

The second training in the framework of the “Internship & Mentorship” program was held at KosovaLive. For three days the participants had the opportunity to learn about video editing techniques.

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