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DokuFest announced the theme for the 21st edition of the festival

DokuFest announced the theme for the 21st edition of the festival

DokuFest today announced the theme for the 21st edition of the festival. DokuFest’s thematic take for this edition is "How to Survive...?", which centers around the notion of survival and which for the first time comes in the form of a question. How to survive heat,...

Pristina Observatory re-opens after 35 years 

Pristina Observatory re-opens after 35 years 

“The sky is not the limit, and I encourage you all to dream big and allow your passion to drive your life path,” said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of UNMIK, Ms. Caroline Ziadeh in her remarks at the historic grand opening of the...

Czech Republic Assumes Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Czech Republic Assumes Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Chargé d’ Affaires of the Czech Embassy in Kosovo, Pavel Bílek, and the EU Ambassador in Kosovo, Tomáš Szunyog, organised today in Pristina, the opening ceremony of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union during which the priorities of the Czech...

Mentorship program for young journalists from the Western Balkans

Mentorship program for young journalists from the Western Balkans

Mediacentar Sarajevo and the Association Why Not, with the financial support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, invites young journalists from the Western Balkans to apply for the regional mentorship program “Solutions and Innovations in Media”. The...

Szunyog: To build our common future we need to protect our common past

Szunyog: To build our common future we need to protect our common past

Marking the International Day for Monuments and Sites, also known as the World Heritage Day, on 19 April 2022, the Head of the EU Office and EU Special Representative in Kosovo, Ambassador Tomas Szunyog, visited the Ulpiana Archaeological Park, which is now benefiting...

Treating severe illnesses without medication

Treating severe illnesses without medication

Shemsedin Sadiku, director of the hematology department at the University Clinical Center of Kosovo, says that 50 doses of this medication are needed for a surgery. The average number of surgeries per year is around ten.

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.

Call for applications: Workshop on Digital Information Verification

Call for applications: Workshop on Digital Information Verification

Every day more and more technology is advancing and people are using platforms for creating and distributing information. With the development of technology, it is becoming more and more difficult to evaluate true and correct news and information. Want to learn more...

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...

Live video (with animation elements) producer in Kosovo

Live video (with animation elements) producer in Kosovo

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS Issue Date:  June 2, 2021 Proposal Due Date:  June 23, 2021 Anticipated Award Date: July 2021 Scope of Work: Production of live video with animation elements for online learning platform (Kosovo) IREX, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit...

Call for Applications: “Balkans Voices” Digital Media Program

Call for Applications: “Balkans Voices” Digital Media Program

This 8-week Miami University summer program is based in the capital, Pristina. Students attend classes in Journalism and International Studies, and intern at a news agency or NGO, 4 days a week, with 3-day weekends for exploring Southeastern Europe.

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.

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