>From: waty@gn.apc.org (sian & ippy)


>WATFY KOSOVA APPEAL - Update July 1999



>The mainstream media images of Kosovan women have shown us women refugees

>as passive recipients of aid or as victims of violence, rape and trauma.

>They haven't shown us how many women's groups from Kosova - themselves

>refugees - have been organising and working in the refugee camps

WATFY has been sending financial donations to two of these women's groups -

>Motrat Qiriazi and the Centre for the Protection for Women and Children -

>to support their work with refugees in Macedonia.

>Now that the bombing is over,these women's groups continue to need our

>support as they and other refugees are return to damaged or destroyed

>homes, to families bereaved by war, to a completely destroyed

>infrastructure, and a very uneasy "peace". Women's groups face a massive

>task in both continuing their work with women and children traumatised and

>damaged by the war and in helping to build a real peace in Kosova. and we

>know that it will become increasingly difficult to raise funds now that the war is over.

As Vjosa Dobruna, co-ordinator of the Centre for the Protection for Women

>and Children wrote to us, "I am sure that there is going to be little help

>in addressing women's issues, so we have to work fast. I know that

>priorities are shelter and food, but we have to work in both levels, and

>develop a woman's concept of development of our society."

>Could you please forward this appeal as widely as possible, so that we

>can help these women to ensure that women in Kosova can rebuild their lives,

>their homes, and a real peace.



>The Kosovar Centre for Protection for Women and Children



>The Kosovar Centre for Protection for Women and Children was set up



>as a community clinic. The Centre also worked extensively with


>displaced by Serbian military and police aggression,following the


>massacre in 1998.

>Their premises in Pristina were destroyed by Serb forces in March

>1999, and

>the women set up a new Women's Centre in Tetova, Macedonia providing

>medical services, counselling and legal support.


>In collaboration with a local Macedonian women's group, the "Women's


>- Tetova" provided a women's and children's health centre,


>legal and human rights advice to refugees. They are also worked in


>camps with women, and with groups of children, encouraging them talk


>their experiences, mounting an exhibition of paintings by children

>from the

>camps. Now that refugees are returning, the Kosovan women are moving


>to Pristina to rebuild their centre, and to set up new women's


>throughout Kosova. The Centre in Tetova will be run by local women,

>and act

>as a bridge betwen the two communities.




>Motrat Qiriazi



>Motrat Qiriazi (Qiriazi Sisters) was founded in Pristina in 1994 as


>education project for women and girls in rural areas of Kosovo.



>included income generation projects, education projects for young

>women and

>women's health care work and advocacy. In March 1999, women from the


>were forced to leave Pristina by Serb forces. Motrat Qiriazi


>their work in Cegrane refugee camp, near Tetova in Macedonia where


>organized a tent where women could meet. Their activities have


>setting up a girls' group, a women's group, daily meetings of local

>coordinators, film and photography workshops, English lessons, and -


>a week - visiting hairdressers working the tent.

>They have also been providing refugees with aid, training local



>assisting refugees to get home.


>A woman who visited the Motrat Qiriazi project wrote:


>"The girls are laughing. It is so hot in the [women's] tent. Then


>start singing. A song of Drenica and Kosovo is a favorite one. At



>there is tape player (with batteries). Dancing is beginning while


>folk music is playing. In the middle of the day, in the middle of



>with no space to move, the girls without adresses, whose parents


>forced to throw their identity cards into plastic bags when in May


>were deported to the border, with Serbian police as an escort, the


>who are longing for their homes, the girls who were hungry and


>for days, the girls exhausted from being displaced from their lives,


>many other girls from Croatia or Bosnia or Palestine, here they are,


>survived and they are dancing".



>Medica Kosova



>WATFY has also supported Medica Kosova, a partnership between Medica

>Mondiale and Albanian and Kosovan women's organisations. Medica



>been working in Albania to provide support for women traumatised by


>and other acts of violence in Kosova.

>Working with the Tirana Counselling Centre for Women and Girls,



>trained Albanian and Kosovan women in appropriate, gender-sensitive,

>medical and psycho-social responses to rape and other forms of war


>Training has beeen provided by Bosnian women from the Medica Women's

>Therapy Centre in Zenica, central Bosnia.

>Medica have faced real problems in establishing tent-based clinics


>refugee camps in Albania, and until recently had only been able to

>work in

>one centre.

>They have also now obtained and equipped a Mobile Clinic. Like the


>groups, Medica are now planning to relocate to Kosova.



>Suncokret - Balkan Sunflowers



>WATFY has also sent a donation to Balkan Sunflowers to assist them


>their work at Way-Stations, set up to provide returning refugees



>safe place to stop overnight on their way home. Balkan Sunflowers



>providing activities for refugee children, resources for refugee


>and distributing Mine-Awareness information to returning refugees.



>Women in Black and other women's organisations in Serbia



>WATFY has supported anti-war women's organisations in Serbia for


>years, providing financial donations and humanitarian aid for



>whom they work. We are currently responding to an appeal from the


>Hotline for Women and Children who set up a "fear" help-line to


>counselling and support to women during the NATO bombing. Now that



>is over, they face increasing calls from women experiencing domestic

>violence from men returning from the war; the destruction of roads,


>and transport networks also means increased transport costs for SOS







>Women's Aid to former Yugoslavia was founded in 1992 in response to


>wars in Croatia and Bosnia. We are a humanitarian organisation


>the needs of women refugees, working in conjunction with


>women's and refugee organisations. WATFY has worked in Bosnia,


>Serbia and Slovenija delivering appropriate humanitarian aid to


>and displaced people, irrespective of nationality, ethnicity or


>We also provide funding and other resources in response to requests


>our partners. WATFY also supports women's, peace and anti-war groups

>in the



>For further information, details of aid needed, appeal leaflets &


>or a copy of our latest report, contact us at the address below.





>Please send cheques made out to WATFY (Women's Aid to Former


>20 Tennyson Road Portswood Southampton S017 2GW

>Cash and cheques can also be paid into the WATFY account:

>TSB Bank, 92-94 Above Bar Street, Southampton, England

>Sort code 77-95-34; Account number: 00914268


>Please advise us of payments made to our bank account, so that we



>you reports and updates. If you want your donation to go



>one of the organisations described, please let us know.







>Women's Aid to former Yugoslavia

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"Now, when I get back here, I expect to find all of you marching

through the

streets with great bunches of wild flowers in your arms." Kenneth


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