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Promotion of ‘Beyond pain, toward courage’ at the University of Prizren ‘Ukshin Hoti’

March 4, 2022

The book titled ‘Beyond pain, towards courage: Stories about the trauma of sexual violence in war’ was promoted at the Amphitheater of the Faculty of Economy, University of Prizren ‘Ukshin Hoti’.
Promotion of ‘Beyond pain, toward courage’ at the University of Prizren ‘Ukshin Hoti’ 1
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At the promotion event, the vice-rector of the University of Prizren ‘Ukshin Hoti’, Prof. Assoc. Dr. Albana Plakiqi Milaimi addressed the attendees expressing the importance of engaging with the topics and narratives showcased in the book, while panelists in the discussion were Selvi Izeti Çakraxhiu, KRCT, Prof. Assoc. Dr. Shkëlqim Millaku, University of Prizren ‘Ukshin Hoti’ and Korab Krasniqi, forumZFD program in Kosovo. The discussion was moderated by Florida Sinanaj, a student at the University of Prizren ‘Ukshin Hoti’.

The purpose, methodology, and technical aspects of the realization of the book were communicated in the discussion, giving a general perspective of the current climate concerning the treatment, addressing, and documentation of sexual violence in war. The focus of the discussion was also given on documenting the crimes committed during the recent war in Kosovo, with an emphasis on the marginal experiences of women. Among other things, this discussion track addressed the ways in which wartime sexual violence is manifested the as well as ways in which such trauma affects family members and the wider community due to stigma and prejudice. In a detailed review, Prof. Assoc. Dr. Millaku highlighted insights on the impressions the book delivers, the narrative language, and the placement of the experiences presented in the book on a broader historical background.

The book ‘Beyond pain, towards courage: Stories about the trauma of sexual violence in war’ was published in collaboration between the Kosova Rehabilitation Center for Torture Victims (KRCT) and forumZFD program in Kosovo, and is supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Embassy of the United Kingdom in Prishtina, and the Swiss Embassy in Kosovo.

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