NY Elite Magazine – Over 20,000 women and girls were raped in Kosovo during the 1998-99 war (World Health Organisation). Today women survivors of wartime unwanted physical contact struggle for independence and means to support themselves and their families. “1 is 2 many” was the slogan of Vice President Joe Biden when he introduced Violence Against Women Act(VAWA) in the United States Congress. 

On March 10, 2016 NGO Arta and Albanian Fashion Agency announced their collaboration in support of Kosovo war women survivors.

“Albanian Fashion Agency is very happy to support nonprofit organization from Kosova “ OJQ Arta” which is going to bring the hand made products that are made from women who were raped in war during 1998-1999. These products are going to be shown during Albanian Fashion Show. All funds and donations will be used to aid those women that need our help the most,” said Mrika Krasniqi, Founder and CEO of AFA (Albanian Fashion Agency).

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“NGO ARTA” operates as a non-governmental organization since 1993 in Kosovo. In 2014 & 2015 NGO Arta organized anti-violence campaigns to raise awareness about the injustices imposed toward women. In collaboration with Albanian Fashion Agency, NGO Arta hopes to bring financial freedom for the women survivors.

“NGO Arta” has been working for years to support, advocate and promote rights of women in Kosovo, regardless of nationality, sexual orientation, race, educational level, and physical capability. “NGO Arta” together with Albanian Fashion Agency for the first time in history is making possible to bring these products that were made from women survivors from Kosovo war. We are helping these very talented women gain independence and financial freedom by encouraging them get back up on their feet,” said Hafije Qyqalla, Founder and CEO of NGO Arta (OJQ Arta).

Albanian Fashion Week is organized by Albanian Fashion Agency, taking place March 25-30 in New York. Works of women survivors will be displayed during Albanian Fashion Show, taking place on March 27, 2016 from 4:00-9:00pm. To reserve your ticket visit EventBrite. To support NGO Arta visit www.ngoarta.org. / NY Elite Magazine 

NGO Arta and AFA in support of Kosovar survivors of wartime

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