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Dafina Halili is a staff writer at Kosovo 2.0. Dafina has a master’s degree in Diversity and the Media from the University of Westminster in London. She mainly writes about human rights and social issues.

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A poignant tribute to Kosovo’s missing persons

By Dafina Halili

A documentary screening and unveiling of a poignant installation marked the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearance in Prishtina on Tuesday. On Tuesday (August 30), the International Day of...

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Rolling on the Road rolls on

By Dafina Halili

Rolling on the Road — Open Air Film Festival will continue tonight with its second part in the small town of Priluzje (Perluzhe) in the Municipality of Vushtrri. Films made...

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Kosovar Olympic history makers: Musa Hajdari & Vijona Kryeziu

By Dafina Halili

For the first time in history, a team of athletes is representing Kosovo as an independent state at the Summer Olympic Games.

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Kosovar Olympic history makers: Lum Zhaveli

By Dafina Halili

For the first time in history, a team of athletes is representing Kosovo as an independent state at the Summer Olympic Games.

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People of Prizren #5 — ‘People are losing interest in plisa’

By Dafina Halili

For nine days every year in August, Prizren is transformed. Enthusiastic festival goers from near and far flock to the historic city to soak up the unique DokuFest atmosphere as the...

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People of Prizren #3 — Shoeshining polyglot ‘Mr Zanzi’

By Dafina Halili

For nine days every year in August, Prizren is transformed. Enthusiastic festival goers from near and far flock to the historic city to soak up the unique DokuFest atmosphere as the...

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Golden girl Kelmendi wins Kosovo’s first Olympic medal

By Dafina Halili

Majlinda Kelmendi made history — and Kosovo proud — last night by becoming the country’s first ever Olympic medalist. The double judo world champion defeated Italy’s Odette Giuffrida in the...

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Kosovar Olympic history makers: Nora Gjakova

By Dafina Halili

For the first time in history, a team of athletes is representing Kosovo as an independent state at the Summer Olympic Games.

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Kosovar Olympic history makers: Rita Zeqiri

By Dafina Halili

For the first time in history, a team of athletes is representing Kosovo as an independent state at the Summer Olympic Games. After declaring independence in 2008, Kosovo struggled to gain...

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Kosovar Olympic history makers: Majlinda Kelmendi

By Dafina Halili

For the first time in history, a team of athletes is representing Kosovo as an independent state at the Summer Olympic Games. After declaring independence in 2008, Kosovo struggled to gain...

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Kosovar Olympic history makers: Qendrim Guri

By Dafina Halili

For the first time in history, a team of athletes is representing Kosovo as an independent state at the Summer Olympic Games.

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Kosovar Olympic history makers: Urata Rama

By Dafina Halili

For the first time in history, a team of athletes is representing Kosovo as an independent state at the Summer Olympic Games.

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Kosovo athletes make Olympic history

By Dafina Halili

Kosovar athletes made history last night as the Summer Olympic Games got underway in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. For the first time in its history, a Kosovo team is taking...

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Reporting Kosovo’s sexual harassment

By Dafina Halili

Around 300 cases of sexual harassment have been reported via the Kosovo-based app EcShlirë (WalkFreely), since its launch in February. Sexual comments, whistling, touching and stalking are the most common...

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‘Bad boy’ architect brings Beirut to Prishtina

By Dafina Halili

Built in 1998, B-018 is widely renowned as one of the best clubs in the world, which is considered to have not only changed Beirut’s nightlife, but also the image...

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Touring and exploring in western Kosovo

By Dafina Halili

Despite the mix of spectacular beauty, history and culture, until recently Kosovo’s Dukagjini region wasn’t on the map for foreign travellers. But with various investment and residents mobilizing to provide...

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Kosovar Albanian identity increasingly religious

By Dafina Halili

Since independence, Kosovo has experienced a shift amongst Kosovar Albanians from a secular ethnic identity to a more religious identity, with an emergence of elements of radical Islam. That’s according...

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Let there be music

By Dafina Halili

Additional reporting by Valmir Mehmetaj and Cristina Mari. Today (Tuesday, June 21) is World Music Day. Originating in France in 1982, today World Music Day (or Fête de la Musique) has...

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Paternity provisions excluding Kosovar dads

By Dafina Halili

In the new draft of Kosovo’s Law on Labour, the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare (MLSW) added amendments to maternity leave provisions, saying that they aim to reduce gender...

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Interview With Tawakkol Karman, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

By Dafina Halili

Tawakkol Karman, a Yemeni human rights activist, politician and journalist, became known as the Mother of Yemen’s Revolution, who was at the forefront of the Arab Spring uprisings in her...

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Feminism against nationalism and borders

By Dafina Halili

Tears, laughter and applause filled Oda Theatre yesterday afternoon during the documentary screening of “Motrat Qiriazi” (“Qiriazi Sisters”) and the Methods of Feminism debate that followed. The event was part...

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New research aims to initiate Kosovo abortion debate

By Dafina Halili

In the abortion room at the Gynecologist-Obstetrics Clinic of the University Clinical Center of Kosovo (QKUK) a poster shows a young woman holding a baby. “Abortion is the most devastating...

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Promoting Positive Fatherhood in Kosovo

By Dafina Halili

‘Bëhu krenar dhe dëshmoje!’ (‘Be proud and show it’), ‘Vetëm luaj!’ (‘Just Play’), ‘Bëhu i guximshëm, trego butësi’ (‘Be brave and show softness’) — these are the three key messages...

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Left in limbo

By Dafina Halili

Edon Berisha. Dafina Qelaj. Radmila Petrovic. Agim Gjocaj. These are just a handful the approximately 1,650 people still missing from the war in Kosovo, those who have never had a dignified...

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International film festival kicks off in Prishtina

By Dafina Halili

Last night’s chilly spring evening saw Zahir Pajaziti square more vibrant and lively than usual; apart from Prishtina’s citizens walking through on their way to their favorite weekend bars, hundreds...

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'This government will not last for long, and neither will the decision against me' - Boiken Abazi

By Dafina Halili

Kosovo opposition party Lëvizja VETËVENDOSJE! (Movement for Self Determination) announced today that Kosovo Police have arrested an advisor to their presidency, and citizen of Albania, Arber Zaimi. The arrest comes just...

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’90s Rewind: March 8, 1998

By Dafina Halili

Hundreds of Kosovar women and men took to Prishtina’s streets today (March 8) under the motto “MARS’hojmë S’festojmë” or “March-ing not celebrating.” The action follows the concerning results of two...

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Kosovo’s media mirroring gender?

By Dafina Halili

Misrepresentation and underrepresentation of women in Kosovo’s media was highlighted yesterday during the first of a series of “EU Talks” on gender mainstreaming and representation. The discussion, organized by the...

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Kosovo film wins Oscar nomination

By Dafina Halili

Kosovo Cinematography history was made today with the country’s first Oscar nomination. The Kosovar short movie “Shok” (“Friend”) is one of five short movies nominated for Best Live Action Short...

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The Boiling Point

By Dafina Halili

Between 1880 and 2012, the Earth’s surface warmed by approximately 0.85 degrees celsius; not even a whole degree. It doesn’t sound like the sort of statistic to trigger interventions from...

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Amnesty International Calls for Urgent Investigation into Kosovo Police Actions

By Dafina Halili

Amnesty International has called for an urgent investigation into actions by Kosovo Police, following the arrests and alleged ill-treatment of dozens of Vetevendosje activists on Saturday.

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Displaced and Living in Limbo

By Dafina Halili

  While Serbia’s Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic is set on transforming Belgrade into the Dubai of the Balkans, as with many capital cities, the arteries to the outskirts are surrounded by...

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A Region That Recognizes the Neverending Plight of Refugees

By Dafina Halili

Early in the morning the bus driver deliberately plays the loud turbo folk music to wake his passengers up, notifying them that the bus is about to reach the main...

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Brainstorming for a Greener Future: Ecoweek Prishtina 2015

By Dafina Halili

The second edition of Ecoweek Prishtina kicked off yesterday, bringing together ecological architects, landscape architects, designers, young professionals and students for an entire week of activities.

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“I understand nationalism as an illness” — Visar Morina

By Dafina Halili

When Nori (Val Maloku) takes the rifle from an old cornflour box, there’s a brief moment of suspense when the desperate 10-year-old boy may well pull the trigger. At this...

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Missing Closure

By Dafina Halili

“They expect you to find peace over time, but I don’t know… you are so affected,” Isma Begiqi told Kosovo 2.0 in a tone of despair. “Everywhere you go, you...

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Maternity Hardship for Working Women

By Dafina Halili

Maternity leave policies matter. On the one hand, they support a mother’s full recovery from childbirth while helping to facilitate a strong mother-child bond. On the other hand, they ensure...

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Debating Sexual Violence in Conflict

By Dafina Halili

On Friday (August 14), inside the beautiful old Hamam Museum in Prizren, a debate took place on a tough but important topic: sexual violence in conflict.

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A Closer Look at Sex Offenders Through “Pervert Park”

By Dafina Halili

Frida and Lasse Barkfors are a Swedish-Danish married couple who crossed the Atlantic in order to make their debut film about a trailer park inhabited by sex offenders. When they...

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FILM REVIEW: I am Dublin

By Dafina Halili

When Ahmed says “I am Dublin” it seems that he can’t overemphasize his despair, powerlessness and agony at being a Dublin case; a refugee left in limbo between two ends...

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FILM REVIEW: Moments of Silence

By Dafina Halili

At the everyday speed of life, people are continuously in motion. Despite their concerns, sorrows, needs and desires, they keep moving ahead in order to complete their daily routines by...

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Q&A: Gunhild Enger

By Dafina Halili

Jury member for the International Shorts category at this year’s edition of DokuFest, Gunhild Enger took some time out of her busy film-watching agenda on Tuesday to have a quick...

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FILM REVIEW: Night Will Fall

By Dafina Halili

“If we don’t learn the lessons these pictures teach, night will fall.” This is the opening line of “Night Will Fall” and it refers to a powerful line of narration...

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Today @DokuFest: Kosovo 2.0’s Monday Picks

By Dafina Halili

Every day throughout the course of DokuFest (August 8 – 16), Kosovo 2.0 is sharing our top picks for the day, to help guide you through the festival’s vast and...

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Not Only Films: Sunday @DokuNights

By Dafina Halili

The other thing we love as much as great films is great music. And every year, DokuNights are an essential part of the DokuFest experience. Right after the projectors are turned...

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FILM REVIEW: Twilight of a Life

By Dafina Halili

The Belgian/Israeli produced “Twilight of a Life” documentary film has already been considered by film critics and viewers as an ode to life. After grabbing the Best Israeli Film Award...

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Building Blocks of a Smarter Future

By Dafina Halili

Architect's ecological initiative puts focus on more sensible development in Kosovo.

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The Boiling Point

By Dafina Halili

Between 1880 and 2012, the Earth’s surface warmed by approximately 0.85 degrees celsius; not even a whole degree. It doesn’t sound like the sort of statistic to trigger interventions from...

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The EU’s Inhuman Welcome

By Dafina Halili

“I kissed the ground and thanked God my children were alright, the moment we walked back in here after the deportation,” Mirsad Puqolli told Kosovo 2.0, pointing at his grimy...

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Small Small Stage

By Dafina Halili

The National Theatre of Kosovo yesterday announced three theatrical performances that they will stage later this year. ‘The Portrait of Misery’ (Portreti i mjerimit), ‘The Black’ (E zeza) and ‘A...

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From Belgrade to Prishtina: A Tragic Love Story

By Dafina Halili

Miki Manojlović's adaptation of Shakespeare’s 'Romeo and Juliet,’ with Albanian-speaking Montagues and Serbian-speaking Capulets, is a co-production by the Radionica Integracije arts centre in Belgrade and the Qendra Multimedia arts...

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Sworn Virgin: A journey from celibacy to sexual awakening

By Dafina Halili

After traveling around international festivals such as the Berlin International Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival, Italian filmaker Laura Bispuri’s Sworn Virgin premiered at PriFilmFest in Prishtina on Saturday, May...

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Polip Festival marks fifth anniversary

By Dafina Halili

For all literature lovers out there, this weekend will see the return of the International Literature Festival, Polip. Following in the wake of January’s attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine...

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Lirindja #3: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun-damental Rights

By Dafina Halili

Lirindja is back again. The independent zine's promotional event was held at Dit' e Nat' Bookstore/Cafe on April 29. Lirindja’s third issue once again brought together many contributors who focused...

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Art and Democracy: At least there will be wine

By Dafina Halili

What do artists do for democracy in Kosovo? And more importantly, what should they do? What is the relationship between artists and the government? Is there room for critique? These...