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Tatjana Nikolić

Tatjana Nikolić From holidays with her parents on the Croatian coast, train travels, sports, mountain climbing, and fond high school memories, Tatjana comes from an active childhood life. Born in Niš, Serbia her activism for women started a mere 22 years ago when she started training for the SOS Helpline in 1996, a hotline for...

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Selma Asotić

Selma Asotić is a young woman from Sarajevo who is shaping her powerful thoughts and feelings into actions to make positive change in women’s’ constant struggle with injustice, abuse, inequality and systematic oppression.  Rising above hopelessness and fear from her early childhood, she refuses to be part of a world where women are seen as...

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Sanja Iveković

Born in Zagreb, Yugoslavia (now Croatia), in the 1940s, she fondly remembers her ballet school in Zagreb. Perhaps seeing strong, brave women express themselves through dance instilled a sense of curiosity to explore the realm of feminism and gender later in her life.  After attending the Drug-Ca International Feminist Conference in Belgrade in 1978, something...

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Nevenka Rikalo

Nevenka Rikalo Nevenka Rikalo, 61, lives in Ugljare. Her family is a daughter, two sons and three grandchildren. The words that best describe her character are above all “tolerance”, then “being active” and “communicative” because she considers herself a person who is always ready to help others and to fight for the principles she believes...

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Fazile Bungu

Fazile Bungu, 58, from village Balaj, currently living in Ferizaj, Shaban Gashi Street PN . She is married and has three children, two daughters and one bow. She is the director of the organization Hendifer in Ferizaj, working with disabled people. When asked to tell something about herself and which words describe best her character...

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Elvana Shala

Elvana Shala is from Peja, 28 years old and she was born on 11.05.1990, currently living in Prishtina. Her family is composed of her parents, two sisters and a brother. She is the third child of the family. The words that best describe her character are perseverance, humanity and sincerity. She has a very strong...

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Safete Rogova

Safete Rogova, 72, born on 1 March 1946, from Gjakova, currently living in Prishtina. Mother of two daughters Iliriana Loxha Basha and Alba Loxha. She considers that her life is characterized by sincerity and faithfulness. When she recalls her childhood, she thinks she has had a happy childhood. She states that she grew up into...

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Luljeta Aliu Krasniqi

During my life I have constantly faced challenges for being different and struggled to occupy a place in the surrounding society. Since as Albanians we experienced a political and systematic repression by then Yugoslav and later Serbian regime, the existential importance of identity protection was a lesson I had learned very early. Later I was...

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Igballe (Igo) Rogova

Patience, Tremendousness, Determination, Solidarity are words that symbolize the character of Igo. She loves entertainment, art, music and biography books. When she recalls childhood and youth, all she remembers is that she was spoiled by everyone in family. As the youngest child in the family, everyone has taken great care to fulfill every wish of...

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Sandra Ljubinković

Sandra Ljubinković, from BELGRADE, SERBIA, Age 40, Living in Amsterdam When asked to describe herself Sandra states the she will never fit in and that can be considered as one of her best qualities. She describes herself as passionate, playful, genuine, free spirit, traveler, vagabond, enjoying life and experiences in all its forms knowing that we...

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Jelena Memet

Jelena Memet is an extrovert person, who believes in change and works constantly to create a better environment for Serbian women. Born in 1978 in Krusevac, Serbia, a woman who has experienced violence and discrimination, today with her courage she advocates to change the lives of many hopeless women in Serbia. She is a powerful...

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Lepa Mlađenović

Her name in Serbian language means Beauty in English and Bukurije in Albianian, yet she prefers to be called Bukurije. To her, this name is special because it is the nickname given by her Albanian friends. The one who knows the Serbian language, understands that her name is Lepa. So, she is Lepa (Bukurije) Mlađenović,...

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Xhejrane Lokaj

A depressed autumn night. In a small village, in the western part of Kosovo, in Deçan’s Pobergje, when all were asleep, a girl took the courage to leave the family. At that time, the 17-year-old girl could not agree with the predetermined destiny of the family; missing education and accepting an early marriage. “Oh, do...

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Zoe Gudovic

Zoe was always rebellious and did not accept to submit to any authority. She has always been tormented by injustice, especially that class injustice. She was once an activist for children rights, whereas today she is the voice of women. Zoe Gudović is from Belgrade and has 20 years of working as an activist feminist/lesbian,...

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Alketa Xhafa Mripa

Alketa Xhafa Mripa is a talented contemporary artist, a mother of four, a yoga trainer and an entrepreneurial woman who leads along with her husband, “Tea House”, in London. Alketa Xhafa Mripa began her journey in London, initially as a student, then as a refugee from the Kosovo war, which today through art gives a...

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Anisa Ismajli

Anisa Ismajli is an Albanian actress, who has graduated from the Faculty of Arts of the Public University of Pristina in the class of Professor Faruk Begolli. The actress is often seen in the theater booths and in film scenes laughing, sometimes crying, being cheerful and sometimes sad by interpreting different roles. Kindness, humanism and...

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Ariana Qosaj Mustafa

Ariana Qosaj – Mustafa, 41, from Pristina, Kosovo has more than 15 years of research experience and capacity building activities related to the rule of law, human rights, women and anti-discrimination related matters in Kosovo. Ariana, as a graduate lawyer at the University of Pristina, and holding a MSc in Gender Studies, Development and Globalization...

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Sevdije Ahmeti

This war will be a fight against women,” said Ms. Sevdije, during her interview with Oral History when she commemorated the time until Milosevic began his regime complaining of the large number of births by Albanian women. Sevdije Ahmeti was the pillar of women’s movement as an activist, writer, feminist and human rights advocate. For...

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Blerta Zeqiri

The age of 15 years, unlike for her peers, it was different for Blerta Zeqiri. She had formed a musical band that played rap music. She resisted and chose to break the taboos when she decided to study the film, a subject considered by many as “the profession for men.” They told her that she...

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Delina Fico

Delina Fico is an active woman of civil society in Albania since the 90s. She is a leader, manager, a woman with expertise in advocacy, gender equality, the development of individual and institutional capacities. Over 50 years she has worked with lots of local, regional, international organizations and intergovernmental agencies in Europe and the United...

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Drita Luri Vukshinaj

As it is the case with most women activists in Kosovo and the region whose story is partially written, also for Drita Luri Vukshinaj, an activist for the rights of persons with special needs, it is written very little. Drita Luri Vukshinaj was the second child of Rabije and Haki, born on October 3, 1954,...

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Dua Dauti Kadriu

The word “Dua” is a verb and in the Albanian language means to love. Love is a strong and deep feeling that enables us to get so close to someone or something so that one will never want to detach from that person or thing. And those who knew Dua and her actions know that...

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Jadranka Miličević

Jadranka Milicevic is her own heroine. Before the war she had a happy childhood and was surrounded with great love and was able to fulfill some of her childhood dreams. In the first grade, because of success, she won a book called “Partisan Stories”. Jadranka was also a table tennis champion for the city of...

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Jeta Krasniqi

Born in 1984 in Pristina, Kosovo, the town she abandoned for a long time. Jeta Krasniqi is a woman that leaves an impression on you at the very first moment you met her. Her interesting story, her voice, passion and devotion are just some elements that identify her. She is one of those activist women...

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Shqipe Malushi

Shqipe Malushi is one of those women from whom you have what to learn. A vigorous woman, with an unusual story, she is the catalyst of change in many countries. Although paralyzed but standing up, she has performed 18 surgeries, , and despite the fact that she is faced with cancer, she is trying to...

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Shukrije Gashi

Her story is very interesting along with her memories and birthday gifts in adolescence. Shukrije Gashi, born in February 1960 in Prishtina, a former political prisoner, lawyer and poet, has for the past 20 years contributed to building peace by leading the Kosovo Conflict Management Center – Partners Kosova, and has participated closely in 400...

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Vjollca Krasniqi

Vjollca Krasniqi is a sociologist. She holds a Ph.D. from the Ljubljana University and holds a Master’s degree in gender studies, development and globalization from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Sociology from the University of Pristina. She has been one of the first women from...

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Adelina Berisha

Adelina Berisha is the last child of Berisha family from Prishtina, Kosovo. Her childhood, as well as most of the children from the 1980s generation, could be counted as anything but a childhood!  She belongs to the generation whose first contact with the public was encountered with injustice and discrimination! She belongs to that generation...

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Adriana Zaharijević

The first thing that comes to her mind is her love for storytelling. She used to tell herself stories that lasted even for months. Objects and landscapes were random ones. Her life may be a series of fragmentary stories that were told by herself and various incredible people, whom she was lucky to have met,...

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Elona Beqiraj

Her work can be described in one word: authentic. Any project she was involved in, had to do it right! She wants her pictures to represent truth to people, to enable them to find room far away from the expectations of society, far away from any standards or idealism. When people are standing in front...

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Elona Kastrati

Elona Kastrati recalls her childhood as something different from average children living in Germany. Together with her family, they used to live in a garage where the German landlord hid them behind the dust. Despite this, she had a beautiful childhood with two parents who cared about her and loved her. That was the most...

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Furtuna Sheremeti

Furtuna Sheremeti born in Pristina, in 1989, currently living between Pristina and Leuven (Belgium). For many years people say that her name is the word that describes her the best. Fortuna means Storm in English! She is unstoppable when she wants to achieve something, determined in her goals, quick and confident with challenges that she...

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Gresa Hasa

She says that the best choice is to persevere. Being a woman in a violent male society means prematurely becoming conscious of social and gender differences. This means that while yet very young and unable to comprehend the complexity of unequal relationships of power, you feel and realize that the world is different from you,...

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Manushaqe Nura

As far as Manushaqe’s character She is a very persistent person with clear and unchangeable principles. This fact often makes her very strict, but above all she likes to hear opinions of others about their beliefs. As far as work is concerned, she likes to follow the principles of the leader rather than acting as...

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More Raca

More Raça, (25) born in Gjakova, currently living in Prishtina She describes herself as a persistent and she believes that she symbolizes goodness and struggle for equality. When More talks about her childhood she says: I have many childhood memories that are mostly related to the movie. I remember when I was given a digital...

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Rada Iveković

Rada Iveković (72) was born in Zagreb (Yugoslavia). No parents or children, the only member of the family is her husband Goran Fejić, born in Sarajevo. When she was requested to say something about her character, she stated that she was not sure what she wanted to say in words, and also she did not...

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Rrezarta Abdullahu

Rrezarta Abdullahu lives in Ferizaj, the city she was born in. She describes herself as a warrior and bold, always taking into account the circumstances she operates in. When she mentions childhood and youth, Rrezarta considers herself as child of war, as already named by many. For her generation, life is divided into two parts:...

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