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 who have an impressive story, who has proven to be committed to fighting for the right and the good of our society. She sees women as a driving force for democracy and development, and of the society intended to be built.
Jeta Krasniqi, despite the fierceness of the Serbian system in Kosovo, was a happy and ambitious child. She points out that she is very fortunate to have had a family where she was raised with unsparing love.
“They opened doors for me and believed in me. Their unsparing support taught me to have faith in myself, to believe in my strength to bring change, to stand in front of challenges and never step back.
When Jeta was 9 years, she and her family moved to Tirana, Albania. A child, raised in a family between art and activity, Jeta has inherited from her father the artistic dimension of wide approach of life, whereas from her mother she inherited the sense of activism for women’s rights. An interesting symbiosis, as she has received from them the determination and dedication for work.
Jeta, has graduated from the Turkish college in Tirana and concluded her University studies at the Eastern Mediterranean University in Cyprus for Highly Honored International Relations. She concluded her postgraduate studies for a Master’s degree at Johns Hopkins University, at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) for International Relations. After completing post-graduate studies and after her parents’ insisting, Jeta returns to Kosovo to work with the team of President Atifete Jahjaga. In the President’s Office, among other things, she covered the gender equality portfolio and worked with survivors of sexual violence during the war.
She says that her mom’s manuscripts (as she calls her mother, mom) were determinative to engage in empowering survivors of sexual violence during the war. Her mother had kept notes of the sad stories of raped women during the Kosovo war. During the war and after the war, her mother was an activist for women’s rights.
“I remember that with her greatest care, as I was at an adult age, she began to explain the grave context of a crumpled and abused category of women for whom it was neither spoken nor argued. We are talking about the years 1999-2000. So, a few years later, we see that this commitment is rewarded and that these women have legal protection now, they a have voice and identity and they are our pride. And everything is spoken openly,” maintains Jeta.
Jeta’s tireless work with various organizations who strongly believed that this category should be treated with dignity by the State, encouraged President Jahjaga to establish the National Council for Survivors of Sexual Violence during the war in 2014. Undoubtedly for Jeta the position as Coordinator of this Council as well as the recognition of these women as a legal category and the decision of the institutions to compensate them after 18 years, is one of the happiest moments of her activism. For the first time, state institutions would work together recognizing crime, while for Jeta it was a great privilege and responsibility because she was at the forefront of a process that could affect people’s lives.
Although it was a great responsibility, Jeta was often desperate as she was faced with the wild reality of inhuman violence, stigma and social prejudice against women, who were abused during the war, lack of justice and political will to push forward such a matter. But she never gave up because she strongly believed in this cause! The strength of the survivors of sexual violence was the greatest value she has ever encountered.
Along with her activism for social equity, Jeta has also been for two years also the project leader of the Democratic Institute of Kosovo (KDI) for strengthening the role of the Assembly and the participation of citizens within the dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia. At the top of such an important process, Jeta mentions Kosovo politicians who have led to the normalization of relations such as: Edita Tahiri (Former Minister for Dialogue), Blerta Deliu (MP), Vlora Çitaku (Former Minister for European Integration) Vjosa Osmani (member of the former European Integration Committee).
We will conclude with Jeta’s favorite quote by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, the initiator of the women’s rights movement during the 19th century in the United States of America “Courage is the best protection that a woman can have!”