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 a time, she worked at the National and University Library of Kosovo as an editor after completing the Faculty of Philology as one of the most distinguished students. While working in the Bible, she had written against the stereotypes of Albanian women portrayed by Yugoslav media. During 1989 she worked on the Human Rights Council, where she published many reports on Amnesty International.
As the architect of women’s movement in the 1990s, she refused to become a mayor because she loved activism in her soul, loved the free speech, and loved the rebellion. She has been among the initiators of the activism of the movement for women’s rights and democracy in Kosovo and in the region. Sevdije Ahmeti together with Vjosa Dobruna were co-founders of the Center for the Protection of Women and Children in 1993, which was among the first non-governmental organizations in Kosovo, which turned back activism into protests to protect human rights and human rights of women, as well as for peace and against Serbian state repression against Albanians in Kosovo.
In December 1993, at the Assembly of European Citizens in Ankara, she proposed the Resolution “Apartheid in Kosovo”, and continued the campaign against apartheid in Kosovo. In July 1997, in Vienna, she drafted the Resolution on the Violation of the Children Rights in Kosovo, which she delivered to Elizabeth Rehn, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the former Yugoslavia and Mrs. Swanee Hunt, US Ambassador to Vienna (The United Nations Assembly in November 1997 approves the Resolution and expresses concerns about Serbia.
Ms. Ahmeti also contributed to the documentation of wartime rape, closely cooperating with the Hague Tribunal, personally committing to the well-being and shelter of Kosovo witnesses who testified in the tribunal. She also helped women from Croatia and Bosnia in the document of sexual violence when they fled to Kosovo during the conflict. For her activism she has received several international recognitions and honors, including Human Rights Watch (2000) and Amnesty International (2005) as one of the most prominent human rights activists in the world. Sevdije Ahmeti has also been an international human rights lecturer, and recently also at the Oak Institute, near Colby College in Maine, United States, while writing about work and printed rights in Kosovo, she has also written articles, analyzes such as books, including the book “Journal d’une Femme du Kosovo – The Diary of a woman from Kosovo 1998-1999”, published in Paris, France. The diary of a woman from Kosovo is a performance for which director Zenel Laçi was inspired by the chronicles of war described by Sevdije Ahmeti in the book of the same title. This diary shows the horror of ethnic cleansing in the final war, showing the nationalist insanity and nationalist claims to mankind and the crimes and calamities that flowed from them. During the war in Kosovo (1998-1999), she sent over 400 daily electronic reports, about 1200 contacts in the world, testifying what was happening in Kosovo.
During the Kosovo War period (1999) it is associated with international organizations to launch the “war-crime rape campaign” involving mass rape against Albanian women and girls as a crime against humanity in the indictment against Slobodan Milosevic, filed by Ms. Louize Arbour, International Prosecutor at The Hague Tribunal, offering powerful evidence, which in 2001 is included in the indictment.
After the war, she served as a member of the Kosovo Transitional Council, established by the United Nations administration and continued to lead the Center for the Protection of Women and Children in Kosovo by expanding the center network throughout Kosovo. She was a worthy warrior of the rights of women and children, and with courage she never hesitated to advocate and raise her voice, and do her utmost to defend this most vulnerable part of society. Mrs Sevdie was part of the Kosovo Women’s Network as a board member. Sevdije, a wife, mother, and devoted grandma, closed her eyes on November 19, 2016, leaving this world.
Sevdije Ahmeti was born on November 5, 1944 in the city of Gjakova, Kosovo.