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Breaking Barriers: Launch of the Emancipation Club for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Young Women

The Emancipation Club, established by the NGO CASA through a series of workshops, began its activities yesterday at the Barabar Center in Pristina. The establishment of the Club represents a planned activity of the Barabar Center project, and the aim of the Club’s activities and mission is to help young women better understand themselves and their position in society, provide them with tools to fight for their equality, with the tendency for the Club to evolve into a safe space for young women who want to see change in their society.

On the first day, the Club brought together young women from all ethnic communities in Kosovo, two experienced lecturers, and a guest of honor, Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Madam Caroline Ziadeh.

According to the conceptual creator, sociologist Dušica Jovičić from the NGO CASA, the Emancipation Club will be a place where young girls can learn, freely discuss personal experiences, and receive tools to help them on their path to emancipation.

Madam SRSG Caroline Ziadeh addressing the participants through personal example, spoke about the qualities necessary for women to reach and maintain positions of power. According to her, the contribution of empowered young women is invaluable.

“We are promoting hope. We must unpack our source of strength to demystify stereotypes and rebuild the social structure. And it starts with you and me. We have to work together,” said Madam Ziadeh.

The first workshop titled “Women as Agents of Change”, was conducted by Zana Hoxha, the founder of Artpolis and FemArt, followed by another titled “Women’s Activism, Leadership, and Volunteering” led by Milica Stojanović Kostić, the founder of the NGO Pravo na pravo, the blog Ženski info, and the Ženskast Podcast.

The central themes of the workshops were empowerment through trust-building and the enhancement of roles of young women for societal prosperity, intertwining stories of activism, diversity, and shared visions. Through interactive workshops, young women from Kosovo had the opportunity to reflect on their positions and rights, as well as to discuss personal experiences that make the position of women in Kosovo specific.

The workshop block had an overall positive effect on the participants. The acquired knowledge and tools, as well as the exchanged experiences, have the potential to bring ethnic communities in Kosovo closer together. The second workshop block titled “Conflict Resolution” and “Women in Media” will take place at the same venue on March 15th.

The Emancipation Club was established within the framework of the Barabar project supported by the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK).