Translated by Vesa Prapashtica
FemArt always has one way or another to readdress the issue of feminism and social equity.
A panel discussion on “Feminist Movements” brought together women activists (feminists) from Serbia, Albania and Kosovo to discuss and mutually support each other.
Adrijana Zaharijevic, Luljeta Demolli, Tringa Kasemi, Gresa Hasa, Liri Kuci, Krenare Loxhaj, Adelina Berisha, Blerta Avdili were the panelists of this session, led by Donjeta Morina.
Discussion after discussion on the issue to which they dedicated their day-to-day work, the panel that was planned to finish at 13 o’clock, lasted two more hours.
The reasons why we need feminism not as a movement, but as a lifestyle were listed one by one.
The panelists voiced the fact that you can still feel the presence of women’s economic dependence, domestic violence, non-political representation and exclusion from politics, sexist education policies and sexual harassment.
The feminist movement should serve as self-criticism to reflect on the problems.
Adriana (Ana) from Serbia showed that she dedicated most of her life to gender issues. She said that all women and girls everywhere are linked together by the common path to overcoming pre-established borders.
It is our duty to offer the community the truth and alternative knowledge.
She was asked what the state gives women, what does it take and what does the state do in the name of women?
Anna gave us an example to meditate more about the position of women in the state.
The discussion continued with Luljeta Demolli from the Center for Gender Studies in Kosovo, which spoke about bigamy (men’s marriage to two women), the representation of women in politics and the role of non-governmental organizations in promoting feminism.
She said that questions need to be asked about the feminist methodology that “being a feminist is something else and working and studying for feminism is something else, it has made my life more difficult.”
Adelina Berisha from the Kosovo Women’s Network says that as a child she has had the motto of rebellion. And she mentioned a very important issue: how a privileged girl from Pristina could not specifically know what the problems were, without talking to women from every area and community.
The voice of the women of the beautiful city of Kosovo, Prizren, was brought by Tringa Kasemi, who showed that she grew up in the traditional city in a patriarchal spirit and this has inspired her to create FemAktiv.
Even though the first comments about their movement have been swearing and insulting, this has not kept them from fighting about their cause.
“If there was equality in my family, economic and social equality we would not be here today! Women are dying from the patriarchal mentality and we should not be used only for political campaigns, where gender equality is commonly mentioned. “
Krenare Loxhaj is a young girl who shows that feminism is not something she is but something she does and the path that has sent her to feminism has been the opposite of what she has seen in reality.
Liri Kuçi brought examples of feminist self-organization in Tirana when women and girls protested for the 1st of May and for 8th of March to address the problem of women’s employment.
“The women of the combine are propagated as an economic achievement when they cannot even go to the toilet during working hours and should work in whatever condition they may be.”
She said she hoped that there would be men in the panels for feminism as well so that they would receive feedback on whether the lecture is going well or not.
Afterward, the floor was given to Blerta Avdili, a young woman who has lived for many years in America and worked for feminism.
“I came back because I realized that although I worked for feminism in America I will always be an immigrant.”
Gresa Hasa from Tirana also mentioned her interesting way of how she started getting interested in feminism.
“In our society, some things do not go well just because you were born a girl amongst the boys. Here you have two possibilities: to submit or to react, and I chose the second. “
Women stressed that men are not fighting, but they are fighting the bad. They also talked about capitalism and its implications of feminism, myth, religion, and culture, and their link with feminism.
“Feminist lectures must be the highest political awareness, because there is a systematic oppression and also a gender-based one.”
These are just some of the elements that accompanied the long debate where pleasure and invitation to solidarity prevailed despite the diversity of thoughts and the way women see and work for feminism.