In the circular seats of the Prishtina Museum, there was much love and solidarity among the women panelists from Kosovo and Serbia.
Almost everyone was entitled to a hug by Lepa Mlađenović, a feminist activist from Serbia who had changed her name during her stay in Kosovo to Bukurije.
Igballe Rugova, also known as IGO, under the modeling of Zana-Hoxha Krasniqi, Safete Rugova, Tatijana Nikolic, Fjolla Vukshinaj, More Raça, Manushaqe Nura and Luljeta Berisha, started with their inspirational stories.
Soon, this gave the floor to a memorial of the woman who had worked hard for feminism, Sevdije Ahmeti, who is no longer alive.
Lepa Mlađenović made everyone burst into tears when she brought out a pack of chocolate biscuits (napolitanka) and said that Sevdie liked those and she always brought her some, even though you could buy them in Kosovo as well.
“Sot ajo nuk është unë ëmbëlsirat prapë i solla në kujtim të saj. Merrni të gjithë!”
“Today, she is no longer here, but I still brought them in her memory. Everyone take them!”
Meanwhile the other activist, Luljeta Aliu, told that activism was like a guide for overcoming crises in her family.
Igballe (Igo) and Safete Rogova were standing next to each other and showed that they got into activism quite early.
Igo talks about how explosive and energetic she has always been when it comes to feminism.
“Along with Safete we worked in the” Sisters Qiriazi “association in the 1990s and from the beginning we involved men, boys and women since from the beginning we did not believe we would change the Has region if we only work with women and we should together change this society and from then on we continue to work with young people, “she said.
Being a feminist has not been easy, neither then nor now, but solidarity among women who have not been part of the network has also been a great help on this journey.
Safete says that she sees activism and feminism as inseparable and she has the desire to raise and help other women through her drama and roles for successful women.
Tatijana Nikolić spoke more about the examples from Serbia.
“My close friend has shaped my feminist worldview. Now this is me and this (feminism) is my life that I would not change for anything. ”
Afterwards there was an exciting tale of Fjolla Vukshinaj, a young woman from Prizren who, with feminism, was linked to her late mother who was an activist.
“Mom has always been an activist for Kosovo’s freedom, for women and for people with special abilities. She was at work all the time working on the computer and could not understand the inspiration or her motive. Thanks to the meeting with women activists, I was fascinated by the fact that they worked in the daytime and danced in the evening. ”
Even More Raça, a director from Kosovo, explained how she is trying to open her doors through her films to address the feminist issue.
“The film hero is always a man and the woman is the one who fills the empty spaces and meets the needs of the man. I wanted to be the voice of the Albanian woman in the cinema, ” Raça said.
Finally, Manushaqe Nura, a lieutenant of the Kosovo Security Force (KSF) pointed out that she got into feminism by chance when she began to work a profession that was typical for men and their attitude towards her pushed her to be a feminist.
“Initially I learned to avoid the people who favored the type “it’s okay, you can’t do it” (read: because you are a girl-woman)
In the end, Igo explained her biggest wishes about feminism.
More women and men in the movement, the youth to be more included, solidarity among women because according to her solidarity helps them more than critiques on their work.
The end of the discussion didn’t pass without laughter and just as in the beginning, with lots of love.
Translated by Vesa Prapashtica