Feminists from Kosovo and Serbia Join in the Feminist Spring School

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Artpolis– Art and Community Centre, a member organization of the Kosovo Women’s Network (KWN), together with Alternative Girls’ Centre (ACD) held the first part of the Feminist Spring School for Kosovo and Serbia 2020, hosted in Prishtina from September 28 – October 1, 2020.

The Feminist Spring School has provided a space for young women to unite and create a common vision for the feminist movement in Kosovo and Serbia. They are committed to addressing and combating patriarchal systems, and all systems that promote war, hatred, racism, and discrimination.

This event was organized differently compared to previous years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Young women from Serbia did not travel to Pristina, but joined, through the digital Zoom platform, with about 20 girls who participated from Kosovo, including Gresë Sermaxhaj by KWN.

The workshop consisted of different interactive activities and lectures on important feminist topics, such as: Dealing with the past and Gender-Based Violence; Government Commission on Recognition and Verification of the Status of Sexual Violence Survivors during the Kosovo Liberation War; Transitional Justice; Feminism of the 99%; Peace and Activism as well as Art as a tool for change.

Lecturers at this school were: Xhejrane Lokaj, women’s rights activist, Jeta Krasniqi from the Kosova Democratic Institute (KDI) and a member of the KWN Board, Reyes Charle-Cuellar, Gender Advisor at the European Union (EU) Office in Kosovo, Vjollca Krasniqi, Professor at the University of Prishtina, Valdete Idrizi, Member of Parliament, Kaltrina Shala, Project Manager at the Humanitarian Law Centre in Kosovo, Tijana Simic, Women’s Rights Activist and Executive Director of the organization “Women’s Rights” , Yllka Soba from the Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation and Zana Hoxha, Founder and Executive Director of Artpolis.

The second part of the Feminist Spring School will be held in December, in Serbia. For more information about the Feminist Spring School 2019 click HERE.

More about ARTPOLIS activities can be found HERE.