UN Women, in partnership with Swedish Embassy in Prishtina and Kosovalive, organized an event called “Wiki-Edit-A-Thon” (wiki editing marathon) in order to give a stronger, voice to girls and boys online and increase women, peace and security related online content.
“Wiki-Edit-A-Thon” gathered tens of girls and boys from all across Kosovo, who contributed in increasing the number of online articles about women, peace, and security.
Considering the ever increasing evidence showing that women are powerful actors for sustainable peace in their communities and people, there is still a need to ensure the women’s representation at all processes of transitional justice in Kosovo.
Speeches were delivered by: Henrik Nilsson, Ambassador of Sweden to Kosovo; Annette Fath-Lihic, Chief Political Advisor to EUSR/Executive Coordinator at the Office of the European Union in Kosovo; Rozafa Kelmendi, Project Manager at UN Women; Annea Hapçiu Director of Development, and Igballe Rogova, KWN Executive Director.
“Lack of gender equality is a universal problem, and we all would benefit from this situation being changed. Research, our experience, and other people’s experience show that gender equality contributes to improved welfare and more peaceful society. Sweden is the first country in the world that follows a feminist foreign policy. Doing so stems from a moral conviction for justice and human rights, and because gender equality is the basic condition for peace, security, and sustainable development”, Ambassador of Sweden to Kosovo, Henrik Nilsson said in his opening speech.
During her inspirational speech about her journey as an activist, Igballe Rogova emphasized the importance of the young people’s engagement in processes linked to gender equality, peace, and security. She informed the participants more about the activation of women during ‘90s in Kosovo, and the history and activities of “Motrat Qiriazi” Association, and went on to tell stories about the journey of women’s inclusion in decision-making processes.
This event is part of #WikiGap global campaign, initially initiated by Wikimedia in Sweden and the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Similar events have already been held in more than 50 different countries across the world in order to improve the women’s online participation and help create a more gender-equal world.
The event, which took place in Prishtina, is part of UN Women project titled Gender Perspectives in Transitional Justice, funded by European Union.