Young women present their problems and needs, as well as strategies for addressing them at the YWEI meeting in Gjakova.

KWN: Calling All Young Women Activists, Feminists

Are you a young woman or do you know any young women with an activist spirit? Do you want to become involved in women’s organizing? Or just demand your rights? If yes, KWN invites you to join the Young Women’s Empowerment Initiative (YWEI).

Concerned by ageism and seeking to build a stronger women’s movement in Kosovo, we initiated YWEI in 2012 with support from Kvinna till Kvinna. Through it, we want to help more young women enter into politics, decision-making and organizing to demand their rights.
Last week, young women activists and leaders from several organizations, as well as activist and artist groups gathered in Prishtina to strategize for YWEI’s future. They discussed drawing from their existing networks to involve more young women, as well as organizing social events that can bring people together. Maybe you have some ideas to share? Join the discussion on our Facebook group!
Just to fill you in on what we’ve done so far: 87 young women have gathered in Kosovo’s five regions (Prishtina, Prizren, Gjakova, Gjilan and Mitrovica) to discuss concerns and share strategies. It seems young women face similar problems: gender-based discrimination, sexism, religious extremism, insufficient access to higher education and unemployment. YWEI activists also mentioned issues with NGO leaders and politicians (some don’t consider young women experienced enough for decision-making positions). Are you facing any additional issues? Check-in and tell us about it!
So, what’s next? Well we don’t want to just talk about problems. We want to solve them! So YWEI activists have been brainstorming ideas. Join us this fall when we’ll identify advocacy strategies and take some action! We’ll be coming to cities near you to get organized and get stuff done. Let us know if you’re “in”. Write to us at and/or join our Facebook group to make sure that you’re informed about upcoming events; become part of the movement!