Members and supporters of NGO Gruaja Hyjnore in Gjilan gather at the official opening of their office, provided free of charge by the Municipality of Gjilan.

Municipality Supports Gruaja Hyjnore to Empower Women

The Municipality of Gjilan has provided NGO Gruaja Hyjnore (Divine Women) with a free venue for their activities. Cooperation with the Municipality has enabled Gruaja Hyjnore to cut back on operational costs, contributing substantially to the organization’s sustainability.

“The Municipality of Gjilan is trying to pay a lot of attention to women’s rights and interests, as we know that the role of women in society is indisputable,” said Omer Daku, Deputy Major of the Municipality of Gjilan. “We, as the Municipality, are trying to create more space for women to act and undertake more activities.”

Gruaja Hyjnore has used their new space to empower women economically. With support from the KWN Kosovo Women’s Fund, they have held workshops on gender equality, women’s rights to property inheritance and advanced techniques in the art of handmade crafts.

“The NGO’s activities have helped me, as a woman with no higher education, get out of my daily routine; meet other women; exchange experiences; attend trainings about new techniques for handmade products; receive certificates; showcase my work in different exhibitions; and, above all, feel more valuable,” said Alije Ajeti, a participant. “Another very important thing is that I’ve been able to sell my handmade crafts. In this way, I have supported my family economically. Now, even my husband’s support has grown stronger.”