Yesterday, Igballe Rogova, KWN Executive Director, shared her more than 25 years’ experience as a Kosovar women’s rights peace activist with Ukrainian activists, during an event on “Women’s Activism for Peace in Ukraine”, taking place on 18-20 June in Odessa, Ukraine.
Telling stories from her work during the 1990s, as a women’s rights activist working under the oppression of Serbian authorities, she inspired Ukrainian women’s rights activists who face many similar challenges today. She shared experiences from Kosovo on how to build a vibrant and strong civil society that can contribute to peace, as well as strategies for advocacy at grassroots, national and international levels. She spent the afternoon mentoring individual Ukrainian activists who sought further advice on various issues that they face.
This event was organized by the Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). Other prominent speakers included Madeleine Rees, WILPF Secretary General, and Professor Cynthia Enloe, a renowned feminist author on linkages between gender-based violence, militarism, nationalism, violent masculinities, reparations, justice and truth telling.