UPSHIFT is a program designed to make young people from Kosovo agents of social change by making them the leaders in charge of developing solutions to the problems they face. Rina’s group visited schools in Drenas, informing young students about women’s property rights and asking them to write short essays or poems to be published in their magazine “Together For Equality”.
They also organized debates and training, all as part of their awareness-building activities aimed to inform the youth in Drenas about the many challenges girls and women face in the Kosovar society. She is part of the Young Ambassadors Club and is also the youth leader of the Red Cross’ branch in Drenas, Kosovo.
When she tells nonscientific audiences that researchers “for the most part don’t study female animals, people are blown away,” she said.
She added: “It seems like such an obvious thing to a normal person.
I don’t know why girls think they can’t do the same as boys do?
” Stela Savin comes from a Roma family and attends the eighth grade in Hînceşti, central Moldova. Her two older sisters had played sports when they were younger, but had to stop when they got married.
She hopes to help the thousands of young girls and women who fall victim to these traditional roles and as a result, never realize their full potential.
Rina’s message to the youth of Kosovo is to believe in equal treatment of women and men in society.
Often, Roma girls in Moldova tend to get married early, to a man chosen by their families. Stela respects her family and works hard, but in return she asks them to support her own life choices. See the full photo essay at UN Women Europe and Central Asia website.
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