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Vicinities Chronicles are open to all those who wish to share their perspectives, open up dialogue, and discuss problems – those who wish to live in a better, more stable environment.
We will be publishing six weekly stories, from across the Western Balkans, with the aim to shed light on social, political and cultural realities, testifying to this moment in time.

Božena Jelusic, Budva: Patriarchy is more alive than ever

In our authoritarian and exclusive communities, intolerant of the Other and the Different, violence against women in politics is almost normalised. Unfortunately, women themselves participate in discrimination against women in politics, thus ensuring majority support for regimes that discriminate against them. Božena Jelusic  In recent Montenegrin history, the entry of women into political life was

2021-07-13T22:28:59+00:00July 13th, 2021|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Jana Belcheva Andreevska, Skopje: We must not betray idealism

As female politicians, I believe we face challenges that hit us more emotionally and disturb us, sometimes shock us, and many times make us unconsciously withdraw in front of the aggression or the simplicity of some male “colleagues”, who certainly have no place in politics.  Jana Belcheva Andreevska  There are different views and stereotypes in

2021-07-16T06:41:28+00:00July 13th, 2021|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Maja Sedlarevic, Belgrade: It’s complicated

If it were not for women, there would be no budget amendments related to gender budgeting, if there were no women, many important topics would not be discussed and the voice of some marginalized groups and individuals would remain silent.  Maja Sedlarevic  It is true that the more women there are in politics, the more

2021-07-13T22:28:24+00:00July 13th, 2021|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Marija Radulovic, Prishtina: Tradition in the way of higher female representation

Although the problems we face are apparent, we have seen signs over the past few years which make us hopeful women will have the place they deserve in Kosovo's politics. Marija Radulovic For those of us who live and work in Kosovo, especially those of us who deal with human rights, law enforcement, administration, NGO

2021-07-13T22:28:05+00:00July 13th, 2021|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Lejla Ramic-Mesihovic, Sarajevo:  Rules of the game are changing

All analyses indicate that the key to change is in political party democratization, and due to partitocratic practices they are becoming actual centres of power to the detriment of democracy, functioning of institutions, and rule of law. Dr. Lejla Ramic-Mesihovic Poor representation of women in politics, and in all decision-making processes in Bosnia and Herzegovina

2021-07-13T22:27:46+00:00July 13th, 2021|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Vasilika Hysi, Tirana: Experiences between battles won and the ones lost

Woman in politics, even in areas such as, economics, health, education, infrastructure, agriculture or tourism, assess from a more human point of view thelegal initiatives, actions or innovation and focus on caring for the social categories in need. Vasilika Hysi Society consists of women and men, boys and girls.  Women contribute to every aspect of

2021-07-13T22:27:28+00:00July 13th, 2021|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Andi Bejtja, Tirana: Reasons to stay less than motives to leave!

Albania has had three distinct waves of emigration: one after the 90s; one after 1997, when the whole country collapsed from the fall of the so-called pyramid schemes, where hundreds of Albanians lost their savings, and; one after 2013. Andi Bejtja The young Albanian emigrants of the 90s, although much poorer than those of today,

2021-07-06T22:24:07+00:00July 6th, 2021|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Anisa Mahmutovic, Sapna: So, I want to stay – so what?

Work on yourself, move your limits, be the difference in your community so you don't have to change countries. Anisa Mahmutovic They ask me why I'm so vocal about staying in Bosnia and Herzegovina - a Masters graduate, just hired at a temporary job at a large media house? I don't justify it in a

2021-07-06T22:23:46+00:00July 6th, 2021|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Edin Koljenovic, Podgorica: Young people don’t want to be held captive by history

Latest research shows that around 70% of young people have considered  leaving Montenegro permanently. In Montenegro, like everywhere in the region, young people are less and less willing to wait for better times to come. Edin Koljenovic  In the past decades, the Western Balkan region has faced and still faces demographic problems. This is evidenced

2021-07-06T22:23:21+00:00July 6th, 2021|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Milan Nikolić, Novi Sad: A Novi Sad adventurer’s window into the world

Living in a different environment is something that, for those of us who have had the opportunity to experience it, broadens our horizons in such a way that we then understand no one can determine our destiny, and that we don't have to live in a 'system' our environment is used to, the one we

2021-07-06T22:23:02+00:00July 6th, 2021|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments
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