Marking of International Girl-Child Day in Kosovo 2017
Since 2012, October 11 has marked International Girl Child Day. It’s a day that aims addressing adolescent girls’ challenges, and the problems that they face, while also promoting their rights.
The right to be safe, educated, and healthy are just a few of the topics mentioned in the three events that were organized by UNFPA and UNICEF in Kosovo on this day.
The first event organized by UNFPA in partnership with Elementary School Elena Gjika, where pupils had the opportunity to express their concerns about young girls’ challenges in different forms of art, be that essays, paintings or even playing instruments.
Impressed with the young pupils’ talents and their endeavors in promoting gender equality, UNDC Andrew Russell, encourages them to continue advocating to empower future women.
“Any place that doesn’t take full advantage of the 50% of the population is cheating itself” – added Russell.
Actress Arta Dobroshi – the alumnus of the school – also partook in this event, awarding the most creative pupils, while also giving a speech on young girl’s empowerment.
“You should let nothing stand in your way towards achieving your dreams” is Arta’s message to the young girls sitting in the audience.
Dr. Visare Mujko-Nimani, Programme Specialist and Officer in Charge of UNFPA Office in Kosovo, stated the importance of the cultural shift in parenting, as well as a need for social change in Kosovo towards equal acceptance and treatment of girls and boys.
The second event was held at Kosova Live premises and was aimed at recognizing the importance media and community leadership work performed by young girls in their communities and society. Organised by UNICEF in Kosovo as well as KosovaLive agency, it features short promo productions and live presentations by different community activists.
One of the activists said that girls in Kosovo are subject to continuous prejudice. She also adds a personal story from when she went to the gynecologist, how she was automatically perceived as a pregnant woman. The activist continues saying that we need to fight this misconception, and not let actions like this deprive girls from basic health services.
The event was concluded with a virtual speech from Annea Hapciu, founder of Kosova Live.