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Today, UNHCR together with UN Kosovo Team/UN Development Coordinator Office, in coordination with Jahjaga Foundation, respectively with former President of Kosovo Ms. Atifete Jahjaga and municipal authorities held an open dialogue on social inclusion of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian returnees and local community with focus on women in Ferizaj/Uroševac municipality.

Present at this high level meeting were former President and founder of Jahjaga Foundation, Ms. Atifete Jahjaga, UN Development Coordinator in Kosovo, Ms. Ulrika Richardson, Executive Director of the Network of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian Women’s Organizations, Ms. Shpresa Agushi and members of communities.

The participants discussed the importance of social inclusion and empowerment of the women of these communities. Most of them are voluntary returnees and community members who were supported by Municipality of Ferizaj/Uroševac, UNHCR and other organizations. Women expressed their gratitude to UNHCR for all its help. They said to be excited on meeting Ms. Jahjaga and very happy to have been given the opportunity to speak up. They also expressed their concerns and needs. Among other, they asked for support on employment and possibilities on opening their own businesses. This would also create conditions for other women to get employed.

Ms. Jahjaga and Ms. Richardson said that they were very pleased to meet community women. They encouraged and inspired them to raise their voices and discuss their needs.
It was said that all women are equal regardless of ethnic background, they are strong, and can achieve anything.

Ms. Jahjaga and Ms. Richardson promised to continue the cooperation between UN agencies, institutions, and civil society on helping these women.

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