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On Wednesday, February 12th 2020, Institute for Development Policy (INDEP) in partnership with United Nations Kosovo Team (UNKT) and UN Women hosted the 6th SDG Brunch titled: ‘Empowering Women and Girls through Science and Technology’.

Building on last years successful SDG Brunch on Air Pollution in Kosovo (October 30th, 2019), this event highlighted and marked the International Day of Women and Girls in Science with welcoming remarks from Head of Office of UN Women Vlora Tuzi-Nushi and Executive Director of INDEP Burim Ejupi.

The remarks were followed by presentations from Zana Idrizi of ‘Girls Coding Kosova’ (GCK) and Professor Rrezarta Pllana of ‘CACTTUS’. Both provided the audience with insightful and thoughtful perspectives on encouraging women and girls to engage in activities relating to science and technology, as well as breaking down the myths of gender stereotypes in the sector which, to this day, remains a prevalent challenge in the region of Kosovo and the Balkans.

The presentations were concluded with brief reflections by the Development Coordinator (DC) Ms. Ulrika Richardson of the UN Development Coordinator Office (UNDCO). “Societal progress is not possible if half of the world’s population is excluded. We need to see girls where we see boys. Education is key for change”, said Ms. Ulrika Richardson.

A highlight of the event was the Honorary Message by the newly appointed President of the Assembly, Her Excellency Vjosa Osmani. “We must do everything in our power to be part of the change. This is the Generation of Equality and we will support and empower women and girls, and achieve gender equality”, said H.E Vjosa Osmani.

At the end, a Q&A discussion together with the presenters and audience was moderated by Learta Hollaj of INDEP – which engaged people on the topic and captured the essence of having a dialogue with multiple parts of society.

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