When women are elected, they become advocates for issues that affect everyone: better health care, child care and education, among others. In Kosovo, like elsewhere, women often struggle to make their voices heard in predominately male organizations, where their contributions can be dismissed as nothing more than meeting a quota.
Istog/Istok in northwest Kosovo is one of the country’s most remote municipalities. With the region’s approximately 40,000 residents spread across the town and its 50 surrounding villages, agriculture and tourism form the basis of its developing economy.
Kosovo State Prosecutor Laura Pula raised a few eyebrows when she finished a recent speech to law students with this quote from Lord of the Flies author William Golding, but she certainly had their attention.
Kosovo, like many other European countries, has a huge appetite for gherkins—the immature fruit of the cucumber plant. Home canners and industrial processors alike pickle and preserve the fresh-picked young cucumbers in late summer and early fall. Pickles are a mainstay of many a traditional winter meal.
Over the past four years, USAID has made great strides inside Kosovo’s classrooms: overhauling school curriculums, helping teachers get access to the resources they need, and even inspiring community-led initiatives to renovate hundreds of classrooms around the country to create better learning environments. But the work that USAID has for students after school hours might just have the longest lasting effect in the fledgling democracy.
Last updated: May 26, 2015