Kosovo: My Country, Our Journey - Shpresa Agushi

Kosovo: My Country, Our Journey campaign promotes Kosovo citizens who are marking success in sectors they work on. 

" I was the first Roma woman who tried to engage more Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian women and girls as activists who would, first of all, help themselves and the entire Kosovo society," Shpresa Agushi, Director of RROGRAEK. 

 

Video Transcript 
1 00:00:00,340 --> 00:00:04,160 I am Shpresa Agushi, Executive Director of the Network of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian Women 2 00:00:04,640 --> 00:00:07,480 Organizations of Kosova, Office in Prishtina. 3 00:00:07,800 --> 00:00:13,400 I started my career in 1999, right after the last war in Kosovo. 4 00:00:13,980 --> 00:00:23,080 I was the first Roma woman interested to become an activist, or an official of an international organization, 5 00:00:23,620 --> 00:00:27,060 and work with Roma, Ashkali, and Egyptian communities in Kosovo. 6 00:00:27,340 --> 00:00:34,060 My goal, as a woman and an activist, has always been to engage more women and girls 7 00:00:34,060 --> 00:00:40,300 from these three communities as activists in order to contribute, first of all, for themselves, 8 00:00:40,800 --> 00:00:44,480 and for women and girls of these communities and the entire community, 9 00:00:44,960 --> 00:00:48,900 in order to enjoy equal rights and integration. 10 00:00:49,120 --> 00:00:52,680 The organization has started as an informal group in December 2000. 11 00:00:53,000 --> 00:00:56,980 Its formal registration took place in September 2008 12 00:00:57,180 --> 00:01:00,360 This year, in March, I won the second prize, 13 00:01:00,520 --> 00:01:05,260 while in November 2007 I won the first prize in Switzerland 14 00:01:05,640 --> 00:01:08,780 for my volunteer work for the Roma community in Kosovo. 15 00:01:08,840 --> 00:01:11,160 The prize I received on March this year 16 00:01:11,160 --> 00:01:16,440 is about the work I do for other Roma women as a Roma woman, 17 00:01:16,780 --> 00:01:19,180 named "The Unknown Heroine" 18 00:01:19,520 --> 00:01:23,180 We pay great attention to young people, in addition to education, 19 00:01:23,320 --> 00:01:28,640 we want them to integrate, to be part of the civil society, 20 00:01:29,120 --> 00:01:34,760 to work and change their position, and to become part of our work for a better future. 21 00:01:35,220 --> 00:01:38,680 I was the first Roma woman who tried 22 00:01:38,680 --> 00:01:45,540 to engage more Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian women and girls as activists who would, 23 00:01:45,540 --> 00:01:49,280 first of all, help themselves, the communities and the entire Kosovo society. 24 00:01:49,700 --> 00:01:51,440 What about you, what have you done for Kosovo?

Last updated: November 20, 2019

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