Eight inspiring women and men from across Kosovo gathered in a cafe in Pristina on the evening of 7 December, to discuss gender norms and stereotypes that contribute to inequalities and provide a pretext for gender-based violence.

Around the tables in the cozy cafe, the enthusiastic and transformative change-makers shared their stories as part of the jointly organized Living Library event.

These men and women, all belonging to a variety of professions and careers shared their experience and transmitted empowering messages regarding gender equality, ambition, overall equality in society, LGBT-i rights, etc.

The Living Library was organized as part of the 16 Days of Activism campaign that takes place each year from 25 November to 10 December under the UN Secretary-General’s campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women.

The readings of the event were open to the public in order to increase awareness on the importance of understanding gender equality and changing social and cultural norms to prevent gender-based violence.

Similarly, Uta Ibrahimi, the first woman from Kosovo to summit Mount Everest, shared her encouraging story of not giving up, no matter the obstacles.

“No matter if you are a girl or a boy, if you are small, short, or tall, you can still climb mountains,” Uta said.

source: Unmik Mission Kosovo