“My story, my dignity”, the book that contains the stories of 18 women with disabilities

“My story, my dignity”, is the title of the book with stories of women with disabilities and single mothers of children with disabilities, which was published today.

The book is a narrative compilation of the stories of women with disabilities. The 18 women who have told their stories in this book talk about the battle with their family, society, and institutions.

They are physically disabled, blind, deaf or single mothers who talk about the challenges of taking care and raising their children. The book was produced by the Center for Innovation and Development by the author Shqipe Pajaziti.

The ideator of the project, Ardiana Bytyqi, has talked more about the purpose and content of the book.

Also present at this promotion of the book was the chairwoman of the Committee on Human Rights, Dude Balje.

Speaking about the challenges faced by these people, Balje said that in some parts of the country there are still people who are reluctant to show that they have disabled people in their families, for which she called for this taboo to be removed and for them to be accepted.

The author of the book, Shqipe Pajaziti, has talked more about the content of the book. She said that this book contains 18 stories of women with disabilities and single mothers who have children with disabilities.

While talking about the purpose of the book, Pajaziti said that they aim to shed light on the reality faced by these women who are often ignored and bullied. On the other hand, she called on the institutions, and the society to accept disabled people as they are and to accept their rights.

Meanwhile, Pajaziti also said that the arrangement of the stories in the book is random and some of them have not agreed to speak by name and surname, adding that the change of their names is intentional so that they can speak and tell their story under conditions of anonymity.

That this book is a good opportunity to contribute to the improvement of the conditions of persons with disabilities, said the deputy speaker of the Assembly of Kosovo, Saranda Bogujevci.

The director of the Kosova Disability Forum, Bujar Kadriu, hopes that this book will be a message for the country’s institutions to create a strategy for people with disabilities.

Participating in this promotion of the book were also some of those who shared their story. Blerina’s father, Ismaili Krasniqi, who told his story in this book, talked about the difficulties they face.

Meanwhile, Aferdita Haxholli from Ferizaj, who has also told about her life in this book, called on the institutions to work for the rights of people with disabilities.

Former president Atifete Jahjaga, MPs of the Assembly of Kosovo, and representatives of non-governmental organizations participated in the promotion of this book.

The book is published in Albanian, English and Serbian, and can be found online in all the channels of the Center for Innovation and Development.