Volunteers working against the violation of the rights of the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities

Domestic violence and the violation of the rights of the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities is driving young people in the country to activism. Those who belong to these three communities, through their voice, are committed to make these phenomena disappear. Even though they were once discriminated at school and in society, the young women from Kosovo have decided to work against the violation of the rights of women belonging to the communities, through voluntary work.

Mergita Hoti is an official for gender equality in the organization “Roma in Action”, in Gjakova. For nine years she has been working for the women of the communities to be equal.

Recently, she is also engaged in the “16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence”, where she indicates that the women of the communities will be included in the meetings.

Her desire, for which she raises her voice every day, is that other young women also enjoy their rights.

Three years ago, Shyret Hoxhaj started participating in various activities against domestic violence. The activist from Prizren, who is part of the “Durmish Aslano” organization, says that she is always committed to a better life for her peers.

The most distinguished activist in Prizren during the past year, Shyret Hoxhaj, who herself is a member of the Roma community, has faced prejudices on the street, at school and everywhere.

Although young people are ready for voluntary work, she says that they are not motivated to do such a thing.

For 15 years now, the “Sakuntala” organization has been focusing on activities for the youth of the communities, says Indira Elshani.

As she mentions cases of discrimination against young people at school, cafeteria and other places, she says that they work so that not a single case is repeated.

The project “Media education against disinformation for non-majority communities in Kosovo” is supported by the US Embassy in Prishtina.