Students of journalism at the University of Prishtina in their regular activities within the Public Relations course managed to address many of the social problems that plague the citizens of Kosovo. Whether it’s about victims of sexual violence during a recent war or breast cancer, the message of student campaigns is clear: “Silence does not help!”. More in the story of Vjosa Čerkina.
Peer violence cases in Montenegro gained public attention when a girl’s father stated that she had taken her own life. The second is the case of a 12-year-old girl who was abused by a group of older boys for more than a month, harassed, filmed, blackmailed, asking for money and valuable things from her. After that, the children and the parents started to stand up. The State Prosecution has no record of cases of peer violence, while the NGO “Parents” survey showed that every fourth child in the past school year experienced some form of peer violence.
Author: Jelena Kontić
Conflicts on the territory of the former Yugoslavia have had lasting consequences on the population that survived those wars. This has also affected the creation of tensions in the post-war years that made life in this region much harder. However, the generations of young people born after the wars want to go further. That’s the way it is with young Kosovars who are not bothered by their neighbors, regardless of religion, nation, or sexual orientation. More in the story of Vjosa Cerkini.
Bosniaks in Kosovo are faced with language discrimination, and the most common reason is that their language is similar to Serbian. But language is not the only reason. Although there is a legal framework that requires the employment of minority communities in public institutions, this law is not enforced. More in the story of our Vjosa Cerkini.
Most young people from Kosovo are Muslims and most of them practice their religion. Although not all of them consider themselves as religious, these young people can be an example of religious tolerance. Those who are religious and who practice religion have very good relations with those who not. More in the story brought by Vjosa Cerkini.
In 2015 The Government of Northern Macedonia adopted the Youth Strategy, which should regulate all things related to this population. However, the Strategy was adopted in a non-transparent manner, and many Macedonian organizations from North Macedonia have warned of major failures in making it. The other problem is that the Strategy exists only on paper and is not being implemented by the institutions. More in Kristine Ozimec’s story.