Over the weekend, INDEP held the fourth and final module of the ‘Kosovo School for Girls Aiming Public Office’ which discussed women in diplomacy. The first speech was held by the Former President Atifete Jahjaga. She presented in details her career path from the beginning as a legal officer, her appointment as a Mayor General at the Police of the Republic of Kosovo, and more to becoming the President of the Republic of Kosovo. In the last part of her presentation, President Jahjaga briefed the participants on the work that she does after the end of her mandate. The second presentation of the first day was delivered by Mrs. Alma Lama, Former Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo to Italy. Mrs. Lama presented on women in diplomacy in general. Then, she focused on telling her story and personal experience in Italy, the successes of winning the award dedicated to Ambassadors who are promoters of gender equality and the challenges she faced during her mandate.

On the second day, the participants had the chance to meet closely with Mrs. Vjosa Dobruna, Former Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo to the Netherlands. Mrs. Dobruna presented the latest figures on the representation of women in diplomacy in the world and in Kosovo. She went on to present her education and experience in the Netherlands, focusing on the importance of becoming a part of networks among Ambassadors, but particularly those of women. The last lecture was delivered by Mrs. Shenaj Shala who presented on “Professional Ethics & Personal Image” combining it with her experience as a translator and more recently as an expert and trainer on protocol and personal image building.

This project was supported by the Engagement for Equity Program – E4E, funded by the United States Agency for International Development – USAID Kosovo and implemented by Advocacy Training and Resource Center – ATRC.