Last Thursday, my colleague and I visited our partner organization in Mitrovica, the Mitrovica Women’s Association for Human Rights. The association brings women together from different ethnicities to raise the voice of women for human rights.
When we came to their office, they had prepared lots of homemade food and invited us to join them in a celebration. They explained that two of the members of the association had reasons to celebrate; one because two children had been baptized in her family and another woman because her nephew had been circumcised.
- Two totally different things but we respect each other’s cultures and religions and we are happy for each other, one of them said while we were eating a mix of delicious Balkan specialties; grilled peppers, pickled vegetables and “pite” (quiche) with cheese.
While enjoying the meal, they continued talk about how much the association has meant to them, and how by building trust they have overcome their prejudices and fear about each other.
- Before I would never have crossed the bridge to go to the northern side on my own, but now I feel confident to do it. This is why this kind of projects is so important, said Fahrije, one of the staff members.