The first woman president of Kosovo speaks about the importance of women’s participation and challenging the patriarchal mindset in politics, as well as her cause for survivors of wartime sexual violence.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to be your President. I bow down to you eternally! Thank you! Our journey doesn’t end here. Together we will make Kosovo,” Atifete Jahjaga wrote in April 2016, after the end of her five year mandate as president of Kosovo.
Almost three years later, Jahjaga is reserved and discrete regarding her potential political future. But her journey is still marked by the main issues that she focused on as president — the rights of women and wartime sexual violence survivors.