The ongoing migration crisis and the clashes at the EU’s borders brought back into the spotlight the EU’s relations with countries in the Western Balkans and the importance of continuous support to, and dialogue with the countries in the region. Civil society organisations are at the forefront of efforts to build peaceful and prosperous societies. Their efforts have, however, been undermined in recent years by serious political, security and financial challenges.
A delegation of representatives of women’s organisations from the Western Balkans will share their insights on the current situation in the region and the particular challenges faced by civil society, and women’s organisations in particular. The discussions will provide an opportunity for participants and speakers to explore concrete ways in which the EU’s enlargement policies and financial support could promote positive and long-lasting developments in the region.
The speakers include Dragana Dardic from the Helsinki Citizen Assembly (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Gresa Rrahmani from the Kosovo Women’s Network (Kosovo), Sneska Ilikj from REACTOR (Macedonia), Maja Raicevic, from the Women’s Rights Centre (Montenegro) and Snezana Jakovljevic from the Association of Women Sandglass (Serbia).
Participants are welcome to bring their own lunch and EPLO will provide tea and coffee.
Please note that places are limited and registration is mandatory. Please contact Susanne Wander by Monday 18 April if you would like to participate.