Women's Chamber of Commerce - The importance of empowering Albanian women and their well-being


The Women's Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the organization "She Inspires", representatives of the EBRD for Kosovo & Albania as well as the US Embassy in Kosovo, held this morning a virtual event on the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of Albanian women. The event which was organized in the framework of the International Women's Day gathered invited speakers at local and regional level from all sectors.

The opening speech was given by Jehona Lluka, founder of "She Inspires", an organization that supports and encourages women in business and not only.

March 8 symbolizes not only the granting of rights, but their acquisition, through organization, consistency, and cooperation among women. In her speech President of Kosovo Vjosa Osmani said that it is time to move from "she inspires" to "she can".

'' This day is a day where we commend all the social, economic achievements of women and when we reflect on the opportunities we need to create for women to be a factor everywhere. This is a historic month for us. "We must commit to giving voice to women, encouraging them and encouraging their initiatives." Osmani

In this event there was also a representative friendly country of Albanians such as Sweden, always in support of the causes of women and their integration into society.

Karin hernmarck Ahliny, Swedish Ambassador to Kosovo in her speech said that society is better when the number of women in institutions or in business is high and women are properly represented.

Elsa Hastad, Ambassador of Sweden to Albania said: '' I am happy to speak after Karin, my colleague in Kosovo. We are proud that the number of women ambassadors that Sweden has in the world is growing more and more. Nearly 50% of Sweden's diplomatic representatives in the world are women. "Sweden has been active in Albania in recent years and supporting women in business and not only has been and continues to be one of our biggest commitments in your country."

'' We want to help women achieve financial independence and we want to support them on this journey. '' - said Mrs. Elsa.

Further Lisa Magno, USAID Mission Director, Biljana Ker-Lindsay Radonjic, Director, Access to Skills and Employment, Gender and Economic Inclusion, EBRD and Neil Taylor, Director of the EBRD Kosovo Office during their speech emphasized the need for the economic empowerment of women as a cornerstone to combat inequality and marginalization.

Three success stories of inspiring and visionary women were shared with the guests at the end, as proof of the success of the Albanian woman.

The theme of the International Women's Day 2021 campaign is Choose to Challenge (#ChoosetoChallenge). 



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