Yet another ten women and men were among this
year's recipients. The list includes Kosovo President Atifete
Jahjari, the first woman president in the region, and the
parliamentary speaker, Jakub Krasnici, who demonstrated sensibility
for gender issues and contributed to the first budget ever for the
work of women's parliamentary network.
Among the awardees are: the only survivor of the Jashari family,
girl Besarta Jashari, who managed to create a life of her own
despite the family tragedy; singer Nedzmija Pagerusha, who has
always been a model of decorum for young women in Kosovo; actress
Safete Rugova who contributed to education and better position of
women at Kosovo theater scene; editor of women's magazine and
women's rights activist, Sanie Gashi; journalist Halil Matoshi, who
counteracts gender bias in his articles; Durate Berdohia, who
managed to overcome trauma of the war and became a successful
business woman; and Director of the Humanitarian Law Center Natasa
Kandic, who received recognition for her advocacy of human rights.
Nekibe Kellmendi was awarded posthumously - despite her tragic loss
in the war which took away her two sons and husband she was an
indefatigable advocate of women's rights and leader to other women.
"Sonja Biserko is a former diplomat and a woman
who has renounced all privileges and decided to fight against
Slobodan Milosevic instead. She is a member of the Women's Regional
Lobby and in 2007 addressed a letter to the Security Council in
favor of Kosovo's independence," said Flora Brovina, member of the
parliament, on the occasion.