Could Balkan female power overrun male dominion and stereotypes?

Could Balkan female power overrun male dominion and stereotypes?

Possibly, yes. After all, union was and remains the desideratum in the mind of millions of people across the globe… male and female. It’s just that, men usually put their ego above the common good or fight like roosters with or without guns.

Women, however, as Lysistrata says in Aristophanes’ comedy of the same name, are seen as “rascals” by men, with Calonice affirming that “indeed we are!” And quite often that is so, just like in the case of Ethnic Albanian and Serb ladies, in the municipality of Klina, in Kosovo.

According to the BIRN report, these women of different ethnic background, different language, perhaps even religion and past, “managed to find a common language and overturn gender stereotypes when they started their own female-run meat-processing plant” in Klina, in the Peć District of north-western Kosovo.

But, Indira made them see they can like each other, understand and respect each other, work together and above all be productive by helping one another without letting prejudice and the harsh memories of a common war disrupt their wish to become happy, creative, hopeful again and with a job of their own.

Indira is “a local multi-ethnic non-governmental organisation that since 2006 has been bringing together women from the Albanian, Serb and Roma communities.”

The idea to extend their collective products came in 2012 when the ladies of the group decided to be way more than innovative “creating something completely new for Klina – a pork meat processing plant.

Compared to the other parts of Kosovo, where Islam is the predominant religion, in Klina there is a significant Catholic community – about 20 per cent of the Albanian population – and therefore there are consumers for pork.”

One of them, said that it was not just the need for pork meat that led them to think of such a project but, mainly the fact that they knew how to process things, since “we all have long experience in breeding pigs”.

The Italian NGO, Reggio Terzo Mondo (RTM) played a decisive role in helping these women make their dream come true. “RTM’s mission consists in promoting people’s dignity, safeguard their fundamental rights and support the economical and social development processes, paying particular attention to people and environment.”

RTM is present in Kosovo since 1999…./IBNA