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Ambassador Citaku shares the story of Kosovo women with the Association of the Foreign Service Worldwide at the State Department.

March, 16, 2017 – Washington DC, Ambassador Vlora Citaku held a speech at the State Department about the role of women in Kosovo, during the women’s history month in the United States.

Today marks the 19th anniversary of the famous march “Bread for Drenica Women and Children”, where several thousand women from all over Kosovo held loaves of bread in their hands, intending to walk to the Drenica region. This march drew the attention of the international community about the atrocities of the Serbian regime against women and children in Drenica. The Serbian police forcefully stopped this march, however, these courageous Kosovo women continued to persevere and battle the apartheid logic until Kosovo’s liberation.

On this occasion, Ambassador Vlora Citaku told the story of these Kosovo women, who have been instrumental for building up Kosovo’s statehood.

“We don\'t have to look far for examples, women like Xheve Lladrovci, Fahrije Hoti, Majlinda Kelmendi, are there to remind us every day that wisdom, strength and courage are gender blind” said Ambassador Citaku.