Stella is a project initiated by enthusiastic women seeking to improve access to higher education and jobs for girls and women in Macedonia. The project connects women, especially in higher education and offers personal mentorship. Stella is also a hub for information about educational and professional opportunities. Through a number of town hall discussions around the country, we also initiate a nationwide dialogue about societal and structural challenges we must collectively address toward supporting girls and women in their future paths. We firmly believe in support and togetherness in developing our potential.
The professional and academic advancement of women and girls remains an important challenge around the globe. Macedonia, too, faces challenges in attaining gender equality. Access to higher education and the job market is particularly challenging for girls and women in the country. Such difficulties are even more pronounced for women and girls belonging to minority communities and there is a divide between progress made in the urban and rural areas in the country.
Stella offers a Women’s Mentorship Network and Town Hall Discussions organised in various municipalities across the country. By providing a one-on-one guidance and advice through the Women’s Mentorship Network, the mentees of this project will be supported through individual mentorship in pursuing further studies and/or jobs that best fit their interests. Through the Town Hall Discussions, Stella addresses not only gender equality, but also ethnic prejudices. It does so by bringing diverse speakers in municipalities to discuss systemic barriers. These discussions bring together members of the community to a constructive debate and working towards building lasting solutions. They include men, who are often missing around the table on gender equality debates.
Stella’s underlying objective is to contribute towards gender equality in Macedonia by ameliorating the access of girls and women to education and job opportunities. Bringing together women from different professional, ethnic, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, Stella aims to bridge multiple societal divides and serve as a good example for diversity.
Through the town hall discussions, Stella’s goal is to create a platform where women will give voice to the existing challenges and constraints in their educational and professional advancement in Macedonia, where men will partake in the debate as well, and where enduring solutions will be developed.
Equally importantly, steered by the Women Mentorship Network, Stella’s goal is to connect and help girls and women in Macedonia get empowered. Bringing together our lights, we will shine brighter and stronger.
One-on-one guidance and advice for mentees through individual mentorship in pursuing further studies and/or jobs that best fit their interests.
These discussions bring together members of the community to a constructive debate and building lasting solutions on overcoming prejudices and systemic barriers but also societal efforts to support women and girls. They include men, who are often missing around the table on gender equality debates.
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" Do we still need feminism? Feminism is emancipation, and emancipation means liberation from oppression. And to get rid of oppression, which in our heads is done by primitive models for male-female relations, is something we all must do, men and women alike. As well as the society. "
" Women belong in all places where decisions are being made... It shouldn't be that women are the exception. "
" If we are not in prison, it does not mean that we are free. For freedom we have to fight with the soul and the body. Even if every day someone is trying to take it away. "
" The smell of roux at 6 am, making lunch before going to work, is a specific local cultural phenomenon that has long reflected the state of women in our society. "
" As a female director of documentary films, it is very important to me that the woman is presented with dignity, as a woman-fighter, as a heroine, exactly as we know her in real life. "
" By insisting on a gender/neutral language, gender inequalities do not decrease. To the contrary, they become even more prominent. "
" This year I want to be wished a Happy International Women’s Day by having all the workers’ rights and getting the salary that I deserve. "
" I do not want any more of this reactive feminism that is devoted to creating opportunities for the few that are allowed in detriment of the millions whose only role is to cheer other women’s success in the name of sisterhood. I want a feminism of utopias and imagination. Then, maybe, we will be able to have it all. Even though probably, “all” would be something entirely different than how it is defined today. "
" If one woman suffers, we all suffer. "
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