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About Us

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.

What we do

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.

Goals

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.

In Macedonia

Unemployed women
25.1%
Women with higher education
55.9%
Women not active in the labor market
55%
Women in leading positions in politics
28.8%

Meet The Team

Elena Stavrevska

Co-Founder

Erlin Agich

Co-Founder

Vigjilenca Abazi

Co-Founder

Olimpija H. Zaevska

Co-Founder

Lura Pollozhani

Co-Founder

Vlora Rechica

Co-founder

Sara Milenkovska

Co-Founder

Darko Crvenkovski

Project Coordinator

Natasha Ivanoska

Communication Manager and Mentorship Network Coordinator

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What is the Mentorship Network?

An online platform that connects girls and women with experienced mentors who offer personal mentorship in different fields of study and work.

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