I am Rea Sylejmani, 17 years old from Ferizaj. I have been a member of the ROR group since April 2018. My membership in the ROR group on many issues at the national and international level, led me on so many incredible journeys that have completely changed me as a person and as a thriving young girl. Last year (2019), I was elected by ROR members with an internal vote to represent our country in the European Week of Action for Girls (EWAG). EWAG is about creating a space for young activists to bring their voices to the attention of EU decision-makers and to help shape a better world for all girls. Through a series of policies, advocacy and campaign activities, EWAG partners and young advisors aim to push the EU to respect and expand its commitments to gender equality and the protection of girls.
“It means doing more, investing responsibly and recognizing the active role that girls play in their communities and societies. “
This event also enabled me, through a speech, to address the ministers of the European Parliament. It was a wonderful opportunity that truly reflected the voice of many young children and girls everywhere. This was my first trip outside Kosovo and Brussels really left a very good impression on me!
In early 2020, I also became a member of the Children’s Advisory Team, a permanent structure set up by the Child Right’s Connect network based in Geneva, Switzerland. I am the only member from Kosovo and I have established a very close friendship with other members from all over the world such as South Africa, Mongolia, England and Bangladesh. This international group is essential for advancing the recognition, protection and strengthening of the protection of children’s rights, including through the participation of children at national, regional and international levels.
This year I was part of an event organized in honor of International Girl Child Day. It was a virtual intergenerational dialogue to mark this day with the theme “Concentration of girls’ voices in the international system”. The key question addressed by this event was how to ensure that the international system is comprehensive, relevant and relevant to the next generation, placing girls’ voices and their rights at the center of decision-making processes?
I had the opportunity to ask a question to the Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund, Ms. Diene Keita from Guinea, regarding the meaningful participation of girls and young women in quality and inclusive education and the creation of training within these settings and the community and how this will allow girls to participate more in society.
“I think these events really helped me to be an echo for all the girls who are silent and in these opportunities I always try to be as inclusive as possible.”
My participation in these events would not have been possible had it not been for ROR. I sincerely say that ROR is my main motivation to learn, work and advocate for the good of my country. ROR is and will remain the main reason I am what I am today.
And for any child who wants to be part of us, I tell you to always take the opportunity to apply. Every word, every step, and every connection can be a vital change for you!