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Learning to fight early marriages in Kyrgyzstan

  Be it for economic or social reasons, the number of early marriages in Kyrgyzstan remains high. According to recent statistics, roughly 12 percent of brides in the country are under the age of 18.   In rural areas, girls are often subjected to arranged marriages upon completion of high smore

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I woke up when I started my education again: A success story in Kosovo*

   It’s a rare sunny day here in the Roma/Ashkali/Egyptian (RAE) quarter of Fushë Kosovë/Kosovo Polje, Kosovo; a welcome respite from a long spell of chilly, overcast winter weather. It’s also the perfect day to skip school. Or, if you’re not enrolled in school – as is the case for nearlmore

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Bosnia and Herzegovina: A brighter future for children... and their nannies

With an unemployment rate of nearly 45 percent, finding a job for many in Bosnia and Herzegovina can seem like a mission impossible. This has particularly been the case for women, many of whom have spent years trying to secure a brighter future for themselves and their families. Today, however, themore

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After the Rain - new documentary about women coping with climate change

  “It isn’t the strongest species that survives, nor even the most intelligent, but the species most adaptable to change.”   Charles Darwin   So begins After the Rain, the first ever documentary film made by a Macedonian director about climate change, will be screened in Skopje this more

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Designing her way to the top

Skopje, fYR Macedonia – 13 February, 2013 – Jelena Kostovska showed a talent for designing clothes at an early age. After attending textile vocational school, she got to work with two leading designers and sold her products in boutique shops.   But then she ran into obstacles that many emore

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Where there's a skill, there's a way: Supporting entrepreneurs

"I started applying for jobs as soon as I completed my dentistry studies," says 30-year old Arta Alija. "But I had no luck with any of the state clinics."   A harsh lesson that many young people are learning in these difficult economic times is that educational qualificatiomore

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Where there's a skill, there's a way: Supporting entrepreneurs

"I started applying for jobs as soon as I completed my dentistry studies," says 30-year old Arta Alija. "But I had no luck with any of the state clinics."   A harsh lesson that many young people are learning in these difficult economic times is that educational qualificationmore

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