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The conference on the women empowerment in North Macedonia was held

The Foundation of the South East European University in partnership with HEKIMA and the Economic Chamber of Women, today (December 7, 2023), held the conference entitled: "Empowering Women in North Macedonia: Inclusion & Innovation in Entrepreneurship ". The conference was supported by SlovakAid and the EU Economic Growth project (EU4EG), co-funded by the European Union, commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, and implemented by GIZ and the AREA Science Park.

The conference was attended by representatives of various state institutions, ambassadors, representatives of the private sector, international organizations, NGOs and other interested parties in this field.

The Rector South East European University, Acad. Prof. Dr. Abdylmenaf Bexheti, in the capacity of the keynote speaker of the conference emphasized that the representation of women in the labor market is unfavorable due to cultural and historical circumstances. However, Rector Bexheti emphasized, recently there has been progress in the representation of women in many institutions and the labor market. A concrete example is the South East European University, where in the leadership of the dean offices and the Rectorate, over 50% are women, who do a wonderful job at the University.

In his opening speech, the ambassador of the Slovak Republic, Henrik Markus, welcomed this conference, expressing the support of the embassy and the Slovak people for this noble initiative. Our embassy may be small, but we always try to help your country as much as we can, said Ambassador Markus.

In the first session on topic: “Empowering Women in Entrepreneurship: The North Macedonian Perspective, panelists were: Ivana Ulicna--founder of HEKIMA, Veland Ramadani--professor at SEEU, Festim Halili--Director of FITD and Mimoza Thaçi--president of the Women's Chamber of Commerce.

In the second session on topic: “Circular Economy and Sustainable Business: Women Leading the Change”, panelists were: Ivana Males--co-founder of the Institute for Circular Economy (INCIEN), Olimpija Hristova Zaevska--consultant, Shenaj Haxhimustafa--professor at SEEU and Fatmir Ejub—Director of Alpak--Eko.

In the third session on topic: “Women in Tech: Navigating the Digital Frontier”, panelists were: Florije Ismaili--professor at SEEU, Monika Rizovska Tanevska--ambassador of Women in Tech, Vlora Ademi--manager of Digicube and Era Memeti--manager at Inspire 11.