Director, Mitrovica Women’s Association for Human Rights
I thought, if I want my children to have peace, we cannot build peace among Albanians only. We have to build it with other people. Everything starts with the women. We are the pillars of the family. We are an example.
Vetone Veliu is the director of the Mitrovica Women’s Association for Human Rights. Born and raised in Mitrovica, Veliu grew up in a multi-ethnic neighborhood speaking multiple languages and breaking bread with neighbors with family histories different from her own. It is that sense of community that Veliu wishes to restore. Through her organization, Veliu works to bring women from various backgrounds together to learn about the political sphere with a focus on increasing the representation of women in decision making.