Gostivar

Gostivar

North Macedonia
North Macedonia
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Diverse Challenges, Diverse Solutions

Young activists from different backgrounds are getting creative to tackle issues facing their peers in Gostivar.

Gostivar is one of the largest municipalities in North Macedonia. Its population of more than 80,000 is diverse, with around two thirds identifying as ethnic Albanian, and a fifth as Macedonian. The challenges facing young people are very similar to those facing those in the rest of the country: limited opportunities, breakdowns in social cohesion, high rates of petty crime and corruption, and the normalisation of gender-based discrimination.

The young activists we work from the city reflect its diverse ethnic and cultural makeup and embody the lived experiences of the city’s young people more broadly. Together they’re working to address these issues using creative media such as plays, harassment prevention workshops and an activity camp.

Our Impact in Gostivar

We aim for relevant and strategic impact at scale. Working closely with young people in identifying the needs of their communities and the challenges they face, we ensure that the solutions we support them in developing are targeted and sustainable.

Stages, Seminars and Summer Camps

Despite the last year’s challenges our teams have launched several activities to tackle violence and disenfranchisement among young people in the city.

The challenges that have arisen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated imposed restrictions did not deter our youth teams in Gostivar. The 16 young activists we worked with across three project teams successfully organised a series of activities engaging with other young people over issues they felt were important.

From powerful performances highlighting the normalisation of gender-based violence to seminars for young people on bullying as well as civic action camps, the teams in Gostivar handed the narrative back to young people, so that the issues they face are described in their terms.

Gostivar Projects

Through mentorship, seed-funding and network-building, we support young people to transform ideas into tangible initiatives that make a positive change in their communities.

Dunek
project

Dunek

North Macedonia
North Macedonia | Gostivar

An acting troupe leveraged the power of theatre to highlight the normalisation of the mistreatment of women in Gostivar society.

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Impact YPC
project

Impact YPC

North Macedonia
North Macedonia | Gostivar

A project that aimed to lower bullying in schools by implementing city-wide educational programmes and developing a platform to support victims.

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We Can
project

We Can

North Macedonia
North Macedonia | Gostivar

An evidence-driven project bringing young people together in a civic action and education camp, supporting them in the development of mini-initiatives across the city.

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Testimonials

“I think everything we learned was so important and I’m so grateful for the time [Young Cities] spent in order to help us. The information we got not only will help us in the project but also in long term for future projects we create.”

Participant

Gostivar Youth Innovation Lab

Our partners

The organisations and municipal governments we work with are essential to the success of the Young Cities programme. Together, we continue to effect genuine, relevant change in the communities in which we work.

Democracy Lab

Democracy Lab is Young Cities’ newest partner. They provide youth the invaluable networks, skills, experience and resources to coordinate and support youth in developing their campaigns. Particularly, they provide youth the space for their creativity, at their central hub in Skopje and their affiliated community space in Gostivar – the Youth and Community Centre (YCC).

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Gostivar, Lebanon

The municipality recognise the importance of youth civic participation in their city. They helped establish the Youth and Community Centre (YCC) as part of their drive to facilitate innovation among youth-led NGOs. In this vein, they continue to support our youth campaigns by organising spaces for activities to take place and connecting youth with relevant experts and stakeholders, such as school psychologists, to ensure the campaigns are as impactful as possible.

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Get In Touch

If you would like to find out more about our impact, or would like to discuss future opportunities, we would love to hear from you.

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