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.