May 15th – International Day of Family
In honor of this day, within the project “Engaging Men in Fatherhood” has been published and opened exhibition “Kosovan Fathers” with 15 Kosovan fathers, which they despite their responsibilities that they have, they expressed their positive messages and told their day with their children and families trying to promote positive fatherhood. Bujar Fejzullahu, executive director of Peer Educators Network – PEN, opened the event with a speech and said that both of parents should be engaged to have a healthy family. Then, Visare Mujko-Nimani from UNFPA, The United Nations Population Fund Kosovo – United Nations Reproductive Health and Rights Agency in Kosovo, said that even though they have been engaging for 20 years in this case, the results are better at new generations.
The organizer of this event, Kadri Gashi, said that with this exhibition and this book, despite economic difficulty and other difficulties that this society despite, they still want to bring more positive things. “It is a good emotion marking this day. Over 25 thousand families has social assistance. There are a lot of girls that can’t be educated in schools, the employment level is high. Seeing this, we as an organization and with this team, tried to bring something more positive”, he said. Besnik Leka from CARE International spoke about the importance of father in family and the importance of him in child’s growth. He also mentioned that spending quality time with children is so necessary. Ilir Kurtishi, one of the participants in this book, hopes that organizations like this will help people be more aware for importance of caring from both of parents.
During this day, the exhibition has been opened all day for interested visitors, and there was a big number of them. This initiative is implemented by PEN – Peer Educators Network and is supported by UNFPA, The United Nations Population Fund Kosovo- United Nations Reproductive Health and Rights Agency in Kosovo, CARE International Balkans, Austrian Development Agency ADA and OAK Foundation.