Dragana Kokora

November 14, 2018

Dragana graduated with a Journalism degree in 2016 and is interested in media development and human rights. She created the Youth Organization of Crepaja to support the development of social and cultural life in her community, through education, information and public advocacy. In this role, she worked in cooperation with the Autonomous Women's Center in Serbia to educate young people about gender-based violence, including a graffiti art project in schoolyards.

“The future path I would like to explore is relation between media development and human rights. When attending the Barvalipe School of Roma Leadership (2016-2017), I had the opportunity to complete an internship in the Commissioner for the Protection of Equality of Serbia, at the Office of Public Relations. This experience gave me the idea of how I can combine my interest in media with their impact to human rights in nowadays. Together with my friends I founded the Youth Organization of Crepaja which supports the development of social and cultural life in my community, through education, information and public advocacy. In cooperation with the Autonomous Women's Center in Serbia, our first activity was to educate young people about gender-based violence. This activity had students throughout Serbia creating graffiti in schoolyards, about the struggles gender-based violence causes. Our organization with Elementary School in Crepaja and students of higher grades contributed to this goal. This was my very first step into activism, on which I am very proud. I think RGPP can help me accomplish this aim. I consider RGPP to be the next step forward a future in which I can speak with greater confidence about human rights issues, but also to strengthen my activist spirit to gain the potential to create positive changes within both the Roma community and the majority in my country.”

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