The Wife of the President, Elizabeta Gjorgievska, addressed the opening of the “Women in Crafts” exhibition, which is being held in the Cabinet of the President.
Addressing the audience, the President’s Wife said it was an honor and inspiration to be among all those women engaged in crafts today and to see their art, creativity and skills.
“Women are undoubtedly key drivers of social processes in all segments. Women entrepreneurship is recognized as an important factor for the economic development of the country. The participation of women in business activities transforms the quality and structure of the workforce and society as a whole”, Gjorgievska said, adding that the promotion of handicrafts is a factor for economic development, for preserving the tradition and culture of our country.
Emphasizing that what women lack is financial support, additional education, as well as good marketing to place their products on the domestic and foreign markets, Gjorgievska said that that is the reason why today we emphasize the role of craftswomen as a key economic driver, but also as a promoter of culture.
For these reasons, we will continue to work together for economic revival of this sector, popularization of opportunities in this profession and stimulating young people and women to start their own businesses, in order to strengthen women economically and increase gender equality in the country”, Gjorgievska said.
The opening of the exhibition was addressed by the Minister of Culture, Bisera Kostadinovska Stojcevska, the US Ambassador to the Republic of North Macedonia, Kate Marie Byrnes, the Executive Director of the Center for Change Management, Neda Maleska Sachmaroska, and the Director of the Chamber of Crafts – Skopje, Aneta Atanasovska.
The exhibition is organized in cooperation with the Center for Change Management, on the occasion of the Crafts Days and is part of the project “Women Power Measures against Covid-19 Consequences”, supported by USAID and BTD.
At the exhibition, that will be open from May 16 to 18, visitors will have the opportunity to see the works of about thirty hardworking and creative craftswomen. The purpose of this event is to convey the message of the importance and contribution of craftswomen in preserving traditional crafts, preserving cultural wealth and encouraging the economic development of the country.