From April 13-15, Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation held a conference on the “Empowerment of Women in Politics” in Skopje. During the weekend, members of the Women Forces of VMRO-DPMNE of Macedonia debated in different topics regarding the current political situation of the women in Macedonia, the challenges of the women in the political campaign, gender equality and the empowerment of the women through social media.

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The Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation arranged two successful events in Kosovo for the Women and Youth Forum of LDK.

The conferences Empowerment of Women in Politics and Principles of a Free Society took place in Pristina from March 16-18.  Both party organizations discussed different topics, such as Democracy, Human Rights, Justice, Gender Equality and Campaign challenges in the Women World among others. (more…)

November 6-10 and 13-17 the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation held conferences on ideology for politically active youth from the Balkans and the Eastern Neighborhood in Nynäshamn, south of Stockholm. The basis of the seminars was the book Principles for a Free Society by Dr Nigel Ashford and the lectures were led by leading opinion makers and Swedish politicians. The conferences aim to strengthen the ideological base among the participants with emphasis on understanding of democracy, human rights and market economy.

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October 6-8, members of the Youth Organization of VMRO-DPMNE participated in a conference on social media in political campaigns. New strategies to campaign effectively were discussed as well as how to deliver a successful political message.

September 22-24, party representatives from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Sweden, met in Sarajevo to discuss Balkan’s EU-integration.

The discussions focused on the refugee crisis and the management of the Balkan route as well as how to increase opportunities in the region. The economic integration of the region was also discussed. The women´s round table conference aims to create stronger networks in the region and to increase the participation of women in politics and leading positions.

Participants in Skopje

June 16-18, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation hosted a conference for youth politicians in Macedonia, focusing on political communication and the country’s challenges after the elections.

Youth Politicians from Macedonia outside Stockholm City Hall

February 21-25, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation hosted a study visit to Stockholm for a group of youth politicians from Macedonia. The program focused on local politics and the group met with representatives from the Moderate Party and the Moderate Youth League, and visited the Swedish Parliament as well as Stockholm City Hall.

On November 25-27, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation hosted a conference in Pristina, Kosovo, together with the youth branch of its co-operation organisation in the country, the Democratic League of Kosovo. The theme of the conference was Principles for a Free Society, and aimed to educate the co-operation organisation’s youth in democratic values and human rights. (more…)

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Participants from the Youth Force Union of the VMRO-DPMNE.

On October 29-30, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation held a conference on Political Communication and Campaign Strategies in Skopje. The conference was co-hosted by the Youth Force Union of the VMRO-DPMNE. (more…)

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Participants at the conference in Jahorina

September 9-11, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation hosted a conference in Jahorina, Bosnia & Herzegovina, for local politicians from the centre-right party PDP. Kristoffer Tamsons, Chairman of the traffic committee in Stockholm County Council, took part in the conference as a trainer and described his own experiences from Swedish local and regional politics, focusing on the importance of policy development and reforms.