Fatmire Gjonbalaj Marke was born in the United States, with roots in Vuthaj, Montenegro and Malisheva, Kosova. She holds a Bachelors in History and Masters in Teaching and Social Studies. She is passionate about education, special education, history, women's rights and human rights. Fatmire is currently working on a book about the human rights violations in Bosnia and Kosovo, specifically the victimization of women as a weapon. She enjoys collecting vintage books, traveling with her husband, her little girl and writing. Fatmire also has an extensive Albanian costume collection and wishes she could wear them everyday.
Ardiana Shala Prishtina
Ardiana Shala Prishtina was born in 1983 in Prishtina, Kosova. After getting a degree in Psychology from the Free University of Berlin, Ardiana returned to her hometown where she currently works as a youth and family counselor and psychotherapist. She is active within the nonprofit sector as counselor and mentor for early childhood education and development; peace building; mental health among youth; children’s rights and gender equity. As a psychologist she is determined to challenge the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness. She writes poetry in Albanian, German and English.