I come from Serbia. It is interesting how I can connect to the theme: the problem of this year's forum. I'll point out that these could be the community and country that I am coming from, Balkan Serbia. I also tie problem directly to myself. I am a woman from the Balkans. I am a woman who is studying philosophy. I am a woman who lives alone with two male friends. I am a woman who travels the world alone. I am also a person who openly supported the Pride parade and is not ashamed to state their political or any other views.
Flickr/Christel Øverland Preteni. Some rights reserved.I'll tell you, the educational system in my country is deficient on a tragically high level. I can say that my formal education did not have any touch-points to democratic policies which are not only appreciated but also lived every single day.
Would I be at all applying for this forum now?
And the question is, if there was not for my family, which treats equality and liberties as imperative, if there was no flow of formal education which was available to me, whether I would be at all applying for this forum now.
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