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The Honorable Atifete Jahjaga

Atifete Jahjaga served as the first woman President of the Republic of Kosovo. Elected by Kosovo’s Parliament on April 7, 2011 for a five-year mandate, President Jahjaga was the first female head of state in the modern Balkans and the youngest female world leader, at 36, to be elected to the highest office.  During her tenure as President she sought to strengthen the democratic institutions of the country and helped to build and secure greater international recognition for Kosovo. She worked to prevent and combat crime, to attract foreign investment, and to fight violent extremism. President Jahjaga worked to bring women to the forefront of Kosovo’s political, economic and social life as a means of ensuring a long-lasting democracy. She hosted an International Women’s Summit in 2012 which led to the creation of the Pristina Principles, affirming the political, economic, judicial and basic security rights of women, and calling for actions to achieve them. She led institutional efforts to rehabilitate and reintegrate survivors of sexual violence during the war in Kosovo, establishing a National Council to do the work needed to provide legal remedies to survivors of sexual violence.  Prior to her election as President, Jahjaga was the Deputy General Director of the Police of Kosovo. A graduate of the Faculty of Law of the University of Prishtina, she received a Postgraduate Certification in Crime Science from the University of Virginia in 2007. President Jahjaga is a member of the Council of Women World Leaders.