Freja Forum is a forum for gender equality, democracy, diversity, entrepreneurship and dialogue. Since 1995 have we been working for peace and democracy in the Western Balkans. The basic idea has been to create an ”Almedalen” for the region – where individuals from different countries can meet with the purpose of engaging in conversations, exchanging experiences and develop collaborations.
Participants at Freja Forum come from Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Turkey and Sweden.
So far, the work has resulted in meetings between more than 4000 individuals. More than 500 organizations have been involved, a number of new organizations have been created, 80 projects have been implemented, a number of companies have initiated collaborations and a few companies have been founded.
The history of Freja Forum
The history of Freja Forum started in the late 1990s. Networks of women in five of the countries of the Western Balkans started projects for democracy and equal opportunities.
Inspired after a visit to Almedalen Week (Sweden) in the early 2000s, Freja Forum was created as an annual forum to develop the work with democracy and equal opportunities.
This annual meeting is our largest event. It takes place every year in November, in a country in Balkan, in Brussels or sometimes another European city.
The Forum 2020 was digitally with Tirania, Albania as host. It was our fourteenth in a row!