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Alma Lama's Story
Alma Lama has been a member of the Kosovo Parliament since 2011. She is a feminist leader who has battled for women's rights and against religious extremism.
Born in Albania, she graduated from the University of Tirana in language and literature, then in 2002 went to Kosovo, where she contributed to media agencies. She also visited the U.S., honing her professional skills by participating in the Women in Public Service program sponsored by the State Department at Wellesley College, in 2012. Mainly, however, she worked for leading Albanian language media, including the public Radio Television Kosovo (RTK) and the most popular broadcaster in Albania, Top Channel; and became known as a promoter of investigative reporting in the Western style, basically unknown in the region.
Lama was then solicited in Kosovo to join the Self-Determination Movement, led by a charismatic radical philosopher, Albin Kurti, who had been active in the political wing of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) during the 1998-99 NATO intervention, and imprisoned in Serbia after the war. She entered Parliament in 2011 and has risen through the ranks defending human rights.