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Maxhide Shaqiri


Maxhide Shaqiri was born in 1951 in Gjilan. She finished her elementary and middle school in Gjilan. Then she finished her university studies of medicine/gynecology in Prishtina. She was one of the organizers of the 1968 student protests and an activist for women rights. Now she lives and works as a gynecologist in Gjilan. She enjoys her family life with her husband, children, and grandchildren.

A happy childhood, a harmony between children of different communities. Different games and finally interest in reading magazines which, while she is pursuing education...video.

The Shaqiri family at the very outset was larger, and with the increase of the standard of living it expanded even further. The respect for the elderly and the continuation of ...video

The father as the only person contributing to the family income...video

The husband's position was superior to that of the wife, who could not get involved with the issues outside of the household. The split of the gender roles...video

The city pupils of middle school did not receive any scholarship, only some of the village pupils did. As for the university, the scholarship was not offered until the third year, but ...video

The prejudice of the Serbian pupils against the Albanian ones, as intellectually deprived. Consequently, this influences the relations between them...video

The tradition of well behaving and respect for the elderly in the house was also observed with the pupils in the school. If you would come across the teacher in the street, you ...video

The education was not the same for the girls as it was for the boys. The situation in the city was very difficult, but in the village it was even more difficult. Maxhide's family  ...video

A good Congress for the Albanians; very important for the time as it eliminated localisms in language which were evident at the time...video

The pressure coming from the Yugoslav regime makes the teaching in Albanian language not permitted in spite of the majority Albanian population. Consequently, many ...video

She had undergone many difficulties and dangerous situations for her. She tells how she had gone to visit her husband Irfan in the Prison of Nis (Serbia) and speaks about the ...video

The cultural life was quite satisfying. As a young woman she was not involved that much in cultural activities and events, but she was only aware and has attended them. She ...video

Maxhide likes to go to the cinema most as she quite enjoys watching films. She speaks about a film, in which the main character is a lawyer who defends his own mother in ...video

She would read the newspapers continuously, trusting them. However, the trial of Adem Demaçi and his friends – in which she was present – and then the negative portrayal in...video

The roads in the city were covered in cobalt. With the development of industry, these roads are layered in asphalt. Children are then taught how to do do pirouettes on the ...video

‘Night vs. day’, are the first words uttered when Maxhide speaks about the difference that the 1970s brought in comparison to the 1960s. She tells how fir the first time they buy a...video

For Maxhide, the first TV in 1968 was a great step forward. When for the first time they switched on the TV, they saw the political prisoners, Skënder Kastrati and Afrim Loxha...video

It was a very brutal action, because the Serbian regime was seeking weapons, without there being any. The pressure was stronger in villages than in cities...video

Listening to the radio in low volume, with the ear attached to the radio, then the inability to listen to Albanian music from Tirana freely; the fear of talking about the national...video

The joy about the fall of Rankovic was huge, because something changed for better, people breathed more freely. There were no more weapon collecting actions...video

The position of the woman was difficult, she was subordinate. This was encouraged by the Serbian regime and the religion...video

A lot was learned in schools about Tito, through poetry and nice stories about him. While growing up, she starts to understand that those things were not true. The hard position of ...video

Reading was the main activity of the day after finishing the housework ; mainly newspapers, magazines or novels...video

Being admitted to Faculty of Medicine was the happiest moment...video

The imprisonment of husband, Irfan, was the hardest moment in her life...video