Stojanka is 57 years old and is a qualified economist. She used to play handball, worked as a sports manager for the Athletic Committee of Zrenjanin for years, and has been in politics since 2010. She is currently a member of the Congress of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina.

Stojanka would like to see in the Serbia of the future as a country where people enjoy their hobbies in their spare time and don’t try to solve global problems. “I would be happy if we had the opportunity to do what we love. I wish that we could all get educated, do enjoyable things and invest our spare time in socializing, in our families, and in our personal interests, and not to be forced to follow global trends in how we spend our time. And I wish we had peace and stability in which we could live as we used to. There is no need for everyone to engage in politics and to spend their precious time solving global problems. We need to work on finding our own inner peace and creating opportunities to enjoy our own choices.”

Athletics and culture are the positive sides of Serbia. “Culture, or let’s say the social aspect of it, is good. The sporting image of Serbia is excellent, something for which we are recognized. Zrenjanin used to be called the city of sports. Over time, we gradually lost our Athletic tradition, but I think that we are now on the right path to success. I am proud of the cultural aspect of our country, of the people who work hard to achieve their goals, but also unhappy because their achievements haven’t been recognized or adequately rewarded.”

The fact that people are working in areas for which they do not have adequate knowledge instead of working within their areas of expertise is a downside of life in Serbia. “We say that we are the best head coaches in the world when it comes to soccer, we all think we know how to select a national team without having ever kicked the ball in our life. It is quite common for people in Serbia to think they know everything and to deal with things that are not their responsibility. I believe they should rather focus on themselves and their own lives.”

Stojanka doesn’t think about things she cannot change, like state borders, European Union membership and such. Instead, she works on helping women who are exposed to violence, on improving their position in society, and on raising the visibility of their work. This is the area of expertise she invests her time and energy in, and thus she makes her town and country a better place to live.



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