From war recovery to reconstruction, from healing to new opportunities. Throughout history, the Balkans have been an intersection of cultural, economic and social mixing. Lessons of the past and lessons for the future both play important roles in people’s lives. This includes the actions of individuals who stood up for their rights, challenged traditional norms and made decisions that positively influenced their families, communities and societies. It also includes the consequences of the ethnic conflict that gripped the region between 1991 and 1999. The wars in the former Yugoslavian countries had resulted in large population displacements, mass atrocities, countless cases of gender-based violence and sexual abuse. Violence within communities and families tore the social fabric; many of its effects are still visible today. In a way, the past, the present and the future of the Balkans all exist simultaneously.