BeFem Festival 2018 ‒ Feminist Fighter

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After a bit of experimenting and identity explorations, 9th edition of BeFem gets back to its tradition – the first weekend of December is booked for celebration and rethinking of feminist fight! In our practical work we do not stick to the pre-existing patterns, or defined and given forms of political resistances, but praise the ideas of freedom, peace and equality, which we strongly stand for in our daily struggles. In the context of global shrinking of space for civil society activities, and seriously jeopardized freedom and independence of media, rights of marginalized groups are the first to get under attack. Therefore, at this year`s BeFem, we gather all the courageous human right defenders who oppose “Orbanization and Erdoganization” of the society, growing influence of extreme right-wing organizations, nationalism and class divisions. It is clear that this alliance of conservative tendencies is crowned with patriarchal values that cause systematic violence and discrimination against women.

Two days programme is insufficient to point at all the important questions, but is enough to single out few crucial ones. Apart from the discussion with human rights defenders from post-Yugoslav region, we will also underline the growing trend of sexual harassment and violence, and the regression of the legal framework of social protection that directly causes discrimination and deterioration of position of women. Throughout the history of sexism and gender based violence we face with in politics, art and popular culture, feminist movement has played an important role in emancipation and deconstruction of institutional mechanisms that reproduce violence.

All of us gathered around BeFem turn problems into causes for action, so this year we will also mobilize activists of peace, feminist, LGBTIQ and green movement from the post-Yugoslav action in order to show the readiness and willingness of women`s initiatives to protect women`s spaces of struggles and conquering the rights that belong to us. On the 9th BeFem, those who have been with us and grown with us from their feminist beginnings will speak and think with us.

As any other holiday, BeFem will be a place of celebration, but also of presenting artists, performers, women`s bends and DJs.

Through solidarity and appreciation, we will give recognition to all the women`s initiatives that pushed social relations forward throughout history, and support the new forms of struggle for equality. BeFem is a place to strengthen old and make new partnerships, and above all to support each other. We defend ourselves loudly, and protect each other even louder!

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Program

 

 


SUFFOCATING THE MOVEMENT – Shrinking space for women’s rights 

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Dženeta Agović was born on 16th of March 1970 in Tutin and has lived there ever since. She is a feminist, peace activist and one of the founders of Impuls (2000), the first NGO in Tutin, with the vision of society based on respect of human rights, equality, peace and solidarity, where women and men would have equal rights, and equal access to social, cultural and economic resources. Took part in numerous regional and international conferences. Believes that a different power is possible.

Tamara Šmidling was born in Belgrade in 1975. She is a social anthropologist, peace activist, researcher and feminist. Tamara lived in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, between 2001 and 2018, where she was active in numerous activist initiatives and groups, mostly connected to Peace building and Dealing with the Past work. Her work was focused on the Post-Yugoslav region and possibilities and prospects for just and emancipatory politics here, and globally. Tamara is currently engaged as program officer in Kvinna till Kvinna Belgrade office, with the main focus on Gender Based Violence.

Christina Wassholm is an independent writer. She researched and wrote the report "Suffocating the movement - Shrinking space for women's rights", commissioned by The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation. She has also co-written a report on shrinking space for civil society in a development aid context, and is currently working on a study that focuses on how the global backlash in democracy hits organisations and activists specifically working with sexual and reproductive rights. Christina is also the co-founder of BeFem.

Irena Cvetkovikj holds PhD in Gender studies. As a researcher she has worked on many research projects in the area of sociology, gender studies and media. She was the author of a socially engaged blog “Femgerila”, and then a columnist in the daily newspaper “Dnevnik”. She is a human rights activist for the rights of the marginalized communities, with focus on marginalized women, LGBTI rights, drug users’ rights and sex workers’ rights. At the moment she is the executive director of the Coalition Margins.                            

Milica Miražić is an activist of women's, LGBT and peace movement. Currently works as a gender equality officer at the Rectorate of Belgrade University, on the project „Taking a Reflective Approach to Gender Equality for Institutional Transformation“, within the program Horizon 2020, and recently also started working as an associate of Reconstruction Women's Fund.

THE WAY WE WERE*- ARCHEOLOGY OF OUR FEMINIST MEMORIES 

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Nataša Niškanović is a passionate BeFem woman with two university degrees and a lot of knowledge picked up here and there. Born in Novi Sad in 1992, and has lived there ever since. Free lancer in the field of media and organization, so you can often meet her for a coffee in Belgrade, but also in some of the villages of Vojvodina.

 

 

 

IN THE STUDIO WITH SANDRA MANDIC

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Zoja Kukić is a co-founder and president of the Supervisory Board of the Startit, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowerment of local technological and startup scene, which has 8 hubs and the Startit.rs portal that together annualy reach over 100.000 people. Zoja is also a member of the Executive Board of the Initiative Digital Serbia, a private non-profit organization leading the transformation of Serbia into a digital society.

 

 

TOGETHER WE CREATE HISTORY – TOGETHER WE BUILD PEACE

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Jelena Memet is a feminist, peace activist and a co-founder of the Alternative Center For Girls. For the last 10 years, she actively contributes to the rejuvenation of feminist movement through education and empowerment of young women in the field of women`s rights and peace policies in the region. She also makes noise at protests as a part of the informal group called Street Drumers.

Sonja Antić is a literature professor by education.By choice she is a fighter for human rights. Also a feminist, activist and mother of a wonderful boy.

Andrijana Kocić believes that perceptions are magical brushes, that each color touched by the brush brings along changes, and that common good is the one and only goal of every action.

Zana Hoxha Krasniqi (born in 1981) is a professional Theater Director from Kosovo and the founder and executive director of Artpolis - a Kosovo-based NGO that promotes arts and diversity through social dialogue and community building. She has directed around 20 Theater performances that were produced and presented in the biggest Theater’s in Kosovo, Balkans region (Albania, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Croatia) and has presented her works as an artist/activist/trainer elsewhere in USA, Europe, Middle East and North Africa. She was Head of Theater Department of SKENA UP Festival during 2004-2011, Artistic Director of Gjakova Professional Theater during 2011-2014 and is the Founder and Artistic Director of the biggest women’s artists and activists festival FEMART. Zana is IVLP Alumni (The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program) and award wining director recognized for her work in Kosovo and in the region. As an artist and activist she uses Theater to advocate for social issues that focus on awareness-raising on Gender Based Violence, Human Rights and diversity. She is a proud Board member of Kosovo Women’s Network, Senior Trainer on Forum Theater and Building resilience of women’s activists.

Erblina Rashiti is a 20 year old girl from Lipjan, Kosove.She is a second year student of English Language and Literature at the “Universum” College in Prishtine.Erblina’s background consists on a long term activism in the field of Human Rights, being basically a young active feminist. She has been part of many activities through Youth Initiative for Human Rights and ARTPOLIS. Recently she has been working for “Busulla”, an online platform, as a Project Assistant.

MOTHERHOOD IN TIMES OF AUSTERITY MEASURES AND NEO-CONSERVATIVISM

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Jovana Gligorijević is an editor of the weekly magazine “Vreme”. She has been in journalism for 16 years already – almost half of her life. She was born in Kragujevac, permanently works in Belgrade, and writes about politics and feminism, having the impression that she keeps writing the same text over and over again.

Biljana Maletin has been an activist for women`s rights and gender equality for over 20 years. She specifically dealt with political participation of women and introducing gender perspective into public policies. She creates courses / trainings, facilitates, lobbies... She is active in the Women`s Platform for the Development of Serbia and is one of the founders of Gender Knowledge Hub.

Jovana Ružičić is a founder and director of the Center for Moms, an association of citizens advocating for rights of mothers. Center for Moms, the only feminist organization for the rights of mothers on Balkans, fights against discrimination of moms at work and for the right to be treated with dignity in maternity hospitals. It also supports and networks moms entrepreneurs, organizes numerous educations for moms, as well as campaigns aiming to change policies. More about the Center for Moms you can find at www.centarzamame.rs. Jovana is an activist with almost two decades of experience, graduated psychologist and communicologist (Florida Atlantic University), a master in public relations (Michigan State University), and a mom of Jevrem and Anđelija.

Milica Gudović - A feminist activist in two centuries. One of the founders of the feminist collective Women At Work, which in the period from 1996 to 2012 dealt with various aspects of women’s existence and piloted innovative strategies in feminist activism. She is active in the movement for free culture and free knowledge. Within her engagement in the IT collective Interglider, she was in charge of over 30 web projects in non-profit sector. For the last 3 years she has been a member of the Association for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings and All Forms of Violence Against Women ATINA, where she has developed the social entrepreneurship program. 

WHAT ARE YOU YELLING, YOU C*NT?

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Marinella Matejčić is a feminist who lives the belief that a woman cannot manage her own life if she cannot make reproductive decisions for herself. She lives, works and exists in Rijeka. She has been a member and an employee of PaRiter since 2015, where she mostly deals with reproductive rights and justice, but also with social networks and using virtual space for expanding the space of struggles and creation of knowledge. She believes that the intersectional approach is the only proper approach and that nothing can be done without solidarity. She loves protests.

Iva Davorija is a member and employee of PaRiter, and one of the initiators of the initiative “Working and Equal” within the transnational project “Sisterality – international network of girls and young women”, aiming to protect and promote women’s rights within labour rights. She is also a member of the Platform for Reproductive Rights of Women, and of Center for Women’s Studies in Rijeka. Since 2017 she has been a part of the organizational team of the project “Cinema Classroom”, which through visual media rethinks different topics from gender theory and feminist perspective. Before that she worked as an associate of the Department of Cultural Studies within the Faculty of Philosophy in Rijeka. She graduated history and pedagogy, she is a youthworker, at the same time a nerd and a procrastinator, passionate fighter for women’s and human rights, loud when behind the megaphone, and her zodiac sign is ballerina.

Ana Ajduković (Pula, 1991), earned her master’s degree in 2016 at the Department for Cultural Studies of the Faculty of Philosophy of the Rijeka University. She works as a project activities coordinator at the Center for Women’s Studies at the Faculty of Philosophy in Rijeka, collaborates on the project Rijeka – European Capital of Culture – on the programme line “Campus of 27 Neighbourhoods”, and is a volunteer of the Lesbian organization of Rijeka – LORI. She is one of the organizers of the feminist program “Cinema Classroom”, realized in cooperation with local cultural institutions and students of Rijeka University, which is a special pleasure for her.

Interested in the fields of production and organization of cultural programmes and events, and invests her practical knowledge in the domains of project culture, LGBTIQ+ and women’s human rights. She exercises feminist self-defense, and lives and works in Rijeka.

Tihana Naglić is a member and employee of the association PaRiter, a member and volunteer of the association Prostor+, one of the initiators of “Working and Equal” aiming to promote gender equality at the labour market – and lives and works in Rijeka. Believes in the power of spontaneous initiatives of citizens, solidarity, and performative arts which reexamine social norms and order that restrain human potencial and mind. Graduated at the Department of Cultural Studies in Rijeka.

Greta Grakalić Rački is a theologian and culturologist from Zagreb, who lives and creates in Rijeka. A passionate fighter against interrupting each other while speaking. Advocate for women’s solidarity. As a student she was an external associate of Zarez, writing about God, media and cyborgs. As an expert associate of Cultural Studies and Center for Women’s Studies from Rijeka, she was one of the initiators of “Cinema Classroom” – a programme dedicated to interpreting visual media, especially movies, through gender theory and feminist perspectives, in the public space of Art-kino Croatia. She is a volunteer and activist of PaRiter and LORI, as well as an angry member of Platform for Reproductive Rights. Since she recently got employed at the Association for Assisting Addicts – Vida, she currently wonders through the unexplored world outside her comfort zone.

 "ALMA" ‒ ON OPPRESSIVE GENDER NORMS AND RESISTANCE: THE MOVIE PRESENTATION AND TALK WITH THE TEAM OF AUTHORS 

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Demir Mekić is a sociologist, educator and practitioner of theatre of the oppressed. He works with young people on social changes, using creative methods such as drama and movie. He worked on different projects concerning gender based violence, discrimination and social inclusion, empowering various groups, making creative products like interactive performances and movies, as an educator, director and writer. He cooperates with many human rights organizations, most of all with Belgrade Center for Human Rights, but also with different art organizations from country and the region.

Nevena Nikolić, senior researcher and head of youth program, started at the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights in 2010, first as a volunteer. She believes in personal transformations and rehabilitation and abilities of people to change for good and, as such, represents “the stream” in the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights that favors direct involvement of vulnerable groups in projects and programs. Apart from youth programs, Nevena is engaged in the field of alternative sanctions for years. Her strongest value is natural ability to motivate (young) people and boost their enthusiasm in getting personally involved in changing themselves and the society.  The idea that human rights values reside among people she transmits creatively, touring through Serbia with young people engaged in street theaters, visiting most remoted places and penitentiary institutions.

Nebojša Petrović was born in Sarajevo in 1979, graduated at the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade, at the Department of Applied Graphics, Atelier of Graphics and Books. He does animations, illustrations, drawing, graphics, painting murals, graphic design, photography, pedagogic work. In the periods of 2004 – 2008 and 2013 – 2014 he took part in the organization of the International Animated Film Festival BALKANIMA in Belgrade (from 2006 to 2008 he was the main organizer of the festival). As an associate of the Academic Film Center of the Cultural Centre of Studentski grad, he participated in the organization of the Festival of Alternative Film/Video (2007/2008) and of the project “Videography of the Region”. He is a member of the Media Archeology team, a project researching media in SFRY (Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) - www.medarh.org.

ПЕСНИ, PJESMA, PESMA: ARTISTIC TALK WITH KALIA & ASJA

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Dragoslava Barzut is a writer and activist for LGBTI human rights. Her collection of stories priča „Zlatni metak“ (2012) was awarded „Đura Đukanov“ prize (2011).She won the first prize for the best short story in the region in the “Izvan koridora” competition (2011) – for the story „Najduži je poslednji sat plus bonus track“. Her story “„Učim psa da se vozi sa mnom na biciklu“ got the third prize at the competition for the best queer story in the region (2016). She edited an anthology of short lesbian stories from the region of former Yugoslavia „Pristojan život“ (2013).Her novel „Papirne disko kugle“ was selected for the semi-final round of the competition for the NIN award in 2017. Her stories are translated into Macedonian, Albanian, Bulgarian, English and German. She lives in Belgrade.

Kalia Dimitrova - a poet and women's rights activist from Skopje, Macedonia. She has a masters degree in political science, with a focus on urban social movements and artistic activism. Her first book "Witches Today" was published in Skopje in April 2018. In the moment she is working as the coordinator and main editor of the first feminist platform in Macedonian language - "Meduza.mk".  

Asja Bakić (Tuzla, 1982) graduated Bosnian language and literature at the Faculty of Philosophy in Tuzla. She wrote collection of poems “Može i kaktus, samo neka bode“ (Aora, 2009), and the collection of short stories “Mars“ (Sandorf, 2015). She started and edited Muf, a portal for feminist reading of popular culture (2014–2018). Last year she was chosen as one of the 10 new literary voices of Europe. She lives in Zagreb.

*Poem in Macedonian, Bosnian or Croatian and Serbian.

THE QUEER SIDE OF TANGO

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Ivana Miučić is a bicyclist, activist, financial coordinator in organizations Gayten-LGBT and Consultations for Lesbians and Tangera In Love. She crushes patriarchate on a daily basis by dancing queer tango and breaking gender stereotypes.

Andrea Forca is an audio-visual artist graduated at the Faculty of Contemporary Arts in Belgrade. She made her first tango moves in the school “Tango Natural” in Belgrade. In Ecuador she organized different workshops integrating art and spirituality, including workshops of Argentine tango, as supplementary workshops to the psychotherapy and mediation for married and unmarried couples and partners.

 

ITS HERSTORY: HOW WOMEN CHANGED AND KEEP CHANGING THE WORLD FOR THE BETTER

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Kristina Lelovac is a professional actress and docent at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Skopje, where she is also enrolled in doctoral studies in Theatrology. Her fields of interest are the professional training of actors and the re-thinking of theatre practices in the context of (contemporary) political realities. She represents Tiiit! Inc., Skopje, an organization active in the field of female rights and the independent cultural scene in Macedonia. Since 2013, Tiiit! Inc. has been producing ПРВО ПА ЖЕНСКО (Firstborn Girl), a festival that promotes feminism and supports gender equality activists and contributes to the essential recognition of women’s intellectual and creative production.

Jelena Mitrović was born in Novi Sad in 1989 and has the master’s degree in Sociology. She took part in realization of different projects, mostly intended for youth. She enjoys writing (and does that for years already) for pop culture portals. She believes that the principle of egality is one of the fundamental human values. She wrote texts for the book “Kakva ženska!“.

Hatidža Gušić is a project manager and one of the authors of the book “Women of Bosnia and Herzegovina”. She is bringing master studies of economy and management to their end, and works as a coordinator of projects of women’s rights and media literacy in Mediacenter in Sarajevo, a city she lives in.

Maša Durkalić is a researcher, an editor and one of the authors of the book “Women of Bosnia and Herzegovina”. Holds a master degree in human rights and democracy of ERMA programme, and was a stipend of UNU-GEST programme of gender studies of the Iceland University. A journalist, researcher, feminist and activist. Researches social movements in Southeastern Europe, with the focus on feminist activism. She is the editor of LGBTI.ba web portal. Lives and works in Sarajevo.

Amila Hrustic Batovanja is a conceptual creator, art director and one of the authors of the book “Women of Bosnia and Herzegovina”. Earned master’s degree in product design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo. She has worked as art director in the field of marketing and advertising for over 7 years. Lives and works in Prague.

Diana Bekavac is a social entrepreneur advocating for equality, LGBTI and human rights, as well as for the rights of animals, i.e. for non-speciesism. She is very skilled in organizing, connecting, advocacy, selling and promoting everything she believes in, and lately it has been all about “Fierce Women”. For the past five years she has worked in the association Expanse of Gender and Media Culture “Common Zone” as a financial coordinator and member of the Executive Board, and is one of the owners of the firm “Fierce Women”.

THE REFUGEE ‒ PERFORMANS

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Lana Zdravković is a performer in the tandem Kitch (www.kitch.si), where she researches the domain of subversive, political, emancipating potential of the phenomenon of kitch. She is also a member of the collective Tatovi podob / Image Snatchers, working in the field of burlesque, cabare and circus. As a performer she was engaged in the work of platform for contemporary stage arts Via Negativa Lab. She is a researcher at the Peace Institute, and also a publicist and political activist.

 

 

 

YVA & THE TOY GEORGE

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Iva Stanišić - Yva & the Toy George is a solo project of Iva Stanišić from Belgrade, a musician and producer permanently living in Rome. Her live sets are characterized by unique electronic sound she produces using rhytm machines, synthesizers, acoustic and digital percussions and different vocal effects, while generating new genres in music. After her debute album “Love Toys & Molotovs“ in 2013, she released album “Slavia Divinorum” in 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DJ IVANA DRAGŠIĆ - DISKORDIA: POSSIBLE SOUNDS FOR THE FALL OF PATRIARCHY

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Ivana Dragšić is a sociologist and civil operator mostly working in the area of urban commons and alternative culture. Working with Freedom Square (www.gradzasite.mk), she works on projects and writes about city planning and public space, urban greenery, citizens' participation, as well as many relatable topics such as: feminism, culture, politics and institutions.

Ivana is an amateur artist and performer, plays music on the radio and in clubs. DISKORDIA (www.kanal103.com.mk) is the only radio show in Macedonia treating queer culture.

 

 

#MESISESTRO / KNEADITSISTA: MAKE CAKES WITH SUPER GRANDMAS 

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Super Grandmas is the initiative for opening a pastry shop where grandmas, i.e. retirees, will make true home-made cakes as they used to be made in accordance with the old, authentic recipes. Idea of this social entrepreneurship is to gather these elderly women around common activity of making cakes, and thus create a sensitized environment specifically for them. This project via this concrete practice expresses a new policy of aging and inclusive living of senior women since their lives would, due to the reintegration into working environment from time to time, become more socially fulfilling, their self-confidence would be strengthened, and their budgets would grow.

 

 

 

 

 

LEGAL TRAPS: HOW THE STATE SYSTEMATICALLY DESTROYS US

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Aleksandra Vladisavljević is an enterpreneur and lives in Belgrade. Past ten years she has worked as a consultant for development of enterpreneurship, social and technological inovations, and gender equality and economy, and particularly on the reform of public finances and introducing gender respossible budgeting. She has been a part of the feminist movement since 1998 and is an activist of the Women`s Platform for the Development of Serbia.

Sofija Mandić is a lawyer and activist for human rights, especially the rights of minorities and marginalized social groups. Currently works in the Center for Judicial Research. Previously she worked in the Belgrade Center For Security Policy and National Democratic Institute. Ocassionaly she cooperates with Center for Independent Living of Persons With Disabilities, and she has been writing columns for Peščanik for years. She is a member of the Managing Board of Center for Support of Women and activist of the Women`s Platform for the Development of Serbia.

Milena Vasić is a legal expert, lawyer, feminist and activist. She has been engaged in the Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights - YUCOM since 2012, where she has worked on providing legal aid to the most vulnerable social groups, with a special focus on women and LGBT population. Apart from the legal aid, she actively deals with judiciary topics and the rule of law, and has done a number of analyses of legal texts in these fields, and took part in public discussions in the law-making process. She believes every citizen should have the right to justice, and also that regulations should be understandable and available to every citizen.

Marija Anđelković is a director and one of the founders of NGO ASTRA – Antitrafficking Action, the first women’s non-governmental organization commited to combat trafficking in women. By education she is a lawyer with over 20 years of experience in the field of gender based violence, and is one of the first civil society activists who raised the issue of trafficking in human beings on Balkans, advocating for the improvement of position of victims and respect for their rights. She conveys her experience of work with over 500 victims ASTRA provided support to through preventative and educational activities – as a trainer and lecturer for professionals and associates from governmental and non-governmental organizations from Serbia and from abroad. She has written numerous publications, handbooks, articles and a shadow report on trafficking in humans. Her work has impacted how policies and practices across the region have been shaped and implemented.

SISTERHOOD & UNITY

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Marija Radoman is a sociologist and researcher at the Belgrade Faculty of Philosophy. She has published a number of works with the objective of affirmation of marginalized groups in Serbia, particularly LGBTQ+ population and women. At the moment she determines her position as activism through writing and raising visibility of non-heterosexuals.

Maja Pan is a feminist philosopher and informal educator. Since the first Lesbian Week in 1997, she has been a part of the regional lesbian-feminist activism and several self-organized political groups in Slovenia. Past few years has been living in Budapest, taking part in transnational queer-feminist activism.

Lejla Huremović monitors and analyzes media reporting on LGBTI topics in Bosnian media for the last 8 years. Within her LGBTI activism, she works on creating media campaigns public/street actions and performances, but also on direct empowerment of LGBTI persons in Bosnia and Herzegovina. As an outed lesbian, she is living her activism and fights inequality, homofobia and fascism on a daily basis.

OUR FOUR WALLS – THEIR HOUSING POLICIES

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Paola Petrić graduated at the Belgrade Faculty of Philology, at the Department for German Language and Literature, where she also earned her master’s degree. During studies she also advanced her knowledge at the University in Hanover. She successfully completed the Diplomatic Academy within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Serbia and Montenegro, as well as Good Administration Collegium of the German Association for Foreign Policy in Berlin. She worked as an assistent for german language and culture at the Faculty of Law of the Union University in Belgrade. Currently works in Heinrich Boell Foundation as a programme coordinator, in charge for gendering programmes.

Branka Ćurčić is a member of the Group for Conceptual Politics, activist and member of the project “Local Policies and Urban Self-Government” that has been dedicated ever since 2014 to housing and local self-governing issues, and for the last few years also to struggle for opening local community centers for associations of citizens and civil initiatives in Novi Sad. Also takes part in publishing the bulletin STANAR.

Marko Aksentijević (1984) is a graduated politicologist, active in a number of collectives dealing with spatial aspect of social justice.

Jovana Timotijevic is an architect.Recently became a member of the Institute for Urban Policies (Ministry of Space). Together with others she founded the Platform for the Theory and Practice of Social Goods - zajedničko.org. She believes in the political potential of “being in between”, so she positions her work, activism and theoretical research into the intersections of feminist and queer theory, contemporary political theory and urban studies. Currently at doctoral studies of politicology.

 

 

 

“HE LOVES ME IN HIS OWN WAY“:*EXPLORING GENDER BASED VIOLENCE IN POPULAR CULTURE 

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Rebellious Readers is a group of young female literary critics, functioning on feminist and leftist principles of solidarity. The group works in Yugoslav literary field, but also deals with global contemporary tendencies in literature and literary theory, and also organizes workshops and talks related to literature and pop culture.

*Title of a Gabi Novak’s pop song from former Yugoslavia.

 

 

#METOO, DID YOU PUBLICIZE THE PERPETRATOR OF VIOLENCE? 

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Ana Stevanović Zdravev is a civil society activist and feminist from Belgrade, Serbia. By educatin she is a politicologist (BA), specialized in gender studies (MA). Since 2012 has been a member of BeFem. She stands for active participation of citizens in political life, responsible work of public institutions and struggle against all forms of violence and discrimination. Researched the role of media and art in social movements and strengthening disobbedience of citizens.

Hana Grgić lives in Berlin, where she works for the transnational organization European Alternatives as an editor of pan-European online magazine Political Critique. Previously lived and worked in Zagreb as an editor of the feminist web site Libela, a project coordinator in the institution of Ombudsperson for Gender Equality, and active member of several activist collectives. Inspired by curageous movements from the past, keeps hoping that she will witness similar actions rather soon. Graduated at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Zagreb and completed one year programme of Women’s Studies Center in Zagreb.

Natalija Simović is a feminist and activist of Ne davimo Beograd (Let’s Not Drown Belgrade) from its very beginning. Within this movement she deals with the issues of feminization of politics. Has many years of experience in Trag foundation, where she currently leads the programme of support to women’s organizations and women’s movement in combating violence against women.

Tanja Ignjatović is a psychologist with a PhD earned at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade, on the topics related to violence against women. Since 2001 has been engaged in the Autonomous Women’s Center in Belgrade. Apart from the individual consultations for women who experienced male violence, she coordinates programmes of educations, research, analyses of public policies and public advocacy.

Irena Cvetkovikj holds PhD in Gender studies. As a researcher she has worked on many research projects in the area of sociology, gender studies and media. She was the author of a socially engaged blog “Femgerila”, and then a columnist in the daily newspaper “Dnevnik”. She is a human rights activist for the rights of the marginalized communities, with focus on marginalized women, LGBTI rights, drug users’ rights and sex workers’ rights. At the moment she is the executive director of the Coalition Margins.                            

FROM LABELLING ENEMIES TO FIGHTING THEM AND VICE VERSA? POSITION OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS IN SERBIA

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Mirko Medenica is a lawyer, peace and human rights activist. He graduated at the Faculty of Law in Belgrade, on the course of international public law. From 2012 to 2015 he worked in the Humanitarian Law Fund, on the project “Human Losses in Wars 1991 – 1999”. He researched and documented lost lives and war crimes in the wars in former Yugoslavia in 1990s. He interviewed approximately 300 witnesses and family members of persons killed in armed conflicts. Closely cooperates with Women in Black as a lawyer, as well as on providing aid and support to refugees.

Marijana Stojčić is a sociologist, researcher, feminist and peace activist. Fields of her interest are: culture of memories and politics of history, identity politics, history of feminism and social movements. Some of her relevant works and publications are: Pepeljuge i veštice u srpskim štampanim medijima (Belgrade, 2008); Proleteri svih zemalja ko vam pere čarape? Feministički pokret u Jugoslaviji 1978-1989 (Belgrade, 2009); Gde je nestala Roza Luksemburg? Recepcija ideja Roze Luksemburg u Srbiji/SFRJ (Belgrade, 2011); Humana bezbednost i LGBT zajednica(Beograd, 2013); Paradoksi jednakosti – Istraživanje o delovanju institucija u Srbiji na rešavanju problema interno raseljenih žena(Belgrade, 2013); Homofobija i internalizovana homofobija – Kvalitativno istraživanje (Belgrade, 2016); Na tragu Podunavskih Nemaca (Belgrade, 2016); From partisans to housewives: representation of women in Yugoslav cinema (Rijeka, 2017); Nelagodnost(i) u istoriografiji – Analiza postavke i vođenja kroz izložbu Muzeja Banjičkog logora(Belgrade, 2018).

Kristina Todorović has been a human rights activist for years. After passing her bar exam, she got engaged in the Lawyers' Committee for Human Rights for providing primary and secondary legal aid. She represents before the court persons whose human rights were violated, as well as human rights defenders. She won the first case in Serbia for discrimination based on trade union membership, as well as the first case where the article 54a of the Criminal Code (hate crime) was used in a case of violence based on sexual orientation. She wrote numerous publications in the field of human rights.

PARTYARCHATE: SEXISM AND CLUBBING

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Dina Čubrić graduated at the Belgrade Faculty of Philology, at the Department for Comparative Literature and Theory of Literature, and then got enrolled to master studies with the scholarship of Gema Erasmus Mundus programme for gender studies. She studied in Bologna (Italy), Lodz (Poland) and Utrecht (Netherlands), and defended the thesis “(Ob)scene desire: Body and Sexuality in novels of Angela Carter“. Also completed Women’s Studies at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade, as well as Queer Studies at the Institute for Social Theory and Philosophy. After academic and activist engagement in Bologna, where for some time she was associate at the Faculty, she returned to Belgrade where she currently works and lives. She coordinates the project “Pedaliranje”, intended to support the efforts of the Belgrade community of bicyclists.

Johana Bogićević is a graphic designer and DJ, and with Dušan Lilić makes the duet Banda Panda. The duet was created 8 years ago and has perfomed in all relevant clubs of Belgrade, as well as at the festivals in the country and the region. Two years ago, Banda Panda initiated series of parties Bipolar, and this summer with the crew from 20/44 Club Johana they started the F-Society series of parties that were held every Wednesday throughout the summer. F-Society parties feature only women DJs, with the intention to link them to each other and empower them.

Iva Stanišić from Belgrade is a musician and producer permanently living in Rome. Her live sets are characterized by unique electronic sound she produces using rhytm machines, synthesizers, acoustic and digital percussions and different vocal effects, while generating new genres in music. After her debute album “Love Toys & Molotovs“ in 2013, she released album “Slavia Divinorum” in 2018.

Ivana Dragšić is a sociologist and civil operator mostly working in the area of urban commons and alternative culture. Working with Freedom Square (www.gradzasite.mk), she works on projects and writes about city planning and public space, urban greenery, citizens' participation, as well as many relatable topics such as: feminism, culture, politics and institutions. Ivana is an amateur artist and performer, plays music on the radio and in clubs. DISKORDIA (www.kanal103.com.mk) is the only radio show in Macedonia treating queer culture.

RESPONSES OF ARTISTS TO THE GROWING VIOLENCE

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Zoe Gudović is a cultural manager, producer and organizer. Since 1995 she has been researching and taking part in informal and socially engaged theatre forms. She merges art and activism in order to change the current social relations and awareness. Theatre educator, toilet artist, performer, drag king transformer, laureate of Jelena Šantić award for combining art and activism. She currently works as a public relations manager at the Reconstruction Women’s Fund and as a host of the radio show Ženergija.

Sanja Solunac is a visual, interdisciplinary artist and activist. She had several independent exhibitions and from 2008 on took part in over thirty group exhibitions in the country and abroad, as well as in artistic and socially engaged projects.

Wenke Seemann - photographer, performer and sociologist, is living and working in Berlin. She focuses her work on portrait series to explore her role as the photographer as well as the role of the portrayed persons in the act of photography.

Kristina Kastelec was born in Belgrade on 18th of March 1995. She completed the Photography Course at the secondary School of Graphics. From early childhood she has felt the need to change the society and injustice she could see all around, which in time brought her to activism. Since secondary school she took part in different actions and volunteered in several organizations, mostly related to LGBT+ human rights. Motivated by a personal experience of physical and sexual violence, in 2016 she became one of the founders of the organization Da Se Zna!, which records cases of violence and discrimination against LGBT+ persons. After leaving this organization, she started combining two loves of hers: art and struggle for human rights. In April 2018 she has started in her tattoo studio the everlasting programme of tattooing free of charge the symbols designed by Jacqueline Lin, intended for survivors of sexual violence. In a nutshell – she draws, paints, does tattoos, writes and tries to take part in changes.

Marija Janković actively exhibits since 2002. Her photograps were also published in newspapers, magazines, media houses, portals and agencies(Le Courrier des Balkans, Le Monde diplomatique, Mediapart, UNHCR, The Queries, Vreme, Blic, Cultural Development Institute etc.). She illustrated several books, had 10 independent exhibitions and took part in many group exhibitions. She received 8 awards. Her work represents documentary and artistic approach to mostly political, social and historical subjects, as well as the subject of women’s rights.

DEKADENCA & MARQUISE DE SADA PRESENT: ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN

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Dekadenca is a product of great love towards the stage, musical, Broadway and Hollywood divas who are “larger than life” and who stand the test of time due to their greatness. Her name comes from the musical Cabaret and the character of Sally Bowles who very often repeats the phrase “Divine decadence!“. The same goes for the subtle dedication to the drag performer Divine, who was a large lady with an attitude, unique style and eyebrows. Dekadenca's performance shows that drag is an art form which includes stage movement, acting, painting and singing. https://www.dekadenca.com/

Marquise De Sada is a fatal seductress, bastard of a Russian revolutionary and a German aristocrat. It is said that in a surge of passion she killed her lover and now roams the cities of Europe in search of entertainment. Of dubious morality and with an insatiable sexual appetite, she is unconquerable in arm wrestling, skilled with the sword and a champion in downing an entire bottle of absinthe. Shrouded in a veil of mystery and with an inherent and immaculate style; she chooses her company carefully and goes nowhere without her driver.

 

TRI KAPLJICE / THREE DROPS 

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A female trio from Novi Sad formed in 2007. It’s an authorial band playing rock music with the influenes of similar music genres. Their lyrics are based on introspection, and music is energetic and melodic. They performed at big festivals such as EXIT, Demofest, Ritam Evrope, To Be Punk, TLO festival, BUNT Rok fest etc.

 

 

 

EVA's GUILTY PLEASURE

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Eva (lacking more creative name – DjEva) is a promising young DJ of the Belgrade clubbing scene. She has been a Dj for almost three years and you may have met her at the nostalgic parties of the new generation – 2000 Late (she is one of the initiators). She can also be seen rather frequently in the caffee Tok, and more and more also at pop places and parties such as Crushhh and Club Mercury. She dislikes the limitations of genres and believes not in the concept of guilty pleasure, but only in having fun and dancing all night til all muscles start to hurt. Expect some foreign commercial vibes for warming up, and then some more serious music for the soul a.k.a. Čola, Bajaga, Dvornik etc.