„TAKE RESPONSIBILITY – GET INVOLVED“

ZANOSS – 8th of March Conference in MontenegroDemonstration 8th of March in Montenegro

Fourth year in a row, ANIMA – Centre for Women’s and Peace Education from Kotor organizes 8th of the March conference with support of Kvinna till Kvinna.

The aim, was four years ago and still is, to empower Women Movement in Montenegro and raise some important issues such as affirmation the 8th of March as political holiday, increase visibility of women’s activism and political influence and define common platform for actions.

Although Montenegro is in accession process to EU, situation in very difficult for all. Montenegro society lacks in freedom of speech, security for journalist and activists, transparency and serious efforts to deal with corruptions still. Processes of the peace building and facing the past are insufficient and too slow. Some off the consequences – women are still being excluded and marginalized, discriminated in many levels. Conference gathers those women who are invisible for political and social elites, whose demands, related to achieving their rights, are not being respected.

Participants were: activists- from women NGOs, Roma women, disable women, women from rural areas, single mothers, refugees, strikers, independent intellectuals, journalists, representatives of international organizations and Gender Equality Mechanisms.

This year conference is named as ZANOSS[1] – (znanje, akcija, nenasilje, odgovornost, saosjećanje, sloboda – knowledge, action, nonviolence, responsibility, empathy, freedom) as values affirmed by.

In these three days they speak about continuity of women`s resistance and rights, role of knowledge and education in Women`s Movement and its effects, CEDAW Shadow report presented last year in Geneva and related future common actions in local communities.

During the conference they organizes street march asking people to “take responsibilities – get involve” to think, to criticize society form the perspective of everyday life, to open free space for the debate. They raise the question of the responsibility of the politicians and government for the unemployment and poverty, which has largely increased during the transition period. They raise the question of facing the past and peace building in Montenegro society.

After the steer action, on of the participant, activist form Bjelo Polje, said: “This is third year for me to participate on 8th of the March conference. First year I was so afraid, for me, my friends, but now, I’m not. I can see the difference and how this conference empowered me, us. Each year we know more about our rights, we are more organize and stronger.”

 

Maja Stajcic Riza Aragon


[1] ZANOS in Serbian means enthusiasm, ecstasy, exaltation

En lugn dag på jobbet!

Sitter och pular med allt man inte hinner vanliga dagar är tempot är på topp. Sätter in papper i pärmar, förbereder kommande möten, beundrar våra nya fina roll-ups som kom igår.  Och bloggar! Det krävdes alltså en lugn fredag i sportlovsveckan med flera kollegor som är lediga, sjuka eller har sjuka barn för att jag ska samla mig till mitt första blogginlägg!

Men det är lugnet före stormen som råder. Nästa vecka är det 8 mars den Interntionella kvinnodagen och då kommer vi att ha massor av aktiviteter. Själv ska jag gå på ”Bara brudar” på Hamburger Börs den 7 mars då Sveriges humorelit uppträder till förmån för Kvinna till Kvinna. Min favoritkomiker Anna Blomberg är en av dem och jag glädjer mig redan. På morgonen den 8 mars ska jag sen stå med bössa på stan och samla in pengar. Senare under dagen ska jag till Historiska museet och lyssna på ett spännande seminarium om kvinnor i Egypten. Vi kanske ses där eller vid Kvinna till Kvinnas bokbord!

Christina Hagner

 

Nu har vi äntligen fått tre fina roll-ups.