The Kosovo and Serbia exchange continues! This time we are meeting in Split, Croatia, to learn and discuss about LGBT-rights, feminism and feminist curiosity, leadership and more. And of course to participate in the Split Pride. Two young women from Armenia and Azerbaijan and the Young Women’s Network in South Caucasus have joined us, to exchange experiences between the different regions.
The Split Pride was held yesterday, June 8th, and for the first time it was carried out without incidents. The mayor of Split and several ministers participated in the walk. There was a huge number of police officers in full ninja turtle outfit, and the area was fenced off.
“It felt as if we were separated from the society”, Elvira, Armenia
“It was like we were in a cage, but it was a good cage”, Maja, Serbia
The atmosphere was good as we walked:
“People were clapping along the way, I did not expect that”, Zana, Kosovo
“I saw a grandmother who was 80 years old, and she was clapping!” Gordana, Serbia
“I wish everyone could feel the positive energy!” Mimoza, Kosovo
The Pride started by flying the rainbow flag at a central square in Split. After that everyone gathered in a park and lot’s of media were there to cover the event. Then we walked through the centre of the city to a stage that had been set up by the seaside. It was a beautiful day. The mayor, the organisers and others gave speeches, there was live music and a rainbow-flashmob. Love was in the air, and there and then Split felt like a place of diversity. Surrounded by police.
Photos by Kvinna till Kvinna/Yllka Soba
Text by Stina Magnuson Buur