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With Education Against Violence Toward Girls

by Centar for girls
With Education Against Violence Toward Girls
With Education Against Violence Toward Girls
With Education Against Violence Toward Girls
With Education Against Violence Toward Girls
With Education Against Violence Toward Girls
With Education Against Violence Toward Girls
With Education Against Violence Toward Girls
With Education Against Violence Toward Girls
With Education Against Violence Toward Girls
With Education Against Violence Toward Girls
With Education Against Violence Toward Girls
With Education Against Violence Toward Girls
With Education Against Violence Toward Girls
With Education Against Violence Toward Girls
With Education Against Violence Toward Girls
With Education Against Violence Toward Girls
With Education Against Violence Toward Girls
With Education Against Violence Toward Girls
With Education Against Violence Toward Girls
With Education Against Violence Toward Girls
With Education Against Violence Toward Girls
Hello!
Although it is summer, the Center for Girls continues its fight against violence toward little girls, girls and women.
This year we have realized the fifth Feminist Art Colony with 12 female artists.
We want to empower women artists to become familiar with feminist topics and incorporate them into their work, to change the image of society through art and to fight for a life without violence.
The girls / women who participated in the Feminist Art Colonies had the opportunity to hear about the issue of violence, human trafficking and women's health through performances, workshops and conversations with activists of the Center for Girls.
The introductory workshop was extremely emotional. Women and girl artists were opening up, presenting their personal stories, stories of their mothers in the context of violence or gender-imposed roles or positions in the faculties of painting, sculpture on which they have studied or are studying.
It was cathartic. Workshop opened up many topics that female artists have been addressing over the next week. 
Part of the program of the colony were three plays:
1. Nadezda self-portrait in the plural
Nadezda was primarily a woman who, in addition to painting, was involved in humanitarian work.
She went significantly ahead of her contemporaries and this is one of the reasons why she was not understood in the traditional patriarchal milieu of the Yugoslav countries.
The play is about her struggle to make the life choices that she wants.
2. I am an emotional creature
The lyrics of this play talk about the various problems that teenage girls around the world face - identity, violence, trafficking, appearance, sexual orientation. 
3. Invisible 45+
The Invisible 45+ show aims to highlight the various problems these women face in their job search, alarm the public, and point out the need for various forms of support and measures to improve their condition.
The performance was assisted by the Secretariat for Culture and Information of the City of Niš. 
The other two plays are performed by the activists of the Center for Girls, which is very important because they are empowered by acting and encouraged to leave their comfort zone.
Within the 6th ArtFemine festival we organized a workshop "Painting Rickwand".
In this workshop, we painted canvas and conveyed our feelings and our ideas about how women and girls experience violence today. We should put into action the fight against violence against girls and women, and it starts with an education that would empower at least one person who would then pass on. The canvas was painted by 11 girls and women and three children.
The workshop was led by artist and associate of the Center for Girls Milena. 
Until next time.
The Center for Girls team
Workshop with girls in small place Babusnica
Workshop with girls in small place Babusnica

In last three months (march, april, may) within of the project ,,Education against violence toward girls'' the activists of Center for Girls held 1 workshop, perform twice theatar play ,,Invisible women 45+” and held education for girls and women to protest themselves from violence.

 

Workshop with high school girls in small place Babusnica

The atmosphere at the workshop was pleasant. Most of the girls were open to discussion and expressed their desire for further cooperation. We also heard various opinions and examples from life on this topic. They already knew a lot of things what is seen from the questionnaire that is being done in our workshops before and after the workshop.

15 girls participated on wokrshops in Babušnica.

From the evaluation of the girls who passed the workshop you can see what they learned and what they liked:

  • I like that everyone can express their opinions and everyone's opinion is respected. I heard something about the law. The organization should expand and visit other parts of Serbia more often.

  • I learned what is actually violence and that the victim is never guilty.

  • I liked everything, and I particularly like the fact that we have talk about this topic through examples and even better understood everything.

Workshop were done in place cold Babušnica, near Pirot in high schools new for us and were led by Marta and Silvija.

 

Theatar play ,,Invisible 45+”

The theatar play talks about women over 45 years of age and job-finding problems and presents their life stories. In a waiting room in the newly established South Korean company, five women meet with different life stories, desires, dreams and one common goal - to get a job. Theater play ,,The Invisible 45+'' aims to point out the various problems that these women face in the search for jobs, to alert the public and to point out the need for various forms of support and measures to improve their condition.

,,Only engaged art, art that tackles community problems and points to disenfranchised, oppressed and discriminated, has reasons to exist" - actress and author of the play. Activists of Center for girls are co-authors of this play.

Two performances of this play were seen by 68 people.

 

Protect yourself from violence - practical education

The Center for Girls held education for 25 girls and women titled "Protect yourself from violence - practical education".The education consisted of two parts: 1. Identifying and understanding the mechanism of violence against girls / women in order to prevent and / or exit from the same - leader Tatjana and 2. Basic principles of self-defense with presentation of techniques and simulation of real situations - leader Andrijan, the author of the book Self defence basic principles and practical application.



For more information you can follow us on our facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/CentarZaDevojke/

That's it. See you soon with new things

Theatar play ,,Invisible 45+" - Labor rights
Theatar play ,,Invisible 45+" - Labor rights
Protect yourself from violence
Protect yourself from violence
Practical education - self defence
Practical education - self defence
Practical education - self defence
Practical education - self defence
Practical education - self defence
Practical education - self defence
Street action ,,Quiet cemetery"
Street action ,,Quiet cemetery"

In the past 3 months, we have been fighting against violence toward girls and women in various ways.

  • We had a street action with which we pointed out a large number of femicide in Serbia in 2018.
  • We were hanging out with 60 young people, future psychologists, from the Faculty of Philosophy in Nis. We talked about the Center for girls, feminist principles of work, SOS telephone and violence against women.
  • Through the theater, we brought the problem of violence against women closer to the audience, and in Vranje and Nis we performed in front 95 people the play "I am an emotional creature" written by Eve Ensler.
  • On February 14th we joined the global campaign "One billion raising" and danced against the violence with the song "Break the chain". On the same day, we performed reading performance of Vagina's monologues, for the 11. time wich over 50 people watched with attention.

Here's evaluaton of girl who particpiated in these forum theaters:

  • Before I participated in a forum theaters I was very scared of talking to unknown people and situations in which you should provide information that can affect someone and which are essentially important. I did not know how to transfer my knowledge in the right way and I was very scared of mistakes. And now I am afraid of mistakes, but I think that I changed, that I am now safer and that I have more confidence in myself that I can do it. I learned to communicate with people and highlight very important things in the way that would be closest to them. I think that the most important changes to me are actually to make me feel more freer and more capable. I feel that I matured in some my own way and I am satisfied with myself because I worked and participated in something that is very important for the people with whom you are doing it.

For more information you can follow us on our facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/CentarZaDevojke/

That's it. See you soon with new things.

Play ,,I am an emotional creature" in Vranje
Play ,,I am an emotional creature" in Vranje
Play ,,I am an emotional creature" in Nis
Play ,,I am an emotional creature" in Nis
Center for girls on he Faculty of Philosophy
Center for girls on he Faculty of Philosophy
Performance - global campaign One billion raising
Performance - global campaign One billion raising
Reading performance of Vagina
Reading performance of Vagina's monologues
Forum Theater
Forum Theater
Rape is a crime without a cause.
Rape is a crime without a cause.

Here's what Center for girls did in the last month.

 

We talk about ,,What is sexual harassment, where it is happening and how to protect yourself'', on TV.

Then we started online campaign “React to violence” on the social networks.

Campaign 16 days of activism we started in Leskovac with two workshops in one high school with 21 girl.

Here's some evaluatons of girls from these workshops:

  • I learned that alcohol and mental illness are just an excuse for violence, and that violence is only a choice of abusers.

  • I learned how to get out of violence and who can help me. And I liked being able to say my opinion, without someone mocks me.

  • I liked communication and the atmosphere on workshop. I've met the laws and whom I can address.

With activist-feminist theater of Center for girls we performed theatre play ''I emotional creature'' by Eve Ensler in front 120 high school girls and boys in, “School of textile and design”, in Leskovac.

We opened en exibition of work from our IV Feminist art colony in Cultural Center of Leskovac.

It was exibited 28 work by 12 different female artists from 3 countries (Serbia, Bosnia and Hercegovina and Croatia).

Also we did street performans at november 29 in Nis. On the occasion of the International Human Rights Day, we reminded the citizens that is their duty to react. Over 1000 passers-by, citizens, as well as tourists saw our street action.

We stood on 3 locatons in Nis and held this mesages:

Rape is a crime without a cause.

Stop violence against girls/women.

React to violence.



See you soon with new things.

Theatre play
Theatre play ''I emotional creature'' - Eve Ensler
Workshop
Workshop ''Prevention violence against girls''
Exibition of work from our IV Feminist art colony
Exibition of work from our IV Feminist art colony
We talk about "What is sexual harassment" on TV
We talk about "What is sexual harassment" on TV
Campaign "React to violence" on the social network
Campaign "React to violence" on the social network
Scene from forum theatre
Scene from forum theatre

The fourth report about activity on the project ,,Education against violence toward girls''

In last three months within of the project ,,Education against violence toward girls'' the activists of Center for Girls held 3 workshop and 6 forum theaters.

75 girls participated on wokrshops in Niš, Leskovac and Prokuplje. Some of the girls were shy at the beginning and didn't want to share their opinion with us, but shortly they start to actively participated in the workshop.

From the evaluation of the girls who passed the workshop you can see what they learned and what they liked:

  • Anyone can be a victim of a violence.

  • Bullies choose to be violent.

  • The victim is not guilty for the violence that happens to her.

Workshops were done in two high schools and one elementary. The workshops were led by Irena Zivkovic and Mila Stanojevic.

The acivists of Center for Girls, played 6 forums theaters which saw 310 people in 3 towns in 6 schools. Through the form of forum theater, as a means of social change, we had managed to get close the young people serious topics which are concerned with the problems that affect us all.

Pupils were very active in a discussion after every performance in every school. They asked, suggested and commented roles and their action. We discussed what kind prejudices people have about the girl who survived the violence, that jealousy isn't love and that violence isn't private thing. Most common questions were about:

  • why one of the characters didn't do more for her friend who were in violence,

  • why the other friend of the victim thought it doesn't concern her problems that victim had with boyfriend,

  • why victim didn't leave her boyfriend if he were violent to her.

A few girls in audience cried during the discussion. After every performance a few people from audience stayed after and talked to us about play.

Forum theaters were performed by Silvija Mihajlovic, Marija Virijevic, Marija Stojanovic and Tatjana NIkolic in 6 high schools.

 

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