With Education Against Violence Toward Girls

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Always first - Together - ArtFemine 7th festival
Always first - Together - ArtFemine 7th festival

This year has been challenging for everyone, and it still is. However, that did not stop us from continuing to work in the field of combating violence, human trafficking, and women's health and sexuality. We addressed these topics through education, activism, and creativity. Here is what we did from July to mid-October. Enjoy reading.

 

SOS

From July to mid-October, we had 53 services provided in the domain of SOS.

 

Always first - Together - ArtFemine 7th festival

This year, we held the ArtFemine festival for the 7th time, for the first time with guests only from Serbia due to the pandemic. The program included a street action, a panel, "Always first - Women Covid 19", a performance "Together to dignified work" and 6 workshops, as well as an exhibition "Women's activist visuals". Workshops: Yoga, By dancing into the women's revolution, Making jewelry from recyclable material, Making natural soaps, Our identities and our realities, By bike in search of freedom and theater. 66 people attended and participated in the festival.

 

The last hearing of Marija L.

Activists of the Girls' Center stood on the streets of Nis and gave unreserved support to Marija L. at the time of the last hearing. Marija L. is a woman who sued her boss for sexual harassment. Two and a half years after the trial was initiated, a verdict was reached that the accused was guilty. He received only 3 months in prison for the crime of illicit sexual activity. This is the first time that someone in Serbia has received a verdict for that.

 

Workshop on the prevention of human trafficking

A workshop on the prevention of human trafficking was held in Nis on July 17, organized by the Center for Girls, and with respect for all protection measures. The workshop was led by peer educators Danica S. and Mina K.

 

World Anti-Trafficking Day - July 30

On July 30, we marked World Anti-Trafficking Day. In addition to handing out flyers and holding banners, a performance was performed with Marcelo's song "Plug", which talks about labor exploitation. The performance was conceived in 2017 by Natasa N.

 

Mini online anti-trafficking campaign

In August, we had a mini-campaign in which we shot videos on the topic of human trafficking. The videos are short with the most important information on how to protect yourself. 6 girls/women participated in the filming. Filmed by: Sanja K.

 

6th Feminist art colony

This year's 6th Feminist Art Colony was attended by 11 female artists. Due to the pandemic this year, only girls and women from Serbia participated. Also, due to the impossibility to realize the colony in Sicevo, as in the previous 5 years, this one was held in the hostel Tašana, in Niš. At this year's colony, the female artists had the opportunity to see 3 fantastic performances: "Nadezda Petrovic - a self-portrait in the plural"; "I am an emotional being", and "Vagina's monologues" by Eve Ensler.

 

Active again after summer

In September, after the summer and the break, we had meetings with our activists and talked about new plans.

We joined the action of friends from Zagreb from the NGO Women's Room in marking the "National Day for Combating Violence against Women". We kept 3 papers with which we took photos on the street and then posted them on our social networks.

 

Creative workshop of soap making

The workshop, where it was possible to learn from which materials natural soaps are made, as well as soap decorating techniques, was attended by 14 little girls, girls, and women. They also had the opportunity to try their hand at making them. The workshop was led by Sanja K. & Marta S.

 

Creative workshop of collage making

9 girls and women learned how to make something new, new shape, a new story from old material.

The workshop was led by Marina R.

 

Cross-sectoral training "Improving the response in human trafficking procedures"

Through cross-sectoral training "Improving the Response to Trafficking Procedures", 35 representatives of institutions and CSOs improved their knowledge in working on cases of trafficking in human beings through the identification of obstacles and the exchange of previous experiences. The training was realized in Vrnjacka Banja with the participation of relevant actors in the fight against human trafficking: police (Niš, Zrenjanin, Leskovac, Belgrade, Prijepolje, Pirot, Uzice, Vranje), higher prosecutor's office (Novi Sad, Zrenjanin, Belgrade, Niš, Vranje ), centers for social work (Nis, Vranje, Dimitrovgrad, Prijepolje, Vlasotince, Zrenjanin) and non-governmental organizations, members of the AT network (Belgrade, Uzice, Prijepolje, Nis, Vlasotince, Vranje).

Attendees could also hear Nevena's life story. She is from Nis and back in '95 she ended up in a human trafficking chain in which she was for 2 years.

 

Performance "Women's Cemetery"

In Serbia, one woman is killed every 10 days. With the street performance "Women's Cemetery", we sent a message to our fellow citizens that this is a common problem and that they should not turn their heads. The performance was performed by activists of the Girls' Center. During the hour that the performance lasted, passers-by could hear 315 names and surnames of women killed in the last 10 years in domestic and partner violence. The performance was seen by over 1000 people. Audio recording: Marijana P.

 

European Day against Trafficking in Human Beings in Nis

Activists of the Center for Girls marked October 18 - European Day against Trafficking in Human Beings. The Center for Girls is part of the Anti-Trafficking Network.

In addition to handing out flyers and holding banners, we talked a lot with fellow citizens on this topic. The street action was seen by over 500 people.

 

Film marathon in September and October

We started a film marathon in September and October, so we watched movies with activists and had conversations after watching them. The films are chosen to touch on the topics we are dealing with and which will enable the audience to face their prejudices and better understand some things.

 

All activities were carried out with all precautionary measures due to the pandemic.

 

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Workshops on ArtFemine 7th festival
Workshops on ArtFemine 7th festival
Support to Marija L. while she is waiting justice
Support to Marija L. while she is waiting justice
Creative and educative workshops
Creative and educative workshops
6th Feminist art colony
6th Feminist art colony
National Day for Combating Violence against Women
National Day for Combating Violence against Women
Cross-sectoral training on topic human trafficking
Cross-sectoral training on topic human trafficking
Street performances and actions
Street performances and actions
Film marathon in September and October
Film marathon in September and October
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A state of emergency is not an excuse for violence
A state of emergency is not an excuse for violence

In the last 3 months, our SOS phone rang so many times. 19 different women contacted us asking for help because they are in a situation of violence. In addition to support in the form of conversations, we provided psychological and legal assistance to some of them. You can see what else we did in the fight against violence during the pandemic that hit the whole world in the text below.

A state of emergency is not an excuse for violence

At the beginning of the state of emergency in Serbia, we launched a campaign called "A state of emergency is not an excuse for violence." In addition to our SOS telephone, the posts also promoted the telephones of the organizations we cooperate with and whose work we can stand behind: Pešcanik - Kruševac, Iz Kruga - Vojvodina, EGAL - Belgrade, which we continue in the further course of the campaign.  You can see the whole campaign on our FB and Instagram page.

Design of posts: Sanja K.

The emotional creature spoke on International Women's Day

In Niš, 10 activists told the life stories of girls and women who are changing history by changing established rules and traditions. We are very proud of them and on our longstanding contribution to empowering girls to speak publicly about violence.

At the very end, we joined female friends from Croatia with the performance Patriarch Rape! and we sent support to female fighters Latin American women.

Carrying the message “Silence does not protect us” we were together and with our friends from Banja Luka.

We thank our friends from Le Zbor and Oštra Nula for inviting us to join the action.

Photo by: Aleksandra N.

Remembrance Day for Women Victims of Violence

On the occasion of the Day of Remembrance of women victims of violence in Nis, activists of the Center for Girl carried out a street performance "Women's Cemetery," in the crowded Obrenoviceva Street in Niš. During the one-hour performance, passers-by could hear 315 names and surnames of women killed in the last 10 years in domestic and partner violence. The activists of the Center for Girls were joined during the performance by two women, a representative of the organization "Iz Kruga" and a fellow citizen. Today's action caused a lot of comments and was seen by over 1000 people. Interested fellow citizens could take the "Wheel of Violence" with them.

Audio recording: Mariana P.

Photo by: Sanja K, Ivana M.

"Women's Cemetery" Performance, June 2, 2020

During the hour that the performance lasted, passers-by could see the names and surnames of 3 women who were killed in the last 15 days in Serbia in domestic and partner violence, as well as messages about violence against women and femicide. Femicide is the murder of a woman by a man, motivated by hatred, feelings of superiority, ownership over women, and their bodies. Women are most often killed in their homes by their partners, and this is preceded by long-term violence. We distributed pamphlets about violence against girls to our fellow female citizens, as well as the wheel of violence. Many of them commented and photographed the performance, which was seen by more than 1,500 people.

Photo by: Marija V.

Let's be responsible for ourselves and take care of our health

May is the Month of Women's Health, which we have been celebrating for the eighth year in a row. Due to coronavirus measures this year, instead of workshops, we recorded conversations with four women about women's health and ways of caring during this period of quarantine and general concern. They were interviewed and recorded by Silvija M. You can find that interviews on our FB and Instagram page.

As every year on the occasion of May 28 – the International Day for Women's Health and Reproductive Rights, Obrenoviceva Street was full of women's activism today. With another street action where they held a banner and distributed promotional material, Center for Girls' activists pointed out the importance of taking care of ourselves and our health. More than 500 leaflets on the topic of cervical cancer were distributed to passers-by.

Be responsible for yourself and take care of your health because that is the most important thing.

Photographers: Sanja K. and Marija V.

Stay tuned because we can do more together!

Emotional creature on International Women's Day
Emotional creature on International Women's Day
Remembrance Day for Women Victims of Violence
Remembrance Day for Women Victims of Violence
"Women's Cemetery" Performance, June 2, 2020
"Women's Cemetery" Performance, June 2, 2020
Let's take care of our health
Let's take care of our health
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Together against sexual harassment
Together against sexual harassment

Hello!

From last reporting we did a few things to educate girls and young women about violence against women. In our work we also included relevant institutions. Check it out our the newest report.

 

Together against sexual harassment

Once again we had a street action to support Marija from Brus who is suffered sexual harassment from her former boss. Court proceedings are being conducted against him. He was mayor of Brus while he sexual harassed her. We wanted to call for the accountability of the institution, but also for citizens not to remain silent.

Our messages was: It depends on the society's condemnation whether the feeling of the shame it will cross from a victim to abuser.

Let's say NO to violence together.

 

Conference about violence against women

In December we had a conference on a topic about violence against women. Over 50 people attended the conference.

The most important factors in the prevention of violence during the conference who stood out:

- when it comes to LGBTI persons, it is cooperation with institutions, but also that the response of institutions must be clearer and more direct;

- that it is necessary to delegate the competences of NGOs that have proven themselves in their work in order to advance the lives of their citizens, especially women as particularly vulnerable categories;

- emphasis should be put on prevention so that as few women as possible are in a situation of violence;

- domestic violence is not a private matter, but it must in no way depend on the will of the victim, so the state is obliged to find other evidence, to take other measures to prove that the violence was committed, and not to expect it only from the victim;

- That there is a need for constant education of both the employees of the institutions and the citizens on how to recognize violence; - and we need to deal more with the prevention of violence, not its consequences, because it is the path to reducing violence.

NGOs and institutions sat together at another our conference to talk violence against women. The conference was also attended by elementary, middle and high schools.

 

Campaign: Recognize and respond to violence against women

Are the media so important in the fight against violence? - you ask. They are, because thanks to them we find out how many women and girls are killed during the year by husbands, boyfriends, fathers, ex-partners or husband. Often, however, reporting is poor or inadequate.

The failures happen for various reasons, ignorance, ill-informed, patriarchal society in which violence is romanticized. In order to educate citizens, the public, we launched a media campaign Recognize and Respond!

You can see the video with that posts of campaign on the link below.

 

Vagina's monologues empower girls and women

This February 14, the Center for girls again empowered girls and women by performing Vagina's monologues in the environment that is considered patriarchal and these topics are taboo topics. We have enabled our female fellow citizens in Niš to hear confessions about the most intimate experiences of other women and girls from all over the world. We touched them with these stories and encouraged to think about themselves and their relationship with their inner being. This piece is still topical because many girls and women still feel guilt and shame when it comes to their own body or sexuality.

On February 14, 2020, activists from the Center for Girls performed Vagina's monologues for the 12th time.There were 19 girls and women aged 11-63 on the scene, 9 of them performing for the first time. Thank Labeerint for gave us space this year again.

We thank Jill Wilkowski with which we began to perform them in 2011.

 

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Conference about violence against women
Conference about violence against women
Vagina's monologues empower girls and women
Vagina's monologues empower girls and women

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Support to a teenage girl from Zadar
Support to a teenage girl from Zadar

In the past three months, we have pointed to the problem of violence against little girls, girls, and women through street actions, theater, television appearances and campaigns through social networks.

 

- We had three fantastic street actions.

 

* We send support to a teenage girl from Zadar (Croatia), a victim of sexual violence, and made it clear that impunity was also a crime. We held a banner labeled "Justice for Girls" and made a short video.

* By street action in front of the Basic Public Court in Niš, we supported Marija L. from Brus and send her a message that she is not alone. We called on the competent authorities for the accused to receive the appropriate sentence, and also we informed the citizens about the case. Support and solidarity rallies with Marija are being organized before a court hearing in front of the Basic Court in Kruševac (and a few other cities) against Milutin J., the former mayor of Brus, on the basis of a criminal complaint by Marija L. for sexual harassment of abuse of office.

* With the performance "Women's Cemetery" in Obrenovic Street in Niš we stood for all those whose voice can no longer be heard. Since the beginning of 2019, at least 25 women in Serbia have been killed by their partners, former partners and closest male family members. 16 Days of Activism is a global, worldwide campaign marked by over 5,000 organizations in 180 countries. The campaign begins on November 25th withInternational Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and ends on December 10th with International Human Rights Day. In Serbia, every 10 days 1 woman is killed by her partner, ex-partner or male family member.

 

- In Health Center in Niš, we were part of the program on the occasion of November 25th - International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and performed texts about violence from the piece "I Am an Emotional Creature" by Eve E.

- On the occasion of the 16 Days of Activism campaign, we had 2 TV appearances

- We have launched a campaign (and we are still in it) on the social networks "Recognize Violence and Respond" in order to increase the visibility of this problem and thus try to bring to people, first of all, girls and women, closer to what violence is and how it works. Till now posts have 130,000 reaches, 468 shares, 18,502 views, and 39 comments.

 

Thank you for your attention.

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Street action against sexual harassment
Street action against sexual harassment
Performance "Women's Cemetery"
Performance "Women's Cemetery"
Performance "Women's Cemetery"
Performance "Women's Cemetery"
Performance "Women's Cemetery"
Performance "Women's Cemetery"
At the Health Center - I Am an Emotional Creature
At the Health Center - I Am an Emotional Creature
At the Health Center - I Am an Emotional Creature
At the Health Center - I Am an Emotional Creature
TV appearances - 16 Days of Activism campaign
TV appearances - 16 Days of Activism campaign
TV appearances - 16 Days of Activism campaign
TV appearances - 16 Days of Activism campaign
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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
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