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The note about the silent vigil in commemoration of crimes committed in Dubrovnik

Peace groups Women in Black from Belgrade, Serbia and Anima from Kotor, Montenegro organised, on December 6th 2011, parallel silent vigils, in commemoration of the twentieth anniversary of the siege and the crimes committed in Dubrovnik.

Women in Black, at the Republic Square in Belgrade, and the Anima, in the Square of arms in Kotor, held banners: Dubrovnik (1991-2011), we remember the killing of town and people, and Dubrovnik is the world, as well as a banner with the poem of a poet Milan Milisic" In the gates of the city" with a picture of a photographer Pavo Urban, both victims of the siege, in the background.

Two peace groups marked at the same time the twentieth anniversary of peace activism, and wanted to remind the public about joint responsibility of both Serbia and Montenegro and to remind everyone about the command responsibility for the crime of aggression and the shelling of the town, that still have not been punished.



Vukovar - November 18th and 19th, 2011.

Women in Black from Belgrade and Art Klinika from Novi Sad organised, on November 18, a street peace action "We will never forget crimes committed in Vukovar", at Republic Square in Belgrade.

During the protest, we held three banners: "We will never forget crimes in Vukovar", "Responsibility" and "Solidarity", and the banner with the picture of destroyed town and the data about the destruction of Vukovar.

We wrote the word "Vukovar" with the salt, and then lit the candles over the letters. The word "Vukovar" was lit and was seen in the dark.

The next day, on November 19, approximately 30 Women in Black Network Serbia activists, from Belgrade, Novi Sad, Niš, Vlasotince, and Leskovac went to the commemoration in Vukovar, along with the activists of Youth Initiative for Human Rights and of Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia.

Women in Black laid a wreath with the message "We will never forget the crimes in Vukovar" next to the "wall of tears", at the remains of former Borovo Commerce building, and then another wreath at the memorial at Ovcara. The activists threw the red roses from the Danube bank at the river and laid them at the memorial in Dalj.



Note about the action on the November 9th, International Day of Remembrance of the victims of fascism and anti-Semitism

"Women in Black" from Belgrade and "Art Klinika" from Novi Sad honoured on the November 9th The International Day of Remembrance of the victims of fascism and anti-Semitism, by laying flowers at the memorial to murdered anti-fascists in the Second World War and by artistic-activist action "Walking over the threshold".

The commemoration of the victims of fascism in World War II was followed by laying flowers at the monument, and banners "Antifascism is our choice" and "Responsibility", as a warning that fascism, unfortunately, was not stopped in the Second World War. At the same time, the activists were carrying rainbow-colour banner with women's peace sign, which offers a different vision of the world.

The commemoration of this important antifascist date was continued in the Srebrenicka Street, with the action "Walking over the threshold", in which each activist walked across the threshold, bearing a paper with the number of those killed in the genocide in Srebrenica. Each person received a "certificate" for symbolic passing, through dealing with the criminal past.

The action was attended by more than 100 activists, Women in Black Network Serbia activists from Leskovac and civil society activists from Belgrade.

Women in Black
November 18th, 2011, Belgrade



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Meeting – discussion about Women in Black's twentieth anniversary


Always disobedient - We leave a trace 20 years of Women in Black

Women in Black have been working together with artists and art collectives artistic groups on shaping resistance. As opposed to the indifference of the majority of artists, who followed the official position that 'Serbia isn't at war' and who did not react to the reality of war, and who now do not react to the reality of denial of crimes...

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Peace action "We will never forget!" took place on July 10th, 2011. at the Republic Square in Belgrade, at 7.30 pm. Activists of Women in Black Network Serbia attended the funeral and the commemoration for the victims of the genocide in Srebrenica, at the Memorial Center in Potocari, on July 11th 2011, where they passed the funeral wreath with the message: "We will never forget the genocide in Srebrenica - Women in Black, Serbia"

Statement on the 16th anniversary of the Genocide in Srebrenica



"Time passes, we age, and we cannot wait for the criminal to determine the time of his judgment"
Note from the trial of Ratko Mladic

Women in Black accompanied women from Srebrenica, following their call and out of the feeling of moral duty, during the second appearance of Ratko Mladic before the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in Hague.

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On the occasion of May 9th – Victory Day over Fascism and the Day of Concentration Camp Detainees of Bosnia and Herzegovina, to the public of the Republic of Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina we address the

DECLARATION OF ANTI-FASCIST STRUGGLE'S CONTINUATION

By means of this Declaration we indicate the contemporary politics of the Republic of Serbia which negates war crimes and concentration camps' existence during the Nineties. This politics annuls the main World War Two heritage – all nations' equality in the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

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You can also access at this address and sign it:
http://www.petitiononline.com/9maj/petition.html




The celebration of March 8th, 2011. – For Women's Labor Rights

11.30-11.45 Arrival of the participants

12. 00- 12. 15 Street Performance, Republic Square, Belgrade

12.15-12.45 Women's street march "For Women's Labor Rights" – starting at Republic Square, Belgrade, and ending at the Center for Cultural Decontamination, with a stop at the square next to Beogradjanka building, where the performance will be repeated

Topics that we will acknowledge on this March 8th will be women's labor rights and solidarity. These themes are elaborated on the examples of workers in the textile industry. From historical and phenomenological perspective, the largest women's labor collectives were textile factories, where both the emancipation of women (through the exercise of rights), and also numerous revolts and worker’s revolutions took place. In this way, the textile industry represents the highlights of the labor rights of women around the world today, who are, to a lesser or greater extent, all in a similar position: full-time jobs, low wages, and job uncertainty...

12. 45- 13.15 Arrival at the Center for Cultural Decontamination

13.15- 13.30 Center for Cultural Decontamination – opening of the exhibition, by Jovana Dimitrijevic, in solidarity with textile workers in Serbia.

Exhibition is inspired by the theses made by Virginia Woolf that the women should tear apart their old dresses and then saw them back together in a completely different way. This is related to the traditional women’s roles imposed upon them, and to their position in the society. Woolf explains that, by doing that, women can deconstruct the ideas imposed upon them, which do not make them feel good.

Opening of the exhibition will be accompanied by the screening of films from the previous street actions related to March 8th, the important moments in the history of women's resistance in Serbia, and throughout the world - "Always rebellious - the continuity of women's resistance."

Within the framework of feminist internationalism and solidarity, the films are dedicated to all women from Egypt, Iran, Yemen and the Maghreb countries.

13.30- 13. 45 - Choir performances – choral groups “Proba” and “LeWhore” – “For Women’s Labor Rights”

13.45-14.00 - Activist performance – The members of Women in Black’s Network from Vlasotince

14.00 - Socializing


"Public presentation of Women in Black activities due to tenth anniversary of the 1325 Resolution"



Seminar "threatening signs of fundamentalism – feminist and democratic answers"
Lecture, Jastrebac

 

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