Always disobedient, and still in the streets...
Women in black - 30 years of resistance
9th october 1991 we took to the streets of Belgrade for the first time - that is when we began non- violent resistance to the war and the policies of the Serbian regime. So far, we have organized about 2,500 street actions. We are still in the streets ...
Women in Black / WiB is an activist group and network of feminist-anti-militarist orientation, consisting of women, but also men of different generational and ethnic backgrounds, educational levels, social status, lifestyles and sexual choices.
Povodom 19. juna – Međunarodnog dana borbe protiv seksualnog nasilja u ratu, Žene u crnom i Autonomni ženski centar organizovale su stajanje u crnini i ćutanju Pamtimo žene Foče, na Trgu Republike u Beogradu, 17. juna 2022. godine.
Na protestu su bili istaknuti sledeći transparenti:
- 19. jun – Međunarodni dan borbe protiv seksualnog nasilja u ratu
- Pamtimo žene Foče
- Pamtimo žene silovane u ratu
On the occasion of the war in Ukraine, Women in Black organized a protest in mourning and silence, on April 13, 2022 in Knez Mihailova Street.
The following banners were displayed at the protest:
- Women in Black against the war
- For all the victims of the war
- Solidarnost sa mirovnim pokretom u Rusiji i Ukrajini / Solidarity with peace movement in Russia and Ukraine /
- Stop ratu u Ukrajini! Stop the war in Ukraine!
- Stop the Russian aggression on Ukraine
- Stop the occupation of Ukraine / зупиніть окупацiю україни!/Остановите оккупацию Украины!
On March 16th 2022 at 13:00, Women in Black organizes a vigil in silence and mourning “Stop the war in Ukraine” in Knez Mihailova Street (in front of Ruski car).
Occupying troops of the Russian Federation have been carrying out barbaric attacks on Ukraine since February 24, 2022. Invasion troops, criminally besieging cities, deprive civilians of water, electricity, medicine, food and destroy civilian infrastructure - hospitals, schools, all places of vital importance… Due to humanitarian catastrophe, terror and fear, over 2.8 million people from Ukraine sought refuge by fleeing neighboring countries. The war in Ukraine threatens to jeopardize the all too fragile world peace, and Putin's imperialist militarist campaign involves the danger of resorting to nuclear weapons.
On the occasion of the war in Ukraine, Women in Black organized protest in black and silent, on March 5, 2022 in Knez Mihailova Street in Belgrade.
The following banners were displayed during this protest, which were written in Serbian, English, Russian and Ukrainian.
- Žene u crnom protiv rata
- Solidarnost sa mirovnim pokretom u Rusiji i Ukrajini/Solidarity with peace movement in Russia and Ukraine
- Stop ratu u Ukrajini/Stop the war in Ukraine/Остановите войну в Украине!
- Putine, dalje ruke od Ukrajine/Putin, keep your hands from Ukraine
- Stop ruskoj agresiji na Ukrajinu
- Stop okupaciji Ukrajine/зупиніть окупацiю україни!/Остановите оккупацию Украины!
- Podržavamo ruske dezertere/We support russian’s deserters
- Podržavamo beloruske dezertere/We support belarusian deserters
- Dajte šansu miru/Give peace a chance
Sexual violence in wars was generally treated as an incidental occurrence or ‘collateral damage’. Invisibility and impunity for sexual crimes dominate peace agreements - justice for victims of sexual violence (mainly through sanctions and prosecutions) has not been included in peace agreements. UN Resolution 1325 (Women, Peace, Security, 2000) did not make progress in terms of women's participation in peace processes and agreements. Subsequent UN resolutions on sexual violence in war did not affect the reduction of sexual crimes in war zones. ‘Blue helmets’ (the so-called UN humanitarian armies in war affected areas) enjoyed immunity and committed sexual crimes with impunity; owing to pressure by feminist networks, immunity to ‘blue helmets’ was lifted (2016), but this did not bring justice to victims of sexual crimes (BH, etc.).
On 10th July 2021, on the 26th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, Women in Black held a protest under the slogan “We will never forget the Srebrenica genocide” in Republic Square in Belgrade.
In mourning and silence, the scenic action “Srebrenica – the name of genocide” was performed, consisting of the following elements:
On the occasion of the anniversary of the fall of Vukovar, Women in Black organized a standing in silence wearing black in Knez Mihailova Street in Belgrade, on November 18, 2020.
The following banners were displayed at the commemoration:
- We will never forget the crimes in Vukovar
- Banner with a picture of the destroyed city and information about the suffering
On the occasion of the current political situation in Poland - the initiative to ban abortion in the case of fetal malformations, Women in Black organized a protest wearing black and in silence in front of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Belgrade, on October 28, 2020.
On the occasion of November 9 - the International Day against Fascism and Anti-Semitism, Women in Black, in cooperation with the Alliance of Anti-Fascists of Serbia, organized an anti-faction Stop Fascism, on November 9, 2020.
The action was organized on the Republic Square in Belgrade, and about 30 people attended.
The following banners were displayed at the protest:
- Stop fascism!
- Women in black against fascism
- The song First They Came... by German Pastor Martin Niemoller
- Democracy was born in Greece - we defend democracy in Greece with anti-fascism!
Visit to refugees / migrants, Pljevlja, Montenegro
Visit to refugees / migrants in Sid
February 1st 2019
STAŠA ZAJOVIĆ: IT’S OFTEN FORGOTTEN THAT HUMAN RIGHTS ENCOMPASS THE FREEDOM TO DREAM
WOMEN IN BLACK GROUP COORDINATOR TALKS REFUGEES, WARS, KOSOVO’S INDEPENDENCE AND HUMAN RIGHTS.
Antifascist action, Belgrade November 9th 2018
On the occasion of the November 9th - the International Day Against Fascism and Anti-Semitism, Women in Black, the Youth Initiative for Human Rights, the Anti-Fascist Union of Serbia and the Autonomous Women's Center, organized the anti-fascist / anti-racist action called Kristallnacht and Barbed Wire - permanent mark of Europe.
The protest was held on November 9th, 2018 in Knez Mihailova Street, Belgrade.
Visit to refugees / migrants in Tuzla (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
December 11th 2018
Solidary visit to the refugees
October 28th 2018.
Solidary visit to the refugees in the Belgrade parks
October 17th, 2018
How to survive on the streets of Belgrade
(refugees / migrants in Belgrade)
Visit to refugees / migrants - Bihac, BH
September 2nd-3rd 2018
There we did not saw anyone on the way to the border, and at the border crossing.
Since Hungary has closed its border (three years ago), there are no refugees anymore.
Sport center Sport
On the occasion of the June 20th - World Refugee Day, we want to point out on the difficult situation for refugees / migrants around the world. We are witnesses of the open war of the European governments against refugees / migrants.
Militarization of borders, fences and barbed wire, terror of the police against refugees / migrants, illegal deportations, abandoning the people in danger who are trying to reach European coasts, which turned the Mediterranean into a mass grave with thousands of victims, all these are the consequences of the catastrophic policies of European countries.
We remember women raped in war!
Foča, June 19, 2018
CRY FOR THE TRUTH, JUSTICE AND PLACE OF REMEMBRANCE - A woman reporter from Danas newspaper with Women in Black at the protest in Foca on the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict