Thursday, August 17, 2006

Activism: Women in Black

Women in Black is a woman's organization that formed in 1991 in Belgrade with the goal of "...began a public, non-violent protest against the war, against the Serbian regime's policy, nationalism, militarism and all forms of hatred, discrimination and violence." From the Women in Black website
A more exhaustive list of some of their main goals and accomplishments can be foundhere They have also published their own educational materials and their own magazines as well.

While they may not have had much influence in Serbia during the 1990s, and certainly had no influence on the Milosevic government; Women in Black is an important activist group who are working for human decency for all people, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation.

5 comments:

Srebrenica Massacre said...

Women in Black is trully a human rights activist organization. They are bright example of Serbs who condemn Srebrenica genocide and who protested Milosevic's actions in Bosnia. I salute them.

Bg anon said...

I also think that women in black are / were worthy organisation.

The Serbian peacenik movements and protests ebbed and flowed, sometimes in the ascendancy sometimes nowhere. But women in black never stopped and were unafraid when things were most difficult.

Owen said...

Like their precursors the Madres de la Plaza de Mayo, it was that sheer persistence in the face of all the odds that was so admirable.

WARchild said...

The fact that WIB were for peace even before wars began going downhill and in a sea of warmongers makes their stand even more noble.

Shaina said...

Warchild;

I completely agree with you.

I'm interested in learning more about the peacenik/anti-nationalist organizations.

From what I've read (and please correct me if I'm mistaken); it seems as if there were more anti-war, anti-nationalist organizations within Serbia itself; than within the Serbian diaspora/immigrant community. Is this true?

I know of the Belgrade based "Women in Black" and the "Belgrade Circle" of intellectuals; but I'm not aware of any similar group in the diaspora.