Program: Special Focus

Grants approved – February 2021

Number of grants: 17

1. ACC Heroj Maričić, Kraljevo

  • RSD: 291.800
  • Project title: Kraljevo Heroines

The project uses street art and public history classes to revives the memory of marginalized heroines of Kraljevo who died in the WWII. While the public spaces are occupied by revisionist iconography and ideology, this project marks the 80thanniversary of the events in which civilians of Kraljevo died, bravely reclaiming public spaces in an attempt to carve the neglected narratives of the destinies of heroines into the collective consciousness, while also addressing the wider context of the mass shootings and the traumatic consequences following this barbarian act.

2. Bibija, Belgrade:

  • RSD: 144.000
  • Project title: Institutional support

In the unstable context and great challenges threatening women’s and Roma activism, partially due to the pandemic and partially due to the long-term systemic issues, through this grant, RWF provides institutional support to Bibija, an organization with over 20 years of continuous work revolving around the essential issues faced by Roma women. We see the institutional support as the base of organizational stability, keeping the continuity of work and uninterrupted organization of activities.

3. Roma Centre for Women and Children, Daje, Belgrade

  • RSD: 300.000
  • Project title: Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Roma Centre for Women and Children Daje

With this grant, RWF supports Daje in creating a publication gathering their experiences acquired in two decades of work, from the context in which their work has begun to the latest achievements, about the organization’s development, building trust with the community, and lessons learned. The publication is envisioned as a contribution to the memory of Roma women’s activism but also as a note on the Roma settlements in which they have worked and still work.

4. Collective action “A Roof above Head”, Belgrade/Novi Sad/Subotica

  • RSD: 288.000
  • Project title: Foundations for the Roof

Through this grant, RWF supports CA “A Roof above Head” for strengthening organizational capacities through a series of workshops and lectures designed as a contribution to the democratization of the acquired knowledge, as well as to acquiring new knowledge in order to expand the group’s work. Sharing the knowledge strengthens already articulated politics and contributes to the long-term struggle for the inviolable right to housing for which the group advocates

5. Citizens’ Association “Klara and Rosa”, Subotica

  • RSD: 290.000
  • Project title: Women’s Voices

Through this grant, we support the group in creating a radio show envisioned as a platform for marginalized women’s voices. The show will be featured on Radio Plac, which emerged from the collective efforts of the independent cultural, artistic and activist scene of Subotica to create an autonomous space of articulated artistic and political expression. The show will be produced in Serbo-Croatian and Hungarian.

6. Labris, Belgrade

  • RSD: 296.900
  • Project title: Lesbian artists of post-Yugoslavia, generation X

Personal diary: Lesbian artists of post-Yugoslavia, generation X is a book aiming to unite, memorize, and boost visibility of the alternative lesbian art scene, to carve it into the preserving of historical heritage, to keep it from being erased and forgotten, and to offer an emancipatory historical perspective. Starting from the personal experience of the author as a lesbian artist, and constant seeking for lesbian artists who have contributed to her own development in a specific socio-political context as Yugoslavia, this book wishes to present other people, the broader public, with the significance, impact, the existence of artistic practice produced and performed by lesbian artists.

7. Liceulice, Belgrade

  • RSD: 288.500
  • Project title: Women for women

Through this grant, RWF supports the users/sellers of Liceulice street magazine, who belong to marginalized groups, in developing skills for more confident work, recognizing the importance of presence of women in such emancipatory initiatives, which often remain absent due to complex patriarchal obstacles. On this occasion, we also support the women from Liceulice team to strengthen their capacities for working with deprivileged women and activist burnout prevention.

8. Non-formal group of activists for available and high-quality healthcare, Belgrade

  • RSD: 300.000
  • Project title: A guide to surviving healthcare

Women, who are bearing most of the weight of care, logistics, financial burden, as well as emotional work for the sick family members, are overcoming multiple obstacles during the pandemic while struggling with devastating statistics, especially those hidden ones: the sick, the deceased, inadequately treated, never taken care of. High-quality and dignified healthcare, which is supposed to be social responsibility, publicly funded from taxes, is unavailable to the majority. Having in mind the fragmentation of the society, deteriorated healthcare system, inadequate protocols and the collapse of professional and ethical standards of the field of healthcare, as well as predominantly weak functional literacy, this group of activists has decided to create an accessible guide for orientation in the situation of need for healthcare, based on personal experiences and research.

9. “Nena” group for peace and women’s rights, Leskovac

  • RSD: 299.400
  • Project title: Labour rights in COVID-19 times

In the context of the pandemic and the additional deterioration of labour rights, RWF through this grant aims to support the group in monitoring, noting and analyzing labour rights violations, as well as supporting women workers in southern Serbia, in encouraging women workers to speak out against the injustices they suffer, in building solidarity among women workers, all within the wider struggle for dignified work.

10. Workers’ Commune LINKS, Belgrade

  • RSD: 300.000
  • Project title: KundK

KundK project is an ongoing activity on LINKS website since 2017. The goal is critical reading of the books produced in the space of ex-Yugoslavia, mainly those books that touch upon the joint destiny of this region. At the same time, the project highlights the cultural, social and political underground existing outside the focus of the mainstream media, important for the understanding of the ongoing processes. The aim is to build an alternative network for evaluating literary production of the region, made of young critics and authors. The desired result is affirmation of subjects that are essential to public debate in post-traumatic society, that are marginalized as such.

11. Self-educational university “Svetozar Marković”, Belgrade

  • RSD: 134.000
  • Project title: Workers, activists, theoreticians

The project implies a series of activities connecting the struggles of activists from the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century with the current context. Througbh translations and publishing texts, discussions, film screenings and other public events, the group aims to revive the marginalized voices of early women in anarchism and socialism, and question their relevance in wider and ongoing social struggles, from struggle for labour rights to struggle for the environment.

12. Village cultural centre Markovac, Markovac

  • RSD: 290.000
  • Project title: Reading room

Upon establishing the reading room “Ekatarina Pavlović” and collaboration with Hop.La! group on opening the cultural centre in Markovac, the group aims to conduct a pilot project of regular activities based on feminist, anti-nationalist and anti-militarist principles. The activities are devoted mainly to pre-school and elementary-school children, and women of middle and older generations. The activities connect literature with personal and collective development and mental well-being.

13. Roma Women’s Association “Nada”, Aleksinac

  • RSD: 282.500
  • Project title: Girls are here, let’s play football

Through a series of psychological workshops with young girls who play football in Aleksinac, the group aims to contribute to debunking the stereotypes prevailing in small environments when it comes to girls interested in sports typically perceived as male sports. The group recognizes the need for empowering young girls who play football to resist discriminatory narratives, as well as the necessity for common reminder that football isn’t solely made of hooligans at the stadiums. The project also aims to encourage new girls to confidently start with trainings, without fears of judgements.

14. Women’s Association “Sandglass”, Kruševac

  • RSD: 298.400
  • Project title: I am safe, when…

The aim of the project is to contribute to the improvement of women’s safety in Serbia through empowering women citizens, women’s rights activists and women groups in Rasina district to deal with the issues of safety, as well as through increasing the visibility of the subject. The project implies workshops for women’s human rights activists about the concept of humane safety and the UN Security Council Resolution 1325. At the same time, a campaign for boosting the visibility of these subjects will be launched on social media.

15. Volunteer Centre of Vojvodina, Novi Sad

  • RSD: 200.000
  • Project title: Study visits to intercultural and anti-fascist initiatives

Volunteer Centre of Vojvodina and GAIA Kosovo are two organizations collaborating for 10 years on implementing volunteering and other programs. Both organizations are mainly led by women who have initiated important changes over the years. This project implies meeting of these two organizations, as well as other sister organizations (CK13, Club of Fine Crafts, Termokiss) for an exchange, better understanding of local and regional contexts and developing join programs based on antifascist values.

16. Women Sports Society, Belgrade

  • RSD: 283.000
  • Project title: Educating young girls athletes on sexual violence

The project is led by experienced sports journalists, women who have noted, witnessed and explored diverse present manifestations of sexual violence against women in sports in Serbia. In absence of adequate reaction to such tendencies, prevention and protection mechanisms, this project will focus on educating several groups of young girls athletes active in diverse sports about preventing and reacting to sexual violence.

17. Women’s Studies and Research, chapter in Subotica

  • RSD: 292.000
  • Project title: Anti-fascists of Subotica: SKOJ members, partisans, members of Women’s Antifascist Front of Yugoslavia

The project aims to contribute to the collective knowledge and memory of contributions of women in history of the struggle against fascism and peacekeeping, through a research and noting the biographies of 12 significant antifascists of Subotica (members of SKOJ, partisans and members of Women’s Antifascist Front of Yugoslavia): Lili Beck, Olga Braun, Vera Gal, Ruža Čizmek-Dudašev, Edita Hajzler, Eta Hidrich Kizur, Anka Kmezić, Draginja Lendvai, Klara Lendvai, Tereska Mihajlović, Ida Sabo, Sofija Spasić. The project will result in a publication and an exhibition in Subotica.