February

2007

Rapid Response Grants – Urgent Action Fund

Approved – February 2007.

Number of grants: 1

1.Translation of the text
  • RSD: 7.907,00
  • Name of the project: Resistant Mothers
  • Project Goal: Reconstruction Women’s Fund through the partnership grant with Urgent Action Fund supported the translation of the text “Resistant Mothers”, about independent women’s group from Novi Sad, as a very important testimony of women’s political engagement in Serbia. This group was organized in 2000 within informal organization “Otpor” (Resistance) who was one of the most important stakeholders against totalitaristic regime of Slobodan Milosevic and overall economic and social regression in society. “Otpor” was mostly organization of young people – students and secondary-school pupils, mostly female, who were treated by regime as a terrorists and permanently were exposed to the police repression and physical brutalities. At that time, the citizens in Serbia mostly remained silent and blind on this oppression and didn’t protested against brutal beating up and arresting of these young people. That’s the moment when some mothers of “Otpor” members, but also women without children, decided to react, to organize themselves and to start public political activities against regime. That’s how women’s group “Resistant Mothers” from Novi Sad started with their engagement which represents the way of breaking the stereotypes on women and mothers as “weak human beings”, who are staying at homes and waiting the results of incidents where the main actors are men. Appearance of Resistant Mothers on public political scene in Serbia is very important moment of perceiving women and their role in society differently. This text about Resistant Mothers was made on English only and accidentally found on the web site of Romanian Gender studies. We thought that it is very important to translate it promptly and make it available to the wider public, especially in this political moment of increased activities of pro-fascist groups in Serbia and some kind of citizen’s apathy and frustration.