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New Series no.15/16 March - June 2000
Women activists' declaration on principles for concrete political action

After almost 20 years of state-imposed apartheid in Kosovo/a and damaged multi-ethnic and multi-cultural links, knowledge and tradition of communication, all deeply affected by the loss of life and violence of recent events in the Region and by the last tragic phase of the Yugoslav war, we women activists, participants in the Trans-europ‚ennes Conference `Women activists in conflicts: a democratic perspective for the Balkans', held at the Royaumont Foundation from 3 to 6 December 1999, have decided to work on the following:

  • forming women's ad-hoc coalitions in order to participate fully in the Region's political, social, economic and cultural development;

  • stopping the circle of violence; defending and promoting human rights by raising a public voice against violations of human rights; acknowledging and highlighting the importance of human rights as human rights of the other;

  • taking action in establishing the public and political space to face responsibility and heal the trauma of all children, women and men inflicted by the war in Kosova and confront the continuing fear, hunger, exclusion, separation, forced migration, poverty and all kinds of informational, educational and cultural deprivation in all countries of the Region;

  • calling for taking action in mutual support and individual responsibility as a political process to confront community pressure, and to overcome ethnic and gender stereotypes and prejudices;

  • empowering women in taking political positions, supporting women politicians and working with women voters to promote women's participation in all levels of decision-making;

  • calling for taking women's political action against male-controlled state, institutional and informal nationalist groups, responsible for instigating hate speech and intolerance, and thus participating in a new gender-balanced power distribution;

  • setting standards for women's dignity in media representation as well as facilitating women's access to media power structures;

  • offering action partnership to the European Union and the international community and empowering regional and local resistance networks.

Royaumont, 5 December 1999

Sevim Arbana Tirana Kosovare Kelmendi Prishtina
Aida Bagic Zagreb Ivana Kostic Kraljevo
Nazlije Balla Prishtina Elife Krasniqi Prishtina
Elsa Ballauri Tirana Florina Krasniqi Prishtina
Mirjana Barbulovic Nis Vjollca Krasniqi Prishtina
Antigona Baxhatu Prishtina Nada Ler-Sofronic Sarajevo
Biljana Bejkova Skopje Sandra Ljubinkovic Belgrade
Fatima Boshjniaku Gjakova Iris Luarasi Tirana
Mema Briseida Tirana Gordana Lukac-Koritnik Zagreb
Liljana Dobrosavljevic-Grujic Zemun Natasa Medjedovic Podgorica
Maja Dubljevic Zagreb Azbija Memedova Skopje
Aleksandra Dukovska Skopje Natasa Kandic Belgrade
Reze Dulik Prishtina Nela Pamukovic Zagreb
Advije Gashi Prishtina Milica Panic Uzice
Brankica Grupkovic Belgrade Zarana Papic Belgrade
Milica Gudovic Belgrade Borka PavicevicÕ Belgrade
Vlora Hajredini Tetovo Valbona Petrovci Prishtina
Tanja Ignjatovic Belgrade Arbnore Shehu Prizren
Rozalija Ilic Kragujevac Afrdita Skenderi Tetovo
Merita Ilo Tirana Svetlana Slapsak Ljubljana
Slavica Indzevska Skopje Teodora Tabacki New Belgrade
Rada Ivekovic Paris Milka Tadic Podgorica
Edit Jankov Novi Sad Jadranka Vojicic Podgorica
Spasijka Jovanova Kavadarci Biljana Zekovic Podgorica
Milica Kajevic Sarajevo Jasna Zivkovic Kraljevo

This joint declaration was adopted by women activists from all the countries of former Yugoslavia and Albania, who had come together for the first time after the war in Kosovo/a, on the initiative of Transeurop‚ennes, from 3 to 6 December 1999 at the Royaumont Foundation (France). The declaration is intended to provide a framework for political action, and constitutes the basis for communication and co-operation within this open Trans-europ‚ennes network, which will meet again in early Spring 2000 in Macedonia.

Transeurop‚ennes, 116 Rue du Bac, F- 75007 Paris
Telephone: +33 1 45 44 47 33 Fax: +33 1 45 48 72 41
Transeuropeennes@wanadoo.fr

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