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We are happy to announce the new Pigeon. The topic this month is "Human Rights". We hope that you enjoy this.


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Oktobar 2012 Novi Sad


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My dearest readers,

I was thinking how to start this editorial for two weeks. This is my last.And still

I have no clue what to make of it. Too many thoughts… and in the end I just had

a mess in my head.

This month, we will talk about human rights. Sometimes I think about why

people invented human rights. To protect people from other people? To create

rules how to interact with each other? Isn’t it ironic that we need to make rules

for respecting each other? And on the other hand, why we think that those

rules are the right ones? Why do I think I have a right to speak now?

We created rights for being free human beings. And now we are fighting for

those rights, we are complaining… we are protesting. So we created an activity

for ourselves. In fact, in reality, we just want to get respect from others. To be

equal. To be appreciated. To be loved.

This is just my point of view. Everyone has a different one. I am still surprised

at how people act. I understand that all of us have a different background but

we have something in common - we are all human. People have different

values – what is common and understandable for me, it is not ‘normal’ for

other people. But probably, it is the same thing with rights. For some people, it

is normal to hit other people and for some, it is normal to live in violence. Some

people think that it is legitimate to humiliate others….Some people never think

about their rights…and some people are fighting for them every day.

Welcome to LIFE. Welcome to the system.

If you know the rules, you know how to play the game.

Always truly yours,

The editor-in-chief

Aurelija Rimkutė


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Content 1. Human rights: The List of Priorities 2. Human Rights 3. Stereotipi u mikrotalasnoj 4. The right to work 5. Summer in Novi Becej 6. Dečija prava 7. Art in action 2 8. Woman rights in Monterial 9. Prom(o) night

ПИГЕОН team Editor and coordinator Aurelija Rimkutė Authors Sonja Bratić Lea Čikoš Brice Derochette Stefan Janjić Vesna Laković Daniela Pajić Durani Robben Jovana Srdić Valerie Weidinger

Proofreading Stefan Janjić Jovana Srdic Design Boris Novaković Cover Sebastien Gueguen Contact Volonterski centar Vojvodine Njegoševa 3, 21000 Novi Sad tel/fax: +381 21 528644, mob. tel. +381 63 11 828 04 [email protected] The office’s working hours are 10 - 14 h

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Human Rights: The List of Priorities

think we can all tell for sure that

we don’t really wake up in a

perfect world every day. If you are

free to, say, walk the streets in

peace, become formally educated,

read an online newspaper on the

latest affair and leave a comment,

you live in what they refer to as the

‘free world’. In the context of the

Western world, those rights

constitute a set of ethical and moral

standpoints for legal enforcement of

basic individual person’s rights,

where the person should never fear

for their safety and freedoms as is

free to do as they please as long as

they don’t jeopardize other

members of the society.

Although we may all agree on the

equality of all members of a

community in the eyes of the law,

it’s sure we are all persons with

individual, distinctive traits and we

all make up an intricate and

colourful tapestry of this society.

Needless to say, with disparate

wants and inclinations.

In addition to that, enacting a bill of

individual person’s rights rely

heavily on the established norms of

a society, which may be common in

one culture but not the other.

For example, France prides herself

on the principles of Liberté, Egalité,

Fraternité, a coin that minted the

solid structure of its constitution.

However, putting a ban on covering

face with a burka or erecting

minarets on the mosques in France

may be a breach of Muslim religious

rights. On the other hand, the

French may say that it is against the

basic principles of their society for

somebody not to be allowed to step

in public free from covering, like

everybody else. Outside France, the

rest of the world attempts to

establish an understanding between

the Muslim respect for their Prophet

and the Western outcry for the

freedom of speech. Not with much

progress. Salman Rushdie flees for

the fear for his life, a certain Danish

caricaturist lost his own.

The most recent case is the one of a

fourteen-year old Pakistani girl who

was shot for defending the women’s

right to equal education.

An artist finds truth and knowledge

the essential value for human race,

and acts accordingly to spread their

vision. Malala Yousafzai, the child-


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activist, considers her right to equal

treatment of women her basic

human right, worthy of strain and

persecution. A member of the LGBT

population may find hiding their

sexual preference unworthy of

human dignity. For them, openly

expressing their styles and attitudes

outside the confinement of their

homes, not trying to make

themselves what they are not, is a

risk worthy of a broken jaw. In our

society, the consumer standards are

low and that’s what most people

find a greatest threat to their rights

– the right to work and make a

living. Here, it is hard to persuade a

common person which has priority –

the standard of living or rights of a

LGBT population. Both make a good

case, but problems are numerous,

the resources are scarce and the

support for both causes is sporadic,

ineffective and inconsistent. Even

the most developed countries share

their set of troubles. In the onset of

upcoming USA elections, the

candidates debate on the cost and

moral justification of widely

available health insurance and the

abortion act. The opposing surges

seem to hold a strong case both, but

from a different standpoint. We all

agree, to disagree.

By Jovana Srdic

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henever I hear the term

Human Rights, I think about

the right to be free, the right to do

what I want, as long as it does not

contradict law or ethics. I think

about me being protected by my

country and by international laws. I

think of the right of equality and the

right to have my own opinion.

The idea of human rights is older

than 2000 years; the first attempt to

define them was done in ancient

Athens by giving every man a

chance to become a politician,

chosen by lot. The idea of human

rights got developed further in the

16th century by philosophizers.

These rights I named at the start are

important, no question about it.

Some may say they are the most

important rights. That might be true

for us, and by us I mean the

Western world and every other

country with good education and in

which all essential needs of life are

fulfilled. But there are human rights,

I for my part have never heard of.

Furthermore there are those which

have a meaning far bigger than the

so called rights of freedom, but not

for us.

The right most important for a

single person depends on the place

and the circumstances this person

lives in. What have you got if you

are free but starving? What have

you won if you are not guilty before

proven so but are not well educated

enough to understand the law you

have allegedly broken.

Also the law has to be protected by

the state. Germany will maybe

adopt a law that forces companies

to balance the number of men and

women working for them. But the

balancing they are considering

means that there have to be at least

10% women in the top staff of the

company. And if that is not fulfilled

the company has to employ more


If you now take a closer look at this

law, it might seem fair at first

glance, since there are not much

women in leading positions, which is

not fair. But it is only fair as long as

the qualities of men and women are

equal. Because most of the times it

is more likely that a man gets the

job. That is a fact.


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But what if the man has better

qualities for the job but cannot be

employed because the company

does not have its 10% quota of

women fulfilled. That does not

sound fair at all.

That the human rights are not fully

respected and protected by the

state is very obvious if you consider

these facts and in regard to the

statistics of black people in leading

positions of global enterprises. Just

ask yourself: “How many black

people do I know who are the boss

of a huge company?” Because the

quota of black people in leading

positions is as bad as the quota of

women in German companies.

Black people are still rated worse

than white. It is also true that white

people act differently if they face

black people instead of white. How

many prejudice against black people

do you know? Thoughts that they

are more likely to steal things, hit

you or rape women? Who does not

know of such prejudice?

What if Germany would adopt a law

now that says that there have to be

at least 10% of black people in the

leading staff of each company?

All over the Western world there

would be a public outcry and talk of

racism. But it is just the same as the

law about the number of women in

a company, isn't it?

Maybe you have to ask yourself: Do

I know all of the Human Rights? Do I

find every single one of them

equally important? Do I respect


By Durani Robben

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re nekoliko dana je jedan gej

mladić pretučen mesarskim

čekićem u centru Beograda, ali to

ovde jednostavno nije vest. Nije vest

ni da Rusija polako uzima u trajno

vlasništvo propalu firmu poznatu

pod imenom Republika Srbija d.o.o.

Ili da popovi ubijaju ljude


Ovako je Stevan Filipović (apozicija

kaže da je „režiser filma Šišanje“)

započeo svoj tekst o Srbiji na rubu

propasti u novom broju NIN-a.

Prvom rečenicom osuđuje

stereotipe, a trećom ih podgreva. U

međuvremenu manifestuje svoje

znanje o ekonomiji i privredi. U

takvu multipraktik-upućenost

možete i posumnjati, ali mu morate

priznati veštinu baratanja retoričkim

trikovima. Dakle, nije „pop ubio

čoveka ašovom“, već „popovi ubijaju

ljude ašovima“. Pojedinačan slučaj

je predstavljen kao stanje, te meni

ostaje samo da poverujem da

razularena banda popova juri

ašovima ljude po ulici.

Početkom godine nikla je kampanja

za ukidanje veronauke u školama.

Vešta retorika ponovo stupa na

scenu „Nemojte se moliti u našim

školama, a mi nećemo misliti u

vašim crkvama“. Simpatična igra

reči, priznajem. Duhovito i prilično

napaljivo. Ipak, voleo bih da znam:

ko to ima pravo da škole nazove

„svojim“? Kojim su to dekretom one

poverene ateistima? Dok mi ne

dojave, mogu jedino da verujem

zakonima. A u jednom takvom, o

crkvama i verskim zajednicama, piše

u Članu 1 da se svakome jemči pravo

na slobodu savesti i veroispovesti. A

onda, 39 članova kasnije: „Jemči se

pravo na versku nastavu u državnim

i privatnim osnovnim i srednjim

školama u skladu sa zakonom.“

Časovi veronauke su stvar izbora. Ili,

bolje rečeno, popovi vas neće juriti

ašovima po školskim hodnicima ako

se opredelite za građansko

vaspitanje. U čemu je onda

problem? U čistoj netrpeljivosti i

netoleranciji. I to najčešće od onih

koji se satraše u borbi za ljudska

prava. Ili, ponovo bolje rečeno,

„ljudska i manjinska“. (A kad god

čujem za njih, sve mi se nešto javlja

da manjine nisu isto što i ljudi.)


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Generalizacija je prvoklasan

dinamit! Njenom zaslugom „popovi

ubijaju ljude ašovima“. I još.

Svi popovi voze džipove. Svi popovi

osveštavaju benzinske pumpe. Svi

popovi siluju dečake. Svi popovi su

lopovi. Informacije se lakše šire i

prihvataju kad su uopštene do nivoa

banalnosti i apsurda. Sveštenici koji

su krivi imaju, hvala Bogu, ime i

prezime. Sudi se zločinu, a ne


Religija je vid potrebe za

zajedništvom, a takva je potreba

neodvojivi deo čoveka, bez obzira na

formu kroz koju se ispoljava. Tako je

za vreme Jugoslavije religija

privremeno napuštena, budući da ju

je nadomestio osećaj zajedništva

koji je pružala ideologija bratstva i

jedinstva. Kada se bratstvo

razbratilo, a jedinstvo razjedinilo,

narod se ponovo vratio pod okrilje

crkve. Čak je i ateizam vera: Vera u

nepostojanje Boga, sa svim

„istinama“ i dogmama koje krase i

druge religije. I ateisti imaju potrebu

da se ujedinjuju i da (poput crkvenih

misionara) šire svoju verziju istine.

Na banerima sajta Ateisti Srbije

poručuje se „Ne veruješ u Boga? Nisi

sam“, a postoji i odeljak „Donacije“.

Da li vas to podseća na nešto?

U pomenutom broju NIN-a, nekoliko

stranica kasnije, čitam odličan tekst

o ukinutoj telefonskoj liniji za pomoć

potencijalnim samoubicama. Iako

sam mislio da se ljudi uglavnom

ubijaju zbog bolesti, starosti,

dugova, otkaza ili porodičnih

tragedija, zapanjio me je podatak da

svaki četvrti to učini – zbog samoće.

Svim stanovnicima ovog ogromnog

globalnog sela neophodan je osećaj

zajedništva. Ako crkva ima način da

ga vernicima priušti, zašto pljuvati

na to? Čak i da je sve u vezi sa

crkvom laž i besmislica, pustite

druge da sami odaberu da li će

verovati ili ne. Jer, što bi rekao Irvin

Jalom, američki psihijatar, ljudima je

najveći izazov „da pronađu smisao u

univerzumu koji je u suštini


Tekst: Stefan Janjić

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hen we think of human

rights most of us will first

think of basic rights like freedom of

speech, freedom of movement and

the right of access to water. One

right that many of us don’t even

know about is also to be found in

the Declaration of Human Rights

and that is the right to work. Human

Rights might be contested in some

parts of the world, but they still

claim to cover us all, wherever we

come from, whatever we believe, of

whatever sex, etc. and according to

this international declaration of

common rights, we all have the right

to do work (Article 23(1)). Looking

around us you will find that this

right is something we might have in

theory, but it is not executed in

most places, not even in all the

‘Western countries’, where the

Declaration of Human Rights

originates from.

“The right to work guarantees the

opportunity to have fulfilling and

dignified work under safe and

healthy conditions, with fair wages

affording a decent living for oneself

and one's family. It also provides for

freedom from unemployment and

the right to organize.”




The responsibility in executing

Human Rights lies on the

governments in all countries around

the world. Also the right to work

should be executed by the

government of your country. The

country is obliged to use the

maximum of available resources of a

society to ensure that everyone has

a job. This is not limited to the

resources currently available in the

budget. The government and non-

governmental institutions are

furthermore obliged to monitor the

right to work itself and the

application of the human rights in

work arrangements. The

government giving jobs to those

who do not have one and to those

who wish to work based on their

right is not charity, it is just

providing its citizens with something

they are legally entitled to.

by Valerie Weidinger









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Summer in Novi Bečej

ve godine, od 17. do 29.

avgusta, Novi Bečej je bio

domaćin međunarodnog

volonterskog kampa, u okviru kog je

ugošćeno jedanaestoro volontera iz

inostranstva, dvojica iz Srbije, plus

dve kamp liderke – „mala od lokala“,

Novobečejka, Isidora Dronjak, i moja

malenkost, predstavnica

Volonterskog centra Vojvodine.

Pomenuta petnaestočlana ekipa

imala je misiju, zajedno sa lokalnim

organizatorima i sa nešto većom

grupom volontera iz regionalnog

kampa koji se paralelno odvijao, da

pomogne da dani, sada već

tradicionalnog festivala,

Velikogospojinski dani, proteku

lakše i u što boljem redu i

raspoloženju. Pored toga, napravili

smo i svoj mural, remek delo koje će

(želimo da verujemo u to) ući u

anale novobečejske, banatske,

vojvođanske i (aj’ i da preterujemo

malo) svetske umetnosti.

Spavali smo u šatorima, a sastajali

se, zabavljali i jeli u jednom velikom,

centralnom, podignutom specijalno

za tu priliku (šator za hleba i igara,


Radni jezik nam je bio engleski, iako

smo pričali na kom god jeziku smo

stigli i pretpostavili da bi trebalo tog

trenutka da se priča (grupa je bila

sastavljena uglavnom od govornika

romanskih jezika: dvojica Italijana,

troje iz Španije, troje iz Francuske,

uz dvojicu Čeha i Japanku).

Uglavnom, daleko je više bilo jezičke

zabave nego nesporazuma...

Pošto smo bili mnogo vredni, red je

da se kaže malo više o tom našem

radu... Dakle, naš mural je osmišljen

u cilju ukrašavanja novobečejskog

keja, da ga gleda i staro i mlado dok

tuda šeta, a za to je valjalo uključiti

mozak i zasukati volonterske rukave.

Bili su to sati skiciranja i raspredanja,

dok nismo (mislim da je bilo


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jednoglasno) odlučili da nam glavne

figure budu Sosa i Lala u japanskom

stilu (znate one njihove crtaće sa

velikim očima). Mural smo radili do

početka festivala, farbali ga i lickali,

a, kao nagradu za trud smo dobijali

grožđa i Novih zaveta od bake

Mancike, najveće obožavateljke

naše umetnosti.

Pravili smo malo i ukrase za žurku

koja je organizovana u kafiću na

obali Tise,

a bogami

smo se i

proveli na

toj žurki.

Kad je


kamp u


onda i




žurku, jer je sadržaja bilo

svakodnevno i to po ceo dan.

Trebalo je biti fizički izdržljiv (a mi

smo sve herojski podneli), pošto nije

bilo moguće ujutru dugo da se

spava, što zbog radnog rasporeda,

što zbog velikih vrućina, tih dana

aktuelnih u našoj ravnici, a i šire.

Doduše, snašli smo se mi, pa smo

sna i predaha uspevali da uhvatimo

negde posle Ištvanovog (našeg

predobrog kuvara) ručka, i to na

travi, opet pored Tise.

U toku samog festivala smo pomogli

tu i tamo malo nosajući neke sitnice,

ali je naš glavni „projekat“ ipak bio

Dečija ulica, tačnije njeno kreiranje,

a kasnije i učestvovanje u animiranju

dece. Pomenutu ulicu smo ukrasili

crtanim junacima od stiropora i

raznobojnim trakama, a onda je



deo –

oblačenje u


Dugouška, u

pandu i u

Mikija i Mini

Maus, pa

igranka bez



volonter je

čak izjavio da je to najbolji provod u

njegovom životu. A, ako bi se nešto

moglo nazvati herojstvom, čojstvom

i junaštvom, onda je to bilo nošenje

tih kostima! Provesti nekoliko sati u

onakvoj odeći, na oko 40 stepeni –

mogu vam iz prve ruke potvrditi da

je jedan od najvrelijih zadataka koje

sam ikada obavljala.

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Bio festival, bio i Čola (čuli smo da je

video mural i rekao: „Ništa ja tu ne

b’ dirô“), a mi smo lepo svima koji

nisu nikad pre čuli za njega, objasnili

kako se ponaša kad ugledaš Čolu

(čupanje kose, vrištanje i tako to),

pa je internacionalna družina uspela

da se zabavi jednako dobro kao i

dame iz prvih redova koje žive za

Čolin pogled. Ne bih da se hvalim, al’

mi smo, zahvaljujući našim

dragocenim volonterskim

narukvicama, imali čak ono mesto

ispred prvog reda (ono što ja zovem

„bred-pit“ mesto).

Nije nam bilo lako na kraju, ali smo

morali da se pozdravimo, uz sve, za

rastanak, prateće pojave, tipa: suze,

prepričavanja anegdota i pošalica,

mahanje i trčanje za autobusom...

Novobečejcima i Novobečejkama

ostavljamo u amanet onog Lalu na

bundevi i Sosu

sa misterioznim

darovima u korpi, uz želje da se

ponovo vidimo sledeće godine i

ostavimo još neki znak da su

volonteri jednog leta bili tu...

Tekst: Sonja


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Dečija Prava a bi smo razumeli sta su to

dečija prava, neophodno je

prvo definisati ko je uopšte dete,

koja je starosna granica po kojoj se

jedna osoba smatra detetom.

Tokom istorije upravo se ova granica

vidno menjala i to svakako sa

razvojem društva u korist dece, jer

mnogo godina u nazad dete je

prestajalo da bude dete cim bi

postalo sposobno za bilo kakav rad,

a to je svakako bilo vrlo rano.

Deca su tretirana kao odrasle osobe,

sa mnogo više obaveza nego prava,

a o tome svedoči činjenica da su

upravo deca decenijama bila

izrabljivana na teškim fizičkim

poslovima. Njihove odluke o životu

kao odraslih ljudi donosili su roditelji

koji su kroz različite kulture i

tradicije decu rano udavali i ženili,

dovodili na kraljevske prestole...

Tek kasnije, oko 19-20 veka kada se

masovno otvaraju skole, univerziteti

usvojiće se pojam detinjstva,

perioda u odrastanju svakog čoveka

koji treba da bude proveden u miru i

spokoju pod zastitom roditelja.

Međutim dokle tačno traje

detinjstvo, u kojoj godini života

ulazimo u svet odraslih, različito je

određeno u različitim državama, ali

ipak rava dece svuda u svetu su ista.

Zakon koji je zaslužan za to svakako

je Konvencija o pravima deteta

doneta 1989. Godine.

Prava koja se priznaju detetu ovom

konvencijom pokrivaju sve aspekte

njegovog zivota- državu, porodicu,

školu, njegovu ličnost. Ova prava

detetu ne daje država, naime samim

rođenjem ona pripadaju detetu. Ona

štite dete od negativnih stavova

prema njima-pojedinaca, društva,

tradicije i omogućavaju detetu

jednakost sa drugim ljudima.

Konvencija predstavlja međunarodni

dokument sa najvišom ratifikacijom

u svetu u kome su jasno napisana

prava deteta. Neka od njih su -

Pravo deteta na ime i državljanstvo

-pravo deteta da zna ko su mu

roditelji, da zivi sa roditeljima i da

se oni staraju o njemu



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pravo na slobodu mišljenja koje

mora da se uvaži u situacijama koje

se tiču deteta

-sloboda veroispovest

-pravo deteta da se druži, okuplja sa


-pravo na zastitu od zlostavljanja,

iskorišćavanja, trgovine ljudima

- pravo na obrazovanje i zdravstvenu



Kako je u Srbiji propisano zakonom,

decom se smatraju sve mlade osobe

do 18 godina starosi.

Tekst: Daniela Pajić

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Art in action 2 rom Novi Sad, through Belgrade,

south Serbia and then Pristina …

if you have ever passed this way you

can imagine all the differences in

scenarios your eyes soak in. If you

did not … well you should J Such a

big change in Pristina just after a

year, it

grows and builds up like those

thingies that expand ten time their

size when put in water or like

mushrooms after rain, as grannies

would say. Shinny buildings, glass,

concrete, commercials … wooow.

Then a short car ride and the glass

and chrome giants are replaced by

very different giants indeed, the

coal power plant A and B. As tall, as

impressive, as scary? Black smoke

gushing through chimneys,

mountains of ash, yellow concrete

monster spiting its guts to welcome

blue skis. That’s fun, sky seems to be

blue every time I am coming even if

sometimes it seems impossible it

can be blue, like a little

representation of something so

typical for people all over this region

– “inat”. Some translate it like

“spite“, some like “just

because“ or “just opposite“

or “whatever“. The truth is, I

would say, that it’s


Many “inat” all around this

corner of the world, but here

in particular it re-amazes me

over and over. Here it is –

willingness to survive,

readiness to laugh, take the

brighter side, prevail despite

what ever life throws at you.

All this goes through my had as we

are entering the village of

Plemetina. First the tent settlement

-mountains of garbage, like a

dumping site almost; then the

community building – ruined, half

burnet, walls piling; big wall –

separating or containing, cannot

really tell; unfinished temple – not

sure who for; dusty streets; then

“mahala” – the Roma settlement

and no streets, crocked houses and

chicken … In all this mass of faces –

most strangely, smiling kids; so


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many kids – smudged faces and big

eyes. Suddenly another thought

comes into my mind, these are all

images you would see if somebody

would do a short TV reportage.

Man, does it go deeper than that? I

learned just how much deeper in

time and am still learning. So you

might too J and this blog of ours can

be one window.

My name is Lea and I come from

already mentioned Novi Sad, a

second biggest city in Serbia – nice,

makeup(ed) and polished, at least

from regional point of view J There, I

am for years involved in one of the

coolest organization ever –

Volunteers center of Vojvodina,

yea! There are so many connections

between GAIA Kosovo and VCV, in

people of course – activists here,

activists there, activists everywhere!

So this is where this partnership

started too. And me – I was for

months excited about this project –


So here I am in the evening of my

first full day, tucked in a blanket in

the house in the end of “mahala”,

trying to put some impressions into

some words. Outside people are

laughing, neighbors are gathering to

sound of voices and smell of food.

The team is cooking after a full day

off planning and I am too tempted

to join them, so this blog of mine

will just have to continue tomorrow,

and tomorrow the participants start

coming, I cannot wait to all those

colors to come in to this painting of

ours. So till tomorrow…

By Lea Čikoš

In Plemetina, 16th September

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Women rights in Montréal

few years ago, I travelled to

Montréal to participate in a

study visit about women rights in


Well, my first impression was really

really good! There are a lot of

associations to help, protect and

prevent agression towards women

and also differents actions were

made (which I don't know if are

good or bad, but I'll explain that


Basically, we had time just for

visiting two organisations

(compared to14 we were supposed

to visit is not a lot, I agree, but still

better than nothing).

The first one was more of an

information center, so they

explained to us that the women

rights were really important in that

city. They are fighting a lot against

aggression towards women and the

results made in those last few years

were positive, but what action was

made to provide prevention or


Well, first, after sunset, a woman

using a bus as public transport can

ask the driver to stop near her place

(if it’s a part of the regular bus

route). So, aggression can't occur so

easily because they will never stop

at the bus station.

In the beginning, I was amazed at

that prevention but the more I

thought about it, the more there

was something about it that

annoyed me... It might annoy you as

well right now. Basically they believe

that a woman, a young lady can't

defend herself during evenings and

nights so they don't have to stop at

the bus station but the nearest

place from their home.

But then, why is it different during

daytime? I mean... aggression

happens during daytime as well!

Anyway... that was my thought

about that kind of prevention!

The other precaution made were

basic... Self-defense lessons, avoid

those neighbourhoods during nights

because there’s a high level of … etc

Also, there are a lot of associations

helping women. Women raped,

women abused, women beaten up

by their partner in life.

I was with three ladies and they

were more interested about the last

organisation. So we decided to have

a meeting with the director and


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once we arrived (at 8/9am) my two

colleagues and I were stopped at

the entrance.

Have you ever been in that situation

were you had a housetree with

« only boys allowed » written on it?

Well, there it was « only girls

allowed »... not a big deal.

We understood why easily. It's a

refuge centre where beaten women

go to rebuild themselves. They don't

trust men anymore and that's why

they forbid them to enter.

My other three colleagues allowed

to visit came back with stars in their

eyes. They explained to us the

facilities were really good, the help

provided was awesome

(psychological support, medical


and all of

that was for free

(financed by government) and also,

the organisation help them to find a

job and a home and also to win

custody of the kid(s) (if they have

any).When I came back home, I

realized that Montréal was really

well-trained about the protection of

women rights and my country

should be inspired on this topic a

little bit more from time to time...

By Brice Derochette

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Prom(o) night Volonterskog

centra Vojvodine

ečeri 31. 8. na plaži Oficirac u

Novom Sadu, održana je Promo žurka

Volonterskog kluba i Lokalnog volonterskog servisa,

projekata koji se uspešno sprovode u okviru Volonterskog centra Vojvodine.

S obzirom na lepo vreme koje nas je poslužilo te noći (a i termin pred ispitni rok) veliki broj

mladih nas je posetio. Razgovarali smo sa njima o našim radionicama za koje su mnogi bili

veoma zainteresovani (te nam je samim tim sutradan i pristigao veliki broj prijava) , o

portalu na koji mogu da se registruju ukoliko su zainteresovani da pronađu odgovarajuće

volontiranje, kao i o ostalim

programima koji se održavaju u okviru

naše organizacije, kao što su

međunarodni kampovi i omladinske

razmene. Tokom razgovora podelili

smo im naše promotivne bukmarkere i

nalepnice koje su za ovu priliku i

napravljene. Naši utisci, ali i utisci svih

prisutnih bili su pozitivni, super smo se

družili, a pritom i uspešno promovisali

naš rad među zainteresovanima, te se

radujemo svim budućim sličnim


Vesna Laković

Koordinatorka Volonterskog kluba

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