WONET (Womens’ Network for Future of Europe)

The project WONET (Womens’ Network for Future of Europe) is co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union.  

The city municipality of Savski Venac (Belgrade) was the leading partner of the consortium of 11 organizations. The partners were from Croatia, Italy, Slovenia and Serbia: CESI (Zagreb), TRIM Association (Vrboska- Hvar), Krapinsko-Zagorska County, municipality Dolina- San Dorligo della Valle, BiT platnota Foundation (Nova Gorica), LAG Society for Rural Development of the Land between Sneznik and Nanos, LICEULICE (Belgrade), CIVIS Association (Belgrade), Association LIGHT (Sabac), Intergeneration Volunteer Center (Belgrade).

Within the project, 5 activities have been planned and realized, 4 seminars and an international conference. The themes of the seminars were: ‘Women and Education’, ‘Women, Politics and Media’, ‘Women, Economics and Social Policy’ and ‘Women and Family Law’. The project’s results are multilingual exhibition of photo-reportages and publication in English published in 500 copies. http://wonet.eu/photo-reportage/

 

Event 1

Location/ Dates: “Women and Education” seminar was realized from 22nd to 25th of October 2015, in Belgrade, Serbia.

Participants: total 39 participants: 6 participants from Municipality Savski venac (RS), 4 participants from CESI (Zagreb-HR), 3 participants from TRIM Association (Vrboska- Hvar, HR), 2 participants from Krapinsko-Zagorska County (HR), 6 participants from municipality Dolina – San Dorligo della Valle (IT), 3 participants from Foundation BiT Planota (Nova Gorica-SLO), 5 participants from LAG Society for Rural Development of the Land between Sneznik and Nanos (SLO), 2 participants from LICEULICE (Belgrade-RS), 2 participants from CIVIS Association (Belgrade-RS), 3 participants from Association LIGHT (Sabac-RS), 3 participants from Intergeneration Volunteer Center (Belgrade-RS).

Short description: This seminar represented the first activity within the project WONET. It included: analysis of quality and quantity of women education; discussion  about deconstruction of gender matrix built by education system; connecting education with women social position and highlighting of women social education for sustainable future. Participants splitted in three groups visited Women’s Studies Center, Teachers’ Training Faculty and Gimnazium “Sveti Sava“, all in Belgrade. During these study visits discussions were held about gender sensitive education and problems of its implementation in the system of formal and non-formal education.

This activity lasts for 4 days. First day in the afternoon started with team building; then each partner is presented state of policy in the thematic area in their country, followed by discussion. In the evening, there was intercultural learning session. Second day started with team building, followed by field visits and plenary discussion on European policy issues. Third day was all-day workshop on making photo reportages and presentations. On the fourth day participants evaluated the seminar and went home. During the closure each participant receives WONET seminar certificate.

 

For more information please see page on this link:

http://wonet.eu/1st-seminar-in-belgrade-serbia/

 

Event 2

Location/ Dates: „Women, Politics and Media“ seminar was realized from 3rd till 6th of December 2015 in Boljunec, village in the Municipality of San Dorligo della Valle, Italy.

Participants: total 39 participants: 6 participants from Municipality Savski venac (RS), 5 participants from CESI (Zagreb-HR), 4 participants from TRIM Association (Vrboska- Hvar, HR), 2 participants from Krapinsko- Zagorska County (HR), 6 participants from municipality Dolina – San Dorligo della Valle (IT), 3 participants from Foundation BiT Planota (Nova Gorica-SLO), 5 participants from LAG Society for Rural Development of the Land between Sneznik and Nanos (SLO), 2 participants from LICEULICE (Belgrade-RS), 2 participants from CIVIS Association (Belgrade-RS), 3 participants from Association LIGHT (Sabac-RS), 2 participants from Intergeneration Volunteer Center (Belgrade-RS).

Short description: Seminar included: analysis of the gender sensitivity in the politics and media and at the decision-making process; debate on women quotes in politics, deconstruction of political and media gender-based stereotyping in the participating countries, study visits to regional centre RAI in Trieste (Radiotelevisione Italiana) and daily newspapers “Primorski dnevnik“ in Trieste. Participants presented their attitudes toward the media picture of women through advertising, anti-advertising and campaigns. This activity lasts for 4 days. First day in the afternoon started with team building; then each partner presented state of policy in the thematic area in their country, followed by discussion. Second day started with team building, followed by field visit and plenary discussion on European policy issues. In the evening, there was intercultural learning session. Third day was all-day workshop for making photo-reportages and presentation in public. On the fourth day participants evaluated the seminar and went home. During the closure each participant receives WONET seminar certificate.

For more information please see page on this link:

http://wonet.eu/2nd-seminar-in-dolina-italy/

 

Event 3

Location/ Dates: “Women, Employment and Social Policy” seminar was realized in Postojna, Slovenia (February 25th to February 28th 2016).

Participants: total 44 participants: 6 participants from Municipality Savski venac (RS), 5 participants from CESI (Zagreb-HR), 3 participants from TRIM Association (Vrboska- Hvar, HR), 2 participants from Krapinsko- Zagorska County (HR), 6 participants from municipality Dolina – San Dorligo della Valle (IT), 6 participants from Foundation BiT Planota (Nova Gorica-SLO), 7 participants from LAG Society for Rural Development of the Land between Sneznik and Nanos (SLO), 2 participants from LICEULICE (Belgrade-RS), 1 participants from CIVIS Association (Belgrade-RS), 3 participants from Association LIGHT (Sabac-RS), 2 participants from Intergeneration Volunteer Center (Belgrade-RS).

Short description: On the first day of seminar CESI presented wide range of social, economic and legal issues related to women and employment. Interactive learning continued on the topic how stereotypes influence women’s position in the world of work. Participants presented what they prepared for this seminar: research and analyses of local and state policies on women and employment and on social policies. On the second day participants were divided into three groups and went for study visits. In Ilirska Bistrica, the group visited a retirement home. Two groups in Nova Gorica visited one place each: a social enterprise and a Public office for employment. The following session was workshop on unpaid work and open debate on the issue. Third day participants formed two groups and worked on gender aspects of economic crises. One group argued that crises is especially hard on women, the other group argued that both men and women are equally sensitive to economic crises. Four national teams had five rounds of specific assignments: the aim was to articulate problems to be addressed with their photo reportages. Fourth day was dedicated to drafting efficient plans and strategies for the follow up. The closing session consisted of written and oral evaluation. Participants presented a wide range of views, experiences and reflections. They exchanged materials and information about public bodies and/or non-governmental associations they are representing. At the end each participant receives WONET seminar certificate.

For more information please see page on this link:

http://wonet.eu/3rd-seminar-in-postojna-slovenia/

 

 

Event 4

Location/ Dates: “Women and Family Law” seminar was realized from14th till 17th of April 2016 in Vrboska, Municipality of Jelsa on Hvar island, Croatia.

Participants: total 52 participants with 8 participants from Municipality Savski venac (RS), 5 participants from CESI (Zagreb-HR), 11 participants from TRIM Association (Vrboska- Hvar, HR), 3 participants from Krapinsko- Zagorska County (HR), 6 participants from municipality Dolina – San Dorligo della Valle (IT), 5 participants from Foundation BiT Planota (Nova Gorica-SLO), 4 participants from LAG Society for Rural Development of the Land between Sneznik and Nanos (SLO), 2 participants from LICEULICE (Belgrade-RS), 2 participants from CIVIS Association (Belgrade-RS), 3 participants from Association LIGHT (Sabac-RS), 3 participants from Intergeneration Volunteer Center (Belgrade-RS).

Short description: The informative lecture brought important new notions about reproductive and sexual rights of women to most of the participants. The first day was concluded by a “traditional” WONET intercultural evening. The second day started with field visits to Stari Grad. The first group visited the Museum and was hosted by judge Vesna Kuzmicic. The second group visited the municipality and was hosted by president of the organization Bijeli Krug Hrvatske – association against violence, Livija Plancic. The third group visited the Daily room for the elderly and disabled people and was hosted by patronage nurse Marina Potocnjak and ex-teacher and a poet Marica Buratovic.

The following session was lecture about gender perspective on violence and types of physical, emotional, sexual and economic violence. Then participants were divided into eight groups and worked on issues of these types of violence, giving complex aspects in their presentations at the end. The entire session proposed a way of communication for future work on project’s production of photo reportages. Interactive part of the workshop gave opportunity to form groups and chose topics for the follow up work. Selected videos from the four countries on topics of gender perspective on violence and Women and Family Law were shown and afterwards discussed. At the end each participant receives WONET seminar certificate.

For more information please see page on this link:

http://wonet.eu/4th-seminar-in-hvar-croatia/

 

Event 5

Location/ Dates: International Conference of Women’s Network for Future of Europe project was held from 12th to 14th June 2016 in Belgrade, in the small hall of Kolarac Foundation and in the Official hall of City Municipality Savski venac.

Participants: total 55 participants with 5 participants from Municipality Savski venac (RS), 3 participants from CESI (Zagreb-HR), 2 participants from TRIM Association (Vrboska- Hvar, HR), 1 participant from Krapinsko- Zagorska County (HR), 4 participants from municipality Dolina – San Dorligo della Valle (IT), 3 participants from Foundation BiT Planota (Nova Gorica-SLO), 2 participants from LAG Society for Rural Development of the Land between Sneznik and Nanos (SLO), 2 participants from LICEULICE (Belgrade-RS), 2 participants from CIVIS Association (Belgrade-RS), 2 participants from Association LIGHT (Sabac-RS), 3 participants from Intergeneration Volunteer Center (Belgrade-RS) 1 participant from Fondacija Lokalne Demokratije, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; 1 participant from Budapest, Hungary; 1 participant from Municipality of Thesaloniki, Greece; and 23 participants from other organizations mostly from Serbia.

Short description: The conference delivered five panel discussions of international scope, presenting topics derived from four WONET seminars held in 2015 and 2016 in participating countries (Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Italy). This part of the project introduced new partnerships and provided a broader international participation from three more countries.

1st panel discussion was titled PATRIARCHAL CULTURE AND VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

Panellists presented all complexities of patriarchal culture and violence against women, outlining that the problem of patriarchal culture is that most forms of violence against women remain socially unrecognized in participating countries, especially among younger generations. Then examples were given of women activists campaigning publicly for authorities to deal with femicide and other forms of victimizing women based on their gender.

2nd panel discussion was titled TOY INDUSTRY AND GENDER STEREOTYPES

Panellists presented gender stereotyping by toy industries, by kinds of games for girls and/or boys. Special attention was paid to Lego industry, which issues series of Lego for boys and other series for girls. This panel also presented alternatively produced toys in maker spaces (3D print) and alternatively designed memory game for children.

3rd panel discussion was titled FEMINISM BELONGS IN HIGH SCHOOL

Panel was opened with personal experiences of gender discrimination in high school environments. The panel continued with a vivid discussion between audience and panellists, where first person experiences continued to give fruitful insights into situations in schools, as well as ideas how to improve those situations.

4th panel discussion was titled WHOSE INTERESTS WOMEN REPRESENT IN THE PARLIAMENTS?

Issues that occurred are complex: from lack of education and information among women representatives in parliaments, agendas of political parties that come above women’s agenda, very competitive males domination in parliaments, to system problems which disable existing instruments in protecting women and advocating for them. The overall tone of the panel, especially throughout the open discussion with the audience, was that women feel underrepresented in parliaments and that they have more hope to achieve their influence through civil sector.

5th panel discussion was titled INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S SOLIDARITY AND THE IDEA OF EUROPEAN CITIZENSHIP

The theme of the panel discussion was perspectives of women from the region to build a feminist identity and solidarity at EU level. What are the policies and measures needed to develop the solidarity of women in the region? The panel overviewed both challenges which are in front of the network of solidarity and achievements of the project so far.

For more information please see page on this link:

http://wonet.eu/conference-in-belgrade-serbia/

 

 

*This communication reflects only the author’s view and EACEA Agency and European Commission are not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.

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