Women activists from countries of the former Yugoslavia held a Women’s Court from May 7 – 10. Survivors of violence and sexual violence spoke out about their experiences. The women also advocated for judicial reform to protect survivors and strengthened feminist networks in the region. The tribunal focused on war crimes committed against women during violent conflict in the region in the 1990s. Survivors also spoke out about violence they have experienced in the years following the wars.
This initiative was started in 2010 to provide space for women’s voices, and testimonies on their experiences and organized resistance to violence. The Women’s Court has organized 11 regional seminars, 102 public presentations, in 83 towns in the region, and 25 documentaries on the topic of violence against women during the wars and peacetime in the former Yugoslavia. It was organized by women’s groups from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia, and Serbia.
The Women’s Court in the former Yugoslavia, SIAWI, May 8 2015.
Women’s Tribunal, Sarajevo 2015, The Huffington Post, May 6 2015.