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Serbia: Defending women defending rights

In defence of Women Human Rights Defenders Stasa Zajovic and WIB Belgrade

Thursday 14 August 2014, by siawi3

80 academic and personalities from all over the world called for the protection of women human rights defenders in Serbia. The pioneering work done by Women In Black - Belgrade during the wars in Bosnia and Kosovo and after is known to many on all continents.
In a true internationalist feminist spirit, they supported - on the ground, in war times, crossing borders physically, mentally and politically - women of all creeds, ethnic groups and nationalities. They are a leading example for peace and human rights activists worldwide.
It is no surprise if they have been targeted for a long time already and if physical threats on them have been on the rise in the last few months while far-right organizations are on the rise in the country and in the region.


In defence of Women Human Rights Defenders Stasa Zajovic and WIB Belgrade

The individuals and organizations undersigned note with concern the increasing violence against the women’s peace organisation Women in Black -Belgrade, and in particular against its founder, Stasa Zajovic, who has been targetted repeatedly in the past few months by extreme-right political groups and individuals, as well as harrassed by the police and justice system in her country.
We will remain alert and closely monitor Serbian authorities’ actions to ensure Stasa Zajovic’s safety.

Signatories :

Marieme Helie Lucas, International Co-ordinator Secularism Is A Women’s Issue

Karima Bennoune, Professor of Law and Martin Luther King Jr. Hall Research Scholar, University of California-Davis School of Law, Former Legal Advisor, Amnesty International.

Lynn Freedman, Professor, Columbia University, New York

Nira Yuval Davis, Director of the Research Centre on Migration, Refugees and Belonging at the University of East London; founder member of Women Against Fundamentalism, founder member of the international research network on women in militarized conflict zone

Maryam Namazie, Spokesperson of One Law for All, Council of Ex-Muslims and Fitnah – Movement for Women’s Liberation.

Jennifer Green
, Associate Professor, Director of Human Rights Clinic, University of Minnesota Law School

Virginia Vargas, Articulacion Feminista Marcosur, Peru

Anissa Helie, Professor of History, John Jay College, New York

Lalia Ducos, President, Women’s Initiative for Citizenship and Universal Rights

Harsh Kapoor, South Asia Citizen’s Web

Soad Baba Aïssa, AMEL Association pour la Mixité, l’Egalité et la Laïcité

Georgina Ashworth, founder of CHANGE International Women’s Reports

Indai Lourdes Sajor, Gender and Women, Peace and Security Adviser/Consultant

Fatou Sow, International Director 
Women Living Under Muslim Laws

Charlotte Bunch, Founding Director Center for Women’s Global Leadership, distinguished professor Department of Women and Gender Studies Rutgers University

Cynthia Rothschild, human rights consultant and activist

Edmée Ollagnier, docteur en psychologie – Genève

Rina Nissim, naturopathe et auteure – Genève

Malika Zouba, journalist, Algeria

Ariane Brunet, human rights activist, Quebec

Dr. Laura McLeod, Lecturer in International Politics, School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester

Mimouna Hadjam, association AFRICA, France

Audrey Macklin, Professor and Chair in Human Rights Law Faculty of Law, University of Toronto

Zehra F. Kabasakal Arat, Professor of Political Science, University of Connecticut, USA

Manisha Desai, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Connecticut

V Spike Peterson, Professor of International Relations, U of Arizona, US

Rekha Pande, Professor and Head, Department of History,University of Hyderabad,

Cynthia Enloe, Research Professor, Clark University

Raewyn Connell, University Professor, University of Sydney

Prof. Nadje Al Ali, School of Oriental and Asian Studies, University of London, UK.

Caroline Bettinger-López, 
Associate Professor of Clinical Legal Education
 Director, Human Rights Clinic,
University of Miami School of Law

Galia Golan, Professor of Political Science, emerita, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Dr. Elaine Salo, Dept of Political Studies University of Delaware, DE USA.

Yolanda Aguilar, Centro Q’Anil, Guatemala

Cynthia Cockburn, Women in Black, London

Jindy Rosa Pettman, Professor Emeritus of the Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia.

Haleh Afshar, University of York

Simona Sharoni, the American university in Washington DC

J. Ann Tickner, Professor Emerita University of Southern California, Distinguished Scholar in Residence American University

Kevin Dunn, Professor, Political Science Dept.Hobart and William Smith Colleges Geneva, NY

Meghana V. Nayak, PhD, Associate Professor, Political Science, Pace University
NY NY 10038

Dr. Jacqui True, a founder of the Women, Peace and Security Academic Collective, Professor of Politics & International Relations, School of Social Sciences, Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Arts, Monash University, Australia

Dr. Anne Sisson Runyan, Professor, Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Cincinnati

Catherine Eschle, Senior Lecturer, School of Government and Public Policy, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, UK G1 1XQ

Terrell Carver, Professor of Political Theory, University of Bristol, UK

Suzanne Bergeron, Professor and Director of Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Michigan Dearborn USA

Karamat Ali, PILER, Karachi, Pakistan

Marilee Karl, founder of Isis International feminist network

Gila Svirsky, peace and human rights activist, Jerusalem

Zazi Sadou, féministe algérienne, RAFD

Khushi Kabir, Human rights activist from Bangladesh
Coordinator, Nijera Kori and Core Group member, Sangat.

Javed Anand, Journalist, human rights activist, Bombay, India

Lilian Halls-French, co president European Feminist Initiative ,IFE-EFI.

Mary Jane Real, Women’s human rights defender, Manilla, The Philippines

Coumba Toure, Coordinator Ashoka Africa Empathy Initiative

Hameeda Hossain, director Ain o Salish Kendra, Bangladesh

Sultana Kamal, human rights activist, lawyer at present executive director Ain o Salish Kendra, Bangladesh

Cherifa Kheddar, Algérie, présidente de l’Association Djazairouna des familles
victimes du terrorisme, et porte parole de l’OBSERVATOIRE des VIOLENCES FAITES aux FEMMES ( OVIF)

Laura Guidetti, MAREA, Genova, Italy

Maya Eichler, Assistant Professor, Political Studies and Women’s Studies, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Canada

Lydia Alpizar Duran, ED, AWID (International)

Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID)

Femmes en Noir, Genève, Suisse

Francesca Figari, Genoa,Italy

Pierre Pradervand, écrivain, Genève Suisse

Birgitta Eissner, Berlin Germany

Elizabeth Cox, Papua New Guinea, former director, UN Women Pacific

Faizun Zackariya, M/Women’s Research and Action Forum, Co-founder and Director. Sri Lanka,

Rohini Weerasinghe - Kantha Shakthi, Executive Director, Sri Lanka.

Menaha Kandasamy, General Secretary, Red Flag Union., Sri Lanka.

Bina D’Costa, Fellow and Associate Professor, School of International Politics, Security and Strategic Studies, College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University

Angela Miles, Professor and Head Centre for Women’s Studies in Education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

Kellia Ramares-Watson, journalist, USA

Marguerite Waller, Professor, University of California, Riverside

Aisha Shaheed, concerned citizen UK, former Deputee Director WLUML

Sara Hossain, Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh and Honorary Executive Director, Bangladesh legal Aid and Services Trust