Zarana Papic on Fri, 3 Sep 1999 04:41:29 +0200


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 	WOMEN IN BLACK AGAINST WAR
                   	   Eight International Meeting
            "Network of Women's Solidarity Against War"
                         Ulcinj, Montenegro
                         7-10 October 1999

                 IF YOU WANT PEACE - PREPARE PEACE



	If we look back at the year behind us, we the anti-war activists 
see that regimes, miliataries and international forces have strengthen 
fascism on Balkans.  We  lived through ethnic cleansing and bombing at
the
same time.  It was painful.  And still it is difficult. First of all
there
are less of us now then the last year.   Not all the dead are counted. 
More 
women are raped.   Hatred and silent forgetting of the Other is
permenently  
increasing.  Nationalism continues to produce ideology of victim.  
Fascism and 
nationalism  have brought poverty and misery.    There are new
contradictions 
among pacifists:  can we get to peace with bombs and war?   Global
militarism 
has  made bigger profit.  European left will never be the same.  Kosovo
as 
well.  At least.   And, women in peace negotiations are still missing. 

This year Women in Black are gathering for the first time in 
Montenegro.  We have chosen to meet, exchange our thoughts, 
feelings and common actions right here  for different reasons:  
first, because this is a place on which it is possible that activists
from
all divided regions of the country that is still called FR Yugoslavia
can 
meet:   Kosovo, Vojvodina, Serbia, Sandzak, Montengro.  Second,  this is 
one of the regions in which foreign people with passports can 
come in, without visas.  Third, city of Ulcinj is on the Adriatic 
coast - we believe that we need beauty of Mediterranean nature 
and joy of different cultures and languages we can find there.


Programm

Thursday 7, October
............................
arrival of participants
dinner with few joyful words


Friday  8, October
..........................

morning

	panel: ETHNIC CLEANSING - NATO INTERVENTION
		 "Increasing militarism -  global and local"

themes: 
    - fascism of Serbian regime - ethnic cleansing on Kosovo
    - global and local militarisation:  of institutions, 
consciousness, everyday life
    - UN/NATO/European community:  trap of human rights
    - pacifist feminist ethics:  collective responsibility -
individual guilt


afternoon

working groups

1.	Militarisation of consciousness and social relations:  hatred 
against Other
2.	Searching for the pacifist feminist ethics:  Collective
responsibility -
Individual guilt - Solidarity
3.	Obtaining peace with war? Traps of humanitarian 
interventions
4.	Was my situation the worst? - We care for ourselves and 
others at the same time

dinner
video:  Women in Black, documentary from "97


Saturday 9 October
.............................

morning
panel exchange
	RESISTANCE TO WAR - EXPERIENCE OF WOMEN
	.... and pie and performance in front of the Ministry and 
music and making obstacles to military bases and text and peace 
march and telephoning a friend on the other side and Marina 
Tzvetajeva and demonstration and e-mail message and cruising 
on the market and angryness...

	We invite participants to prepare 5 minutes in which they will 
inform us how they resist -individually or collectivelly- war, sexism, 
militarism, nationalism in the last year.  Translation is simultaneous.


afternoon

EIGHT YEARS OF WOMEN IN BLACK - vigils in Podgorica.  
Podgorica is the capital of Montenegro, on 2 hours bus ride from 
Ulcinj.  Bring black clothes.

evening

dinner, party
bring dancing music on cassettess


Sunday 10 October

morning

panel
CREATING PEACE - WHAT TO DO TOGETHER 
education for peace, campaigns, political 
analysis, support, e-mail exchange


lunch for goodbye and embraces

...............

The foreign participants can come to Ulcinj from different sides: 
Bar-Bari, 
ferryboat from Italy,  by the road from Dubrovnik, Croatia and by the
road
 from Sarajevo, Bosnia.   The full price of a day cost 40DM.  We suggest
that 
those who can, pay 50DM and the rest of the money will be used for
immediate 
collective expenses (bus, etc).   

Happy to see you there.

Women in Black Belgrade
	stasazen@eunet.yu
Women in Black Spain:
	roal@nodo50.org
Women in Black London:
	c.cockburn@ktown.demon.co.uk
Women in Black Belgium:
	lieve.snellings@village.uunet.be
Women in Black Italy:
	MC6381@mclink.it
web:  http://wib.matriz.net
	
	ciao,