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Women changing reality: Interview with Novi Sad women’s rights activists

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Dis­abil­i­ty is an aspect of iden­ti­ty that has a sig­nif­i­cant impact on a woman’s life expe­ri­ence, but the authen­tic­i­ty of her expe­ri­ence is cloud­ed by cen­turies-old assump­tions, stereo­typ­i­cal under­stand­ings, irra­tional fears and stigma­ti­za­tion — both dis­abil­i­ty and gen­der. Women with dis­abil­i­ties are most often writ­ten by oth­ers, and their sto­ries end up in the extreme, mov­ing from mar­gin­al­iza­tion to hero­iza­tion and back. With­out respect for the diver­si­ty of their char­ac­ters, the back­ground of appar­ent admi­ra­tion is often mere pity that under­mines the con­tri­bu­tions of women with dis­abil­i­ties. That is why it is impor­tant to decode, record and remem­ber the his­to­ry of activism of women with dis­abil­i­ties.

Inter­view with Novi Sad activists for the rights of per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties was held on Mon­day, Decem­ber 2, 2019, at the cul­tur­al sta­tion of Egysg. The event was real­ized in coop­er­a­tion with Novi Sad 2021 with­in the frame­work of the Super­pow­ered  pro­gram, which is part of the plat­form Oth­er Europe.

The inter­view was attend­ed by: Svet­lana Tim­o­t­ic, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Orga­ni­za­tion for Sup­port of Women with Dis­abil­i­tiesIZ KRUGAVOJVODINA, Mar­i­ja Vre­balov, Inte­ri­or Design Design­er on the Prin­ci­ples of Feng Shui and Coun­cilor of the Novi Sad City Assem­bly, at the Dis­abil­i­ty Coun­cil of the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty; Tat­jana Sto­jsic Petkovic, Psy­chol­o­gist and Laugh­ing Yoga Leader; Tan­ja Djuric Josic, pro­fes­sor of phi­los­o­phy, dra­ma teacher and actress. The talk was mod­er­at­ed by Bojan Kri­vokapic.

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