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… Iz Kruga- Vojvodina in the French Cultural Center in Belgrade: When the world stopped, they didn’t

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Psy­chol­o­gist Tat­jana Sto­jsic Petkovic, on behalf of the Orga­ni­za­tion IZ KRUGAVOJVODINA, par­tic­i­pat­ed in the exhi­bi­tion enti­tled When the world stopped, they aren’t in the French Cul­tur­al Cen­ter in Bel­grade. The exhi­bi­tion was offi­cial­ly opened on March 8 and will last until March 22, 2021, after which the mul­ti­me­dia exhi­bi­tion will go on tour in the cities of Ser­bia.

The Unit­ed Nations Agency for Gen­der Equal­i­ty and Women’s Empow­er­ment UN WOMEN, with the Gen­der Equal­i­ty Coor­di­na­tion Body, the Min­istry of Euro­pean Inte­gra­tion, the Euro­pean Union Del­e­ga­tion to Ser­bia and the French Embassy in Bel­grade, marks Inter­na­tion­al Women’s Day with an exhi­bi­tion illus­trat­ing Women’s Lead­er­ship: The Future of Equal­i­ty in the World after the covid — 19 pan­dem­ic.

The exhi­bi­tion presents art pho­tographs of 10 women from all over Ser­bia, who by per­son­al exam­ple, con­tributed to the improve­ment of our soci­ety dur­ing the covid pan­dem­ic. Among them are a nurse, a psy­chol­o­gist, a teacher, a phar­ma­cist and a salesla­dy. The pho­to of each woman was accom­pa­nied by an audio record­ing of their work and expe­ri­ences dur­ing the pan­dem­ic: how they felt, what their role was and how they con­tributed to their com­mu­ni­ty. The authors of the pho­tographs and audio sto­ries are San­dra and Igor Mandic, who pre­sent­ed the exhi­bi­tion to the audi­ence.

- I am very proud of all of us, it is my plea­sure to be a part of this sto­ry. It’s a won­der­ful feel­ing when you know that what you are doing has a pur­pose, that your work serves oth­ers as an incen­tive and moti­va­tion. That laugh­ter will not erase the prob­lem, it will not pay the bills, but it will help us under­stand that we are here, that we are alive and that, while we are alive, we can real­ly do a lot — says Tat­jana Sto­jsic Petkovic.

Pay­ing trib­ute to women from all walks of life for their pro­fes­sion­al and per­son­al com­mit­ment dur­ing the cri­sis, the exhi­bi­tion aims to draw atten­tion to the role of women in cre­at­ing a just and pros­per­ous soci­ety. The exhi­bi­tion also reminds the pub­lic of the impor­tance of gen­der equal­i­ty and draws atten­tion to the increase in the num­ber of women in man­age­ment posi­tions, equal pay and the reduc­tion of dis­crim­i­na­tion and vio­lence against women.

The Ambas­sador of France to Ser­bia, Mr. Jean-Louis Fal­coni, thanked all the women who remained in the front lines of defense in Ser­bia and France, when the pop­u­la­tion had to close to avoid the spread of the virus, allow­ing the whole world to con­tin­ue func­tion­ing nor­mal­ly. The Ambas­sador espe­cial­ly empha­sized the fact that the eco­nom­ic and social con­se­quences of the health cri­sis already now, and espe­cial­ly in the future, threat­en to be more pro­nounced, and to affect the increase of vio­lence against women and girls every­where in the world, whether it is domes­tic vio­lence or loss busi­ness.

The open­ing of the exhi­bi­tion was attend­ed by prof. Dr. Zorana Miha­jlovic, Deputy Prime Min­is­ter of the Repub­lic of Ser­bia and Pres­i­dent of the Coor­di­na­tion Body for Gen­der Equal­i­ty, Gor­dana Com­ic, Min­is­ter of Human and Minor­i­ty Rights and Social Dia­logue and Jad­ran­ka Jok­si­movic, Min­is­ter of Euro­pean Inte­gra­tion.

The min­is­ters con­clud­ed that the glob­al cri­sis caused by the coro­na virus pan­dem­ic showed that women of all gen­er­a­tions and pro­fes­sions res­olute­ly endured part of the fight with the con­se­quences of a seri­ous health, eco­nom­ic and social cri­sis. The faces in the exhi­bi­tion are a sym­bol of hun­dreds of thou­sands of women through­out Ser­bia. The min­is­ters thanked every­one who made the faces of these women more vis­i­ble.