Publication: „On the other side of homophobia: Analysis of the life experiences of LGBT persons in Serbia and recommendations for lowering discrimination“

Civil society organization Safe Pulse of Youth has presented within the project Coalition for Equality – STEP a new publication titled „On the other side of homophobia: Analysis of the life experiences of LGBT persons in Serbia and recommendations for lowering discrimination“.
Twenty people were interviewed in the course of preparing this publication, in order to attain the personal confessions of LGBT people. These confessions were then classified into three categories, in order to emphasize the numerous difficulties that LGBT people face in everyday life – in the family home, at school and at work.

The focus of the publication is in three parts: in the first part of the publication the stigma and discrimination that LGBT people face in Serbia is described; then the psychological problems that this discrimination leads to, and in the final part recommendations were made as to how discrimination can be lowered.

Association Viktorija

The aim of the project is the civil society’s contribution to the strengthening of social dialogue on the topic of hiring discrimination against women from socially vulnerable groups (long-term unemployed, older than 40, Roma, persons with disabilities, refugees, IDPs, etc.) in the local communities of the region of Šumadija, in the municipalities of Kragujevac and Batočina, where there are still prejudiced opinions about stereotyped roles for men and women. These kinds of opinions, as well as the issues of age, race, sex, religion, etc., result in hiring discrimination in the labour market. The unequal treatment of the unemployed is socially unacceptable and economically harmful.

Media Monitoring – Before and After Pride Parade

Centre for political education – CPO from Novi Sad (in cooperation with Banat Media centre) and GOOSI – Organoisation for gay persons with disabilities from Belgrade, will jointly, during the months of May and June, do the press-clipping of several print and electronic media (selected pages of printed and selected programmes of electronic media – TV stations from Serbia), and monitor every use, or not-use of politically correct speech. Focus of our analysis will be the use of gender sensitive speech and behaviour of the media towards the LGBT population.

This project (analysis) will be conducted before, during and after planed Pride week in Belgrade, and we expect that above mentioned partner organisations will have hard work ahead, hawing in mind experience from last years attempts to organise Pride week when majority of political actors, individuals, right-winged organisations, informal groups had significant space in the media for presenting its position and discriminating LGBT population.

Women in Black – Solidarity with asylum seekers, activists and the LGBT community

Women in Black were established in 1991., and since the beginning of the work they are focused on human rights, the fight against all forms of discrimination and promote of equality. Activities include working directly with individual activists from disadvantaged social groups, work with groups, empowerment, taking out the problems in the public sphere, protest actions.

The Heartefact Fund – Establishing Ground for Memorizing LGBT History in Serbia

The project Establishing Ground for Memorizing LGBT History in Serbia is a multidisciplinary research action aimed at (re)discovering the history of homosexuality in Belgrade, Serbia and Yugoslavia and to question and challenge “official” histories and offer alternative understandings and narratives. Also, the aim is to contribute to creating the collective history of LGBT community thus supporting the struggle for LGBT rights and freedoms, while spreading the public awareness on history of homosexuality in Serbia thereby creating the local base, safe grounds and backup for further action. Besides, the intention is to motivate and include new actors, design and test new approaches and methods in the struggle for LGBT rights.

Sandzak Committee for Protection of Human Rights and Freedoms – Monitoring of court prosecutions of discrimination

Sandzak Committee for Protection of Human Rights and Freedoms in Novi Pazar started on 17.07.2014. with the implementation of the project “Monitoring of court prosecutions of discrimination”. Currently identifying instances of discrimination that will be tracked and analyzed, with special attention will be paid to the ways of public authorities are determined discrimination, how they get and classified the evidence in the proceedings, or whether the existing legal framework and human resources provide sufficient guarantees to investigate cases of discrimination and protect basic human rights.

The project will include cases from the jurisdiction of the courts of the city of Novi Pazar (includes court unit in Tutin) and municipalities Sjenica and Prijepolje.

Q-Club – Prejudice should not judge

Q-Club is a group of people who face discrimination due to their health status but also for other reasons. One of the key principles of our work is the fight for equality and respect for minorities groups.

The project “Prejudice should not judge” is to prevent discrimination and increase tolerance towards people living with the disease, and their acceptance as equal members of society. A key outcome of this project will increase the visibility of legal mechanisms to protect against discrimination of people with the health condition which can be the basis of discrimination and support for the implementation of the Strategy against Discrimination. We also want to influence the change and adjustment of policies in certain areas.