Women's March Against Fascism
Start: January 21, 2017•12:00 PM
On Saturday, January 21, 2017, millions will gather in Washington D.C. and in hundreds of cities around the world. This is a local event for those that will be unable to travel to Washington D.C. - instead, we will march in in solidarity with the Women's March on Washington here in Belgrade.
We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families - recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country. The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us - women, immigrants of all statuses, those with diverse religious faiths particularly Muslim, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native and Indigenous people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, the economically impoverished and survivors of sexual assault. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear. In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers is too great to ignore. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us.
The Women’s March will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world, that women's rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.
This is an INCLUSIVE march, and EVERYONE who supports the march's goals are welcome to join this peaceful gathering! We will gather at 12:00pm on Saturday, January 21st at Pionirski Park. Please RSVP to let us know you plan on attending - we hope to see you there!
Dear women, feminists, activists
Solidarity is our political choice. Standing in solidarity with our sisters from the U.S.A. and the whole world, we – women, activists, feminists in Serbia together with friends – will head out to march the streets because we don’t want to be silent witnesses to sexist, woman-hating, homophobic, xenophobic, and racist ideology which is rising in Europe and this country.
One woman is killed by the man's hand because she is a woman every 10 days, every woman has fear of sexual violence at some point in life, and every 5th had to be exposed to sexual abuse. Thousand of people survive on the beton streets of Belgrade winter because they cannot live in their homes, so they became refugees stranded in the country where they do not want to be. Unemployment is high to the point of poverty. Most ordinary workers are payed with minimum shameful wages to the point of poverty. Racism against Roma people is high, so much that poverty almost becomes their destiny. Post war nationalism is embedded in daily politics. Corruption is a matter-of-fact and not an exception. Many war criminals are free. Lesbians, gay men and many other sexually and gender different people are not recognized to form families, or even to walk the streets with calm hearts. Confronted by these pro-fascist signals we want to transform our fear and discontent of everyday life in organizing the Women’s March against neo-fascism in Belgrade! We stand in solidarity with women, because women's voices are never heard enough. We stand in solidarity with each other and against the hateful policies of the extreme-right wing nationalists that are taking unprecedented political space in the world and Serbia. We stand in solidarity with each other and women's right to choose, as our sisters in India say: our bodies is our business, the moon is our witness!
March name: Women’s March against Fascism
Place of assembly: Pioneer Park
The march will end at the square in front of St. Sava’s temple. It will start from the Pioneer Park, proceed through Kneza Milosa street to the Government building, then Nemanjina street to Slavija, and up Oslobodjenje Boulevard to St. Sava’s temple.
Time of assembly: 11:45 am (march starts at 12:00 pm).
Protest duration: 2 hours at most
On January 21st our place is out marching in the streets, as it always is. We stand in solidarity with feminists from the U.S.A., as we stood in solidarity with women from Kurdistan, Iraq, Palestine, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France and many other places...
We cannot remain silent while men’s states and churches around the world are making arrangements regarding who has the right to make decisions on women’s bodies. Abortion is a fundamental women’s right and this march advocates for resistance to the policies of the far-right which, the world over, first attack women’s rights and then the rights of all other disempowered groups. We call on LGBT organizations, Roma organizations, media employees, unions, workers, all who are in disadvantaged positions, to join us and show resistance to politics of hate, and to march for freedom, human rights and dignity.