For the past 20 years, amidst wars in the former Yugoslavia, Women in Black remains a beacon of nonviolent resistance to militarism, war, sexism and nationalism. Whether standing still and silent on the streets of Belgrade or organizing theatrical performances, advocacy campaigns or street actions, Women in Black is a powerful voice in demanding gender justice. By publishing materials on feminist antimilitarist theory, and establishing inter-ethnic and inter-cultural peace coalitions, Women in Black make invaluable contributions to transitional justice and new concepts of human security.
Women’s Court for the Crimes of the Former Yugoslavia is the group’s most recent groundbreaking effort in peace building. Created by seven women’s organizations from the Balkans, Women’s Court intends to establish a new, alternative and safe political space for women’s voices and testimonies to be heard. Here, women’s activists create a model of justice based on feminist ethics of responsibility and care. They are working together on transitional and restorative justice activities, and gearing up for the court’s proceedings planned for next year.