This issue of Perspectives is about women. Their rights and struggles for gender equality, which have existed for generations in the Western Balkans, are presented by authors who are themselves part of the feminist struggles.
The current state of affairs in four blocks; Gender in transition: Is the revolution female; Interventions and resistance, they analyze political participation, gender-based violence, economic relationships, ecology, activism and physicality. They show concrete practices of resistance against the dominant patriarchal male societies in the Western Balkans.
Table of contents
2 system patriarchy - from A for abuse to V for violence
5 standby mode
state of play
9 ‘naming the possible, responding to the impossible’: beyond gender normative politics
Jelisaveta Blagojević, Mirjana Stošić
13 how tradition and patriarchy impact violence against women in the Western Balkans
18 an inside look – gender equality as a principle or a phrase?
gender in transitions: revolution is female?
23 the (un)forgotten possibility of emancipation
29 women’s invisibility as punishment: gender, war and transition in and after Yugoslavia
34 conquering the space of freedom: a never-ending story?
38 the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women in the Western Balkans
44 feminism: a universal panacea?
47 interplay between nationalism and exploitation, producing poverty to stay in power
51 here to stay – political participation of women in the Western Balkan
56 violence against women in politics
60 making femicide visible
66 unequal even before being born: sex-selective abortions in Montenegro
70 Kruščica in the aftermath of violence
77 property rights, economic dependence and the glass ceiling for women in Kosovo
81 activism in times of uncertainty: Albanian Pride 2020
84 swimming against the current