BeFem, Feminist summer games 2017

Olympic Games have included women into their ranks for the first time in 1900, four years after the first modern Olympiad took place in Athens, but only in two disciplines. Although women made 40% of the total number of contestants during Summer Olympics in Brazil 2016, investment in women's sport is insufficient, and women's victories are never celebrated loudly as they deserve.

In order to be up to date with contemporary challenges we daily face, on June 18th we will change Sunday leisure for Summer Feminist Games at Cultural center Grad, Braće Krsmanović street no. 4, in Belgrade.

We will learn how to play safe, thanks to Marika Smith, sex educator from Sweden, and her expert guide to erotic toys and safe sex. Bodily is exercised through sexual, and we lack safe spaces for discussion about women's experiences of and in sex.

We will discuss the concept of public health, who and how provides medical treatments. The issue of medical care will be crossed with the issue of social and economic influences on the care we (don't) get through medical institutions.

Through debate on climate changes we will also cross issues and ask what management of social and ecological process we need in order to achieve gender equality and sustainable development?

And what would BeFem be, if we don't move and cross our hips on a dance floor! We will learn more on self-awareness dance techniques and revolutionary potentials of belly dancing.

As we all well know, women listen and play punk, make and drink beer. Beer, punk and women is an homage to women's creativity in this genre.

Summer Feminist Games are the space for connecting various feminist practices, but also various identities such are race, class or sexuality, where we become aware that the concept of global woman does not exist and there is no global women's experience.

BeFem carries strong political message: only trans-nationally connected, using the power of various identities that build us, with strong feminist edge, we can confront ruling nationalistic and patriarchal policies.

We will consider city transformation, (re)build our perspectives, learn how to love our bodies, practice ethics of care and power of the dance. Because BeFem is a movement, a thought and an action played in uncertain times.

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Performers, BeFem Feminist summer games 2017

Marika Smith

Marika Smith

Playsure ‒ the Expert's Guide to Erotic Toys and Great Sex

Marika Smith is a Swedish sex inspirator and sex journalist with over 15 years of experience of all kinds of sex education, from personal counseling to political activism on sexual rights. She specialises in the pleasurable and positive parts of sexuality, with the viewpoint that sex should be fun, feel good and bring people closer to each other and themselves. She says that the most important tools for good sex is knowledge and curiosity.

Vagina Dialogues: Women and Gynecology

Vagina Dialogues: Women and Gynecology

Aleksandra Novakov Mikić
A doctor specialized in gynecology and obstetrics, with the sub-specialization in perinatology. She was born in Novi Sad, and graduated at the Novi Sad Medical Faculty, where she also completed master and doctoral studies in the field of perinatology. Enriched her education in Spain, United States, Hungary and Great Britain, and completed sub-specialization in fetal medicine at the King’s College in London. Worked as an expert on international projects of the organization “Save the children” on educating population on pregnancy issues, as well as on the European Union projects of educating doctors on the ultrasound screening of chromosomopathies in the first trimester of pregnancy. She was the director of the Clinic for Gynecology and Obstetrics of the Clinical Center of Vojvodina from 2007 to 2011, and from 2008 to 2011 was a member of the City Council of Novi Sad in charge of the field of health. In 2012 she became a tenured professor of gynecology and obstetrics at the Medical Faculty in Novi Sad. Also worked as a professor at the Gender Studies, on the subject of Gender and Health.

Jana Šarić
She is trying to overcome the patriarchate within herself and others. Completing studies of sociology at the Belgrade Faculty of Philosophy. Took part in the research Culture of Giving Birth – Reproductive Strategies of Women in Contemporary Serbia. Currently researches presentation of women in Yugoslav war cinematography.

Milesa Milinković
Born in Užice in 1977, graduated pedagogy, completed master studies at the Gender Studies Center of Novi Sad University. Activist, programme manager and volunteer in organizations supporting persons with disabilities since 1999. Using feminist disability theory, she focused her scientific research at master and doctoral gender studies on women with disabilities as a group exposed to multiple marginalization. At her activist journey she crossed paths with the art of movies and she started using it as a tool for improving the position of persons with disabilities. She produced 17 and is the author of two movies about women with disabilities. She is a director of the International Film Festival “Catch This Day With Me / Catch the Movie”. She lives and works in Novi Sad.

Milica Batričević
She discovers some new activities between BeFem festivals, so she can’t just use her old biography. During last year she actively collected and recycled garbage. Still thinks that health is a political and feminist issue, and therefore works on the subject as such.

Women, Prisons and Closed Systems

Women, Prisons and Closed Systems

Isidora Petrović
Isidora Petrović is a member of the “7 demands” movement, created during the April protests in Belgrade, and she is an executive editor of the Serbian issue of Le Monde diplomatique. She is interested in sociology of generations, sociology of politics, sociology of ideology and sociology of childhood. She spends all of her spare time on a rooftop in a Belgrade neighborhood Zvezdara with 10 of her best friends.

Ivana Bogićević Leko
She is a theatre and radio director and a drama pedagogue. Engaged as freelance part time collaborator in programmes for children and youth in various organizations such as Center for Culture Stari Grad, Youth Open Club, “Jelena Šantić” Foundation, C31... Took part in many local and regional workshops, conferences and round tables on the topic of drama works for children and youth, and from 2001 till this very day has been active in the Group 484 as a workshop moderator within the educational programme WE AND THE OTHERS. Works with youth (secondary school pupils, students) and with vulnerable groups (children deprived of parental care, refugees and displaced, migrants). Since 2014 has been intensely working in centers for asylum seekers, before all with women, girls and youth, where with a group of colleagues she has realized creative programmes aiming to provide psychosocial support and assistance. Also works towards raising visibility of problems and needs of migrants in local communities through exhibitions, local actions, campaigns and workshops.

Katarina Ficko
Katarina Ficko is a social worker working mainly in the area of community mental health. She is a long term activist for deinstitutionalization, human rights and gender equality. She is a action researcher and has been developing participatory research in long term care, deinstitutionalization and rights of women fighting institutional violence. She studied social work at the Faculty of Social Work in Ljubljana.

Sanja Dojkić
She is a journalist, content creator and germanist. Completing undergraduate studies of journalism at the Faculty of Political Sciences, and at the same time is also a student of undergraduate studies of German language, literature and culture at the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade. Volunteered at the BeFem festival since 2011, and from 2015 has officially become a member of the BeFem team. Has many years of experience in printed media and media monitoring and currently writes for the Internet column of the magazine Svet kompjutera (Computer World).

#InstaCity

#InstaCity

Kornelija Sabo
Kornelija Sabo was born in 1984 in Belgrade, a city that she often likes to leave but also to come back to. Graduated Communications at the Faculty of Media and Communications in Belgrade, where she is working since 2011. Her entire life is marked with photography. Collaborated on a large number of cultural, media, academic and activist initiatives. Traveled across North America, but the real wish is to travel the South. Always there to help creating a society without violence and discrimination.
Black Woman‒ Strategies for Resisting Rasism

Black Woman‒ Strategies for Resisting Rasism

Fanna Ndow Norrby
Fanna Ndow Norrby (1990) works as a freelance communicator and writer. In 2014, her interest in social media as a tool for communication led to the creation of the Instagram account @SvartKvinna (Black woman) as a way of putting light to the racism that black women in Sweden are experiencing. For this work she has been awarded the Big Communicator Award in the category Young Talent of the Year. Together with her cousin Amie Bramme Sey she is the founder of the podcast “Raseriet” (Fury)
Artistic Talk With Lovers

Artistic Talk With Lovers

Lovers Collective
Lovers is an informal art collective active from 2014 that consists of 6 young authors: Tamara Bilankov (1988), Hrvoslava Brkušić (1982), Stella Leboš (1988), Luana Lojić (1991), Ivana Pipal (1990) and Ana Vuzdarić (1984). Its work is focused on the interdisciplinary link between science and art. They had their own exhibitions in Zagreb (SC Gallery, Greta Gallery, Bačva Gallery in HDLU, GMK Gallery) and also took part in several group projects and exhibitions. In cooperation with Zagreb Observatory and Astronomical Society Sky, they realized several lectures and happenings intended to popularize astronomy and astrophysics where they brought guest lecturers, and in 2016 they held a lecture at FER on the subject of modes of cooperation of artists and scientists. Future projects of Lovers will keep the emphasis on searching for and cooperating with science enthusiasts that give new dimensions to art works.

Maja Marković
Art historian and curator, working in the field of contemporary art. As a programme coordinator of the regional project Network of Cultural Gender Practices of South-Eastern Europe, she formed the base of gender engaged art works from the region of former Yugoslavia. Currently works at the Tolerance Festival, aiming to introduce contemporary art practices into festival programme. Regularly collaborates with the portal for visual arts Vizkultura.hr (publishes under the name of Maja Broun).

Climate and Gender Related Changes

Climate and Gender Related Changes

Paola Petrić
Programme coordinator in Heinrich Boell Foundation in Belgrade. Manages projects in the field of European integrations, public spaces and economic empowerment of vulnerable groups. Graduated German and also works as a translator.

Damjan Rehm Bogunović
Damjan Rehm Bogunović manages a programme dedicated to the environment and climate changes in the Belgrade office of Heinrich Boell Foundation.

Jasminka Oliverić Young
Jasminka is a co-founder of the RES Foundation and Program Director for Public Policy and Governance. She has significant professional experience in public sector, international organizations and civil society. She worked with the Government of Serbia, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and United Nations Development Program. Jasminka’s area of expertise includes climate and energy governance, policy entrepreneurship, policy evaluation, EU integration, environmental management and circular economy. Her work focuses on governance issues and synergies of climate, energy and environmental policies in the EU context. She is author of the book “Application of EU Environmental Standards in the Serbian Economy”. Currently, she is a PhD Candidate at the KU Leuven Public Governance Institute.

Marija Jevtić
Professor at the Medical Faculty of the Novi Sad University, teaching hygiene, and a research associate at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) Research centre on Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public Health. She is especially interested in public health, preventive medicine, sustainable development, environment and health, climate changes, crises and emergency situations and health, food safety and nutrition, mental hygiene, health management, group analysis.

Death Threats and Glitter

Death Threats and Glitter

Linnéa Claeson
Linnéa Claeson (1992) is a Swedish professional handball player, and the creator of the Instagram account Assholes online. With @assholesonline she puts light on sexual harassments, hatred and threats online, and shows ways of combatting them, often with a big portion of humor. The account has over 200 000 followers. She was recently placed as number one on a list on the future’s 99 most powerful people in Sweden.
Belly dance workshop “I don't need a revolution if I can't dance“

Belly dance workshop “I don't need a revolution if I can't dance“

Vedrana Frašto
She declares herself as a feminist who dedicated her life to the protection of women’s human rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region. Works in the feminist organization CURE Foundation. She facilitates educational workshops on the subjects of women’s rights, feminism, activism, gender based violence, discrimination etc. Since 2013 she has also been a trainer in integrating safety measures for defenders of women’s rights. In 2005 she started learning oriental dancing, and at the end of 2006 opened a first oriental dancing school in Zenica. From 2008 to the end of 2014 made a break in dancing, and then got back to it again, this time linking dance with activism, and adding to the oriental dance some elements that have a liberating effect on women, freeing them of the feelings of guilt, learning them how to love their bodies again and bringing them back all the values that were “taken away” from them. Did her performance in Georgia in 2015 at the world conference of women’s human right defenders. Lives and works in Sarajevo.
Beer, Punk and Women

Beer, Punk and Women

Aleksandra Nikšić
Journalist, translator and a nerd. During conflicts in former Yugoslavia she worked as a reporter for the American TIME magazine and the British newspaper Daily Telegraph, as well as for some other European and American media. From 1996 to 2014 she was a journalist of the English service of the French agency AFP, and since October 2014 she has been the news editor of VICE Serbia. Even today her greatest joys are comics, movies, books, TV and music. Striving to replace business with pleasure, but retirement is still out of reach. Graduated at the Lost University, collects this and that, a scribomaniac.

Leila Šeper
Being Leila Šeper means having a lot of identities that you include in your biography as needed. Mrs, fashion industry worker, activist, feminist, wannabe bass player, vegetarian, home beer brewer... and a punker. Trying to catch up with the trends, more or less successfully. Since she first came to BeFem, she set herself to reach the goal of making organizers love her and invite her again every year. For the time being, we can say it works. She is 35. Wants to move the core of the political struggle to the official decision making places, so do not be surprised if you get to see her at some list of election candidates. Of course, as an independent candidate.

Selena Simić
Born in Smederevo in 1992. Completed secondary music school “Kornelije Stanković”, jazz department – drums, as well as undergraduate studies of communicology at the Faculty for Media and Communications in Belgrade. She is a drummer of the only all girl local metal band “Nemesis”, of the female punk/rock band “Fandango” and of the rockabilly horror punk band “Goatmare and the Hellspades”. Also cooperates on a regular basis with the drumming band of Dragoljub Đuričić. She led four cycles of free of charge drumming workshops for girls in Belgrade, Smederevo and Pančevo in 2015, with the support of Reconstruction Women’s Fund, and is a leader of the team of mentors of the first Rock Camp for Girls in this part of Europe that is to be held in August 2017 near Belgrade. Collaborates with several feminist collectives and manifestations. In May 2016, she spoke at the 35th Belgrade Ignite organized by the Government Team for Poverty Reduction and Social Inclusion.

Tatjana Nikolić
Cultural worker, feminist and youth activist. Author of the study “Gender Relations at the Alternative Music Scene of Serbia and the Region” which was published in 2016 by the Institute for Gender Equality of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina. Since 2010 she has been a member of the FEMIX team that affirms gender equality in culture and among young people through research, advocacy, networking, promoting and organizing events. In 2016 FEMIX got “Anđelka Milić” award of the Section for Feminist Research and Critical Studies of Masculinities for “the creative endeavor that uses knowledge from the field of feminist theory and research and originally and in a communicative way conveys the message on value and importance of gender equality”. Completed undergraduate and master studies of management in culture and media at the Faculty of Drama Arts in Belgrade.

Antiwar music performance  Jasmina Tešanović

Antiwar music performance Jasmina Tešanović

Jasmina Tešanović
Feminist and political activist (Women in Black; CodePink) she is a writer, journalist, musician, translator and film director. In 1978 she promoted the first feminist conference in Eastern Europe, “Drug-ca Zena” (Belgrade). With Slavica Stojanovic she designs and creates the first feminist publishing house in the Balkans, “Feminist 94?, lasting for 10 years. She is the author of “Diary of a Political Idiot”, translated in 12 languages: a real time war diary written during the 1999 conflict in Kosovo. Since then she has been publishing her works on blogs and other media, always connected to the Internet. Founder of Casa Jasmina, the first smart home of the future, in Turin. She writes in English, Serbian and Italian and lives between Turin, Austin and Belgrade.
Amie Bramme Sey

Amie Bramme Sey

Amie Bramme Sey is a journalist currently working at Aftonbladet, Swedens biggest newspaper. She has a background in radio journalism as a producer and live radio host. At the moment she's of at maternity leave but she's still producing the RASERIET podcast with her cousin Fanna Ndow Norrby.
Vocal group NO LIMIT

Vocal group NO LIMIT

"NO LIMIT" is a vocal group from Sarajevo founded in 2014. Its members are educated musicians who do arrangements of various musical genres and their own songs in a unique way. They have had a lot of successes at concerts in Bosnia and Herzegovina and abroad, and have a lot of views of their YouTube channel videos. Members performing at BeFem festival in Belgrade will be Alen Hadžić Morris, Ajsela Zoronjić, Negra Čičić and Andrea Krasnić.
DJ set ‒ DJ Finci

DJ set ‒ DJ Finci

Hi, I am Ivana Finci. Girl who does not promise – but fulfills. I write slowly for the ones who can’t read fast. Dancing on one leg while the other stands still. One hands pumps intensely and the other fills with enthusiasm. In my free time I am a music conductor. Will play the dance music rhythm (cause it is the only rhythm there is).
IMpractical Women

IMpractical Women

Craft cooperative Impractical Women got its name in 2016, and was created in 2000, gathering women, men and others from different parts of the country (Zemun, Zrenjanin, Vranje, Novi Beograd) who dared to make new ABOVE-THE-STOVE-PANELS with one, common goal: to join crafts and creativity in the struggle against patriarchate and violence, for equality, solidarity and the right to express our voices.
IMpractical representatives: Lenka Zelenović (Novi Beograd), Sanja Stamenković (Vranje), Pava Martinović (Zrenjanin)
FEMIX

FEMIX

This year again BeFem will support the activities and development of programme for affirmation of women's creativity FEMIX. In the FEMIX corner you will get a free copy of the study „Gender Relations at the Alternative Music Scene in Serbia“, published in December 2016 by the Institute for Gender Equality of Vojvodina, and based on the many years of FEMIX activities. You will also learn about the „Anđelka Milić“ award of the Section for Feminist Research and Critical Studies of Masculinities which laureate for 2017 was the FEMIX programme. If you are interested, you will be able to listen and get as a gift the sixth issue of the only local compilation of current female music production Femixeta. Apart from all that, this will be your chance to learn more about the first Rock Camp for Girls in this part of Europe, that will be held in August 2017 on Avala mountain, as well as to get informed on how you can join in and contribute and how can you get girls from your surrounding to take part in this camp.
Resetka

Resetka

"Resetka" is a new initiative, born from a two-year public collection of books for prisons throughout Serbia. Last March, through their Facebook page 'Books for prisoners', this growing community also donated hygienic kits for convicts in Požarevac ‒ the only women's prison in Serbia. In order to continue providing necessary civic help to the country’s correctional facilities, Resetka was created to raise awareness and solutions for this troubling social problem. Since they’ll be visiting the prison in Požarevac again, they’re collecting everything needed by female prisoners - this time with a focus on the needs of the prison’s maternity ward, being: baby diapers (no. 3, 4, 5), baby bottles, baby bottle nipples, baby blankets, shoes size 18‒20, baby clothes, baby walkers, baby soap and shampoo, baby creams and baby food. If you wish to take part in this public effort, this year at Befem we will support Resetka’s initiative and provide a booth for these donations.
RWF YARD SALE!!!

RWF YARD SALE!!!

We are bringing funky, second-hand (look like new), hot stuff. The price? A mite! Where? At the Befem! Why? For the feminist philanthropy! And fun! We are waiting for you by the yard table.
All collected money this time will go to our fund for women’s scholarships “Zarana Papic”
www.rwfund.org/eng/programs/stipends-zarana-papic
Group 484

Group 484

In the corner of the Group 484, you can see some of the materials related to our work with women migrants who are placed in immigration centers in Serbia. Since the end of 2013, we regularly worked and hung out with our female friends from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Cameroon, Somalia, Eritrea, Iran, Cuba ... Our workshops are called SOFRA ART and through them we learn from each other about the cultures we come from. Two exhibitions, The Border is closed and The common Denominator, resulted from these workshops, talks and meetings over coffee and Turkish delight.
Also, we will be collecting books in english and also english-german dictionaries.