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Working Through the War

Working Through the War

Trajectories of Non-Governmental and Governmental Organizations Engaged in Psycho-social Assistance to Victims of War and Family Violence in the ex-Yugoslav States

Dubravka Zarkov

2005 - 166 blz. - 90 75955 46 4

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In Working Through the War experiences of organizations in the countries of the Former Yugoslavia that were trained by Admira are brought together. Workers from these organizations reflect on their work with refugees and women war victims during the war, and their work on (sexual) violence against women and family violence after the war. They also look back on their cooperation with Admira during the war and post war period. They do so in relation to the objectives of Admira in cooperating with them: firstly, to strenghten women's health organizations. Secondly, to assist mainstream (non-) governmental health organizatons to recognize the value of gender-focused work. And finally, to support co-operations and networking between various governmental and non-governmental organizations in order to make the support for survivors of war and family violence better integrated and more effective.
The workers who are interviewed in this book share their experiences and talk about their organizational en personal histories and struggles. Some of them are the founders of an NGO, some joined at a later stage, others are workers in a governmental body. They all come from different professional and personal backgrounds.
They have set up SOS helplines and shelters for women and children; they have started self help groups and psycho social assistance; they work on prevention and healing; they offer counseling and therapy; they work with survivors and perpetrators of violence and lobby for effective legislation and recognition of women's rights.
By presenting their stories we hope that other organizations, local or international, working in war-torn and post-war societies on the issues of war and family violence, will feel inspired and will be able to learn from their mistakes and successes.


Yugoslav Wars and NGO/GO Responses

From Feminist Activism to Feminist Professionalism
1. Autonomous Women's Centre, Belgrade, Serbia
2. Centre for Women War Victims, Zagreb, Croatia
3. Women's Room, Zagreb, Croatia

From Relief to Social Reconstruction
4. Counselling Centre Against Family Violence, Belgrade, Serbia
5. Vive Zene, Tuzla, Bosnia

Integrating a Gender Perspective
6. Institute of Mental Health, Belgrade, Serbia
7. Society for Psychological Assistance, Zagreb, Croatia
8. School of Social Work, Zagreb, Croatia

From Discrimination to Empowerment
9. Rosh, Skoplje, Macedonia
10. Kham, Delcevo, Macedonia
11. Phurt, Delcevo, Macedonia

Looking Back, Looking Forward
12. Looking Back: Ten years of Co-operation
13. Looking Forward: the Civic Sector in the Aftermath of War


2005, ISBN 90 75955 46 4, paperback, 166 p., order number 9P2005.03.

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