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We will be publishing six weekly stories, from across the Western Balkans, with the aim to shed light on social, political and cultural realities, testifying to this moment in time.

Maja Raičević, Podgorica: The invisible pandemic

While Montenegrin public prosecutors and police officials demonstrated unparalleled efficiency in prosecuting those who were breaching the recommended pandemic measures, their response to domestic violence was nowhere nearly as effective.  Maja Raičević As early as April this year, one month into the public health measures in Montenegro, women’s protection non-governmental organisations have seen a 20-30%

2020-11-27T12:48:43+00:00November 24th, 2020|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Jelena Hrnjak, Belgrade: The loudest voices are the ones justifying violence

A threat is violence in itself, and it must be treated that way. It is also necessary to develop society consciousness that violence is unacceptable, including the social responsibility of reporting it. Children should be spoken to on these topics as early as elementary school, especially boys, who should be ‘equally repelled by rape as

2020-11-27T12:50:22+00:00November 24th, 2020|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Nora Ahmetaj, Pristina: Only women deal with women

Two years ago, Pjetër Ndrecaj murdered his spouse Valbona and his nine year old daughter Klara. Apart from using violence against them for a long period he ended up murdering them. The Court of Gjakova, after the retrial of this case, sentenced him with only 24 years and six months of imprisonment. Now, this criminal

2020-11-27T12:52:21+00:00November 24th, 2020|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Rumena Buzarovska, Skopje: Shut up, you are making me uncomfortable

My story does not need to be told; my narrative is false and it should not be trusted. Just as rape victims are accused of lying. And not those who really lie: the rapists. Rumena Buzarovska I recently had a meeting with a small group of friends. Among them was a friend of mine from

2020-11-27T12:53:24+00:00November 24th, 2020|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Azra Dizdar, Sarajevo: Earning your own bread and butter

My Facebook feed has been overwhelmed by ecstatic posts by both men and women in response to the US electing its first female Vice President. Soon thereafter Bosnia and Herzegovina elected only three women into office in the Local elections, while political parties had 396 male candidates and only 29 women. Writen by: Azra Dizdar

2020-11-27T12:54:20+00:00November 24th, 2020|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Elsa Ballauri, Tirana: Tradition over law

Nonetheless, gender violence is a big and serious issue that is damaging the society. During 2019, according to INSTAT (Institute of Statistics), 52.9% or 1 out of 2 women between 18 and 74 years old, have experienced one or more forms of violence during their lifetime, out of the 5 forms in total. Elsa Ballauri

2020-11-27T12:56:25+00:00November 24th, 2020|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Dr Dejan Zujovic, Belrade: All the president’s tests

The President has been tested for Covid-19  34 times since the start of the pandemic. Yes, you’ve read that correctly. Us doctors can only silently watch this ship drift off in the wrong direction. We put on our uniforms  and we care for our personal fates - whether we are going to survive, and how

2020-11-27T12:58:20+00:00November 18th, 2020|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

The Corona Palimpsest

Crisis overlap. The vaccine is expected the same as the cold water is expected in the heat of the summer. It will stop the virus, but what will do with the corruption, with political abstinence, with our traumatized psychological silence, with the mythology that has replaced the information. Writen by: Artan Fuga  All over the

2020-11-18T07:39:45+00:00November 18th, 2020|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

Pandemic controversies

The Public Health Institute (PHI) has spent over 240 thousand euros on Covid sample testing in Germany, which would have been enough to procure the necessary equipment to significantly increase testing capabilities in Montenegro and provider for at least two laboratories. Writen by: Dr Milena Popovic Samardzic At the time of writing, Monday, November 16th, 

2020-11-18T00:05:32+00:00November 18th, 2020|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments

When politics dictates the measures

The ‘fever’ was exacerbated by controversial circumstances around ventilator procurement in Sarajevo, the Covid hospital in Banja Luka, resignations within the Crisis Management Committee in the Sarajevo canton… And despite all the difficulties, new healthcare workers strikes are taking place, and in sight. Writen by: Dr. Bakir Nakas   Back when the World Health Organisation gave

2020-11-18T00:04:47+00:00November 18th, 2020|Vicinities chronicles|0 Comments
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