Vojvodina civic centre


Novi Sad , Serbia



About

Vojvodina Civic Centre (VCC) was formally founded at the end of 2008 and for a certain period it operated as activist network without office and independent project, while working on building personal and organization's capacities. VCC has been implementing projects independently since 2011.

Mission of Vojvodina Civic Centre is affirmation of opened civil society's values, with clearly defined priorities in promotion and protection of human rights, development of critical dialogue about happening in the region during 90s and including young people in socio-political processes through youth activism.

Vojvodina Civic Centre promotes truth, justice, solidarity and responsibility as basic values.

Vojvodina Civic Centre implements activities in three program sectors
  • Rule of law, transitional justice and dealing with the past
  • Informal education for youth
  • Activism for human rights protection

  • Vojvodina Civic Cnetre has knowledge and resources in the field of audio and video production and documentary and research work. This was confirmed through the program "Untold stories" (www.neispricaneprice.com) which included interviewing very sensitive groups of population in Serbia and Croatia, people who have suffered from multiple human right violations during the war in 90s. Many years of education in specific filed preceded our extensive research, and the result is opened debate about cases of human rights violations on the territory of Vojvodina during the war in former Yugoslavia, which intensity is expected to rise after we publish all collected and produces material and information in online and printed form.

    Since activism is important part of VCC, our team has perfected knowledge and skills necessary for work with youth. Mainly we think of our educational program, which is created and implemented through different innovative approaches in cooperation with various regional experts in the field of human rights and art, with possibilities for participants to use new knowledge for activism. During last two years, we have organized independently or with partners, few regional visiting programs, public film screenings, marking important dates from recent war past, visits to memorial centers, produced two documentary films, public debates and one very successful public advocacy campaign which resulted in newly formed unit as a part of city's official communal service, with task to remove all hate speech graffiti from Novi Sad. Some of organizations that we have worked with are Youth center CK13, Humanitarian Law Centre, Independent Journalists' Association of Vojvodina, Youth initiative for human rights, Peace flame house, Forum ZFD etc.

    With many successful activities, Vojvodina Civic Centre has taken a position of recognizable and credible organization. There is not any other organization on the territory of Vojvodina, which is targeting and working with youth in the field of dealing with the past and human rights. This sort of lack of competition can be advantage, but also it leaves as without opportunity for creating a coalition on provincial level and relatively small support for issues that we are dealing with. Therefore, we choose our partners carefully and try to make good cooperation on long term basis.

    During previous three years, large percent of VCC's activities were a part of research projects about human rights violations in the 90's on the territory of Vojvodina. Most of our resources were directed toward these activities, which are considered as our main filed of work. With final project about peace movements from this program of oral history, we will finish one big chapter. With this closure, our plan for future demanded more detailed and complex analysis of needs in the society and our capability to respond while using expertise acquired in previous work.

    Plan for the next years includes multiple use of experience acquired during previous work with goal to transfer knowledge, multi sector cooperation between different subjects in country and region and creating strong resource for informal education, development of critical thinking and activism. Through our regular project activities, and unique multimedia library called Conflict library that will be open next spring with printing of 3 books from Untold stories program, we intend to offer innovative approach to the old problems. In the following year, we are expanding our field of work, and for the first time we are entering in one long process of cooperation with different subject from the region (theatres, actors, poets, visual artists, sociologists and psychotherapists) that will result with documentary play about mothers of missing persons from Kosovo, Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia. With creating and maintaining new platform for cooperation with this and similar projects, we intend to contribute to the democratization of the societies in the Western Balkans, and overcome the repercussions of the conflicts by creating participative culture of remembrance.

    Participants in “In Retrospect”


    Đorđe Majstorović


    Đorđe Majstorović was born in Tuzla (Bosnia and Hercegovina) in 1986. His family moved to Niš (Serbia) before Yugoslav wars. After his graduation on historical sciences in 2011, he moved up north to Novi Sad (Vojvodina). Currently, he is unemployed, although so far, he has been working as traveling salesman, children animator, freelance, copywriter and shortly as a substitute history teacher. In past few years he is active as a volunteer in Youth center CK13, where he is included as an organizer of tribunes, workshops and solidarity events. Big basketball fan.








    Bojan Krivokapić


    Bojan Krivokapić (1985), writer. He published a book of short stories Trči Lilit, zapinju demoni (Serbia, 2013) and a collection of gemischt-poetry Žoharov let (Bosnia and Herzegowina, 2014). A bilingual edition of his first book, with translation into Italian by Vanesa Begić - Corri Lilit, i demoni inciampano, was published in 2014 in Croatia, in the edition of the City Library Pazin – House for Writers / Hiže od besid / Casa degli scrittori. He works in Youth centre CK13 in Novi Sad.










    Željka Cvejin


    Željka Cvejin was born in Zrenjanin (SFRY, Yugoslavia, Serbia and Montenegro and presently Serbia) in 1990. She finished Secondary School of Economics there and started studying at the Faculty of Law in Novi Sad. She is currently on her final year of studies. She works as online English tutor and as production assistant to theatre troop ArtFrakcija that works in Novi Sad and Inđija (Serbia) and as a project manager for an educational mini series for children. In the past, she worked as peer educator for the Red Cross of Serbia and Children's Creative Centre Maštalište from Zrenjanin.





    Željko


    Željko was born in 1986 in Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia. He finished studies of journalism at Department of media studies at Faculty of philosophy in Novi Sad. He didn’t spent lot of time working as journalist in conventional media, but he exploits knowledge acquired very often. In last ten years, he is active at field of dealing with the past processes in Western Balkans, promotion and protection of human rights. He participated in implementation of various projects of different human rights organizations from the region, and held more than 100 trainings and workshops with young people from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Serbia. Željko is one of cofounders of Vojvodina Civic Centre, and currently on the position of executive director of VCC. He is quite annoyed with “walls” between countries made after fall of Yugoslavia, and he is constantly trying to take them down. Documentary lover, and author of one movie. Until now.

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