A Women's WORLD pamphlet, edited by Nadezhda
Azhgikhina and Meredith Tax
Nadezhda Azhgikhina & Meredith Tax
I. The New European
Order: Human Rights, Women's Status, and Gender Censorship
The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 opened Eastern Europe to the
West and inspired hopes of cultural integration and a renaissance
that would include women. The economic disaster and backlash against
women that followed has dashed many of these hopes, though women
have now begun to organize for their own needs and for peace.
II. The Pebble and
Women today are caught between the two conflicting forces of globalization
and backlash social movements; Women's WORLD was formed to find
way to transcend this situation through mutual aid and a global
vision. Women need not only "rooms of our own," but our
own money, media, and networks.
Reflections on the Possibility of Creating Women's WORLD in Western
Women in Western Europe may think they are equal, but some arenas
are still largely closed to them, and the barriers between different
generations, between women of East and West, and between immigrants
and natives, add up to great inequalities of voice.
IV. Nice People Don't
Mention Such Things
Meditations on East and West, and on the way the former Yugoslavia's
transformation into the "Land of Blood Groups" propelled
the author into self-exile.
Some definitions of terms by the same author, including Homeland,
Identity, Patriotism, Nationalism, Fascism, Communism, and Exile.
in Yugoslavia: A Personal Story
The life history of a long time Serbian democrat, feminist, and
dissident who fought racism and militarism as long as she could,
but finally had to leave for another part of the former Yugoslavia,
where she was stigmatized as a Serb.
VII. The Situation
of Women Writers in Albania
Women writers, given token acceptance but actually suppressed under
communism, meet new obstacles during this period of transition:
violence, traditional and family pressures, and the absence of cultural
VIII. Gender and
Censorship in Kosovo
Kosovar women writers first must confront the Serbian stereotypes
and censorship of Albanians, then the pressures among their own
people to write in a certain manner. (This essay was written before
Politics and Culture: The History and Activity of the Women's Documentation
Center in Bologna
This pioneering global feminist organization works on issues of
voice, documentation, information technology, pedagogy, and empowerment.
X. Women as Object
and Subject in Contemporary Russian Literature
The flowering of literature by Russian women writers since perestroika
has coincided with their marginalization and the degradation of
women in the society as a whole.
XI. Women's Voices
Luisa Passerini & Annamaria Tagliavini
The situation of women in Italy embodies many contradictions including
a strong system of informal censorship and self-censorship.