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Woman at work
Gabrijela Ivanov | 7 March 2005

milica gudovic’ | Zene na delu | Serbia and Montenegro

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I first saw milica at the airport. It was extremly cold, in the middle of the night, and she was wearing puppy-shaped earwarmers and laughing. milica gudovic has been an activist for years in one of the most visible women’s NGOs in Serbia and is one of the founders of ’Women at Work’ (Zene na delu). She is 25, open, talkative and obviously playful, with a sincere, inquisitive and warm smile. A long time ago, she worked one of those boring jobs as a secretary in big company, but things have changed.

She was involved in informal, anarchist groups, and then had a job as a radio journalist at a student radio station. She crossed paths with ’Women in Black’ (http://www.wib-zeneucrnom-belgrade.org/index-en.htm) where she first encountered feminist thinking. And it stuck. Insisting that her name not be capitalized, milica thinks of feminism as an all-inclusive political ideology that comes up with alternative models. "Let’s face it, it is an ideology, but it gives us the best strategies and ideas" for working in the partiarchal societies in which the countries of the former Yugoslavia are stuck. The range of work she has done during the past eight years is absolutely mindblowing and inspiring. Would you like to organize carpentry workshops for women, public performances on violence against women, start a publishing company, run a magazine for eight years, have a employment agency for women, build a web site? This is the women who did it all (and much more) and is happy to share those experiences. Her T-shirt says ’Wild woman’, so remember that her time is in demand. She is truly a woman doing indispensable work.

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