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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
Nadezhda Azhgikhina
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 the Lake
Meredith Tax
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.

III. Some Reflections on the Possibility of Creating Women's WORLD in Western Europe
Luisa Passerini
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
Dubravka Ugresic
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.

V. Glossary
Some definitions of terms by the same author, including Homeland, Identity, Patriotism, Nationalism, Fascism, Communism, and Exile.

VI. Censorship in Yugoslavia: A Personal Story
Svetlana Slapsak
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
Diana Çuli
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 funding.

VIII. Gender and Censorship in Kosovo
Sazana Caprici
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 the war.)

IX. Between Politics and Culture: The History and Activity of the Women's Documentation Center in Bologna
Annamaria Tagliavini
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
Nadezhda Azhgikhina
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 in Italy

Luisa Passerini & Annamaria Tagliavini
The situation of women in Italy embodies many contradictions including a strong system of informal censorship and self-censorship.