Anne Klein Womens Award 2013: Lepa Mladjenovic, Serbian Womens and Human Rights Activist
Lepa Mladjenovic is the winner of the Heinrich Böll Foundations Anne Klein Womens Award. The award ceremony will take place in Berlin on 1 March 2013. The prize money is 10.000 EURO.
Lepa Mladjenovic, the second winner of the Anne Klein Womens Award, is a courageous woman who has continuously fought against violence and militarism and for freedom, human rights, and sexual self-determination. Her political activism is an inspiration to many fellow campaigners in Serbia, on the Balkans, and all around the world.
The statement of the jury outlines:
Lepa Mladjenovic is a Serbian intellectual and activist campaigning for peace and human rights. She is especially committed to womens rights and the rights of people whose sexual orientation and gender identity does not conform to majority norms. Focal points of her work are sexual political violence in war and peace, prevention of violence, and trauma work. For her commitment she has become well known far beyond the borders of Serbia and the region.
Lepa Mladjenovic is active in and a co-founder of many organisations and networks, among them Serbias Women in Black, as well as Arkadia and Labris, two organisations advocating lesbian rights, whose spokeswoman she is.
Barbara Unmüßig, co-president of the Heinrich Böll Foundation and head of the jury points out:
Lepa Mladjenovic is an exceptional personality, combining political courage with intellectuality, as well as actual counselling of traumatised women with political lobbying and scientific research. Repeatedly, Lepa Mladjenovic has put herself in great danger. To campaign for the rights of homosexuals in Serbia one has to be fearless. Severe discrimination and the hostility of large parts of the people as well as state authorities are an everyday reality for homosexuals in the region.
Unmüßig adds: The Anne Klein Womens Award is a clear political statement against homophobia in Serbia and many other countries in that it supports, by means of actual solidarity, the work of Lepa Mladjenovic and her Serbian fellow campaigners for the rights of lesbians.
The statement of the jury as well as a short biography and a profile of Lepa Mladjenovic and a downloadable photo of the awardee are available at www.boell.de/annekleinwomensaward
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