Centre for Civic Education (CCE), on the occasion of 17 May – The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, points out that Montenegrin society must undertake additional efforts in fight for human rights culture that recognize and accept each citizen as equal before the law and in society regardless of sexual and gender differences. Of course, in this case institutions have particular responsibility.
LGBTI persons in Montenegro, despite declarative prohibition of discrimination, do not yet have necessary support to enable them to enjoy all their rights and live lives without fear of having any unpleasant situation because of their different sexual orientation or gender identity. This year’s International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia focuses on justice and protection for all, and UNDP also emphasizes the support for developing initiatives for putting an end on exclusion, discrimination and violence against LGBTI persons. To take care of this imperative is more than ever necessary, and in the line of this are the CCE’s efforts, which are currently enhanced within the project “NO to Discrimination, YES to Diversity”.
Centre for Civic Education (CCE) is one of the signatories of the letter sent by Western Balkan civil society organizations to the President of the European Council, Mr Donald Tusk, concerning opening of the accession negotiations with Nort Macedonia and Albania in June 2019.
In the letter, NGOs and individuals express concern that further delay of the accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania would seriously jeopardize pro-European attitude of the population throughout the region. Furthermore, they express the hope that the European Council will keep its promise and open accession negotiations with these countries.
They also consider that these two candidate countries of the Western Balkans would bring new energy, stability and hope to the region, and that good neighbourly relations are one of the key factors for the consolidation of the Western Balkans and their faster integration into the EU.
The initiative was launched at the proposal of the European Movement in Serbia, and the letter was signed by 88 civil society organizations from Western Balkans, as well as 12 individuals from the region.
Young people are not essentially in the focus of decision-makers, and this also has its expression through a certain sense of alienation of young people from political and social engagement, as well as through the growing trend of young people’s desire to leave Montenegro, as it was concluded at the conference What can politics and society do for young people in Montenegro? organized by the Centre for Civic Education (CCE) and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.
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Centre for Civic Education (CCE), from February to April, organized eleven workshops for high school students on “Suppression and prevention of violence against LGBT persons“, within the project NO to Discrimination – YES to Diversity! implemented with the support of the Ministry for Human and Minority Rights of the Government of Montenegro. Previously, through this project were implemented and presented findings of the survey of public opinion about LGBT persons.
During February, March and April, the project team visited ten high schools in eight Montenegrin municipalities, in the Northern, Central and Southern regions, talking to high school students about the position of LGBT persons in Montenegro, challenges they face and violence they suffer due to different sexual orientation. Furthermore, LGBT human rights activists, through the workshop method of “Living Libraries”, discussed with high school students how verbal and physical violence affects LGBT persons, how it arises, what are its manifestations and consequences, how to recognize it and to take an active stance in fight against this violence through peer education, then about the mechanisms of protection and reporting of specific cases, but also about the general position of LGBT persons in Montenegro. The “Live Library” method enabled high school students to find out in direct conversation with LGBT activists everything they were interested in about the gravity of the problems that LGBT community faces, to enlight certain prejudices they have, but also to find out how LGBT persons in Montenegro live and how they deal with misunderstanding of the environment.