A round-table discussion “Out of Sight: Poverty, Rurality, Gender” that took place on 25th of October 2016 focused on the following questions, with participants coming from different areas of professional life, but who are still deeply involved, although in different ways, in issues regarding women, poverty, rurality, gender etc. The participants at the round-table discussion were: Dragana Krsenkovic Brkovic, writer; Ervina Dabizinovic, activist; Maja Bogojevic, university professor; and Mirjana Necak, member of CELAP. The moderator of this event was Jasna Rudovic, a student of the University of Montenegro’s Faculty of Philology, in the Department of English Language and Literature, who attended a two-semester course on women writers and feminism in the USA.
The round-table discussion took place after the opening of the exhibition of photographs on rurality, poverty and gender.
The following questions were discussed during the event:
1. Do you consider that Montenegro during this post-millennial period can still be called a patriarchal society?
2. In that context, can a difference between the urban and rural environments also be seen in, among other things, the difference in how patriarchal the environment is?
3. When you think of the lives of women in Montenegro, through the various aspects which constitute it, how would you describe the difference in the context of the lives of women in these two environments?
4. Through which models can the lives of women in rural areas be made easier and better? You can also answer this question in the context of the attempts to make women’s lives easier in urban Montenegro.
5. Is it the case, and if so, to what extent, that religion is an important mechanism which influences the shaping of genders, that is gender roles and relationships, given that we can say that Montenegro is a multi-confessional country with a high level of religious engagement? How much is this influence present in the shaping of gender roles and relationships in the rural and also the urban parts of the country?
6. Do you consider that enough is being written or said about the position of women in rural environments in Montenegro? When there is also media attention present, is it directed concretely towards the problems which women face, or are women viewed exclusively in the framework of the rich traditions and customs which are often followed by the media?
7. What barriers are encountered by women who decide to go into business in rural environments? Do they need only material and informational support from local communities and how much does tradition perhaps stand in the way of improving the overall position of women, in both rural and urban environments?
8. Given that agriculture is arguably the most common activity of the rural population and its main source of income, could rural tourism and sampling the local cuisine through traditional foods and agricultural products be imagined without women?
News on the event are available at:
Also, the CGTV broadcasted in the morning programme scheme a short report from the event. All events are also available on the official Facebook page of the partner organization, and CELAP’s LinkedIn profile.