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:

Oktobarski program KIC-a “Budo Tomović”

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.


Photo exhibition “Out of Sight: Poverty, Rurality, Gender”, shown in Podgorica in October 2016, inspired Tamara Martinović, a student of the Faculty of Philology in Nikšić, to make a series of photographs on the theme of women’s lives.
Tamara selected several villages in the municipality of Nikšić where she photographed the daily lives of women. Her photographs provide an answer to some questions that are of importance for gender equality, and for the improvement of women’s lives in rural areas of Montenegro.
Tamara’s exhibition was presented in Podgorica (the American Corner in KIC “Budo Tomović” during December 2016) and Cetinje (in Matica crnogorska from 19th of February to 21st of March 2017), and right now can be seen in Nikšić.


Project “Out of Sight: Poverty, Rurality, Gender” was presented in Tirana on 21st November 2016 in the “Multimedia Hall” of European University of Tirana.  The latest issue of POETEKA magazine brings the text of Jelena Ćeriman, Project Coordinator, talking about the stories behind the photo exhibition. The text is based on parts of the interviews with girls and women, their photos, as well as researcher’s diaries from Kosovo* and Serbia, striving to involve the audience with problems of girls and women in these societies. The text underlined intersectionality of poverty, rurality and gender, emphasizing the value of telling stories through personal voices of women and girls, along with their own visuals representation of their life experiences.

During the presentation, Jelena Ćeriman stressed that documentary approach could be the right starting point for a process of policy dialogue in our region, bringing greater institutional and human support in working on these issues. University professors, writers, journalists, students of humanities, visual arts and cinematography and members of the cultural network “Poeteka” attended the event. The press shed the light to the event by publishing an article in the daily newspaper “Mapo”, entitled “Urat drejt ‘lëndës së errët’” (Bridges to the “dark matter”), as well as in the “Gazetashqiptare” newspaper.

Video from Tirana can be found at:



02. 11. 2016 SKOPJE
The exhibition “Out of Sight: Poverty, Rurality, Gender” is officially opened in the Youth Cultural Centre in Skopje.

The exhibition shows poverty of women and girls from rural areas of Kosovo and Serbia, whose position is no different from the position of girls and women in Macedonia, where one in four citizens lives in poverty. These data were presented by panellists Biljana Dukovska, representative of the Macedonian Anti-Poverty Platform, Marija Savovska from the CSO Action Zdruzenska and Klimentina Ilijevski, founder of the Macedonian magazine Liceulice.

“The needs of women and girls are at the last place in households in which is present a strong gender division of roles, where the full care of household chores and family is the sole responsibility of women. To this is added the fight against visible and invisible barriers in access to social services, thus further enhances the sense of isolation which marks their daily lives”, concluded Jelena Ćeriman, CELAP’s researcher.

Exhibited photographs were made in households across Serbia and Kosovo with an aim to transmit the voice of vulnerable groups to the public, talking about their weaknesses, barriers that they feel in their everyday lives, their thirst for a better life, painful emotions and isolation, as well as distrust in a world or in themselves.

The exhibition will be open from 2 to 9 November 2016 in the lower lobby of the Youth Cultural Center in Skopje. Driven by the idea to travel the entire Western Balkans Region, as well as some of the EU countries, the exhibition has arrived in Macedonia following its promotion in Serbia, Montenegro and Croatia. The exhibition will continue its journey from Skopje to Albania, Kosovo and Germany.