Sonja Biserko is a prominent leader and reformist well- known for her courageous and extraordinary contribution for democratic changes in her country and the region of Southeastern Europe.
She is the Chairperson of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia. Among the founders of the European Movement in Yugoslavia, the Center for Anti-war Action, the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Serbia and the Forum for International Relations. Worked on a variety of civil and human rights programs; Helsinki Watch, Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, UN Center for Human Rights, Mazowiecki’s mission and the Tribunal in The Hague. Ms. Biserko organized the first opposition meeting in the former Yugoslavia, Geneva 1991. One of the most strategic projects she has been engaged in was the return of refugees, especially Serbs from Croatia. She was actively engaged in Kosovo issue since 90s. More than ten years engaged in the projects Dealing with Past. She closely worked with Geoffrey Nice’s team on Milosevic’s trial, as well as in other cases in The Hague Tribunal. She has a vast expertise in human rights, peace processes and justice stemming for her visionary political thinking and critical thinking capacities. She was participant in Eric Lane Fellowship, Clare College, Cambridge, UK in 2012, Senior Fellow, US Institute for Peace, Washington D.C. in 2001. She was a member of the UN Commission on inquiry on the DPR Korea 2013-2014.
Author of several books Serbia in the Orient, Conspiracy Against Yugoslavia, Yugoslavia’s Implosion; Conspiracy Against Yugoslavia; author of regular editorials in the Helsinki Charter, editor and coeditor of number of books, including Srebrenica: From Denial to Confession; Milosevic vs. Yugoslavia;, Bosnia: the Core of the Great Serbian Project; Yugoslavia: Collapse, War, Crime; Vukovar Tragedy; Seselj Trial; contributed articles to a variety of specialized and other magazines.
She has a number of awards for humans rights work, including by the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, NY; the Weimar Award; the Eitinger Award of the Oslo University; Honorary Citizenship of Sarajevo; nominated within the 1,000 Women for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize; Majka Tereza medal for humanitarian activities. She holds a BA in Economics, School of Economics, University of Belgrade, 1970.
Natasa Mićić graduated from the University of Belgrade’s Law School, and found employment as the clerk at the Užice Municipal Court during early 1990s. She left the post in 1998 to pursue career as a lawyer. Even though she was almost 33 at the time, she was acting as spokesperson and legal counselor of the Otpor student movement. She became the parliamentary vice-president in January 2001. Since 2001-2004 Nataša Mićić was acting president of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia and the President of the Committee for Constitutional Affairs. During 2002 till beginning of 2004 she was Acting President of Serbia. In December 2004, she was elected to be GSS president. She was a member of the Supreme Defense Council of Serbia and Montenegro After the merger of the Civic Alliance of Serbia into the Liberal Democratic Party in 2007, she became the vice-president of the Liberal Democratic Party. Since 2013, Natasa is President of the Political Council of the Party. As an MP, most of the time, she was Member of Committees for Human Rights and Gender Equality.
Gordana Čomić is a former MP and has served at the National Assembly of Serbia from 2000 until 2020 as a member of the Democratic Party and was a Deputy Speaker of the assembly ( from 2001-2004 and 2008-2020 ).
After studying in the Faculty of Natural Sciences’ Department of Physics, she worked at the University of Novi Sad (1984-1999), Faculty of Technical Sciences, on the general course in Physics and Quantum Mechanics.
As a member of the Democratic Party, Gordana was Chairperson of the Committee for Election in Novi Sad (1996), Chairperson of Provincial Board of Democratic Party for Vojvodina (1998-2001), Vice-president of Democratic Party (2001-2004 and 2014-2016) and Member of Parliament in Provincial Assembly of Vojvodina (1996-2004).
She was chairperson of the Committee for foreign affairs (2004-2008), also was a member of the Delegation of the National Assembly in the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and served as Rapporteur for the Committee for Human Rights, Democracy and Humanitarian Affairs (2006-2016).
She has served as a deputy chairperson of the Committee on Constitutional and Legislative Issues, member of the Committee for EU integrations and a member of the Committee for environment. As founder of the Women’s Political Network, Gordana has had a very important role in the women’s movement in Serbia having been involved in the battle for equality in representation and participation of women in all decision-making processes in Serbian society.
In October 2019, on 141st IPU General Assembly she was elected for the president of Women Parliamentary Forum.
She proposed amendments on two electoral laws in February 2020, national and local with obligatory quota of 40% and ruling coalition agreed, it is adopted and in force.
Stasa Zajovic is born in 1953 in Niksic Montengro. She graduated in 1977 from the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade and in the 1980s was active in feminist movement. She was one of the founders of the groups Women in Black Belgrade and today is the Coordinator of Women in Black and the international network Women in Black. She has published in a large number of activist and expert writing in various national and international forums and also two books. She has edited many volumes on feminist-pacifist and anti-militarist themes’. She is a winner of the Millenium award from UNIFEM and had been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. She is also a member of European Women’s Lobby.
Ms. Ljiljana is a Project Coordinator for the Women in Black Network – Serbia. She coordinates logistical and technical activities related to project implementation. She communicates with all project participants, disseminates information and educational material, coordinates the networking activities of the Women in Black Network and maintains contact with all of the organizations in the Network.
Izabela Kisic is Executive director of the Helsinki committee for human rights, Serbia, one of the leading civil society organizations in Western Balkans. She has a vast experience in empowering minority communities in the region after violent conflict.
Working on dialogue among activists from Serbia and Kosovo, she organized the first post-war conference “The Future Status of Kosovo” (Pristina, 2005) bringing together high officials of the Kosovo government, local Serbian minority representatives, the progressive Belgrade opposition and international representatives to discuss crucial political, security and human rights issues.
In a number of media studies she detected and analyzed nationalistic narratives, hate speech, smear campaigns, character assassination and its consequences. As an expert in the area o prevention of violent extremism, Kisic was participant and speaker at number of international conferences and workshops.
Deconstructing patriarchal narratives Kisić made film documentaries: “Women who killed their abusers” and “What right wing women want”.
She is active in international human rights networks such as the Civic Solidarity Platform, and focuses on strengthening the role of civil society organizations in OSCE.
As a journalist, she worked in various independent media, including daily “Danas”.