Launch of the Project
Launch of the Project
Brave Sisters Croatia
On the International Day of Safe Abortion on September 28, 2020, the Croatian humanist and feminist association Center for Civil Courage launches its new feminist project: “Brave Sisters”. Following the example of our humanist colleagues from the Dutch Humanist Association (Dutch Humanistisch Verbond), we want to establish a network of women in Croatia who will provide support to women who decide they want to have an abortion. This type of activism differs from the loud – but no less important – political advocacy regarding the right to safe, free, and legal abortion (without counseling), which we pursue in common with all feminist associations in Croatia. But our feminist struggle is multidimensional, and in this new path, we will offer a hand of solidarity to women who specifically ask us for support.
The responsibility of our brave sisters will be to provide unconditional support and protection to a woman with an unwanted pregnancy in understanding her own reproductive rights. At a time when elected political representatives and, unfortunately, for the most part, the gynecological profession itself is undermining the reproductive rights of women in Croatia, it is our responsibility to provide an atmosphere of security and respect for the women who turn to us for support.
We will psychologically and morally support women in their decision to have an abortion, we will accompany them when they go to the hospital for examinations and conversations with doctors, and during the procedure itself.
Women who need the support of a brave sister will be able to look for one from 2021 on this site. Until then, we will collect applications, select future volunteers, and teach them how to give the best support to women in need. We invite doctors and medical staff to join our network freely. Women who support or participate or who have participated in the so-called “pro-life” movement will not, for understandable reasons, be accepted into our sisterhood.
Picture: Nada Peratović, founder of the Center for Civil Courage, and initiator of the “Brave Sisters” project.