One Billion Rising & Comparative Secessions

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One Billion Rising on Valentine’s Day

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Violence and abuse strike women from all kinds of backgrounds and of all ages. It can happen at work, on the street, or at home. Since 2012, when the One Billion Rising campaign began, Croatia has shown support, as it did this past week on Valentine’s Day. Today, people gather for OBR in over 200 countries around the work to show support for women’s human rights. Croatia’s OBR coordinator, feminist linguist and activist Rada Borić says this year in Croatia the focus was on the exploitation of women as well as building global solidarity. Overwhelming statistics of the United Nations show that 1 in 3 women will be beaten and/or raped in their lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than one billion women and girls. Sanja Cesar, of the the Center for Education, Counseling and Research (CESI) and one of the organizers of OBR, urged the government to ratify the Istanbul Convention on the prevention of violence against women and domestic violence, which was signed in January 2013.

The Secession in Zagreb and Vienna

Last week at the Klovičevi Dvori art gallery in Zagreb’s upper town, a major exhibition entitled The Challenge of Modernity: Zagreb – Vienna in about 1900 was opened.  For the first time works by Secessionist painters, sculptors and architects from Zagreb and Vienna are being shown together. The exhibition enables visitors to compare works by Gustav Klimt, Koloman Moser and Karl Moll with those by Vlaho Bukovac, Tomislav Krizman, Ivan Meštrović among others. Its scope is broad and it  also provides valuable insights into the cultural politics of that time. Our reporter spoke to Irena Kraševac, one of its authors and a researcher at the Art History Institute in Zagreb.

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