In 2017, WACC and the Global Fund for Women partnered with Sarajevo-based LGBTIQA Association Okvir to implement a project to explore, document, and raise the visibility of narratives and counter-narratives regarding security, gender, and sexuality during the war and transitional justice period (from the 1990s to 2016) in the Balkan region. The project took place in a context marked by growing instances of hate speech in mainstream media targeting the LGBTIQA community, as well as by the general lack of information about the struggles of the LGBTQ community during and after the armed conflict.
The project, which involved 10 Okvir staff, over 50 volunteers, 5 local civil society organizations, and almost 30 LGBTIQA feminist and anti-war activists from Bosnia, Serbia, and Croatia, is estimated to have reached over 2,000 people through public events and media platforms. It resulted in the production of a series of audiovisual interviews with key LGBTIQA activists, and the establishment of a media archive about LGBTIQA rights and struggles. A documentary film called “Red Embroidery”, which explores the intersection of gender, sexuality, war and security in Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina during and after the collapse of Yugoslavia, was also produced. The film has been shown in a number of human rights film festivals in the Balkans over the past few months.