Monday, October 7, 2013


Soon "Herstory of Bra and Knife" will start the journey of intense workshops and events in Bosnia & Herzegovina. We invite you to follow the process and to be a part of it!


Thursday, August 22, 2013


InGaDS (Institute for Gender and Development Studies) Sri Lanka and Service Civil International jointly organized a five day workshop on Theatre of the Oppressed to curb gender based violence, from 3rd to 8th August, 2013. The workshop was a huge success, as it trained a pool of twenty practitioners of Theatre of the Oppressed to be active in curbing gender based violence. The two trainers, Matteo Testino/Italy and Nena Mocnik/Slovenia played untiring roles during five days to develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills among the trainees. Their services are greatly appreciated by InGaDS as it was completly a voluntary work to develop capacity of the trainees. 

The Forum Theatre, Newspaper Theatre and the Invisible Theatre were the three key methods trained in the workshop. The climax of the workshop was the trainee playing Invisible Theatre in the reality in three places in Kandy and Peradeniya. The selected topics for the Invisible theatre were (1) harrasments on girls in public places, and (2) women's purchasing power. 

The first topic was able to make the public aware of possible harrasment in public places using digital cameras, and the second one let the public question about harrasment happennig over women's purchasing power. InGaDS is in the process of organizing the pool of trainees as activists against gended based violence, who use the Theatre of the Oppressed effectively to curb them. 

We thank Service Civil International, Matteo Testion and Nena Mocnik and all the participants for making the event a great success.

We can gain, only if we share!!

Written by Nishadi Somaratne, PhD Freelance Consultant in Gender, Social Capital, and Rural Community Development.

Monday, July 8, 2013


Za projekat "Njezina priča o grudnjaku i nožu" tražimo volonterke, studentke psihologije, političkih i društvenih nauka, socijalne radnice i ostale zainteresovane i angažirane žene za pomoć na radionicama, organizaciji mjesta održavanja radionice, i komunikaciji s učesnicima.

Poslije pozitivnih reakcija žena iz Bratunca i Donjeg Vakufa, koje su bile učesnice prošle godine, radionice bit če drugi put predstavljene u Bosni i Hercegovini ove jeseni. Radionice će biti organizovane u dva različita grada za dvije grupe žena, koje su bile žrtve političkog i seksualnog nasilja u ratu i poslije rata  i trajat će ukupno 12 dana po grupi.

Volunterke mogu dobiti sledeća znanja i iskustva:
- upoznavanje različitih pozorišnih terapeutskih tehnika za rad u socialno ugroženim i izsključenim grupama
- susret s novim ljudima, koji se na različite načine bave protiv seksualnog nasilja
- razvijanje profesionalnih mreža
- važan doprinos podizanju svijesti o važnim pitanjima na področju borbe i edukacije protiv seksualnog nasilja

Rok za prijavu je: 15. avgust 2013. Za više informacija o projekatu, procesu prijavljivanja, zahtjevama ili prijavu, pišite na ovu adresu:

Uvodni sastanak i radionica sa volunterima bit če organizovana krajem septembra u Sarajevu, BiH.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

RAPE IN THE FIELDS, documentary by Lowell Bergman

Sexually abused in a field by her supervisor, a woman and her four-year legal battle against her former employer highlights the PBS Frontline documentary Rape in the Fields. The combination of finacial desperation and tenuous immigration status make agricultural workers vulnearble to workplace violence and less inclined to report crimes. The federal government in USA estimates thatr 65% of all sexual assault and rape victims never report the crime. An estimated 560,000 women work on U.S. farms.

Documentary is available on this link: 


Taking into consideration, the effectiveness of the tool of Theatre of the Oppressed and Engaged Drama, the CSI and InGaDS Sri Lanka are jointly organizing a FIVE-DAYS WORKSHOP in Kandy, Sri Lanka on the second week of August 2013 (3rd-8th August 2013), in order to train a variety of participants to use these tools for curbing Gender Based Violence (GBV). With the support of theatre tools, we aim to stress this problem among broader audience, open its questions and disccuss with people not on general solutions but on solutions they proposed and that they believe could work in their community. 

The Gender Based Violence (GBV) is a social problem all around the world, which even develop feelings of fear and insecurity  in our everyday life, regardless of whether we are in the domestic or public spheres. The United Nations Development Fund for Women estimates that at least one of every three women globally will be beaten, raped, or otherwise abused during her lifetime. In Sri Lanka, the rate of rape cases reported to the Police alone is six cases per day. This indicates the need for exploring better ways to communicate with the public on GBVAnd demands active engagmente of civic population against it.

Contact details:
Dr. Nishadi Sommaratne +94 71 7775835


Matteo Testino, Italy
have been involved to theatre from 2004 and attended a social theatre school in Florence, Italy from 2005-2008. During this period got the opportunity to work with many theatre directors, co-facilitate workshops and shows with actors in different abilities. Specialized in organizing trainings, workshops and performance for former prison mates, able and differently able children, migrants, refugees. 

Nena Mocnik, Slovenia
working as a junior researcher at Faculty of Social Sciences, focuses her studies and work on different discriminatory practices and conflict cultures, multiculturalism, social exclusion and political violence. She works as pedagogue in non-formal education since 2008, using different interactive approaches, especially educational theatre & engaged drama. She directed 3 performances and this year, becoming a D&F Academy fellow, she is developing an educational program for theatre-based learning against sexualized violence.

Thursday, March 28, 2013


Final performance was held on March 8th 2013, 7pm, Glej Theatre/Ljubljana. It consisted of several pieces that were created as single scenes during the workshop. Stories were based on women's experiences, newspaper articles,  they were inspired by lectures, round table, discussion sessions and engaged drama excercises.

At the end of the perfomance, audience were invited to take part in the discussion, led and carried out by participating women, opening questions and sharing opinions on performance and the topic of political violence against women.

Women-Enculturation Scene, performed by (from left to right): Valerie, Hebe, Krisztina, Danijela 
(Photo: Nada Žgank)

Falling in Love Scene, performed by (from left to right): Stela & Hebe (Photo: Nada Žgank)

Harrasment Scene, performed by (from left to right): Stela, Magdalena, Danijela, Hebe, Valerie)
(Photo: Nada Žgank)

Jelica (photo: Nada Žgank)

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Workshop & Exhibiton: Aesthetics of the oppressed


The Aesthetics of the Oppressed is the theoretical and practical basis of the Theatre of the oppressed. It is a set of creative activities that aim at dimantling the oppressive system's castrating strategies of influencing and convincing the oppressed that they are incapable of creating, participating and deciding. The Aesthetics of the Oppressed is a means of fighting against the aesthetic invasion of the brains, against the domination of ideas and perceptions and the authoritariat imposition of pre-established conceptions of the beautiful, the right and the desirable. The Aesthetics of the Oppressed is an excercies of freedom that goes against the passive consumption and stimulates the creative and critical production of culture and knowledge.

This work attempts to stimulate the group members to develop their own aesthetic perception so that the power of the stories told, the force of this dramaturgy inherent in life can have a plastic (and political) representations with which they identify and which they recognize themselves.

The Aesthetics of the Oppressed is not the art of decoration. It is the art of expression. Its objective should be the aesthetic communication of the perception the group has of their own reality (Kuringa Group).