On 1 August 2021 Listening2Lesbians provided submissions in response to the following from the Commission on the Status of Women:
“Any individual, non-governmental organization, group or network may submit communications (complaints/appeals/petitions) to the Commission on the Status of Women containing information relating to alleged violations of human rights that affect the status of women in any country in the world. The Commission on the Status of Women considers such communications as part of its annual programme of work in order to identify emerging trends and patterns of injustice and discriminatory practices against women for purposes of policy formulation and development of strategies for the promotion of gender equality.”Commission on the Status of Women: Communication Procedure
Information was provided to the UN on incidents dating back approximately 2.5 years across the 57 countries we have reported on in that time.
Legal, social and familial punishment of lesbians for failing to conform with the expectations imposed on women illuminates the status of women around the world. Homosexuality is understood to be a breach of sex-based expectations. Strictly enforced sex roles are accompanied by increased consequences for those who break them, individually or collectively. Lesbians, or women read as lesbians, are doubly punishable for their non-conformity, both overt and inferred.
Listening2Lesbians is not an expert on these countries and provided this information to augment and support the information provided by women from individual communities. We can only provide information on cases we have been able to locate and based our submissions solely around the available facts. Please note that we welcome corrections and updates.
We are painfully aware of the many communities not represented.
Anyone with information on missing communities is invited to contact us with information on reporting violence and discrimination against lesbians in their community.
Liz, Ari and Devorah @ Listening2Lesbians
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Serbian society is unfamiliar with gay couples who have children. It is therefore rare. Apart from the legal obstacles, it is also practically impossible. Lesbian couples who do not want to or are unable to find a donor in their own circle must go abroad because there are no sperm banks in Serbia. For gay men it is completely impossible, because only married couples can adopt and same-sex marriage is not recognized. That does not mean that there are no gays and lesbians with children, but it is almost always hidden from the outside world. They lead a life like that of Natasa.
De Servische samenleving is onbekend met homostellen die kinderen hebben. Het komt dan ook weinig voor. Los van de wettelijke obstakels, is het ook praktisch bijna onmogelijk. Lesbische stellen die niet in eigen kring een donor willen of kunnen vinden, moeten ervoor naar het buitenland omdat in Servië geen spermabanken zijn. Voor homomannen is het helemaal onmogelijk, omdat alleen getrouwde stellen mogen adopteren en het homohuwelijk niet wordt erkend. Dat betekent niet dat er geen homo’s en lesbiennes met kinderen zijn. Maar het wordt vrijwel altijd verborgen gehouden voor de buitenwereld. Ze leiden een leven als dat van Natasa.
Continue reading at: https://nos.nl/artikel/2274048-servische-lesbienne-ik-ging-terug-in-de-kast-voor-een-kind.html (Source)
European Lesbian* Conference has been following closely the lesbian Serbian news lately. As the lesbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic and her partner were expecting a child, our Strategy Dykerector Dragana Todorovic gave several interviews to the media to explain how very peculiar this situation was.
The child is now born and this birth led to the burst of lesbophobic comments. One of the opposition leaders even said «The children are hungry in this country and the son of the Prime ministre can feed on four boobs». Lepa Mladjenovic, a legend of lesbian activism, sent us a text to react to this news. Her words on the situation of lesbian mothers and the lesbophobia in Serbia are very powerful. We thank her very much for sharing this with all of you, and wish you all a great reading.
Continue reading at: https://europeanlesbianconference.org/lesbian-mothers-and-the-serbian-government-by-lepa-mladjenovic/ (Source)
BELGRADE, Serbia — Serbian lawmakers elected Ana Brnabic as prime minister on Thursday, making history by choosing both the conservative Balkan nation’s first female prime minister and its first openly gay leader. Parliament voted 157-55 to approve the government of the 41-year-old Brnabic, and she and her ministers were sworn in.Serbia’s powerful President Aleksandar Vucic nominated the Western-educated Brnabic for the post two weeks ago amid opposition from hard-line nationalists. Gays have regularly faced harassment and attacks in Serbia.
Continue reading at: Serbia elects 1st female and 1st openly gay premier – SFGate (Source)
By nominating her, Vučić effectively made her Prime Minister of the conservative country but also needs backing from parliament. Some MPs are refusing to vote for her because of sexuality however, which will prevent her from being confirmed by Parliament.
Continue reading at: Politicians refuse to back Serbia’s LGBT leader because of her sexuality (Source)
Goran Miletić, a civil rights activist and Belgrade Pride organiser, said: “Even in some western countries it would be big news and a positive signal if a gay or lesbian person became prime minister or minister. It is even more important for a country where 65% believe that homosexuality is an illness and 78% think that homosexuality should not be expressed outside homes. The appointment of a lesbian can only be a positive message.”
Continue reading at: Serbia gets its first female – and gay – prime minister | World news | The Guardian (Source)