Grassroots initiative showcases women's achievements in Croatia

How many Croatian schoolchildren could name five female scientists? Too few, but there could soon be more thanks to a crowdfunded card game featuring exceptional women from science, culture, politics and arts.

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Why this story matters:

In Croatia, eight women artists have decided to shed some light on the under-recognized accomplishments of women by creating 56 cards featuring short biographies of women who made great contributions to modern culture. The game is meant for both children and adults.

A crowdsourcing campaign is trying to collect funds to print 1,000 copies in order to launch the game.

Considering that a children's book about LGBT families was targeted by right-wing nationalists earlier this year, Croatian initiatives that promote inclusion and social justice need our support more than ever.

art, gender, women's issues

Details from the story:

  • The game "Fierce Women" was designed by eight Croatian female artists.
  • It was named after the column on Croatian feminist webportal, which promotes successful women throughout the world.  
  • Similar initiatives can be found emerging all over the Balkans. For example, a team of three feminists have launched an online campaign named zeneBiH (meaning women of B&H) to teach social media users about Bosnian female writers, artists, journalists and humanitarian workers who contributed to women's emancipation.
  • Every day during March, which is Women's History Month, zeneBiH publish a social media post about a notable woman. Comments on the posts imply that few people have heard of these women and what they have accomplished. 

Project #Femfacts co-financed by European Commission Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology as part of the Pilot Project – Media Literacy For All

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