Why this story matters:
Did you know that only 2% of Ljubljana's monuments honor women and that the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts has only five female members?
Neither did I before reading about Ljubljana Feminist Tours, a project of the Ljubljana-based Institute for Urban Cultures, which aims to explore urban features of the city and their social and cultural implications.
Ljubljana Feminist Tour showcases iconic Slovenian female artists, architects, political leaders and the Women’s Anti-Fascist Front.
According to the interview recommended below, it's a two-hour-long journey through pre-socialist and socialist struggles for women’s rights, as well as present-day gender issues in Slovenian society.
It's not only a smart business idea but a great educational and activist tool, which has already served as an inspiration for other similar initiatives. I'm sure that some innocent tourists -- who often don't even know where they are exactly -- have noted some of the pride and bravery of notable Slovenian women during the tours.
Details from the story:
- The tour discusses the women's rights struggle in Ljubljana which began in the late 19th Century, continued through the interwar period until WWII and still persists today. As the tour points out, the country also nurtured a rich LGBTQ+ and feminist scene starting in the late 1980s.
- Visitors to the tours are often surprised to learn about the long history of the women's rights movement in Slovenia and the fact that so few important Slovenian women are honored in public spaces, says tour guide and co-creator of the tour Jasmina Jerant.
- Women aged 25-50 are the most frequent participants of the tour.
- The tour has inspired a group of activists to start developing a feminist tour for Slovenian primary school students.
- Ljubljana Feminist Tour is part of the activities of Ljubljana Alternative Tours, one of the projects of the Institute for Urban Cultures in Ljubljana.