Etno Forum

WHO WE ARE:

Association of Women Ethno Forum was established in 2009. The founders of the organisation are women from the Svrljig municipality, and the primary goal of the organisation is to help children, youth and women victims of violence, as well as single mothers and unemployed women in rural areas. For that reason, the association has formed the craft workshop “Golden Threads” which deals with traditional loom weaving.

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WHAT WE DO:

Our workshop for weaving on traditional looms was opened with the support of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management and the Office for Sustainable Development of Underdeveloped Areas.

After the free training, members of our association now make: purses for bottles, mobile phones and sunglasses; scarves, skirts and coats; covers for beds and chairs; rugs and mats. The products our women make on looms are sold online, at fairs and in certain retail stores in Svrljig.

And there is more The association took part and won medals in numerous exhibitions of food and handicrafts and ethnic gatherings: "Belmužijada" in Svrljig, Ethnic Gatherings in Niška Banja, Easter Fair in Niš, St. Sava Convention in Belgrade, opening of the Centre for the Preservation of Traditional Crafts in Bela Palanka and other similar events.

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WHO WE HELP:

Ethno Forum has made a series of humanitarian activities aimed at improving the status of women, children and youth in rural areas: we have collected assistance in the form of clothes, footwear and toys; we have distributed New Year presents to materially disadvantaged children in the Svrljig municipality; organised preventive checkups in the elementary school in Svrljig; marked the International Roma Day by distributing gifts to Roma children; conducted training of women on self examination and early detection of breast cancer; initiated a campaign called "Go Outside" in order to motivate children in elementary schools to participate in sports activities...

 

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