Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRD) and queer activists faced intense an sustained attacks during the Covid-19 pandemic in Serbia, according to research by the A11 Initiative for Economic and Social Rights. The report also documents cases where the Serbian state used pandemic regulations to restrict individuals and groups who were critical of the regime, including artists, activists, journalists (often women), and people celebrating Pride in Belgrade. Democratic backsliding in Serbia has rapidly increased during the pandemic. This has contributed to a shrinking space for activism in Serbia, most felt by members of the women’s and queer movements.
Purpose of research
This research will develop a deeper understanding of gender backlash in Serbia in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. It will also explore opportunities for collaboration between a range of programmes and women’s rights organisations.