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Lesbian Group Kontra is a non-governmental organization that promotes lesbian human rights. It was founded in summer of 1997, in Zagreb. Some of our members were founders of the first lesbian group in Croatia, Lila Initiative (1989). In addition to this we also have some members of Ligma – Lesbian and Gay Men Action (1992). Some of the members of Kontra were also founders of Lesbian organization LORI from Rijeka. Kontra operates according to feminist and anti-militaristic principles, and opposes all forms of discrimination. The group was registered in 2002.


ABOUT US

Kontra considers the right to different sexual orientations to be one of basic human rights. It advocates elimination of all forms of violence and discrimination against lesbians, bisexual women and discrimination based on other sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions. Kontra is a member of the Women's Network of Croatia, Coordination of LGBT groups of Croatia and ILGA-Europe ( International Lesbian and gay Association-Europe). We actively participate in different projects and initiatives organized by LGBTIQ, women's and peace organizations or individuals in and out of Croatia.


MISSION

  • Provide support and empowerment of lesbians and bisexual women in seeking acceptance of their identity
  • Work on accomplishing social visibility, or coming out of anonymity and isolation for the purpose of sensitizing the society and reducing homo/bi/transphobia
  • Pleading for rights of other sexual/gender minorities (gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer persons)
  • Advocating changes in legislature, which would result in equal rights for lesbians and other sexual/gender minorities parallel to those of heterosexuals
  • Cooperation with other lesbian and LGBTIQ groups from Croatia, the countries of former Yugoslavia, and throughout the world


ACTIVITIES

  • Workshops, seminars, lectures, stands, exhibitions, conferences, literature and musical evenings, video projections, sports activities, parties...
  • Counseling for lesbians and bisexual women
  • Research
  • Education on lesbian and women's rights
  • Publishing: books, brochures, fan-zine, stickers, T-shirts
  • LezBib - lesbian library and archive: books, magazines, videos, INDOK center
  • Team for legal changes - lobbying political parties and institutions for the objective of making legal changes and acceptance of lesbian rights as basic human rights and giving legal help to LGBTIQ persons
  • Organizing public manifestations in the aim of enlarging lesbian and LGBTIQ visibility in our society
  • Web page of Kontra with information and news: www.kontra.hr


ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Started first lesbian SOS and info-line and counseling in Croatia (1997)
  • Took part in the creation of a network of lesbian groups from the area of the former Yugoslavia (from 1997)
  • Organized numerous workshops, discussions, stands, sports activities, and video projections of lesbian films (from 1998)
  • Organized exhibition of photographs Lesbian Photo Ladder in Center for Women’s Studies, Zagreb (1999)
  • Hosted international exhibition of photographs Lesbian ConneXion/s from Amsterdam in gallery CEKAO in the city of Zagreb (2002)
  • Organized meeting of lesbian activists (35 participants) from the region of former Yugoslavia, in Rovinj (2001)
  • Founded first lesbian library in Croatia LezBib (2002)
  • Published book – translation of Adrienne Rich's essay Compulsory heterosexuality and lesbian existence (2002)
  • Co-founded Coordination of LGBT groups of Croatia in cooperation with Iskorak - group for promotion and protection of different sexual orientations and Lesbian Organization Rijeka – Lori (2002)
  • Founded the Team for legal changes of Iskorak and Kontra (2002)
  • In cooperation with Iskorak organized first ever Gay Pride manifestation in Croatia (2002)
  • Participated in the creation and advocated for the Act on Same Sex Civil Unions (2002-2003)
  • In cooperation with Iskorak organized Zagreb Pride manifestation (2003)
  • Participated in campaign 16 Days of Activism Against Violence Against Women, in cooperation with Women`s Network of Croatia (2003-2006)
  • Organized Zagreb Pride 2004
  • As a result of our advocating, anti-discriminatory provisions were implemented into Law on Sex Equality, Law on Media, Law on Electronic Media, Law on Croatian Radio Television, Law on Changes to Law on Labor, Law on Science Activity and High Education, Law on Changes to Penal Code, and the Textbooks Standards (2002-2004)
  • As a member of Women’s Network of Croatia, participated in organization of 8th March Demonstrations (2004, 2005, 2006)
  • Helped organization of Zagreb Pride 2005 (cooperation with feminist group Epikriza)
  • Participated in Campaign for Equal Participation of Women in Decision Making Bodies, in cooperation with Women’s Network of Croatia (2005)
  • Organized Week of LGBT Culture (movies and Fair of Lesbian Literature) (2005)
  • Started LGBT Legal Help Line (2005)
  • Legal team of Kontra and Iskorak, Center for Peace studies and Women’s Network of Croatia organized round table Hate Crime in Croatian Penal Code (2005)
  • Research on Violence against lesbians, gays and bisexuals in Croatia (2005-2006)
  • Created the Registered Partnership Bill which entered parliamentary procedure (2005)
  • Registered Partnership Bill was adopted by Parliamentarian Committee for Gender Equality (2006)
  • Published annual reports on the rights of sexual and gender minorities in the Republic of Croatia for years (2002-2005)
  • Successfully advocated for inclusion of sexual education into Croatian schools’ curriculum (in cooperation with Women’s Network of Croatia) (2005-2006)
  • Published three editions of LGBT Manual on Anti-discriminatory Provisions and Laws in the Republic of Croatia (2004-2006)
  • Hate Crime was accepted in Penal Code (2006)
  • Organized international round table about violence against LGB persons (2006)
  • Published brochure Violence against lesbians, gays and bisexuals in Croatia in Croatian and English language (2006)
  • Supported organization of Internationala Pride 2006 – To live freely: round table, pride march, exhibition... (2006)
 

Lesbian Group Kontra

Zagreb, Hrvatska
tel/fax: 385 1 457 33 72
mob: 385 98 238 308
Legal help
working days 10 - 18h
098 238 308
Counseling
for lesbian and bisexual women
mon & thu 18 - 20h
091 457 33 72

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