Paving the road to equality continued in 2017


On the wheels of the overwhelming success that The 1st Global Human Rights Forum has achieved, the organizing team of the association Social Margin Center immediately began preparing the 2nd Forum. 

The Second Global Human Rights Forum titled "Composing the Canvas of Integrity" was held in Belgrade 18-20 May 2017 in Hotel "Park". 

The diversity of knowledge, experience and beliefs is one of the main goals of the conference, so The 2nd Forum gathered together the most engaging human rights advocates from more then 15 countries in 4 continents - from Bolivia to Lebanon, Filand to Turkey, Latvia to Taiwan. More then 20 speakers from 10 countries opened a dialogue on the burning issues in the field of human rights protection. In addition to the regular panels and workshops, all participants had the opportunity to participate in the Living Library session and meet people who come from some of the marginalized social groups and have first-hand, real-life experience to share. 

The opening day was all about youngsters. We believe that it is very important to give space to young people and that we all have so much to learn from them.
The amazing students from our project "School of Media Literacy" got the opportunity to present their work at the Opening Ceremony of the conference. They presented their research projects and articles they have been working on over the past
few months with mentor support of our organisation. All the projects ws focused on the critical analysis of mass media and popular culture.

school of media literacy students:


Imposed concept of the ideal beauty

Milica Lukić (18)

Romanticization of the mental disorders

Veljko Stanojević (17)


Women in Serbian Media Discourse

Katarina Sremčević (20)

Oriental Discourse in Serbian Popular Music

Uroš Đurović (20)



During the next days the eminent speakers from 10 countries covered the following burning issues:


1st Panel: Disaster Risk Management - Maintaining the Feeling of Respect and Compassion in Host Countries
Our society generally operates retroactively, rather than proactively. We rarely react to a potential crisis with the goal of preventing it and rather work on mitigating its effects once it has struck us with all its power. Aid workers, social workers and NGOs are the first on the ground when the crisis caused by wars, migrations, environmental disasters happens. These people will give us an answer on how their work is organized, what models and support programs they developed, what are the structural limitations of their work and how the governments of their countries are ready to support them, both with true intentions and to make a show for the media.

speakers and topics:


Insides of the Syrian refugees crisis in Lebanon

Norica-Daniela El Hallak (Lebanon), 
Faculty of Law & Political and Administrative Sciences,
Lebanese University


Project: Football for refugees and asylum seekers

Katerina Salta (Greece)
Organization "Earth"


Integration Process in Italian Society

Dayla Briganti (Italy),


Different Nationality - Same Vulnerability

Ivana Stojanović (Serbia), moderator
School of Media Literacy,
Social Margin Center


2nd Panel: Gender-based Violence
Gender based violence is every act of violence that is based on gender dimension which can have various consequences such as physical, sexual or psychological harassment. It can includes threats, compelling or taking away freedom. The main victims of violence based on gender are women and LGBT population and this is a major social problem in many parts of the world. Due to recent law changes in Russia, panel hosted two activist from LGBT movement “Avers” from Samara who explained the situation in their country. During the panel there was a occupied red chair next to panelist Sara Fusco from Italy, with a strong message...

speakers and topics:


Transgender People's Rights in Russia

Sasha Keiner (Russia),
Regional Samara LGBT Movement “Avers”


Gender Inequality and its Consequences in the Russian Community

Evdokia Romanova (Russia),
Regional Samara LGBT Movement “Avers”


Gender-based Violence in Italy

Sara Fusco (Italy)
Association "Ferma le Tue Mani"


Gender-based Violence and Violence Against LGBT Population: Critical Approach of Recent Violent Acts

Ivana Ćetković (Serbia), moderator
School of Media Literacy, Social Margin Center



3rd Panel: Basic Needs as Human Rights
Water is fundamental for our existence, a resource to which every person is entitled to. However, in the modern era, fresh water became a tool for generating wealth and economic and political power, which lead to privatization and transformation of a fundamental human right into a private profit. There is a connection between basic needs and health., For example, living contidions contribute to the spread of malaria, especially in African countries. Will the concept of water as commodity overpower the importance of water as everybody`s right? Is health the universal human right or priviledge of rich people?



Water Resources: a Basic Human Right or Economic Commodity

Anja Čarapić (Serbia)
Environmental scientist


Malaria – a disease to combat

Thuvaraka Thavayogarajah Ph.D
Biomedical scientist


4th Panel: Human Rights in Costitutional Systems
In order to monitor the human rights situation in the world it is very important to follow constitutional changes and legislation in different countries and their compliance with international regulations. Presidential elections in the United States and the referendum in Turkey are certainly among the most important political events in the past six months. The situation in Turkey and Latvia were the focus of this panel.

                 speakers and topics:


Constitutional Referendum in Turkey

Aysenur Kölgesiz (Turkey),
Istanbul Bar Association


The full constitutional complaint as the future of the Latvian constitutional control system

Madara Melnika (Latvia),
ELSA Latvia


Introduction the Meaning of the Geneva Conventions and the International Criminal Court

Laura Sirpoma (Finland),
University of Turku


5th Panel: Modern Media Watchdogs and Human Rights -  On the Frontlines of Defending the Human Rights
Nowadays, in the world of advanced information technologies, the media have never had more power, not only to describe, but also to define social circumstances. The media, as well as other mass culture elements, such as film, has always had an ambivalent role of being the guardians of the democratic order, possessing the right to knowledge and information, but also being a potential means of ideological propaganda and manipulation. The media have an important role in facilitating the visibility of minority identities and marginalized social groups. This role carries a great responsibility because its portrayal shapes the attitude of the majority towards minority groups.

The introductory part of the panel consisted of a Media Literacy workshop. The goal of the workshop is to introduce the media content to participants and to help them to critically observe the content and determine in which way the media portraits the marginalized social groups, which was later shown on the panel in more systematic and academic way.

                speakers and topics:


Raised to be Racist

Heather Ventresco (USA)
AStA Hochschule Rhine-Waal
Head of Political Education


Portrayal of Minorities in Serbian Media Discourse

Nemanja Marinovic (Serbia)
Social Margin Center
Executive director


Degradation of Media in the 90’s and its consequences

Milica Ðerić(Serbia)
School of Media Literacy,
Social Margin Center


Portrayal of Youngsters in Media: protests in Serbia 2017

Vladana Stamenić (Serbia)
School of Media Literacy,
Social Margin Center


living library session

After a very successful session at the First Global Human Rights Forum, The Second Forum hosted once again The Living Library. This methodology was developed by the Council of Europe in order to combat prejudice and discrimination. Living Library works and operates just like the real library: each participant can, for a limited time, borrow a book to read, but in this case all the books are real people who come from some of the marginalized social groups and have first-hand, real-life experience to share.

Some of the living books were: trans-activist, lesbian, person living with HIV, vegan, volunteer who works with refugees, male feminist, the girl with lack of skin, sister of the former drug addict and others.


Special guest at the Closing Ceremony was Slobodan Milivojević 
from the Office of Commissioner for the Protection of Equality.