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Bosnia & Rome Women’s International Day Schedule-Conference 2010 March 15-25th, 2010

A Decade of First Person Stories from Women War and War Crimes Survivors that inspire and heal trauma

Categorized in these topics: Baba Yaga Bioculinary Blood & Honey Bosnia Female Social Justice Kolo Trauma Format Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Rape Refugees Sexual Abuse Social Memory Torture Violence War Women's Trauma Issues

Bosnia & Rome Women’s International Day Schedule-Conference 2010 March 15-25th, 2010

Erasing the silence and the danger of a single story; Women in the aftermath of violence and wars, the multitude and the Kolo of first female/person story

In the spirit of collaboration and the tenth year of the Kolo: Women’s Cross Cultural Collaboration sisterhood with Novi Travnik’s (Bosnia) Sumejja Kolo women take on Women’s International Day as a celebratory event invested with their first person stories to host teachable cross class trauma healing and growth manifested as harmony and peace.

Inspiration for relating economic and gender inequalities specific to South Slavic peoples-females & culture will especially welcome contributions (your presence-bearing witness) from those often excluded from or marginalized. Based and founded on a decade of Danica Borkovich Anderson's Kolo Trauma format/methodologies borne from intensified learning exchange with the Novi Travnik, Bosnia, Kolo Sumejja women, the women focused trauma multi-disciplinary approaches are for various good practices nurture the Feminine Wisdom and raise women’s economic, Female Cultural and Symbolic Capital.

Pre-conference Orientation to the Land
March 18th,
Please arrange for your flights with arrival on the morning of March 18th. Our Bosnian hostesses and facilitators will meet us and accompany us into Sarajevo. We will have lunch and commence our immersion into Bosnian cuisine-bioculinary arts and visually survey the varied landscapes that Bosnia presents. Late afternoon we go to Novi Travnik and settle into our accommodations. The scenic ride will have the rolling hills and lush forests accompanied with wide thick green rivers. After dinner in Novi Travnik, Bosnia in the evening, we will view Gudrun Frank’s film “Andina – Fearless beyond death.”

March 19th, Opening Ceremonies & Celebrations- Kolo Sumejja, Novi Travnik, Bosnia
1 PM Susana Koric, Kolo Sumejja Novi Travnik, leader
1:30 PM Keynote Speaker Wahu Kaara, Kenya
2:30-5:30 Kolo Sumejja , Novi Travnik & Travnik, Bosnia women’s first person stories- 20 minutes sessions, 10 minute break between sessions
5:30-7:30 Gudrun Frank presentation Film “Andina – Fearless beyond death” will be shown.
Connie Simpson, Painter, will present on her art inspired by Marija Gimbutas’s Old Europe
7:30-8:30 Kolo Dancing Instructions

March 20th,
12:15-1:00 PM Danica Anderson, What the Bosnian Women taught me. What is the Kolo?
1:15- 1:45 PM Wahu Kaara, Kenya
2:00-3:15 PM Discussion Kolo-Circle
3:45-5:00 Malika Grasshoff/Makilm, Dr., indigenous historian and gender researcher. First Person Stories- the rites and myths of the extraordinary life of Kabyle mothers, Algeria
5:15-6:30 Gudrun Frank-Wissmann Flimmaker/Designer. Documenting matriarchal societies
6:30- 7:00 Silvana Hoitt,
6:45-8:00 Facilitator Sandra Ljubinkovic- arranged guest speakers from Belgrade Dinner Break
8:00 Kolo Dancing and Shoulder to Shoulder Experiences

March 21st,

10:00 AM- 12:00 Ahmica Women
12:30- 1:00 Ahmica Interfacing Kolo Discussion-Circle
1:00-3:00 Kolo Closing luncheon- 10 minute segment of Speakers Wahu Kaara, Gudrun Frank-Wissmann, Malika Grasshoff/Makilm, Dr., Sana Koric, Sandra, (Belgrade presenters)... during the luncheon- open circle/kolo segments.
3:30 PM Break until 5:30 PM Optional depending on weather- trip to see the Bogumile Standing Stones.
5:30 Travnik, Blue Waters Cafe dinner and kolo dancing.

March 23rd & 24th, Rome Italy Danica Anderson & Wahu Kaara present at Casa Internazionale delle Donne La Casa Internazionale delle Donne è un progetto del movimento delle donne di Roma che ha origine negli anni delloccupazione di via del Governo Vecchio e che raccoglie leredità della Casa delle donne lì creata. ... Silvana Hoitt and Connie Simpson will co-facilitate

Wahu Kaara- Keynote Speaker- Kenya, A parliamentary candidate in Kenya’s tumultuous recent elections, a 2005 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, and a leading advocate for social justice in Kenya and around the world, Ms. Wahu Kaara has been central in the formation of various organizations promoting human rights, good governance, democratization, universal education, and gender equality. She served as a delegate for Kenya’s National Constitutional Conference and as a councilmember for the Africa Social Forum and the Africa Women’s Economic Policy Network. Ms. Kaara’s more recent activities include serving as the Ecumenical Programme Coordinator for the Millennium Development Goals at the All-Africa Conference of Churches in Nairobi.
Gudrun Frank-Wissmann is a Flimmaker/Designer. In early nineties Wissmann began to film matriarchal societies. For years she lived with the Cunama/North-East Africa and for months with the Garo/North-East India then to the Pacific Island Palau. Her films are broadcasted in German TV and she is co-founder of MatriaVal e.V.
Malika Grasshoff/Makilm, Dr., is an indigenous historian and gender researcher. Raised in a village in the Kabyle Mountains of Algeria- Berber population. Her never before published insights into the rites and myths of the extraordinary life of Kabyle mothers is found in her book: The Magical Life of Berber Women in Kaylia & Symbols and Magic in the Arts of Kabyle Women (Peter Lang Publishing, New York, 2007)


Danica Anderson, MA, Certified Criminal Justice Specialist #16713, Fellow in the Academy of Trauma Experts, The Kolo: Women’s Cross Cultural CEO and founder. A forensic psychotherapist and the only American in the role of gender psycho-social victims’ expert with the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Ms. Anderson found herself in Africa wearing a flak jacket in the middle of nowhere surrounded by conflict, disease and death. She has witnessed and has worked with people from her homeland (Bosnia) added to the multiple countries in Africa including Chad, Congo, Sudan and Uganda. It was in Kerala, India, after the Tsunami a year later that revealed more insights from the indomitable women survivors. Then in Sri Lanka where she worked among the displaced, raped and maimed decades long civil war survivors, she asked herself “what do I do with all that has been heard and witnessed.”

Danica began to excavate and develop female culture practices that heal and manifest a communal collective from her journeys across the globe. Founded upon the South Slavic Kolo, to be in a circle or to dance the folk dance, the Kolo Sumejja women and Danica developed and apply a Kolo trauma format for women in conflict, wars or aftermath of violence. In essence what can be offered with this presentation is to spark those inexplicable moments where participants are touched by something beyond their normal awareness and glimpse the wider reality. Interweaving interviews with marginalized women, who are invisible in media somehow, capture glimpses of engendered perspectives that are needed in approaching disaster, emergencies and looming health issues. We are constantly facing overwhelming situations in our modern lives! With this presentation we seek 'gnosis' from traumatic events and offer our hearts to those in great need on the violent frontlines of conflict.
Silvana Hoitt, Denver, Colorado: Silvana Vukadin-Hoitt, Denver, Colorado: Bosnian and Ukrainian, born in Germany to Bosnian exiles and as a Third Culture Kid traveled extensively. Speaks four languages, works with refugees in Denver and has been working with Kolo for the past seven years. As the Kolo:WCCC Events Coordinator, Silvana has worked on many projects and coordinated events in Bosnia (2007) which culminated in her 'Activism as Art & History' show in Denver. Ongoing projects include a historical fiction in book form about a multi-generational friendship between a Catholic and Muslim family in Central Bosnia and research on the tradition of tattooing amongst women of Croatian descent in Central Bosnia.
Connie Simpson - Painter - Of her art Connie says: 'I paint to communicate; for me painting is a birthing of ideas via images. My process involves studying images from many eras. Some images I have traveled thousands of miles to see -- up close in museums, villages, and at archeological sites. Searching out and studying these artifacts allows me to reach back to artists from Paleolithic and Neolithic eras, take their hands, see through their eyes and claim those images for today. In an age when women the world over struggle against oppression, domination, and marginalization, I feel the need to present, perhaps remake, the reverential and respectful images of the ancient wise ones who knew the value of the regenerative feminine. Among other inspirations, I found myself responding to the work of an amazing woman, Marija Gimbutas, who had unearthed and catalogued objects from ancient times. Myth precedes science as the first investigation, examination of life’s hard questions and unknowable secrets. Myth and mystery inform my paintings, body adornments, and sculpture, and bring their echoes from then to now.
Susana Koric, Novi Travnik, Bosnia: For a decade, Susana Koric and her circle/kolo of women-sisters have lived in female solidarity, became certified kolo advisors and healed a century of trauma in their communities. Susana, now, faces diaspora with her son residing in Portland USA. In May 2009, Susana went to Portland, Oregon and presented at a Kolo: Women’s Cross Cultural Collaboration fundraiser. Her story is about collectivizing memory where she anchors the past in the present as she recounts her first person story of what she faced in the 1991-1994 former Yugoslavia war. Susana and the Kolo Sumejja women have employed advocacy as they traveled to Belgrade, Republic of Srpska for the Anti-trafficking Vagina Monologue Event, visited with the Srebrenica Widows in Tuzla, and conjoined with the Ahmica Women War Crimes Survivors for the Kolo Trauma Training and sharing.
Sandra Ljubinkovic, Belgrade, Republic of Serbia: Sandra Ljubinkovic’s work with Anti-Trafficking in Belgrade had the Novi Travnik, Bosnia Kolo Sumejja at the televised event for Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues. Ljubinkovic facilitated several trainings and interfacing with the Novi Travnik, Bosnian Kolo Sumejja communities while continuing her commitment to the varied facets of her activism work ranging from Anti-trafficking, gay/Lesbian/Transgender issues to human rights.


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