Refugee Women in Serbia: Invisible Victims of War in the Former Yugoslavia


Nikolic-Ristanovic, Vesna. 2003. “Refugee Women in Serbia: Invisible Victims of War in the Former Yugoslavia.” Feminist Review 73: 104–113.

Author: Vesna Nikolic-Ristanovic


In this paper, I explore the experiences of women who found refuge in Serbia during the war in the former Yugoslavia. I look at the women's experiences of both leaving home and coping with everyday life in refuge. The exploration of refugee women's experiences is mainly based on analyses of their own stories, which I collected while researching women and war. In spite of all the hardship of their lives, refugee women who fled to Serbia have been treated by Western media, the public and aid organizations as 'UNPEOPLE' or as non-existent. Making their experiences visible as women, refugees and citizens is the main purpose of this article.

Topics: Armed Conflict, Citizenship, Displacement & Migration, Refugees, Gender, Women Regions: Europe, Balkans, Eastern Europe Countries: Serbia, Yugoslavia (former)

Year: 2003

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