In the competition of more than 100 handcrafted exhibits, including the finest filet-lace and the widely known Zmijanje embroidery inscribed in the UNESCO list, within the exhibition "Hundred Women-Hundred Miniatures" organized for the seventh time by Ethno Network, the winners and best keepers of tradition in 2020 were awarded. Slavica Vasović from Sombor, Sonja Jovićević from Belgrade, Evica Đurić from Veliko Gradište, Danijela Jerinkić from Kikinda and Mima Došenović from Inđija.
Deputy Prime Minister and President of the Coordination Body for Gender Equality, Zorana Mihajlović pointed out that every statesman who visited Serbia, from America to China, from Russia to India, Asia and Africa, received the works of these women, that traveled to all parts of the world.
- Women from rural areas often do much more work than other women in Serbia, they work until 4 to 6 p.m. One of two is not employed, and more than 60% of them are not entitled to a pension. Because of these statistics and everything beautiful that we see at this exhibition, we need to work even faster and help them get additional education, procure the necessary equipment and continue to make these wonderful handicrafts - said Mihajlović.
The Deputy Speaker of the Parliament, Vladimir Marinković, said that the miniatures exude the spirit of tradition and folk art, which the protocol of the Assembly gladly presents in meetings with foreign delegations.
-Serbia is a country that has an unusually rich and diverse cultural heritage, and the proof of that is the official proposal to UNESCO to include three kilims from Serbia on the list of world cultural heritage - Pirot, Stapar and Sjenica-Peshter kilims. It is especially important that the production of these handicrafts contributes to the economic independence of women and thus provides them with the opportunity to have more choices as to what they will do - said the Ambassador of Canada to Serbia, Kati Csaba.
The president of Ethno Network, Violeta Jovanović, says that the statistics of the author's participation in the exhibition can be improved through training and public works programs and the adoption of legislation to support old crafts, that would encourage more young women to master the demanding skills of weaving, gold embroidery and ceramics and thus secure income and employment.
The seventh exhibition of miniatures is being organized by Ethno Network from June 15 to 22 in Kolarac, in order to contribute to the affirmation of women's entrepreneurship in rural areas through the preservation of heritage and identity.