Values and Principles

Zagreb Pride’s values and what they mean to us:

Queer-feminism – a movement that originates from postmodern feminist theory and queer theory. Queer-feminism is a critique to the LGBT movement and the polarization between liberal and radical feminism. It advocates for the deconstruction of the patriarchy through a wide front and collaboration of various underprivileged social classes.

Anti-fascism – a movement of active opposition and action against every form of fascism and ideologies or movements complementary to it, those that are based on predominance of one (e.g. ethnic, national, religious, gender, racial…) group over another: above all Nazism, the Ustasha movement, apartheid, imperialism, machoism, heterosexism and militarism.

Equality – implies equal opportunities for achieving all human rights in cultural, social, economic and political senses, and equal benefit from achieved results, regardless of gender and/or sex categories.

Self-determination – implies the right of every person to identify and define or change their identity regardless of sex, gender, sex and gender identities, sexual orientation and overall sexuality, nationality, and ethnic affiliation, in relation to their own body or social status, as long as that right doesn’t violate rights of other people.

Solidarity – implies endeavor to establish commitment, mutual cooperation or support within Zagreb Pride, as with other individuals, groups and larger bodies, especially in conditions of oppression, exploitation or any other form of violence and social injustice.

Secularity – commitment to the principle of separation of state institutions and persons authorized to represent the state from religious institutions and religious representatives. Commitment to secularity also involves the stance that public activities and decisions, especially political, have to be free of any religious beliefs and/or practices, and that persons of different religious affiliations are equal before the law and aren’t regulated in their public activity based on their religion. Secularity enables the balance of every person’s right to their own religious affiliation, as well as the right to be free of religion.

Antimilitarism – active opposition to every form of military action which includes depriving human rights and exaltation of the army, influence of nationalism and the macho-militaristic spirit to overall social and political lives.

Zagreb Pride’s principles and what they mean to us:

Nonviolence – represents a kind of action that excludes all forms of violence directed towards others, ourselves, or the environment to achieve political, social, and personal goals. For Zagreb Pride it represents all active nonviolent forms of confrontation such as civil disobedience, nonviolent resistance and nonviolent communication.

Social engagement – implies active participation of individuals and groups in society, in addition to inviting and encouraging others to do the same with the goal of creating a positive social change, as well as a better and fairer society for all.

Promoting vegetarianism and veganism – raising awareness of ethical, environmental and economic unacceptability of killing, abusing and using animals (e.g. in food, fashion, cosmetics, pharmaceutical and entertainment industries), as well as commitment to achieve a non speciesist society in which all living beings will be equal through encouragement to question and change habits which involve violence against animals.

Feminist care ethics – a concept that critically questions cultural care settings and their gender dimensions. Contrary to the patriarchal form of care in which women are responsible for all reproductive and emotional labor, care is here defined as a social and moral practice and a civil responsibility of all to themselves, others, and the material environment, based on an assumption that we can live only thanks to others contributing to our existence and welfare.

The key terms for feminist care ethics are vulnerability – every person is vulnerable in their own way and is, according to that, in need of care, trust – as opposed to fear of others, trust in others and recognition that we can count on other people, power – mutual awareness of the relation of power and mutual capacity to become subjects, not objects, of power, responsibility – to ourselves and others, taking concrete required actions, and support – as opposed to help which implies patronizing of the person receiving help from the person giving it, support entails an equal relationship and respect for autonomy.

Non-hierarchical work – implies a horizontal organization of work based on principles of cooperation, support, engagement and voluntariness.

Anticlericalism – active opposition to the influence of clergy and clerical stances on political and social issues, involvement in everyday lives of citizens, their privileges and indoctrination of society.

Environmental protection – regular effort that reduces adverse environmental effects, which implies sorting and recycling waste, endeavor to reuse usable things that have been thrown away, and rational use of energy and other resources.

Resistance to economic inequality – offering support and connecting to social groups, politics and initiatives whose goal is preserving and increasing the extent of workers’ rights and rights of socially endangered groups, the goals of which are abolition of class differences and equal access to economic safety for all.

Fellowship – maintaining warm, friendly relationships between individuals and groups based on mutual respect, appreciation, honesty, trust, reliability and support.