About this project
MEET OUR ASSOCIATION:
The Association Center for Civil Courage is a feminist and free thinking organization, established in 2011 in Croatia with the aim of promoting and encouraging civil courage, feminist activism and solidarity, human – especially women’s rights, gender equality and the rights of LGBTIQ persons.
From its beginning the Center especially promotes the awareness of the merit of secular and evolutionary humanism and freethinking; it encourages free and critical thinking, scientific and rational cognition. The Center is a member of the IHEU and AAI.
The Center's projects are the women's freethinking club "Lilith club", humanist workshops for children in our Freethought Academy and secular counseling for irreligious people.
Visit our website: www.civilcourage.hr
The book Humanism for Children is our newest project. It introduces children to the world of humanistic thought enriched by feminist and human rights values. The book is written in the Croatian and Bosnian languages in a child-friendly manner with amazing illustrations.
The book is divided into two parts. The first part "Humanism is for everybody" introduces children to scientific and social ideas. The first part of the book explains what the society in which children of the present live is about. It also discusses the values the families cherish which are often opposed to that reality. Thus the children are faced with a realistic picture, through valid arguments the worldview of their parents is strengthened.
The second part of the book "How to live a fulfilling life" contains ten advices for a better and just life based on humanistic values, how to be a thoughtful, jovial, rational and cheerful person.
Read a preview in Croatian language: http://issuu.com/couragecenter/docs/humanizam_za_djecu_issu
or in English language: http://issuu.com/couragecenter/docs/humanism_for_children_issuu
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nada Peratović was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina. During the war in the nineties she was forced to leave her hometown and settle in Switzerland. She studied law and gender studies and become a feminist activist and an active atheist and freethinker. She is a member of various irreligious organizations, to name some: Freethinker Switzerland, Protagora, CFI Croatia and Atheist Alliance International.
In 2011, together with her husband, who is an investigative journalist, and other enthusiasts she founded the Center for Civil Courage in Croatia.
Inspired by her own motherhood, she created humanist workshops for children and wrote her first children's book. She lives in Zurich.
Our goal is to publish the book in the Croatian and Bosnian languages. The author and illustrator do not aim to get royalties. What remains are the expenses of lecturing, printing and marketing the book. We also intend to translate the book into English and German and have it printed. Thus we could give various small businesses more opportunities to be a part of the project.
Once the expenses for printing in Croatian and Bosnian are covered, we would reprint it in English. We would love to bring the first printed copies of the book in English to the World Humanist Congress in Oxford in August 2014.
Any extra profit from selling the book would be used for reprint and the promotion of the book.
REASONS FOR PUBLISHING:
The importance of publishing this book needs some extra explaining of the cultural milieu of the Balkans. The rise of nationalistic feelings in the nineties in the region is closely connected to the rising of religiosity. What is even more important, it sets the norm in the minds of the people in the newly established states formed with the fall of Yugoslavia. This norm calls for the identity of the specific (white) race, specific (heterosexual) orientation, specific (pureblood) nationality, and the specific (predominantly conservative, patriarchal) religious faith, together with the specific patriotic (right-wing) view of the recent war events.
All the people who did not comply with the specified pattern, i.e. identity – whether offspring of parents with different or mixed nationalities; whether those who do not share others’ point of view concerning the happenings in the war; whether those with an irreligious attitude; or lately whether they come from LGBTIQ unions – those people became invisible, unequal and often got attacked.
Simply put, all of those who are ‘different’ from the ‘majority’ are invisible in the society and their power is marginalized. It doesn’t come as a surprise then, that so many irreligious parents enroll their children into religion classes in school. Fear of discrimination and stigmatizing is strong for a reason; we witness daily this norm getting momentum.
At the same time, the consciousness of those who do not comply with the imposed norm rises. Atheists and agnostics in Croatia and Serbia are getting organized by forming unions, petitions and actions. Gay prides are more dedicated. Citizens, even those who are religious, are becoming aware of a need for secularity which is constantly attacked by strong religious organizations.
The aim of this book is to serve as a means of strengthening all of those who are ‘different’ – apart from its atheistic-agnostic, secular and humanistic values, it contains this ‘different’, though not less important, worldview of feminist and humanist values. It opens the door to this very sensitive terrain of the culture of responsibility and the necessity of facing the (recent) past.
Children that are informed and prepared have a better understanding of the world they live in, the society won’t hurt or mislead them; they have better self-confidence and are sure of their identities. Informed children grow up to be self-confident people.
Risks and challenges
If our project is successfully funded, we only have to print the book. There shouldn’t be any obstacles there. The book is ready for print in the Croatian and Bosnian languages and is currently being translated into English. There are a number of publishing houses we can choose from and with that our mission will be completed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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