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Mulieres Fortes is the first stage of the design-moving images of the continuous opus for the representation of women, and present stories about  prominent women in the field of science, art, sports, business sector, human rights, media ... Women who pioneered and penetrated society even in those moments when their lives depended on their decisions, and their decisions meant Life! but sealed theirs.

Stories have great power. Our tradition of storytelling, retelling, weaves stories passed down from generation to generation.

Choosing the stories we want to tell or find out is a mysterious and intimate process, it is not based on rules, but on our attitude towards things, our sensitivity and external challenges.

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We all think through stories, we believe that the universe is a struggle between good and evil, chaos and cosmos, conflicts and solutions, we believe in stories with a happy ending ... In fact, listening and retelling stories, we create our own, we look for answers for our role in that universal theater and we hope to be part of something bigger than us. And if we understand that unique role of ours, then we will play it through our works and actions and we will believe in the cosmic, universal story.

This project visualizes women who have been part of the creation of our history, created stories. Women to whom the stories happened, worked on them, poured them with their own blood and tears and laughter, until they blossomed and came to us, so that we could hear them, interpret them and continue to tell them further.

All of them are connected by common things, characteristics, weakened senses, playful and cheerful spirit, commitment ... seriousness. Tendency to connect with a bigger idea, curiosity, endurance and strength. They are deeply intuitive, have a sense of community, are adaptable to change and different circumstances, but also make tough, unwavering decisions.

The project Several Shades of Women's Stories is part of the program activities of the NI Museum of the Macedonian Struggle for Independence, which started last year and is being implemented during 2020, supported by the Ministry of culture.

Vera Jocikj

Jocikj Olivera-Vera, 21.08.1923-23.05.1944

An activist of the CPY from Macedonia and a national hero of Yugoslavia. Born in the village of Singelikj (today Chento), Skopje region.

During 1941 she became a member of the Communist Party of Yugoslavia (CPY).

After the capitulation of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia (April 9, 1941), she joined the anti-fascist resistance in Serbia (the Valјevski and Jastrebac National Liberation partisan unit). In October 1943 she moved to Vardar Macedonia and took part in the partisan movement in the region. She was a deputy political commissar of the Kumanovo partisan unit, the partisan squad "Orce Nikolov" and the Third Macedonian National Liberation Battalion. On May 20, 1944, in the battles near Stracin, she was severely wounded in a clash with the Bulgarian army. After three days, she succumbed to the wounds in the village Sasa, Makedonska Kamenica.

She was proclaimed as a national heroine on December 20, 1951.

Her comrade-in-arms and a poet, Aco Shopov, dedicated two poems to Vera Jocikj,: Love (published in the newspaper Ogin (Fire), 1944) and Eyes (published in Nov den (New Day), no. 1-2, 1946)


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Milka Eftimova, opera singer - prima donna

Prima donna Milka Eftimova, alto and mezzo-soprano singer, doyen of the Macedonian Opera and full professor at the Faculty of Music in Skopje. Eftimova's impressive biography counts many performances on various stages around the world and many awards and prizes during her rich career. We remember her for the wonderful role of Carmen, which brought her great fame, and for the beautiful voice that remains our intangible cultural and spiritual heritage and the timeless value and joy of our star scene. An artist for whom the stage means life and creativity, hard work, self-sacrifice and discipline. In 1961, she first appeared on the stage of the Opera House, and she left the stage with Carmen in 1991. Eftimova in the ninth decade is an example of elegance and dignity. In one of his interviews, he says, "I miss the stage, the audience, I will never forget the performances all over Europe, America and Macedonia. I only performed twenty times at the Ohrid Summer Festival." Butterfly "," Eugene Onegin "," Cavalleria Rusticana "," Prince Igor "," Faust "," Carmen ", for which I am mostly recognized.



Rajna Aleksova, the first female pharmacist in Macedonia and the Balkans
"...Over the decades, centuries, earthly things disappear, and the true meanings and values ​​remain, which by their nature are essential..." Rajna Aleksova (1883-1959)
Rajna Aleksova breaks down stereotypes in the Ottoman Empire as an educated and experienced pharmacist who does not give up her profession. Born in Bitola, on the eve of the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, the young Rajna, more than 100 years ago, was set to realize her ambition. From an early age, she had a strong desire and love for intellectualism and professionalism, which are the main features of her biography.
She survived the rule of the Ottoman Empire, the turbulent years of the Young Turk Revolution, the Balkan Wars, the First and Second World Wars, experienced injustice in socialist Macedonia, and died a violent death at home.



Atina Bojadzi, a marathon swimmer, a sports legend. Her life is the motive for many documentaries and one feature film - the cult movie "Stand Up Delfina". Atina Bojadzi is the only woman in the world to swim across the Mediterranean Sea and the Canal La Manche. For her professional achievements she has received a many awards and recognitions, gold and silver medals and trophies. Atina Bojadzi's marathon career lasted 12 years. Among the numerous awards, she won the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Swimming Federation of Macedonia and the Krste Petkov Misirkov Award. In 1998, the Macedonian Olympic Committee awarded her the "Great Macedonian Sportsman" award, and in 2000, the daily newspaper Utrinski Vesnik declared her the athlete of the century. In her honor, the sports complex at Biljanini Izvori in Ohrid is named after her. She died in Skopje in 2010.

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Kalypso Nalchathe first professional actress in Macedonia. She was born in Bitola in 1915. Kalypso Nalcha was primarily a pianist, but professionally worked as a conductor. After finishing piano studies at the music conservatory in Athens, she returned to Bitola where she performed and held concerts. In the period between 1933-1940, she worked in Bitola as the first conductor of the male choir "Abrasevic". In the spring of 1935, she had a special "band" composed of about twenty instrumentalists on the oral accordion amd held a gala concert in honor of St. Cyril and Methodius on May 24, 1935, in the crowded hall of the Officer's House...

 Rosa Plaveva was born in Veles in 1878 and died in Belgrade in 1970. She was the first woman, Macedonian, socialist, one of the first female rights fighters in Macedonia. She was born as Rosa Varnalieva. She was educated in Veles and then in Sofia, where she had first contacts with the socialist movement. In 1900 she joined the first socialist organisation in Macedonia, formed by Vasil Glavinov in Veles in 1894. She took part in the Ilinden uprising in 1903. In the days of the Young Turk Revolution, together with Nike Bairam, they organized women in the fight against wearing veils. In 1908, she organized demonstrations in Skopje for equality of women, and next year, together with her husband Ilija Plavev, worked on the establishment of a Social Democratic organization in Skopje, which according to the available data was established on May 1, 1909 ...