Visit to Oslo Pride 2019

Skopje, July 24th 2019

From 19 June to 23 June Oslo Pride was held, in which Subversive Front had its own representative, who was the only one from North Macedonia. Their representatives had NGOs from the Czech Republic, Serbia, Greece, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Poland, Slovakia, Kosovo, Albania, Turkey and Bulgaria. Some of the meetings were organized at the offices of Amnesty International – Norway, as an organization supporting the whole program.

On June 20, as part of the program, created by our colleagues from Norway, David Tasevski from Subversive Front was at the Oslo mayor – Marianne Borgen reception, at the Oslo City Hall in which Oslo’s city council and government, as well as its municipal administration, all have their offices. The building is also one of the capital’s most prestigious venues for receptions, ceremonies and other important events. Marianne Borgen held an inspirational speech addressing the history of the city of Oslo and the Kingdom of Norway, in which much of the talk was dedicated to the way in which an equal society was built for all, in which only in that way, all together, they succeeded developing further. Despite the success of Norwegian society in the quality of life and inclusion of diversity, she talked about the next steps in which they would be even better.

Marianne Borgen’s reception during Oslo Pride 2019

On June 21, a meeting took place in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and colleague David Tasevski spoke about the situation with human rights and discrimination in North Macedonia. He talked about the problem that the Macedonian society faces, the existence of laws on paper, but their poor implementation. He emphasized the discrimination facing LGBT people in all fields, but as the most terrible it distinguished what is happening in schools, school curricula, university literature, as well as in health institutions. Mentioning the low awareness of mental health, also referred to the donors, who in North Macedonia do not give priority to this issue.

The program included a meeting with a representative from the Ombudsman office who presented their work, as well as a police officer from the Special Department for Hate Crimes. There were also representatives from an organization working with a program for sensitization and training of health workers, but also a program that is intended for educators and professionals from the schools in Norway.

This year the parade was held on June 22nd. The parade is the great highlight of Oslo Pride and is one of the most visible events in Oslo during the year. The parade is solidarity with all those who cannot go, a political highlight of the diversity that Oslo Pride represents, and a celebration. It consists of voluntary contributions with music, costumes, commitment and love. In the parade, everyone should feel welcome, safe and part of a family that supports each other. About 300 volunteers have been on day and night during the festival’s 10 days. 50,000 went in the largest Oslo Pride parade ever. 275,000 people called the parade through Oslo’s streets.

The visit to Oslo remains a reminder of a successful and functional society in which diversity is celebrated rather than suffocated. This is precisely the reason for Norwegian success, in which all members feel equally, and they all struggle together to invest in improving their society and build a climate in which the people will feel satisfied with their own lives.