Fanny Grandchamp

Fanny Grandchamp (Victimology Society of Serbia - International Action Network on Small Arms - IANSA): Fanny is from the town of Annecy in the French Alps. She earned a BA in Public Administration from Grenoble University, and also studied abroad in Truru, Canada and at the University of Exeter in the UK. In 2006, Fanny spent a month in Senegal helping to build a school. The following year, she spent three months in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam as an intern in the social affairs department of the French Consulate. At the time of her fellowship, Fanny was pursuing a Master’s degree in International Organizations at the Institute of Political Science of Grenoble. After her fellowship, Fanny wrote “This challenging experience has revealed itself very formative and useful, opening up my interest in the Balkan region and helping me find confidence. I'm grateful to AP for this.”

Welcome on board… Travelling from France to Serbia…

05 Jun


this is where I'm from.... My home town, Annecy, France

this is where I go... My destination, Belgrade, Serbia



Hello everyone! I thought introducing myself and my future fellowship in  Serbia with two photos would speak for itself more as it is colorful… So is these places are only imaginary for you, to me, they will both be familiar very soon. Of course, this picture on the top is very well known to me because it is my home town: Annecy, a quiet city in the French Alps , whose proud inhabitants like to compare it to Venice … The other, on the nottom, yet to be discovered for me, is Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, known more for its belligerent past than for the treasures I’m sure it has to offer.

You may first wonder why I’m heading to this destination.  In fact, I had the chance to be recruited by The Advocacy Project (AP), a Washington DC based organization whose aim is to strengthen the capacities of local NGOS by sending people on the field for three months, in a shoulder-to-shoulder perspective. In my case, the original, fair partnership which puts organizations on an equal footing , will take place between AP and the Victimology Society of Serbia, where I’ll be helping with the launching of an IANSA campaign focused on “disarming domestic violence”.  IANSA, an AP’s partner, whose acronym stands for the “International Action Network on Small Arms”, is an umbrella NGO of more than 800 civil society organizations working in different field (women’s groups, research institutes, aid agencies, human rights organizations…..) but whose actions are commonly undermined by the presence of guns. So gathering into a network aims at stopping the proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons, which stand in the way of their actions.

The specific campaign on domestic violence I was referring to above, lead by the women network, starts with an awful observation: Women are at 3 times the risk of being killed by an intimate partner when a gun is in the home, no matter the level of development of the country. And the presence of guns in homes go beyond deaths for women: it also reduces a woman’s ability to resist, escape or get some help from others, while obviously reducing her chance of surviving an assault. Therefore, the campaign will consist on lobbying on every ground to grow awareness on the consequences of the presence of arms at home for women, trying to make the link between  national laws on arms control and domestic violence.   

There’s another reason for me to get excited about going to Serbia and this is linked to my personal background and interest: concerned with the building of sustainable peace to prevent future conflicts in deeply divided societies, I wrote a dissertation last year on the Balkan penal system established to judge war crimes responsible after the bloody wars that need no further introduction. While working on it, I realized women were particular targets of specific crimes in times of war and that they were unequally affected by violence in general.  So advocating for women’s rights  and being on the field of what has been the subject of many readings will help me getting a clearer picture of the region and give me the feeling to come full circle by thinking about concrete solutions to alleviate their conditions of living.

I hope this brief introduction got you in,  and excited as much as I am . So welcome on board, the “Jat Airways”  flight n° 8756  to Belgrade takes off tomorrow… stay connected for further news and  adventures…

Posted By Fanny Grandchamp

Posted Jun 5th, 2009


  • Quinn Osborn

    June 5, 2009


    I enjoyed coming upon your post. Thanks for the share.

  • Karl Haudbourg

    June 5, 2009


    It seems that more and more French people are coming to Belgrade. I just wrote a short story about a French girl who fell in love with Belgrade… Have nice trip Fanny!

  • Serbian

    June 5, 2009



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