Circle of Serbian Sisters

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The Circle of Serbian Sisters (Serbian Latin: Kolo Srpskih Sestara) was a women's charitable society established in Belgrade in 1903. It was closed in 1942.


Its establishment was first proposed by Ivan Ivanić and Branislav Nušić.[1] However, the organizers were Delfa Ivanić and Slavka Subotić (wife of Jovan Subotić).

Its purpose was to provide assistance to Serbs "regardless of ethnic or religious background" during the unrest following the assassination of Alexander I of Serbia. Although known for its charitable work, the Circle of Serbian Sisters also helped the Serbian Chetnik Organization in the Turkish-held lands of Southern Serbia, and aided the wounded and stricken as Kosovo Maiden did in medieval times.[2]

Its first president was Savka Subotić [sr], who resigned in 1905. Ljubica Luković was then elected president and served for the next decade until her death. Under Luković's leadership, the organization organized and supported nurse's training courses, established the IV Reserve Hospital in the Vračar neighborhood and created a network of aid stations along the major railway lines in the country to assist troops by providing with hot drinks, food, and medical attention during the First and Second Balkan Wars and at the beginning of the First World War.[3]

The society was disestablished in 1942.[4]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ Savić, Jelena (2009). "коло Српских Сестара – одговор елите на женско питање" (PDF) (in Serbian). p. 119. Retrieved 8 August 2011. Сматрајући да привремени одбор не би био од велике користи, Бранислав Нушић 20 и Иван Иванић, предложили су оснивање сталног женског удружења које би предано радило на остваривању идеје о националном јединству и заједничкој држави Срба... Branislav Nušić and Ivan Ivanić suggested establishing of the permanent female society which would be active in fulfilling the ideas of national unity and united country for all Serbs because they did not believe temporary society would be of much use.
  2. ^ Haan, Francisca de; Daskalova, Krasimira; Loutfi, Anna (January 2006). Biographical Dictionary of Women's Movements and Feminisms in Central, Eastern, and South Eastern Europe: 19th and 20th Centuries. ISBN 9789637326394.
  3. ^ Викторовић (Viktorović), Мила (Mila) (23 June 2015). "Слава Кола српских сестара" [Glory of the Circle of Serbian Sisters]. Srpska pravoslavna crkva (in Serbian). Belgrade, Serbia: Serbian Orthodox Church. Archived from the original on 7 September 2015. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  4. ^ Savić, Jelena (2009). "коло Српских Сестара – одговор елите на женско питање" (PDF) (in Serbian). p. 115. Retrieved 8 August 2011. до укидања 1942...until it was disestablished in 1942