Sofija Todorović

Director of Youth Initiative for Human Rights

Sofija Todorovic, feminist and human rights defender, graduated from the Faculty of Law, Belgrade. She serves as Director of the Youth Initiative for Human Rights (YIHR) in Serbia and is an active advocate and educator in transitional justice, human rights, and conflict transformation. Sofija joined YIHR in 2016 as a Programme Coordinator and in 2021 became Programme Director. She is also a member of the International Coalition for Democratic Renewal (ICDR) coordinated by the Forum 2000 Foundation. She also worked as a Programme Manager at Balkan Investigative Regional Reporting Network (BIRN) on projects on human rights and democracy challenges in the Western Balkans and V4.

Sofija is a fearless fighter against authoritarianism and nationalism in her region. In 2017, she was involved in disrupting public book promotion of a convicted war criminal, Veselin Sljivancacin, at the Cultural Center in Beska, where she was injured. In 2019, she stood up for her Albanian neighbor, a baker, facing violence due to his nationality. Sofija is a staunch advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and has been actively involved in organizing Pride marches since 2015, advocating for equality in Serbian society.

She has authored numerous articles and publications on peace-building and democracy in Serbia. Over a decade, Sofija has conducted over 100 lectures and workshops on peace and tolerance for youth across Europe, impacting more than 10,000 individuals.

Sofija's outstanding activism and contributions to human rights and dealing with the past have garnered recognition on national and regional levels. She received the Ledolomac Human Rights Prize from Serbia's Liberal Democratic Party in 2018, the Feminist Achievement Award for 2019 from BeFem, a Serbian feminist cultural center, the Ordinary Heroes Recognition from the Post-Conflict Research Center in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2020, and the Human Rights Defender recognition in 2021 from Civic Initiatives in Belgrade.