Savka Javorina-Vujović was born in 1918 in Studenci near Gospić. She attended a grammar school in Gospić and in Zagreb and a secondary medical school in Belgrade. At school she came in contact with the youth movement and joined it in 1936. She worked at the Women’s movement youth section, Young Girls’ Cooperative, at the Polet society and in the medical nurses’ professional association.

She was jailed in 1937 and in 1940. Upon return from prison in 1940 she became a member of the Communist Party of Yugoslavia (KPJ). When the uprising started in 1941 Javorina became a secretary of the party organisation covering Belgrade hospitals. In the same year she left Belgrade to join the Rasina partisan unit. She took part in numerous battles, first as an ordinary fighter and then as the unit’s political commissioner.

In 1943 she became a member of the Communist Party of Yugoslavia’s Regional Committee for Kosovo and Metohija and the political commissioner of the First Kosovo-Metohija brigade. At the start of 1944 she was wounded in clashes with Bulgarian units on Mt Biljača. Her brigade fought constant battles with the Chetniks as it was trying to break through towards the Aegean Macedonia. In the middle of 1944 Javorina-Vujović switched to the 22nd Division’s Eighth Serbian Brigade, also as a political commissioner. After the liberation of Belgrade, she was appointed as secretary of the Party’s third Regional committee in Belgrade.

She moved to Zaječar in 1946 to become the secretary of the regional Communist Party committee. From 1946 to 1953 she worked in the human resources department of the Communist Party of Serbia’s Central Committee in Belgrade. From 1953 to 1955 she was the secretary of the Communist Party’s regional committee for the town of Svetozarevo. From 1955, she worked in the administration of Yugoslavia’s federal government (Savezno izvršno veće) in Belgrade.

She is the holder of the 1941 Partisan memorial award and in 1953 received the War Hero Order. She died in Belgrade in 2002.