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In the words of Mirsada Terzic: “One day something clicked and I felt like I needed to talk”

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

A survivor of wartime sexual violence, Mirsada Terzic was displaced from her home town Brcko, close to the Croatian border, after the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. More

From Where I Stand: “Police officers must protect the safety of citizens”

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Suvada Kuldija is a Senior Inspector at the Ministry of Interior Affairs of Canton Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina. As a police officer, Kuldija often works with survivors of domestic violence. She believes in the importance of educating colleagues and first responders in how to address violence against women and domestic violence cases. More

From Where I Stand: “Women's voices are crucial in our civil society and can lead to change”

Monday, November 20, 2017

Radmila Žigić is the Director of Foundation Lara from Bijeljina in northeast Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), which has been at the forefront of combating violence against women and girls, ensuring safe space for survivors, advocating for women’s rights and empowering women since its establishment in 1998. Lara was the first women’s organization in BiH that established a shelter for survivors of human trafficking in 2000, which provided support to close to 200 women in Bijeljina. While advocating for more effective legislation, educating law enforcement officers and preventing sexual exploitation of women and girls, especially among school-age youth, Lara has significantly contributed to the reduction of this form of violence against women in BiH. More

From where I stand: “Ending violence against women and girls is hard work, but it’s not impossible“

Thursday, November 16, 2017

At 16 years of age, David Kovačić is a gender equality activist. As an active member of the Be a Man club, a youth initiative that's spreading across the country, he believes that real men are not violent, and encouraging his peers to take a stand against gender-based violence. More

Take Five: Supporting women's organizations is vital for ending violence against women

Thursday, November 2, 2017

The Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE) Network, is comprised of women's organizations from 46 European countries working to combat violence against women and children across the region. WAVE is currently partnering with UN Women to support the work of civil society organizations (CSOs) on ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey – under the EU-funded programme, ‘Implementing Norms, Changing Minds’. Rosa Logar, one of the founding members of WAVE, discusses their involvement in the regional programme and the vital role that CSOs play in the fight to end violence against women. More

Across the Western Balkans, rural women are influencing local budgets and shaping progress

Friday, October 13, 2017

Across Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Moldova, UN Women works with governments to implement gender equality commitments and enhance women’s participation in decision-making. Funded by the Austrian Development Agency and Swiss Development Cooperation, the programme enables women to influence local budgets to address their diverse needs. More

From where I stand: “Changing the present, we are also changing the future”

Monday, October 9, 2017

Lamija Gutić is only 16 years old, and on her way to building technology solutions for a better world. An inspiration for many girls and women across the region, on the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child, she talks about what the SDGs mean for her. More

Press Release: Parliamentarians from Eastern Europe and Central Asia join forces to reduce barriers against women’s participation in public life

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Around 90 parliamentarians, local elected officials and civil society representatives from 11 countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia gathered in Chișinău to identify how to solve some of the most pressing issues challenging women’s rights and their full participation in all spheres of life. More

Take five: Domestic legislation in Bosnia and Herzegovina needs to be harmonized with the Istanbul Convention

Monday, September 25, 2017

Fatima Bećirović is a project coordinator at the Government-managed Gender Centre of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). Previously, she worked as a social worker and the coordinator of a shelter in Tuzla. Throughout her work, Bećirović has participated in a variety of research on domestic and gender-based violence and has experience as an educator in the field of violence against women. UN Women works closely with the government of BiH to combat violence against women through a number of initiatives including the regional programme “Implementing Norms, Changing Minds”. Bećirović discusses some of the priorities to prevent violence against women in the country. More

Call for Proposals: CEDAW and Istanbul Convention monitoring and legal policy review (Only for Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

UN Women invites women civil society organizations (CSOs)/ women's CSO networks and platforms, organizations representing minority women, women with disability and/or other disadvantaged groups of women to submit proposals to collect data on gender stereotypes and public perceptions of gender roles and attitudes towards violence against women in Bosnia and Herzegovina to contribute to ending violence against women focusing on areas such as monitoring of and reporting on the implementation of international instruments (CEDAW, Istanbul Convention), improvement of the legislative and policy environment in line with international standards and advocacy towards revision of laws and policies for protection of survivors, with a focus on women belonging to marginalized groups. More

Call for Proposals: Baseline and end-line study on attitudes and perceptions (Only for Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

UN Women invites women civil society organizations (CSOs) and women's CSO networks and platforms to submit proposals to collect data on gender stereotypes and public perceptions of gender roles and attitudes towards violence against women in Bosnia and Herzegovina to contribute to the implementation of the Programme “Ending Discrimination and Violence against Women: Implementing Norms, Changing Minds". The Programme aims at ending gender based discrimination and violence against women, with a particular focus on the most disadvantaged groups of women, in the Western Balkans and Turkey. More

Call for Proposals: Access to quality services (Only for Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

UN Women invites women civil society organizations (CSOs)/ women's CSO networks and platforms, organizations representing minority women, women with disability and/or other disadvantaged groups of women to submit proposals to contribute to ending violence against women focusing on areas such as availability and quality of service provision for women and girls subject to violence against women, with a focus on women belonging to marginalized groups, under the Programme "Ending Discrimination and Violence against Women: Implementing Norms, Changing Minds". More

Call for Proposals: Innovative Prevention Initiatives (Only for Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

UN Women invites women civil society organizations (CSOs)/ women's CSO networks and platforms, organizations representing minority women, women with disability and/or other disadvantaged groups of women to submit proposals to contribute to ending violence against women focusing on areas such as promotion of favorable social norms fostering gender equality, prevention of gender based violence and discrimination and innovative approaches to challenging gender stereotypes, with a focus on women belonging to marginalized groups, under the Programme "Ending Discrimination and Violence against Women: Implementing Norms, Changing Minds". More

From Where I Stand: “Nature has healed me”

Monday, August 7, 2017

Adila Suljević, 52, is a farmer and the director of NGO “Suze” in Brčko. Her NGO provides a support network for women survivors of wartime sexual violence and offers them a chance to talk freely about their trauma. Adila expanded her agricultural business after receiving trainings from UN Women and UNDP as part of the joint programme 'Seeking Care, Support and Justice for Survivors of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina,' financed by the Governments of United Kingdom, Canada and UN Action Against Sexual Violence in Conflict. More

Press Release: UN Women and the European Union launch a new initiative to focus on ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey

Monday, July 10, 2017

UN Women and the EU will aim to reform policies in line with international standards, transfrom dicriminatory social norms and empower women and girls subjected to violence. More

Press Release: European Union and UN Women launch new initiative to focus on ending violence against women and girls in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Monday, May 29, 2017

European Union and UN Women organized a high-level workshop on 29 May to launch the country-level component of the regional programme, "Ending Violence against Women in the Western Balkan countries and Turkey: Implementing Norms, Changing Minds.” More

Call for Proposals: Assessment of Advocacy Initiatives and Tools for Changing Gender Discriminatory Social Norms and Attitudes

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

UN Women invites women civil society organizations (CSOs), women’s studies and research centres promoting women’s rights and gender equality to submit proposals to conduct an Assessment of Advocacy and Social Norms Change Initiatives as well as Tools for Changing Gender Discriminatory Social Norms and Attitudes to contribute to the implementation of the Programme “Ending Discrimination and Violence against Women: Implementing Norms, Changing Minds” funded by European Union. More

Call for Proposals: Support the establishment and strengthening of regional platforms of civil society organizations

Monday, May 22, 2017

UN Women invites women civil society organizations (CSOs) and networks and platforms promoting women’s rights and gender equality to submit proposals to support the establishment and strengthening of regional platforms of civil society organizations to advocate for the development and implementation of laws and policies in line with CEDAW and the Istanbul Convention, under the Programme ¨Ending violence against women and girls: Implementing norms, changing minds¨ funded by European Union. More

Call for Proposals: Regional Forum for the Promotion and Monitoring Progress of the Implementation of Istanbul Convention in Western Balkans and Turkey

Monday, May 22, 2017

UN Women, T invites women civil society organizations (CSOs), women CSOs networks and platforms promoting women’s rights and gender equality to submit proposals to hold a Regional Forum for the Promotion and Monitoring Progress of the Implementation of Istanbul Convention in Western Balkans and Turkey - to contribute to the implementation of the Programme “Ending violence against women and girls: UN Women, The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, invites women civil society organizations (CSOs), women CSOs networks and platforms promoting women's rights and gender equality to submit proposals to hold a Regional Forum for the Promotion and Monitoring Progress of the Implementation of Istanbul Convention in the Western Balkans and Turkey - to contribute to the implementation of the Programme 'Ending violence against women and girls: Implementing Norms, Changing Minds'funded by the European Union. More

Bosnian media should stop exploiting violence against women, report urges

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Calling for more responsible reporting, UN Women-supported report urges media in Bosnia and Herzegovina to urgently change focus on sensational coverage of gender-based and domestic violence. More

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