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International Women’s Day in 2022 celebrates the dedicated women activists who are stepping up to save the planet. UN Women presents their stories of climate courage and environmental action through a collaboration with illustrators across the Europe and Central Asia region. Read and be inspired...
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Milana Lazić works at the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), managing the “Assistance to European Union (EU) Pre-Accession” project. This project works with EU potential and candidate countries in the Western Balkans and Turkey to make gender equality more visible in the region with a focus on improving how gender equality is monitored across public policies, legislation, and in practice. EIGE provides technical expertise to relevant countries, especially in developing national Gender Equality Indices. Lazić spoke with UN Women about the Gender Equality Index and EIGE’s support to the countries in the region.
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15 micro and small women-owned businesses were supported through the BizUp programme, implemented by Foundation 787 and UN Women Bosnia and Herzegovina under an economic empowerment project supported by the United Kingdom. BizUp focuses on providing women entrepreneurs with tailor-made support and mentorship to increase their resilience and capacities in design, branding, management and other areas to enable them to develop and sustain their businesses.
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Predrag Fred Matić is a member of the European Parliament and also part of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality of the European Parliament (FEMM). In the summer of 2021, his team celebrated a major victory – when the European Parliament, with 378 votes, adopted the report on women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. Matić shared with UN Women how they achieved this win; what the report means for the Western Balkans; the role of international organizations; and what’s next for his team.
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he closing event of the "16 days of activism against gender-based violence", conducted by UN Women Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) with the support of the Government of Sweden, featured a panel discussion and a creative workshop held today in OKC Abrašević Club in Mostar. The event was attended by young people, including young artists from Mostar, as well as experts in the field of gender-based violence.
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2 December 2021 – More than 150 participants, including representatives of civil society, regional institutions and government officials, joined forces in a unique event channeling creativity to shape policy advocacy to advance the agenda on ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey. The Third Regional Forum “Inclusive Partnerships, Integrated Policies,” which took place on 1–2 December, was the third edition of the region’s first and only...
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The hybrid (online and offline) event “Together for a society free of sexual violence”, held today at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Republika Srpska marked the launch of the Action Coalition on Gender-Based Violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as a part of the global Generation Equality campaign. The goal of this campaign is to achieve gender equality and create equal opportunities for all women and men.
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“Let’s turn off sexual violence against women and girls” is the message of the UN Women campaign running from 25 November to 10 December, with the support of Sweden for the 5th year in a row. These activities are part of the global campaign “16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence” , which calls to an end of all forms of violence against women and girls.
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Gordana Rokvić Knežić is an advisor at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management (MAFWM) of Republika Srpska (RS), and an associate professor of agricultural economics and rural development at the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Banja Luka. She has been a researcher and consultant in the field of gender-responsive budgeting since 2009, cooperating with UN Women, the MAFWM and the Gender Center of RS. Through her role as a strategic planning advisor in the Ministry, she contributed to the introduction of gender-sensitive measures within the agricultural policy of RS.
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A new coalition to drive greater action on economic rights and justice for women in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) was launched at a high-level event on 5 October. The new Action Coalition for Economic Justice and Rights will focus on the economy of care.
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Tenzila Sejmenović*, 52 years old, from Zenica, a city located in the center of Bosnia and Herzegovina, suffered from physical and psychological violence for 15 years. Alone with her two children, she decided to report the violence and ask for support from the state institutions. Faced with a slow, time-consuming process, she struggled to get the help she needed.
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After working in the finance industry for 13 years, Merjem Hamzic made the life-changing decision to follow her passion and love for chocolate. With limited funds, she established Bashka chocolatier, a small artisan-chocolatier business in Bosnia and Herzegovina that offers organically grown hand-crafted chocolates.
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Jasmina Zahirović is a 20-year-old IT student from Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She has been a member of the IT Girls, a joint initiative of UNDP, UNICEF, and UN Women, from Bosnia and Herzegovina since the initiative's establishment.
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Nevena Pandža, 31, is a nutritionist from Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where she works as a clinical nutritionist at the University Clinical Hospital Mostar.
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Eldar Alić is a young farmer from Kalesija in north-eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina. He founded Nutri Pelet, a company that produces ecological manure pellets from unprocessed manure. Alić advocates for healthy living and practical, eco-friendly solutions to better manage earth’s limited, natural resources.
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In the north-eastern Tuzla canton of Bosnia and Herzegovina, for the first time in history, a campaign has brought together 1600 police officers to advocate for ending violence against women and challenge the harmful norms that contribute to gender-based violence.
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To mark this year's global theme of International Women's Day, UN Women in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) reflected on the topic with its partners, by asking the question “What is women's leadership to you?” through a social media campaign. A variety of international partners and donors, as well as UN agencies, participated in the campaign.
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UN Women Bosnia and Herzegovina is inviting civil society organizations (CSOs) registered in Bosnia and Herzegovina that have experience working on combating violence against women and domestic violence, to submit project proposals focusing on economic empowerment of survivors, as defined in the Call for Proposals Terms of Reference. This Call for Proposals is launched under the regional program “Implementing Norms, Changing Minds”, funded by the European Union, and implemented by UN Women in cooperation with civil society organizations in Western Balkans and Turkey.
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The 2021 theme for International Women’s Day is “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.” On this occasion, the EU-funded UN Women programme on ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey “Implementing Norms, Changing Minds,” Phase II, is launching an interactive map to bring visibility to the leadership of women’s organizations in preventing and responding to violence against women even in the most challenging circumstances.
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On the eve of International Women’s Day, the European Commission and UN Women take a strong step forward in their commitment to end the shadow pandemic of violence against women.