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Take Five: Gender-responsive budgets contribute to rural women’s recognition as equal members of rural households in Republika Srpska in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Thursday, October 14, 2021

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.

UN Women puts care economy under the spotlight in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

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.

Bosnia and Herzegovina takes a strong step forward to protect women survivors of violence

Friday, September 10, 2021

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.

Chocolatier achieves sweet taste of success in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Thursday, August 19, 2021

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.

I am Generation Equality: Nevena Pandza, nutritionist and educator

Monday, August 9, 2021

Nevena Pandža, 31, is a nutritionist from Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where she works as a clinical nutritionist at the University Clinical Hospital Mostar.

From where I stand: “With smart and efficient use of natural resources, we can alleviate climate change”

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

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.

Police officers in Bosnia and Herzegovina spark a movement to fight violence against women

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

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.

Bosnia and Herzegovina uses social media and online events to mark International Women’s Day

Monday, March 29, 2021

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.

Call for Proposal for civil society organizations in Bosnia and Herzegovina to submit project proposals focusing on economic empowerment of survivors

Monday, March 22, 2021

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.

Women leaders in the Western Balkans and Turkey confront violence against women amid the pandemic

Monday, March 8, 2021

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.

The European Commission and UN Women boost their partnership to address the rise in violence against women amid the pandemic in the Western Balkans

Friday, February 26, 2021

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.

I am Generation Equality: Maja Hadziselimovich, champion for women and girls in STEM

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Maja Hadziselimovic is a twenty-nine-year-old robotics software developer from Bosnia and Herzegovina. She develops human-robot applications for the automotive industry at MRK Systeme GmbH and the first industrial exoskeleton at German Bionic Systems in Augsburg, Germany. She actively shares her robotics & automation experience and motivates young people, especially women and girls, to take up robotics and STEM professions.

I am Generation Equality: Hana Curak, feminist blogger and activist

Monday, February 1, 2021

Starting out with a feminist meme page six years ago, Hana Curak is a 26-year-old feminist from Sarajevo, in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Currently, she is a sociology researcher in Berlin, at the Freie University, and works as a consultant developing her own political education & media start-up, Witch Media.

Women activists from the Western Balkans and Turkey determined to change the way they prevent violence against migrant women

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Woman walking at the refugee reception centre Tabanovce, Macedonian-Serbian border, 26 April 2016. The fence of the centre has been broken. Photo: Mirjana Nedeva On the occasion of International Migrants Day, 18 December, more than 80 women activists and representatives of line ministries, civil society and academia from the Western Balkans and Turkey came together to discuss ways to prevent and respond to violence against women migrants at the webinar “Intersectional solutions to...

Bosnia and Herzegovina marks 20th anniversary of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security

Friday, November 6, 2020

The Agency for Gender Equality of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) of the BiH Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees, the OSCE Mission to BiH, the Office of the European Union in BiH and the UN Women BiH marked the 20th anniversary of the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security by organizing an online conference today.

Women’s Coalition for Prosperity of Bosnia and Herzegovina: Pathway to socially responsible political decision making

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Twenty years ago, the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 1325 with a central focus on the critical role of women in peace and security matters. Never before had world leaders formally recognized the role of women in conflict and post-conflict contexts.

Press Release: UN Women and Sweden launch new initiative in the Western Balkans focusing on financing and budgeting for gender equality

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

UN Women and Sweden will aim to reform policies and financing actions in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and Serbia to accelerate the implementation of national and international gender equality commitments.

Edita Velic: A young politician urges women in Bosnia and Herzegovina to make their voices heard

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Edita Velic is one of the youngest politicians in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She knows firsthand how difficult it is for a woman to make it in the male-dominated political world, but she always encourages women to stand up and never give up.

Educators from Bosnia and Herzegovina ensure continuous learning despite the pandemic

Friday, August 14, 2020

Professor Edina Rizvic-Eminovic, PhD, an Associate Professor of English and Head of the Department of English Language and Literature at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zenica and M.Sc. Branka Ljubojevic, a professor of Serbian language and literature at the Banja Luka High School, provided support for maintaining the continuity of the teaching process during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, agribusinesses run by women help villages survive

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Women in rural areas contribute significantly to the development of agriculture. This is confirmed by the story of Drena Đukić, Senior Expert Associate for Cooperatives and Consulting at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of Republika Srpska. Through professional as well as private engagement, Drena Đukić actively contributes to strengthening the position of women in rural areas, even during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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