Summary of the project “Women`s Rights Agenda for Positive Change”

Project “Women`s Rights Agenda for Positive Change” in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is a two year project of the CURE Foundation and the Foundation for Women`s Empowerment (FWE), funded by the European Union through the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The project aims to contribute to the promotion and respect of women`s human rights, eradication of discrimination against women belonging to minority and marginalized groups in BiH. The project represents an outstanding opportunity for engaging mechanisms in continuation of practical work around human rights of women belonging to minority and marginalized groups, through organization of joint trainings, implementation of comparable activities and exchange of good practice among actors and stakeholders. Objectives of the Project are to directly contribute to the promotion and respect of women`s human rights and increase socio-economic inclusion of women and girls belonging to minority and marginalized groups through strengthening of their capacities and creating concrete actions to combat discrimination, racism and xenophobia and address their human rights issues in BiH. The project will take an integrated approach seeking to address the pervasive marginalisation, exclusion and discrimination against women belonging to minority and marginalized groups in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) who are facing the unfavourable attitude and who are not only exposed to extreme poverty, discrimination and prejudice, but are also largely excluded from decision-making processes on various levels.

At the very beginning of the Project implementation, we conducted an analysis of the position and needs of women belonging to marginalized and minority groups living in ten (10) selected municipalities in which ten (10) different women’s organizations/groups operate whose main focus is on minority and marginalized groups of women.

Ten (10) organizations that we have been cooperating with since the beginning of the Project implementation are organizations from smaller local communities, rural areas, the Romani people like the following:

„Viktorija“ Pale

„Zvjezdangrad“ Vareš

„Žena za ženu“ Konjic

Association of Women „Grahovo“ Bosansko Grahovo

UŽ „JADAR“ Konjević Polje

UŽ „Pašinke“ Hajderovići

„Romkinja“ from Bijeljina

„Romani Čej“ from Prnjavor

„Posebne mame“ from Sarajevo

Lobby group with the Association „Horizonti“ from Tuzla

Each of the selected organizations focuses on the specific needs of the users of their services in the areas in which they operate, so the institutional support mechanisms are analyzed to assess how well they respond to the real needs of marginalized and minority women. You can see the results of the research here: 

” Activisms on the Margins: Capacity Assessment in Ten Selected Women’s Organisations “, author doc. dr. Amila Ždralović and prof. dr. Zlatiborka Popov Momcinovic:

http://www.fondacijacure.org/files/Zlatiborka%20i%20Amila_BHS_A5%20prelom%203.pdf

“Position, Inclusion and Rights of women belonging to minority and marginalized groups in Bosnia and Herzegovina”, author Aida Malkić and Emina Bošnjak

http://www.fondacijacure.org/files/Emina%20i%20Aida_A5_BOS%203.pdf

The following activities are done with each of the organizations:

  1. Meeting with 10 organizations and organizing 10 press conferences in 10 local communities.
  2. Organization of 10 workshops “Capacity building of the organization” in ten (10) selected municipalities, in which there are ten (10) women’s organizations/groups whose focus is on minority and marginalized groups of women. At the workshops, we dealt with topics that include working on legal and administrative mechanisms within the organization, creating strategic priorities for the organization and creating a plan for lobbying and advocacy, depending on the needs of the organization.
  3. Organization of 10 workshops “Capacity building from the perspective of socio-economic inclusion of marginalized groups” in ten (10) selected municipalities, in which there are ten (10) women’s organizations /groups whose focus is on minority and marginalized groups of women.
  4. Organization of 10 workshops “Integrated Security and the EU” (in ten (10) selected municipalities, in which there are ten (10) women’s organizations /groups whose focus is on minority and marginalized groups of women), which focuses on working with women and girls from the organization to create conditions for teamwork, work on the security of the organization, decision-making within organizations and the questions of how and why to involve young women of those organizations.
  5. Organization of 10 workshops “Integrated workshops for marginalized groups of women” (in ten (10) selected municipalities, in which there are ten (10) women’s organizations /groups whose focus is on minority and marginalized groups of women) – The focus of the workshop is to strengthen women’s own strength, women’s own security, learning women how to listen to themselves, how to respect their own needs, and giving more attention to self-care and well-being.
  6. Creation of 10 action plans and 10 advocacy plans (in ten (10) selected municipalities, in which there are ten (10) women’s organizations /groups whose focus is on minority and marginalized groups of women) – Analysis of the problems faced by women and girls belonging to minority and marginalized groups in their local communities.
  7. Organizing 10 round tables in ten (10) selected municipalities, in which there are ten (10) women’s organizations /groups whose focus is on minority and marginalized groups of women and representatives of institutions
  8. Organizing a conference/workshop for members of the Women’s Network of B&H
  9. Organizing the campaign
  10. Organizing the conference

Action plans – women’s needs agenda in ten (10) selected municipalities, in which ten (10) women’s organizations /groups operate whose focus is on minority and marginalized groups of women

By creating action plans FWE and CURE worked with members of ten (10) women’s organizations /groups whose focus is on minority and marginalized groups of women and their associates, representatives of local institutions such as representatives of the municipality, health, social work, employment bureaus and representatives of non-governmental organizations.

In order to promote and protect women’s rights and eradicate discrimination against women with a special focus on women and girls belonging to marginalized and minority groups in ten municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the European Union is funding the project “Women’s Rights – Agenda for Positive Change” implemented by the CURE Foundation and Foundation for Women’s Empowerment Bosnia and Herzegovina.