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Strategy to implement the Istanbul Convention adopted

Bosnia and Herzegovina adopted its Framework Strategy for the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (hereinafter referred to as: the Strategy). The purpose of the Strategy is to provide for a consistent, high-quality and effective implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (hereinafter: the Convention) in the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina (B&H). The Convention was adopted on 11 May 2011 in Istanbul. Following a series of Council of Europe recommendations related to protection from violence and the prohibition of […]

Celebrating the entry into force of the Istanbul Convention

In partnership with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Italian Chamber of Deputies, the Council of Europe organised a conference in Rome on 19 September in order to celebrate the entry into force of the Istanbul Convention, highlight its holistic approach to combating violence against women and encourage member States and other participating States to sign and ratify this ground-breaking convention. Delegation of Bosnia and Herzegovina participated in the plenary sessions of this Conference as one of the countries which has signed and ratified this landmark document. The Conference Safe from fear, safe from violence – celebrating the […]

New 1325 Action plan adopted

The Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina adopted the Action plan for implementation of UNSCR 1325 in Bosnia and Herzegovina for the period 2014-2017 (local version) on its 104th session, July 8 2014. This Action plan was made in full cooperation of Agency for Gender Equality and institutions represented in Coordination board for monitoring AP, and with consultations with NGOs. Expert and technical support to making the Plan was provided by Institute for Inclusive Security within the „Resolution to Act“ program and UN Women in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In accordance with recommendations of independent evaluation of implementation of former Action plan, […]

UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and NATO

Gender Mainstreaming: Indicators for the Implementation of UNSCR 1325 and its Related Resolutions was workshop organized in cooperation with the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy and supported by an Advanced Research Workshop award from the NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme, held in Belgrade on May 26-27. An invite-only workshop brought together government officials, independent experts, military officials, and NATO officials from over 20 different NATO member and partner states to discuss Gender Mainstreaming in NATO. One of the participants was director of Agency for Gender Equality of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Samra Filipovic – Hadziabdic. This was the first […]

IFC Conference Urges Private Sector Commitment to Women’s Employment

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, organized an event in Belgrade, Serbia mid May of 2014 with more than 70 participants, executives from leading firms that have branches in Western Balkans. Since the theme of the conference was employment of women in the Western Balkans, one of the esteemed guests was Samra Filipovic – Hadziabdic, director of Agency for Gender Equality of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Joint assessment was that the private sector should have greater role when it comes to generating more and better jobs for women in the region, but it was also emphasized that cooperation between […]

Party Allegiance to Gender Equality

The Election system of Bosnia and Herzegovina can be characterized as a system of average harmonization in regard to enhancement of women’s participation. The applicable quota is ensuring that women are placed in candidate lists and it envisages the rule on ranging and percentage that is now 40%. However, the quota does not guarantee real equality especially in a sense of ensuring opportunities for women to make good election result. Data on local elections in 2008 and 2012 are pointing out that women were only in 10% of cases the first names on the lists and they constituted 85% of […]

Istanbul Convention to enter into force on August 1 2014

Strasbourg, 23 April 2014 – As Andorra became the 10th country to ratify the Council of Europe's Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, the treaty – which required 10 ratifications to enter into force – will become applicable on 1 August this year. In a statement today, Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland praises its application, stressing how the convention pulls together judicial reform, victim support and monitoring to eradicate violence against women. The convention’s entry into force is set for 1 August this year, because governments that have ratified need time to take necessary administrative steps […]

Statistical bulletin Women and Men in B-H 2013 published

Agency for Statistics of Bosnia and Herzegovina for the sixth time in continuity is publishing the bulletin “Women and Men in BiH”, which includes data from a variety of statistical and other areas categorized by gender. The data give a brief presentation of the status of women and men in BiH society. Through this publication, the Agency for Statistics of BiH seeks to give a specific contribution to the achievement of equality between the sexes. The bulletin consists of the following chapters: population, health and mortality, education, employment, social welfare, living standard, political power, local elections in 2012, public administration, […]

A Model National Action Plan in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The vision of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, adopted on October 31, 2000, is historic: It recognizes women not only as victims of war but also as agents of change with the potential to stem violence, reconcile communities, and sustain peace in conflict-affected environments across the globe. Since 2000, forty-three countries have developed national action plans (NAPs) to fulfill the promise of Resolution 1325 and meaningfully advance women’s inclusion in security processes and decisions. The action plan for Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) was launched in 2010. It was the first NAP of its kind in southeast Europe and one of the […]

Forum on gender equality in political parties

Forum on gender equality in political parties, organized by the Committee on Gender Equality of the House of Representatives BiH PA and the Agency for Gender Equality BiH in  cooperation with the OSCE Mission, was organised on May 7 2014. The Director of the Agency for gender equality in BiH Samra Filipović-Hadžiabdić said that the Agency, within its mandate, carefully monitors results of all election processes and regularly suggests interventions when it comes to increasing the number of women in decision-making positions in both the legislative and executive branches of power.    According to her, the Agency and the Committee […]

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