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July 2014

FIRST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE AND INTERDISCIPLINARY CLASSROOM : TRAUMA , MEMORY , HEALING,  (TUZLA-POTOČARI)

Within the TPO Program for Interdisciplinary Learning and Research (PILAR), the First International Conference and two-day Interdisciplinary classroom: "Trauma , Memory , Healing" was held on 12-13th July, 2014 in Tuzla and Potocari, aiming at a common and critical thinking about the deeper roots of social trauma, such as collective violence, war and genocide, and sharing the experiences and knowledge about these concepts and their mechanisms of action. Also, our goals include a deeper understanding of the interactions between different groups, as well as initiating interdisciplinary learning that goes beyond the group divisions in order to broaden the vision and new possibilities of collective healing.  
The Conference and Interdisciplinary classroom gathered eminent scientists/activists from Bosnia, Serbia, Australia and America: Academician D. Lovrenovic, Prof. Dr. Alija Sutovic, Prof. Dr. Hariz Halilovic, Prof. Dr. Esmina Avdibegovic, Prof. Dr. Jasmina Husanovic, Prof. Dr. Damir Arsenijevic, assistant professor Enes Osmancevic, assistant professor Patrick McCarthy, assistant professor Mevludin Hasanovic, assistant professor Edisa Gazetic, Dr. Nermina Kravic, Dr. Amra Delic, Dr. Branka Antic Stauber, Srdjan Susnica, BSc. iur., Rade Radovanovic, B. Sc. journalist and Dr. Zilka Spahic Siljak, the TPO Program Director.
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June 2014

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TPO FOUNDATION ORGANIZES INTERDISCIPLINARY CLASSROOM "TRAUMA, MEMORY AND HEALING"

Within the Program for Interdisciplinary Learning and Research (PILAR) the TPO Foundation Sarajevo is organising Interdisciplinary Classroom: Trauma, Memory and Healing. TPO PILAR Program gathers activists, practitioners, intellectuals, students and lecturers across different curricular disciplines and sectors from Bosnia and Herzegovina and wider, in an interdisciplinary classroom, where interactive activities to advance integrative and interdisciplinary teaching, learning and thinking in the area of trauma and society transformation, cultural production, reconciliation and peacebuilding will be conducted through academic dialogue, research and intersectoral collaboration. The initial Interdisciplinary Classroom: Trauma, Memory and Healing with international participation will be held on July 12-13, 2014, in Tuzla and Potočari-Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Aiming at strenghtening a multinational interdisciplinary network, an Interdisciplinary Classroom will be implemented, serving as a place where we:

  • share experiences and knowledge,
  • collectively address the challenges of applying interdisciplinary learning and reasearch, and
  • express new opportunities and visions for collective healing.

The full Interdisciplinary Classroom program is available here. >> PDF

April 2014

TPO FOUNDATION HAS CONDUCTED AN ANALYSIS OF YOUTH NEEDS

Federalni ParlamentWithin the project "Initiative for Creative Dialogue and Education" TPO Foundation has conducted an analysis of youth needs. In an effort to follow the needs of the community, as well as of individuals, TPO Foundation provides appropriate educational materials and trainings that can help young men and women to get actively involved in social and political work in their local communities and beyond. The goal of the analysis is the examination of attitudes, opinions and needs of young people related to leadership, communication, employment, work, position of youth in the society, and many other issues, in order to create a basis for the development of educational materials for young people. The analysis was conducted from January to March, 2014. In the research participated 85 male and female respondents, including female and male students from the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Sarajevo, the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Sarajevo, and activists of the Youth Council of the municipality of Novo Sarajevo, including high school students and university students (Faculty of Law, Faculty of Forestry, Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Pharmacy, Faculty of Agriculture, and Faculty of Civil Engineering). The analysis is available here. >> PDF

January 2014

MEDIA REPORT OF PROJECT: EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN AND MEN IN POLITICS JULY 2012 – DECEMBER 2013.

Federalni ParlamentWithin the project "Equal opportunities for women and men in politics" during the period from July to October 2012th a media campaign has been conducted, unifying four different project, which is coordinated by the organization United Women Banja Luka. Although funding for this activity has been quite limited, partner organizations were able to draw the attention of local and national media on their activities. Organizations that participated in the campaign in the framework of the project "Equal opportunities" are: United Women Banja Luka, Medica Zenica, Lara Bijeljina, Bratunac Women's Forum, Vive Zene Tuzla, Institute for Youth Development Cult of Sarajevo, Bosnia Grahovo Associated citizen, Voice of Women Bihac and Krajiska Suza Sanski Most. >> PDF

January 2014

DNEVNI LIST: THE BOOK "SHINING HUMANITY: BOSNIAN WOMEN'S PEACE JOURNEY"
BY ZILKA SPAHIĆ ŠILJAK

Federalni ParlamentAs much as a human being is able to show the humanity and goodness towards another human being, that much will he/she be closer to God * 
In BiH, the themes of dialogue and reconciliation are not generally accepted and there is no encouragement of public dialogue and culture of peace. 
Zilka Spahić-Šiljak, Ph.D. in gender studies and the first professor from Bosnia and Herzegovina at the prestigious American University of Harvard, recently published a book“Shining Humanity: Bosnian Women’s Peace Journey”. >> PDF

December 2013

THE BOOK "SHINING HUMANITY: BOSNIAN WOMEN'S PEACE JOURNEY" BY ZILKA SPAHIĆ ŠILJAK WAS PROMOTED IN SARAJEVO

Federalni ParlamentThe promotion of the book "Shining humanity: Bosnian Women’s Peace Journey" by Zilka Spahić Šiljak was held on December 9th, 2013 at the UN House in Sarajevo. The book has been promoted by prof. emerita Svenka Savić from Novi Sad, Nejra Nuna Čengić, and instead of professor Svetlana Slapšak, parts of her review were presented by Aida Spahić. On behalf of UN Women, the head of UN Women office in Sarajevo, Anne-Marie Esper Larsen addressed the audience and Adnan Rondić moderated the promotion. At the end of the promotion Zilka Spahić Šiljak, the author of the book, expressed her gratitude and Marko Orsolić, who was awarded for Peace Activism by Peace Network, congratulated all the women peace-makers.
The research for this book covers the life stories of eleven women residents of BiH who are leaders in peace-building work in the region and who come from varying ethnic backgrounds, both religious and non-religious. They have been active over the last two decades in peace and reconciliation efforts in BiH. Personal stories are important because they tell us about “journeys of learning to be a full human being and faithful person.” These journeys require strength, dedication, curiosity, passion, strategies to find solutions when facing difficulties, and making right choices. We hope the Bosnian women’s stories will move readers to find the right direction in their own personal journeys. >> MORE..

November 2013

ROUND TABLE IN BRATUNAC – PRESENTATION OF THE DOCUMENT
"PLATFORM OF WOMEN'S PRIORITIES FOR CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM AND AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION OF BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA FROM A GENDER PERSPECTIVE"

Federalni ParlamentWithin the Women's Initiative for Constitutional Reform on November 19, 2013 the round table was held in Bratunac. At the round table the members of the Initiative presented the document "Platform of Women's Priorities for Constitutional Reform and Amendments to the Constitution of Bosnia & Herzegovina from a Gender Perspective" .
The members of the initiative presented to the participants five priorities within the reform process of the Constitution of BiH, as well as gender-sensitive Amendments defined within the initiative. >> MORE..

Oktober 2013

PUBLIC DEBATES BETWEEN POLITICIANS AND YOUTH - KULT SARAJEVO

Federalni ParlamentWithin the project Equal Opportunities for Men and Women in Politics,  The Institute for Youth Development KULT organized five public debates between youth and female politicians from local community. Debates were attended by the large number of young people, and some of the problems that young people face were discussed at the meetings. One of the conclusions is that careful planning of solutions is a prerequisite for a success. >> MORE..

Oktober 2013

PUBLIC DEBATES BETWEEN POLITICIANS AND WOMEN VOTERS -
BOSANSKO GRAHOVO (UG GRAHOVO)

Federalni ParlamentWithin the project Equal Opportunities for Men and Women in the PoliticsOrganisation “UG Grahovo” organized five public debates between women voters from rural areas and politicians from Bosansko Grahovo. Debates were attended by the large number of women voters and the members of the Municipal Council of Bosansko Grahovo as well. Some of the major local community problems were discussed at the meetings, such as the problem of procurement of drinking water and the adoption of Local Gender Action Plan by the Municipal Council of Bosansko Grahovo. >> MORE..

Oktober 2013

ROUND TABLE IN MODRIČA – PRESENTATION OF THE DOCUMENT "PLATFORM OF WOMEN'S PRIORITIES FOR CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM AND AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION OF BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA FROM A GENDER PERSPECTIVE"

Federalni ParlamentOn October 24, 2013 at the round table held in Modriča, the members of the Women's Initiative for Constitutional Reform presented the document "Platform of Women's Priorities for Constitutional Reform and Amendments to the Constitution of Bosnia & Herzegovina from a Gender Perspective" .
The members of the initiative presented to the participants five priorities within the reform process of the Constitution of BiH, as well as gender-sensitive Amendments defined within the initiative.>> MORE..

Oktober 2013

"PLATFORM OF WOMEN'S PRIORITIES FOR CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM AND AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION OF BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA FROM A GENDER PERSPECTIVE" PRESENTED IN THE PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY OF BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Federalni ParlamentOn October 22, 2013 at the meeting of the Commission for Gender Equality of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the members of the Women's Initiative for Constitutional Reform presented the document"Platform of Women's Priorities for Constitutional Reform and Amendments to the Constitution of Bosnia & Herzegovina from a Gender Perspective" .
The members of the initiative presented five priorities within the reform process of the Constitution of BiH, as well as gender-sensitive Amendments defined within the initiative.>> MORE..

Oktober 2013

THE BEST PEACE INITIATIVE IN BLAGAJ AWARDED AND IMPLEMENTED

Federalni ParlamentWithin the Project Empowering women returnees in BiH, implemented by the TPO Foundation and supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway, organisation Forma F, as a local partner of TPO Foundation, after the seminar on UN resolution 1325: Women, peace and security, selected and awarded the best peace initiative at the local level. 
The best peace initiative titled „Women returners in the preservation of peace“ of the applicant Radmila Kuzman from Malo Polje near Blagaj, was realized on October 9, 2013. The action entailed a round table on the topic "Women returners in the preservation of peace" in the House of Culture in Blagaj.>> MORE..

Oktober 2013

RESOLUTION 1325 SEMINAR HELD AND THE BEST PEACE INITIATIVE IN BOSANSKO GRAHOVO AWARDED AND IMPLEMENTED

Federalni ParlamentWithin the Project Empowering women returnees in BiH, implemented by the TPO Foundation and supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway, Udruženje građanki Grahovo held one-day seminar on UN resolution 1325: Women, peace and security on June 12, 2013 in Bosansko Grahovo. After the seminar, participants submitted their proposals for local peace initiatives and the commission has chosen the best peace initiative.
The best peace initiative of the applicant Aleksandra Lovren, for marking the International Day of Non-Violence was granted and implemented on October 2, 2013 in Bosansko Grahovo. Through the implementation of peace initiatives street action was organized. Representatives of the various media attended the action and recorded the interaction of citizens on the subject of non-violence. >> MORE..

Oktober 2013

"PLATFORM OF WOMEN'S PRIORITIES FOR CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM AND AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION OF BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA FROM A GENDER PERSPECTIVE" PRESENTED IN SARAJEVO

Federalni Parlament(Sarajevo, October 8th, 2013) Today at the press conference held in Sarajevo, the members of the initiative„Women citizens for Constitutional reform” presented the document „Platform of Women's Priorities for Constitutional Reform and Amendments to the Constitution of Bosnia & Herzegovina from a Gender Perspective“. The joint initiative stemmed from the following projects: „Contribution to constitutional reform in BiH – Equal opportunities for women and men in politics”, funded by the Swiss Embassy, and „Woman and law today”, (funded by „Kvinna till Kvinna,” Sweden. Event was attended by representatives different media.
Members of the initiative believe that the reform of the Constitution of BiH must not represent the consensus of political actors only, but also the consensus of all citizens discussing essential issues to define the future framework for a common life. With respect to this goal, the constitutional reform process must equally include women and men.
The members of the Initiative “Women Citizens for Constitutional Reforms” have defined five priorities within the reform process of the Constitution of BiH, and have created gender-sensitive Amendments on this basis. >> MORE..

September 2013

PRESS RELEASE

Federalni ParlamentOn the occasion of the meeting of representatives of the institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the leaders of the main political parties on process of accession of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the EU, which will be held on October 1st, 2013 in Bruxelles, representatives of the initiative “Women citizens for Constitutional reform” wanted to draw public attention to the importance of active participation of women in decision-making on constitutional reforms and the need for constitutional changes from a gender perspective and from the perspective of human rights.
The first time a large number of women's NGOs from all over Bosnia and Herzegovina have organized regarding issues of constitutional changes in BiH and have jointly agreed upon priorities and concrete proposals for Amendments to the Constitution of BiH, which will in be presented to the public in the future.
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September 2013

PUBLIC DEBATES BETWEEN POLITICIANS AND WOMEN VOTERS -
(WOMEN ASSOCIATION "LARA" BIJELJINA)

Federalni ParlamentWithin the project Equal Opportunities for men and women in politics,  Women Association "Lara" Bijeljinaorganized five public debates between women voters and politicians in rural areas. Debates were attended by the large number of women voters and Assembly committee members of the Municipality of Bijeljina as well. Some of the major local community problems were discussed at the meetings.>> MORE..

August 2013

THE BEST PEACE INITIATIVES IN BRATUNAC AWARDED AND IMPLEMENTED

Federalni ParlamentWithin the Project Empowering women returnees in BiH, implemented by the TPO Foundation and supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway, Forum žena Bratunac, as a local partner of TPO Foundation, after the seminar on UN resolution 1325: Women, peace and security, selected and awarded the best peace initiatives at the local level. 
The best peace initiative of the participants from Konjević Polje was implemented from 28-30 June, 2013 in the framework of the “Raspberry days - Bratunac 2013", which is traditionally held every year in Bratunac. The initiative entailed promotion of traditional Bosnian cuisine of women returnees.
Another peace initiative, titled "Equipping the Bosnian room" was realized during the August 2013. In the framework of the initiative, Bosnian room was equipped and it will be used for women from the local community Glogova to socialize and to exhibit their handicrafts.
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August 2013

EMPOWERING WOMEN RETURNEES IN BIH: SEMINAR ON WOMEN – PEACE AND SECURITY – UN RESOLUTION 1325 IN BRATUNAC THREE-DAYS SEMINAR IN KONJIC, 12-15.08.2103

Federalni ParlamentFrom 12 to 15th August 2013, in hotel Garden City in Konjic, within the project Constitutional Reform in BiH: Equal Opportunities for Women and Men in Politics, funded by Swiss Development Agency (SDC) was held seminarConstitutional Reform and Gender Perpective in BiH and European Practice.  The aim of the seminar was to introduce participants with constitutional reform experiences and gender perspective in countries of the region and wider Europe, as well as preparation of partner organization for dialog within constitutional reform process in Bosnia and Herzegovina. TPO team have prepared gender sensitive amendments and presented it to the participants, together with Platform developed by HCA Banja Luka and Udruzene zene Banja Luka in cooperation with Women Network. Participants were representatives of 11 partner women organizations actively included in project implementation. Lectures and workshops were held by national and international experts whose expertise is in constitutional and international law and politics.
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July 2013

RESOLUTION 1325 SEMINAR HELD AND THE BEST PEACE INITIATIVE IN SANSKI MOST AWARDED AND IMPLEMENTED

Federalni ParlamentWithin the Project Empowering women returnees in BiH, implemented by the TPO Foundation and supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway, Krajiška suza Sanski Most, as a local partner of TPO Foundation, held one-day seminar on UN resolution 1325: Women, peace and security on April 27, 2013 in Sanski Most. The seminar was attended by 21 women returnees in Sanski Most. After the seminar, participants submitted their proposals for local peace initiatives and the commission has chosen the best peace initiative.
The best peace initiative, of the applicant Emira Talić from Šehovci, entitled "Nothing is impossible" was granted and implemented on July 31, 2013. As a part of the initiative, a three hours street action was held.
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July 2013

TPO FOUNDATION PREPARED MANUAL "MY BUSINESS IDEA, MY OPPORTUNITY"

Federalni ParlamentAs part of the project Equal Opportunities for Women and Men in Politics in BiH TPO Foundation prepared manual ''My Business Idea, My Opportunity'' aimed at empowering women in rural and other areas to start their own business through education and training, as well as to activate them for socio-political engagement. The manual is the result of teamwork of authors: Nadira Durakovic, Danka Zelic and Emina Abrahamsdotter. It is publish through support of the Swiss Government. The manual represents only one of the ways to encourage and support women entrepreneurship in BiH, having in mind that women represent the poorest part of the world's population, that is also case in Bosnia and Herzegovina. You can obtain a copy of the Manual in TPO premises. >>PDF

July 2013

A WORKSHOP WITHIN THE PROJECT "EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN AND MEN IN POLITICS IN BIH"

Federalni ParlamentWithin the project Equal Opportunities for Women and Men in Politics in BiH was held a workshop related to preparation and drafting of the Local Gender Action Plans in 10 cities/municipalities in  Bosnia and Herzegovina in which TPO Foundation`s partner organization implement this project.          
The workshop was organized by ''Medica Zenica'' and involved their partnering institutions (the Chairman of the Municipal Council, head of the municipal social affairs department and representative of the municipal Gender Commission) who shared their experiences related to work on LGAP design for the municipality of Zenica.
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July 2013

INVITATION FOR STUDENTS OF SOCIAL SCIENCES

Federalni ParlamentWithin the project "Women of politics", HCA Banja Luka in cooperation with the partner organization organized study visit to Banja Luka for a group of male and female students of the University of Sarajevo between 25th and 26 July 2013. The aim is to build awareness about terms and the concept of gender equality in BiH. During the two-day visit to Banja Luka, a group of students will visit several non-governmental organizations and the RS Gender Centre, tour the city on the Vrbas and meet with the Banja Luka students, who visited Sarajevo in 2012. If you are interested - sign up.
Apply with the following information: name, phone number, e-mail address, school and year of study. Applications will be accepted until 15 July 2013. Send your emails to:
vstojanovic@hcabl.org
or
zumicevic@hcabl.org.
For more details please call
Helsinki Citizens' Assembly:
051/432 -750 or 065/420 - 247

June 2013

THE BEST PEACE INITIATIVE IN GALMOČ AWARDED AND IMPLEMENTED

Federalni ParlamentWithin the Project Empowering women returnees in BiHimplemented by the TPO Foundation and supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway, Association of Women LI-Woman from Livno, as a local partner of TPO Foundation, after the seminar on UN resolution 1325: Women, peace and security, selected and awarded the best peace initiative at the local level. 
The best peace initiative of the applicant Elvedina Vojić-Erceg, titled „Pokrenite se Glamočanke“ has been granted and implemented in Glamoč on June 29 and 30 2013. Within the initiative two seminars and one street action were held for women returnees, mostly from rural areas, in collaboration with the Association of Women "Glamočanke".>> MORE..