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October 2010

PUBLIC CAMPAIGN "TEST ON DIALOGUE" IS LAUNCHED

Federalni ParlamentTPO Foundation in cooperation with Medica Zenica in October has launched the public campaign "Test for Dialogue!'' This public campaign is a follow up of the activities of the project ''Increasing Awareness on Gender Based Violence and the Role of Women in Multirreligious Dialogue'' which was supported by UNIFEM.
The public campaign will engage 15 participants who passed the training in 2010 and 13 participants who passed the training in 2009. All participants are NGO representatives from Sarajevo, Tuzla, Zenica, Mostar, Banja Luka, Velika Kladuša, Srebrenik, Maglaj, Bihać, Bosanski Petrovac, Gradiška, Bijeljina, Višegrad and Sanski Most.
Within the campaign, gatherings that involve citizens of different ethnic and religious background will be organized on several locations with an aim to raise awareness on respect of differences.
OUR MESSAGE IS: "Test for dialogue"aiming to discover to what extent we are ready to accept other people and those who are different, and to what extent we want to learn, to grow and to act for the common good.

September 2010

TRAINING- SEMINAR "PROMOTING DIALOGUE AGAINST VIOLENCE: GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE AND INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE"

Federalni ParlamentTPO Foundationin cooperation with Medica Zenica organized the training "Promoting Dialogue Against Violence: Gender-based Violence and Interreligious Dialogue" from September 20-29, 2010 at Vlasic, nearby Travnik.
During 10 days of training, 15 participants of different ethnic and religious background from BiHreceived education in 5 areas: dignity of a woman, gender equality in family life, gender-based violence and the role of women in peace-building and reconciliation.
The training is the part of the project ''Increasing Awareness on Gender Based Violence and the Role of Women in Interreligious Dialogue''. The project aims to increase community awareness on women's human rights with particular attention to gender-based violence and interreligious dialogue in the context of religion by building the capacities of civil society organisations and religious groups to promote, advocate and protect women's human rights. The project is supported by UNIFEM. The Training package was framed by CEDAW and UN Resolution 1325.
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July 2010

INCREASING AWARENESS ON GENDER BASED VIOLENCE AND THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE

TPO Foundation in cooperation with Medica Zenica has launched the Project: ''INCREASING AWARENESS ON GENDER BASED VIOLENCE AND THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE'' which will be implemented in the period of July 2010 - February 2011.
The main objective is to increase local community awareness on women's human rights with particular attention to gender-based violence and interreligious dialogue by building the capacities of civil society organisations and religious organizations and groups to promote, advocate and protect women's human rights.

June 2010

WITHIN THE PROJECT "101 REASONS TO VOTE FOR WOMEN" THE BEST REASON IS ANNOUNCED

Federalni ParlamentOn June 21, 2010 in Media Centre Sarajevo, the project "101 reasons to vote for women" was promoted, and the best reason, chosen by the listeners of Radio Stari Grad who voted in the period between May 27 to June 27 2010, was announced.
The voters judged the following statement of Marijan Mijajlović, a sport journalist to be the best one.
The importance of the project of educating the population, which is currently taking place in 36 cities and 105 rural areas with the goal of encouraging women to run for the elections and support other women was emphasized.
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June 2010

Summer Camp "Visit your Friend"

Federalni ParlamentWithin the project "Social Inclusion of Women Returnees", TPO Foundation in collaboration with its partners: Krajiska Suza, S. Most, UG Grahovo, and Lara Bijeljina organized in 2010 summer camp "Visit your friend" for children of returnee women from these cities. Most of these children lived in single parent household because their fathers were killed during the war. The camp was organized in the village Caplje nearby Sanski Most and hosted 30 children from three cities of varying ethnic and religious identities. The program was run by local teacher and TPO team and children had one workshop and sport activities and every day they had session to tell their stories. They also visited all religious sites and in Sanski Most and Prijedor.

June 2010

WITHIN THE PROJECT "Social inclusion of Women Returnees in B&H"
WORKSHOPS: PEACE AND RECONCILIATION

Federalni ParlamentThe TPO Foundation, in cooperation with organizations PO Fondacija u saradnji sa Lara Bijeljina, Medica Zenica, Udružene žene Banja Luka, Krajiška suza Sanski Most, Centar za mir Sanski Most and Forum žena Bratunac, held workshops on the topic of Peace and Reconciliation as a part of the project "THE SOCIAL INCLUSION OF WOMEN RETURNEES IN BIH"
The goal of the project is to strengthen women returnees in the areas of employment as well as health care and welfare, but also to create a better social environment which would sustain the returning process. The TPO Foundation did an estimation of the field, which showed a need for various kinds of education and training.
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May 2010

WITHIN THE PROJECT "101 REASONS TO VOTE FOR WOMEN", TPO FOUNDATION HELD THREE EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS

Federalni ParlamentWithin the project "101 Reasons to Vote for Women," TPO Foundation held three educational workshops in May 2010. The topics were on active citizenship and women's human rights. Finally, all three workshops contributed to women's understanding of their responsibility to vote and, consequently, be politically active.
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April 2010

THE PROMOTION OF THE OFFITICIAL START OF THE PROJECT
"STRENGTHENING THE ROLE OF WOMEN-101 REASON TO VOTE FOR WOMEN."

Federalni ParlamentOn April 15, 2010, in Sarajevo, the official start of the project "Strengthening the role of women-101 reason to vote for women" was promoted.
The goal of this project is not only to increase the number of women elected into positions in the government on the upcoming elections, but also to increase awareness on the position and role of women in the BiH society. The project will be implemented in 36 cities and 105 rural areas in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where the citizens will be informed and encouraged to vote for women on the upcoming elections (the project does not advocate the interests of any party), to think about the impact their votes can have in initiating change, and to increase the influence of women in the political life in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Also, as a part of the project, celebrities and influential individuals in Bosnia and Herzegovina will be interviewed in order to collect 101 responses to the question that awaits an anwer since the first democratic elections: WHY VOTE FOR WOMEN?

Between April and October 2010, in 36 cities and 105 rural areas we are looking for answers to the question, why vote for women?
13 organizations from 11 cities look for answers that will change the level of awareness on the position of women in BiH!
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March 2010

INFO ON "101 REASON TO VOTE FOR WOMAN" PROJECT

Federalni ParlamentTPO Foundation in cooperation with INFOHOUSE, CURE Foundation, and 10 NGOs, in 36 towns and 105 rural areas in B&H, all from B&H, implements the project 101 reason to vote for woman. Project is implemented with the support of Swiss Cooperation Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina (SDC), Heinrich Böll Foundation and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.
One of the project objectives is to illustrate B&H society advantages of active involvement of women in political life, and consequences of their exclusion from decision-making processes for both society and women themselves. Preparations started in mid March, and on April 15, the first press conference will be held where public will be informed on plan of activities for the next seven months.
Although B&H constitutional-legal framework guarantees equal rights for both men and women, in practise, only 17% of women participate in the political life. To change such situation and to advance status of women in politics, TPO Foundation, INFOHOUSE, CURE Foundation and 10 local NGOs, joined in effort to conduct largest awareness raising media campaign and education up to date, promoting importance of voting for women, with particular emphasis on women voting for women.
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December 2009

The Book Monotheistic Three Voices is also promoted in Sarajevo

Federalni ParlamentThe Book Monotheistic Three Voices is also promoted in Sarajevo on December 17, 2009 within the Round Table: Religious Education in Public Schools. Reviewers of the Book were speakers at the Round Table as follows:  Academician, professor Ivan Cvitković, Professor Mato Zovkić, Professor Ivan Šarcević, Eli Tauber,  Zilka Spahić-Šiljak, PhD and Dino Abazović PhD. Moderator of the Round Table was Marko Oršolić.
It was underlined that this Book could be used as a Textbook for non-confessional religious education, but also as a supplement to the confessional religious textbooks, and in that way help teachers to be as much as possible sensitized for talk about other and other religious traditions.
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December 2009

Info on promotion of the book "Both believers and citizens"

In Sarajevo, on December 9, 2009, promotion of the book Both believers and citizens and the Training manual: Modification of cultural pattern and practise of men and women in B&H in organisation of TPO Foundation and  CIPS University of Sarajevo, was held. Both publications are a result of the aforementioned project implemented by TPO Foundation in 2008/2009, with promotion of human rights of women, in particular Article 5 of the CEDAW convention and UN Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, being in focus.
Editors/authors:
Zilka Spahić-Šiljak, PhD
Rebeka Jadranka Anić, PhD
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December 2009

Info on Promotion of "Monotheistic three voices"

Federalni ParlamentAs a part of education reform in B&H activities, TPO became involved in interreligious educational program as one of the co-publishers of the book titled Monotheistic three voices - an introduction to judaism, christianity and islam, promoted in Brčko in organization of IMIC Center Zajedno.
RABIC Sarajevo is the main publisher and IMIC Zajedno Sarajevo and CIPS of the University of Sarajevo and TPO Foundation of Sarajevo are co-publishers.
Editors and authors are: Zilka Spahić-Šiljak, PhD and Dino Abazović, PhD and associates that contributed with original texts are: Professor Zorica Kuburić, Ivo Marković, MSc and Alen Kristić.

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November 2009

Communication skills training and Training in psychosocial support for partner organizations in the field

Federalni ParlamentTPO and HealthNet International in Bosnia and Herzegovina developed a questionnaire and an interview protocol for the purposes of study of returnees' social inclusion level. Partner NGO members were given Training in communication skills in order to conduct interviews and collect data in communication with the target group of women returnees.
An original Training package in psychosocial support for partner organizations in the field was designed for partner NGOs, and intended to assist in capacity building, i.e. strengthening and preparing the staff of NGOs for work with vulnerable population of returnees.
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Kozarac 23. Oktobar 2009

Gender sensitive research and analysis methodology

Federalni ParlamentIn cooperation with WO "Srcem do mira" and NGO "Krajiška suza" from Sanski Most, TPO organized Training on Gender sensitive research and analysis methodology.
The main goal of the training was to inform participants on basic concepts of Gender sensitive research and analysis methodology, with the purpose of decreasing gender stereotypes influencing behaviour of both individuals and groups.
The purpose was to equip participants with main skills and knowledge crucial for successful integration of gender perspective in their work, particularly in preparation and promotion of policies and strategies relating to economic rights of women.
WO "Srcem do mira" and NGO "Krajiška suza" from Sanski Most are one of the partner organisations TPO cooperates with on Social inclusion of women returnees in B&H that is being implemented Bijeljina, Sanski Most and Prijedor, therefore the training aimed at capacity building for conducting gender sensitive research. Participants had no prior experience in such form of education; therefore similar training will be organized in the next year in order to enhance their capacities in this field.

Bijeljina 20. Oktobar 2009

Gender sensitive research and analysis methodology

Federalni ParlamentOn October 20, 2009, in cooperation with NGO "Lara" from Bijeljina, TPO organized training on Gender sensitive research and analysis methodology.
The main goal of the training was to inform participants on basic concepts of Gender sensitive research and analysis methodology, with the purpose of decreasing gender stereotypes influencing behaviour of both individuals and groups. The purpose was to equip participants with main skills and knowledge crucial for successful integration of gender perspective in their work, particularly in preparation and promotion of policies and strategies relating to economic rights of women. "Lara" Bijeljina is one of the partner organisations TPO cooperates with on Social inclusion of women returnees in B&H that is being implemented in Bijeljina, Sanski Most and Prijedor, therefore the training aimed at capacity building for conducting gender sensitive research. Several "Lara" Bijeljina members had prior experience in gender sensitive budgeting, ,hence this training helped them to upgrade existing skills and knowledge required for future project activities implementation.

Sarajevo 26. do 30. June 2009

second portion of TRaiNING SEMINAR: Modification of the social and cultural patterns of conduct of men and women in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Federalni ParlamentIn the period of Jun 26 - 30, 2009 TPO Foundation has started the second portion of the Modification of the social and cultural patterns of conduct of men and women in Bosnia and Herzegovina training-seminar.
This part of the Training-seminar was focused on the UN Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.
The training-seminar was accomplished successfully, and participants will submit their final papers by August, 15 2009, so that the process of grading and preparation of the diplomas can be completed. On the Round-table in early October, the Manual for the Training-seminar and the Book containing the works of seminar facilitators will be presented and diplomas will awarded to the participants.
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Sarajevo 01. do 08.June 2009

FIRST portion of TRaiNING SEMINAR: Modification of the social and cultural patterns of conduct of men and women in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Federalni ParlamentTPO Foundation supported by UNIFEM is preparing and organising training for NGO representatives on: Modification of the social and cultural patterns of conduct of men and women in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The training aims to:
- contribute to implementation of article 5 of the CEDAW convention
- contribute to implementation of Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.
Therefore TPO Foundation established cooperation with prominent human rights, gender and religion experts (Milica Bakic-Hayden, PhD, Zilka Spahic-Siljak, PhD, Rebeka Anic, PhD, Ivana Draco, Ma, Jasmina Causevic, Marija Grujic) and prepared pilot Training package for NGOs representatives willing to work on elimination of discriminatory practises and customs and advancement of advancement of women position in public life in B&H society. The first part of the training was held in Sarajevo, from June 1. - 18., 2009;second will occur between 26. - 30. June 2009, also in Sarajevo.
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Zenica 14. November 2008

Democratization throughreform of education - teaching
religion at universities in B&H

Federalni ParlamentAfter two years, in cooperation with University of Zenica and University of Banja Luka, Transcultural psychosocial educational organization (TPO) Sarajevo finalized a Project ''Democratization through reform of education - teaching religion at universities in B&H'', supported by US, Norwegian and Switzerland Embassy.
Last Friday, the project was promoted by Prof. Zeljko Skuljevic, Zilka Spahic Siljak, PhD, Prof. Sabahudin Ekinovic - rector of UNZE, Mr . Thomas Ruegg , Head of Mission, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and Mr. Ronald Hawkins, the Cultural Affairs Officer of the U.S. Embassy in B&H.

Prof. Zeljko Skuljevic, Spahija Kozlic, Ma, Aras Boric and Nebojsa Vasic were engaged in the project as representatives of University of Zenica.
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