December 2011


Within the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence Campaign and on the occasion of the International Human Rights Day, at 12:00 pm on December 10, 2011 Sarajevo hosted a Peace Walk, followed by a musical program on the BBI Center Square. The walk was organized by the TPO Foundation, Medica Zenica, Helsinki Committee for Human Rights BiH, Gender Center FBiH and UN Women.
The aim of the walk was to remind of the achievements and endeavors of women peacebuilders from around the world who have received the Nobel Peace Prizes. The official part of the program was held on the BBI Center Square where attention was drawn to the important steps taken by women peacebuilders from around the world whose efforts were rewarded by Nobel Peace Prizes in the period from 1905 to 2011.
The participants were addressed by Zilka Spahić Šiljak on behalf of the TPO Foundation, Alija Behmen, Mayor of Sarajevo, Vera Jovanović on behalf of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights BiH, and Ana Vuković, the Director of the Gender Center FBiH. The program was moderated by Una Bejtović.
Zilka Spahić-Šiljak stressed that this was the first Peace Walk in BiH that was initiated by the fact that three women received the Nobel Peace Prize this year, two from Liberia and one from Yemen. The aim of the action is to point to the importance of women's activism in peacebuilding. The Mayor of Sarajevo, Alija Behmen expressed his support for the action, noting that peace is in the hands of women and

human rights should be marked all over the year.
The Director of Gender Center of the Federation BiH, Ana Vuković said that this event celebrates women who received the Nobel Peace Prize, but also those women who have given their lives for peace, that fought for human rights in BiH and who, she hopes, will receive the Nobel Peace Prize one day and that someone will walk the streets of the cities of the world in their honor.
Vera Jovanović, on behalf the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights, underlined that the Human Rights Day happens every day for all those fighting for human rights, but also that women should participate more in public life and politics. Following the introductory remarks, participants were able to enjoy the performance of Lejla Jusić and they were invited to answer a single question survey on the TPO Foundation stands for which they received a gift – notebook and map calendars containing the graphics of peacebuilders and messages of peace.
Besides Sarajevo, the action was organized in Zenica by Medica Zenica, Banja Luka by HcA Banja Luka, Bratunac by Forum žena Bratunac, Bijeljina by Lara Bijeljina, Sanski Most by Krajiška suza S. Most, Bosansko Grahovo by Association of Women Grahovo and Livno by Li-Woman.
The organizers' intention for this peace walk was to motivate by the Bosnian and Herzegovinian citizens to act and to reiterate that there is always something that could be done for the welfare of one's community.
After the Peace Walk TPO Foundation representatives visited Daily Center for Children and presented them with appropriate gifts.