Nov 2021


How much do male and female students know about their rights? Do women and men have equal rights and in which areas of society? Where is the line between violence and nonviolence? The students of the University of Herzegovina, 20. November 2021, sought answers to these and other questions, led by Martina Primorac, Ph.D. Drage Martinović, M.Sc. Marka-Antonia Brkić, Ph.D. Nataša Šantić. Groups of 30+ students were present at each of the workshops.

Through the workshop "Legal and Institutional Framework for Gender Equality in Bosnia and Herzegovina", students received basic information about the campaign as well as important international dates that connect women, violence and human rights.

Furthermore, the workshop brought the participants closer to the importance of the Law on Gender Equality in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which laid a good foundation for gender equality, but its application in practice is still limited due to inconsistencies in other regulations. The law also envisages the existence of institutional mechanisms for gender equality, so through workshops the students had the opportunity to get acquainted with the competencies of the Agency for Gender Equality of Bosnia and Herzegovina and entity bodies: the Gender Center of the Federation of BiH and the Center for Gender Equality.

The workshop "Gender Equality in the Social Perspective of the Local Community" aimed to analyze, in cooperation with the participants, statistical data on gender representation in the education system; number of enrolled students and their achievements in higher education, representation of teachers by gender and gender representation in research and development.

Through a presentation at the workshop "Economic Violence" Nataša Šantić approached a relatively new concept in defining various types of domestic violence, pointing to the fact that this type of violence is often unrecognized as a form of gender-based domestic violence, especially in traditional families and environments. However, the consequences of this violence are far-reaching and reflect on the structure of employees as well as the number of days off, the cost of sick leave, and ultimately the number of jobs lost.

Participants concluded that there are multiple benefits from organizing such and similar programs because it is important to raise awareness and take preventive action to prevent gender inequality (especially the most vulnerable - violence against vulnerable groups).