Feb 2024

Invitation for a second panel discussion “Female workers in culture”

FEMALE WORKERS IN CULTURE is a series of panel discussions conceived and moderated by professors from the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Sarajevo, Ajla Demiragić and Adisa Bašić. These panels are realized within the framework of the UNIGEM project, implemented by the University Gender Resource Center (UNIGeRC) and the TPO Foundation.

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Feb 2024

THE FIRST SESSION FROM THE ‘WOMEN WORKERS IN CULTURE’ SERIESHELD ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2024

On Monday, February 5th, 2024, the first Socrates Café with founder Christopher Phillips was held on the topic "How do we recognize cases and acts of gender inequality and violence against women and minorities?" The first in a series of online Socrates Cafés explored the multi-layered nature of gender-based violence issues, with Christopher Phillips leading us through this complex terrain.

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Jan 2024

THE FIRST SESSION FROM THE ‘WOMEN WORKERS IN CULTURE’ SERIESHELD ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2024

The session titled ‘Who is looking after your children? Maternity and the (im)possibility of artistic engagement’ was held on Wednesday, January 31, 2024, as part of the UNIGEM project. This was the first session from the series titled ‘Women workers in culture’. The panellists were Selma Alispahić, the actress, and Lamija Begagić, the writer, and the moderator was Adisa Bašić.

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Jan 2024

SOCRATES COFFEE: Invitation to participate in the first Socrates Cafe with founder Christopher Phillips

We are pleased to invite you to a series of online Socrates Cafes where you will have a unique opportunity to participate in a philosophical dialogue with Christopher Phillips, the famous founder of Socrates Cafes.

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Jan 2024

INVITATION: FEMALE WORKERS IN CULTURE

FEMALE WORKERS IN CULTURE is a panel series, designed and moderated by professors from the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Sarajevo Ajla Demiragić and Adisa Bašić. These panel discussions are realized as part of the UNIGEM project, implemented by the University Gender Resource Center (UNIGeRC) and the TPO Foundation.

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Jan 2024

NEW VIDEO MATERIALS ABOUT THE FIGHT AGAINST GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

As part of the UNIGEM project, five new videos are created in cooperation with the legal expert Dr Nermin Šehović, LLM. The titles of new videos are: Current situation regarding gender-based violence in BiH, Evidence in cases of violence or femicide, Femicide in BiH and criminal procedure framework, How to recognize femicide and Procedure for reporting violence.

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Jan 2024

A review of the book ‘Challenges of integrating gender equality in the university community: Against gender-based violence’ published in the Social Policy Review

Review by Assist. Prof. Dr. Ana Marije Sikirić Simčić from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Rijeka was published in the Social Policy Review (Vol. 30, No. 2, pp. 243-251, Zagreb 2023): ‘Universities can and should be powerful institutions for promoting gender equality, diversity and inclusion

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Dec 2023

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM: UNIVERSITY OF MONTENEGRO AGAINST VIOLENCE

The partner university, the University of Montenegro, this year also marked the "16 days of activism" campaign within the UNIGEM project with a public call for writing the best essay on the topic "Consequences of relativizing the causes of femicide".

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Dec 2023

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM: UNIVERSITY OF RIJEKA AGAINST VIOLENCE

On the occasion of the International Day against Violence against Women, on November 25, 2023, a screening of the multi-awarded documentary “Bigger than Trauma” was held in the Aquarium area on the University of Rijeka campus. In addition to the screening of the film, a forum, i.e. a public discussion entitled “Prevention and fight against violence

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Dec 2023

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM: SARAJEVO SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AGAINST VIOLENCE

As part of the UNIGEM project, on the occasion of the “16 days of activism against gender-based violence” campaign, Sarajevo School of Science and Technology held a number of activities. In the premises of the Homework HUB, an entertaining and educational quiz “Gender Quiz: Femme Nerds” was held and prizes were provided for the best.

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Dec 2023

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM: UNIVERSITY OF TUZLA AGAINST VIOLENCE

During the last academic year, as part of the “16 Days of Activism” campaign, students of the Faculty of Law at the University of Tuzla took part in a trial simulation. Thanks to the success of the project itself, all funds were invested in the safe house “Viva žene” Tuzla. Thanks to this and other donations

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Dec 2023

As part of the UNIGEM project, a Round Table on the topic “Police action in case of gender-based violence” held at the Faculty of Criminology, Criminology and Security Studies

On Friday, December 22, 2023, as part of the UNIGEM project and the 16 Days of Activism Campaign, the Faculty of Criminology, Criminology and Security Studies (FKKSS) of the University of Sarajevo (UNSA) held a Round Table on the topic ‘Police action in cases of gender-based violence’.

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Dec 2023

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM: THE UNIVERSITY OF MOSTAR AGAINST VIOLENCE

Traditionally, for the third year in a row, the University of Mostar participates in the “16 days of activism against gender-based violence” campaign, which aims to raise awareness and prevent violence against women for the benefit of society as a whole. The campaign started at the Faculty of Agriculture, with a lecture on Eating disorders and feminism

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Dec 2023

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM: UNIVERSITY OF BANJA LUKA AGAINST VIOLENCE

In the period from November 25 to December 10, 2023, the University of Banja Luka held a series of activities and thus marked the global global campaign “16 days of activism against gender-based violence”. Students and teaching staff organized a film screening, a discussion about femicide and four workshops.

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Dec 2023

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM: UNIVERSITY OF NOVI SAD AGAINST VIOLENCE

In the period from November 25 to December 10, 2023, the University of Novi Sad held a series of activities and thus marked the global global campaign “16 days of activism against gender.based violence”. The experts held a forum, a conversation with students and a lecture on the topics of digital violence, gender-based violence and violence

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Dec 2023

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM: UNIVERSITY DONJA GORICA AGAINST VIOLENCE

University of Donja Gorica, as part of the campaign “16 days of activism against gender-based violence – AGAINST FEMICIDE” presented the research “Social and institutional response to femicide in Montenegro” conducted by the organization SOS telephone for women and children victims of violence Nikšić. The organization also held a presentation on the significance of the Istanbul Convention

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Dec 2023

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM: UNIVERSITY OF ZENICA AGAINST VIOLENCE

On December 6, 2023, the student group staged a performance entitled “Stop femicide in BIH” and thus began a series of activities that marked the global campaign “16 days of activism against gender-based violence ” this year as well. The performance is available HERE. With the performance “Let’s stop femicide in Bosnia and Herzegovina”,

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Dec 2023

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM: UNIVERSITY OF BIHAĆ AGAINST VIOLENCE

In the period from November 25, to December 10, 2023. the University of Bihać realized a series of activities and thus marked the global campaign “16 days of activism against gender-based violence”. The name of the project and the central event was “Femicide in the law, murderers in prison”. As the focus is always on male

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Dec 2023

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM: UNIVERSITY OF SARAJEVO AGAINST VIOLENCE

The University of Sarajevo marked the global campaign “16 days of activism against gender-based violence” again this year. Workshops on unconscious bias, violence against women in the family and violence against women prisoners were held for the student group. The Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Political Sciences held a workshop on the topic “Violence against

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Dec 2023

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM: INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF TRAVNIK AGAINST VIOLENCE

At the International University of Travnik in Travnik, as part of the UNIGEM project, the campaign “16 days of activism against gender-based violence” was celebrated again this year. Six workshops were held for the students of the International University of Travnik in Travnik. The leaders of the workshops were: 1. Šejla Džanan, Ph.D.

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Dec 2023

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM: THE UNIVERSITY OF BELGRADE AGAINST VIOLENCE

In the period from November 25 to December 10, 2023, the University of Belgrade held a discussion: From obstetric violence to dignified childbirth: research and experiences and training on reaction mechanisms in case of sexual harassment at work intended for University employees. in Belgrade. These activities marked the global campaign “16 days of activism against gender-based violence”.

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Dec 2023

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM: UNIVERSITY VITEZ IN TRAVNIK AGAINST VIOLENCE

In the period from November 25 to December 10, 2023, University of Vitez in Travnik held a workshop for students of the Travnik Mixed High School of Economics and Hospitality Industry and a panel discussion for the citizens of Travnik entitled “Together against violence”. The aforementioned activities marked the global campaign “16 days of activism against gender-based

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Dec 2023

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM: UNIVERSITY OF EAST SARAJEVO AGAINST VIOLENCE

In the period from November 25 to December 10, 2023. the University of East Sarajevo held three workshops on gender-based violence and thus marked the global campaign “16 days of activism against gender-based violence”. That’s how prof. Predrag Mlinarević. PhD, gave a lecture at the Faculty of Economics in Pale on the topic “Gender equality

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Dec 2023

FINAL PANEL AS PART OF THE “16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM” CAMPAIGN

On December, 12, 2023. the final panel was held, concluding the “16 Days of Activism” campaign. As part of the UNIGEM project, the TPO Foundation and the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology (SSST) organized a panel through which the panelists reflected on what has been done since last year’s campaign until today, and what challenges victims’

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Dec 2023

WITHIN THE UNIGEM PROJECT, EDUCATION HELD FOR FEMALE POLICE OFFICERS

On Thursday, 14th December 2023, the TPO Foundation in cooperation with the Police Women’s Network and the NGO DTCare, in the premises of the State Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA), as part of the University and Gender Mainstreaming (UNIGEM) Project held educational activities, consisted of four lectures titled: – Security and trust (lecturer Prof. Dr Mirza Smajić,

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Dec 2023

COMPLETED UNIGEM CAMPAIGN 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM WITH THE MESSAGE: FIGHT FOR RIGHTS EVERY DAY

On the occasion of the end of the global campaign “16 days of activism”, the director of the TPO Foundation, prof. Zilka Spahić Šiljak was host at Federal Television. Read more about hosting at the link https://www.federalna.ba/spahic-siljak-i-za-zenska-ljudska-prava-moramo-se-boriti-svaki-dan-joemv. The slogan of this year’s campaign is AGAINST FEMICIDE, and the TPO Foundation focused its activities on raising awareness

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Dec 2023

PUBLISHED REVIEW OF THE PROCEEDINGS “GENDER AND GLOBALIZATION IN THE BALKANS”

Saida Mustajbegović, sociologist, journalist, editor and columnist, presented the student collection “Gender and Globalization in the Balkans”. “Questioning the ossified academic positions on gender and globalization and introducing new topics “from the field” into the scientific narrative inaugurate the student collection “Gender and Globalization in the Balkans” among the publications that deserve careful humanistic-social university reading.

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Dec 2023

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM: „DŽEMAL BIJEDIĆ“ UNIVERSITY IN MOSTAR AGAINST VIOLENCE

“Džemal Bijedić” University in Mostar and the TPO Foundation within the UNIGEM project, with the aim of marking the 16 days of activism campaign, in the period from December 5 to 7, 2023, realized several lectures, workshops and discussions with the aim of educating teaching and non-teaching staff, as well as male and female students on gender.

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Dec 2023

Finding your voice in fighting gender-based violence-Cristel Gopin

“Inner voice is important to think about girls and be comfortable to hear our voice and criticize, but to trust your voice”, said Christel Gopin during the online conversation held on December 08.2023, on the occasion of “16 days of activism” campaign. The session was moderated by Zilka Spahić Šiljak on behalf TPO Foundation and University Gender.

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Dec 2023

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM: OPENING OF THE ADVISORY OFFICE IN THE FIELD OF GENDER EQUALITY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ZENICA

Next to the UNIGERC Center at the University of Sarajevo from December, 07, 2023. is the Advisory Office in the field of gender equality, also available at the University of Zenica. In the newly opened office, teaching and administrative staff as well as the student population can be informed about issues of gender-based violence and ways to report gender inequality.

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Dec 2023

Zilka Spahić Šiljak: “Disciplining Women or How a Muslim Should Beat a Woman for Educational Purposes?

These days, as we commemorate the international campaign ’16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence’ and femicide as one of the most severe forms of violence, and when religious communities join in their appeals against family violence, statements from certain religious authorities and influencers have appeared in the media suggesting that a Muslim man can beat his wife, but only after exhausting other methods of persuasion to make her obedient.

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Dec 2023

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM: UNIVERSITY OF HERZEGOVINA AGAINST VIOLENCE

On December 2, 2023, in the premises of the University of Herzegovina, as part of the UNIGEM project, a series of interactive workshops was held on the occasion of the “16 days of activism against gender-based violence” campaign.

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Dec 2023

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM: AWARENESS OF GENDER EQUALITY OUTSIDE ACADEMIC WALLS

As part of the “16 days of activism” campaign, the representative of the “Azimuth 135” Association, Afan Abazović, presented the UNIGEM project. In the mountain air, a few meters above sea level, mountaineers heard about gender equality.

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Dec 2023

16 Days of Activism: Workshop Announcement – “Unconscious Bias in Sports”

The Faculty of Sport and Physical Education of University of Sarajevo is participating in the workshop “Unconscious Bias in Sports,” which will take place at the Faculty premises on December 8, 2023, starting at 08:15. This workshop marks the beginning of the fight against femicide, aiming to raise awareness among students about the importance of this issue and to speak out against any form of violence, whether physical or psychological. During the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to attend sessions such as “Gender Equality in Sports,” led by Prof. Lejla Šebić PhD, “Abuse and Child Protection in Sports,” led by Prof. Munir Talović PhD, and “Unconscious Bias,” led by Prof. Jasna Kovačević PhD.

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Dec 2023

Book Review Published – “Feminism and Religion in the 21st Century: Technology, Dialogue, and Expanding Borders”

Đermana Kurić, an independent researcher and PhD student at the University of Sarajevo, delves into the key aspects of the book “Feminism and Religion in the 21st Century,” which emphasizes “technology, dialogue, and expanding borders.” Originally published on the volunteer blog “Feminism and Religion,” this collection comprises 16 blog posts first featured in the Women’s Studies within the Religion Program at Claremont Graduate University in California, USA. Đermana Kurić’s review has been published in the social affairs journal called “Preg

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Dec 2023

Prof. Zilka Spahić Šiljak Ph.D. participated in the seminar “Challenges of femicide: Study of arguments for the specific criminal offense of femicide in the legal framework of Bosnia and Herzegovina”

Prof. Zilka Spahić Šiljak Ph.D., director of the TPO Foundation, participated on November 30th 2023 at the seminar "Challenges of femicide: Study of arguments for the specific criminal offense of femicide in the legal framework of Bosnia and Herzegovina." The ELSA Sarajevo team, together with project coordinators Hana Kurtović and Hana Kunić, organized a regional event attended by 145+ participants from BiH, Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Austria.

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Nov 2023

16 days of activism: Video materials “Against violence” available

As part of the UNIGEM project, video materials were created with the aim of informing the public about procedures for reporting violence, as well as the prevention of violence itself. Through these three short videos, citizens can get information about how gender-based violence represents discrimination, what to do when violence occurs, and how to prevent the occurrence of violence. The video material was created with the support of academician prof. Nermin Korajlić PhD from the Faculty of Criminology and Security Studies of the University of Sarajevo and prof. Amila Ždralović PhD from the Faculty of Law, University of Sarajevo.

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Nov 2023

SAFECITY: REPORT STREET HARASSMENT

In the period from October 26th to November 23rd, 2023, the TPO Foundation was part of the Regional Data Challenge initiated by the Association Sigurna mjesta from Zagreb. The safecity application was presented during online sessions with the aim of encouraging anonymous reporting of street harassment. The Safecity application originated in India in 2012, created by Elsa Marie D’Silva. Since then, the application has expanded worldwide, translated, and localized by representatives of the Association, Ivana Šalinović and her colleagues. They undertook the translation due to the lack of tools for reporting street sexual harassment in our regions, specifically the absence of data on the actual situation in Croatia regarding this issue. Many have experienced some form of harassment but have been unable to share this information beyond a narrow circle of people who understand.

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Nov 2023

16 days of activism: Anthology “Gender and globalization” successfully promoted

In a bid to foster intellectual discourse on gender issues, an online promotion of the collaborative anthology titled “Gender and Globalization” took place on the 28th of November via the Zoom platform. The anthology, a result of the efforts of participants from the Winter School “Gender and Globalization” and their mentors, explores the complex relationship between gender dynamics and various aspects of society. The promotion, which started on November 28th at 6 pm, provided a virtual space for scholars and others interested in the topic to engage in thoughtful discussions on key themes explored within the anthology.

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Nov 2023

The 16 Days of Activism Campaign in 2023 launched and a panel on violence prevention held

On Wednesday, 22 November 2023, the TPO Foundation and the University Gender Resource Center (UNIGeRC) opened this year's 16 Days of Activism Campaign as part of the UNIGEM project, which will focus on the fight against femicide. On the occasion of the start of the campaign, which will last from 25 November to 10 December 2023, a panel on violence prevention was held. Panelists were Dr. Alma Kratina, a member of the Federal Parliament of BiH, Prof. Dr Amila Ždralović, from the Faculty of Law of the University of Sarajevo, and Prof. Dr Mirza Smajić, from the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Sarajevo. The panel was moderated by journalist Arijana Saračević-Helać.

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Nov 2023

REGIONAL FER CONFERENCE WAS HELD IN SARAJEVO

The regional FER conference "And you sister, speak up" was held in the period from 16-19. November 2023 in Sarajevo. The participants discussed with experts in the fields of feminism, theology, education, literature, art, acting, journalism and legal sciences through lectures, panels and creative workshops.

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Nov 2023

Panel titled ‘Law and femicide – a comparative presentation of legal solutions and systemic responses in the region (BiH, Montenegro, Croatia and Serbia)’ held

Yesterday, at 18:00, a panel titled ‘Law and femicide – a comparative overview of legal solutions and systemic responses in the region (BiH, Montenegro, Croatia and Serbia)’ was held via the Zoom platform. The panel is part of this year’s ‘16 Days of Activism’ Campaign and it was organized by the TPO Foundation in cooperation with the University Gender Resource Center (UNIGeRC) as part of the UNIGEM project.

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Nov 2023

Invitation to the Promotion of the anthology "Gender and Globalization" on November 28th at 6 pm

With the aim of stimulating intellectual discussion on gender issues, we are pleased to announce the online promotion of the anthology "Gender and Globalization." This anthology is a testament to the collaboration of 19 partner universities across Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia, and Serbia. The promotion of the anthology will take place online via the Zoom platform on November 28th, starting at 6 pm.

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Nov 2023

Agreement on Cooperation and Business and Technical Understanding – signed

On Monday, November 13, 2023, the TPO Foundation and the Faculty of Sports and Physical Education (FASTO) in Sarajevo signed an Agreement on cooperation and business and technical understanding with the aim to implement common interests and establish various types of cooperation in the field of common interests.

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Nov 2023

The Editions on Care Economy Promoted and Panel Discussion Held

On Monday, October 30, 2023, in the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of the University of Sarajevo, within the scope of the University and Gender Mainstreaming (UNIGEM) project, a promotion of the editions on the economy of care and a panel discussion was held. On this occasion, these books were promoted: ‘Initial Study on the Economy of Care’, ‘Feminism and Religion in the 21st Century’ and ‘Ethics of Care in the Age of Precarity’. The promoters were professors Dr. Jasna Kovačević, Dr. Maja Arslanagić Kalajdžić and Dr. Melika Husić Mehmedović, and the moderator was Kristina Ljevak.

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Oct 2023

Educational workshops on the Prevention of Discriminatory Procedures at Universities in the Region

Promoting equality and preventing discriminatory procedures in higher education institutions took center stage at the two-day event organized by the TPO Foundation as part of the UNIGEM project. From October 27 to 28, an informative seminar was held with the aim of raising awareness and implementing measures to combat discrimination within academic settings.

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Oct 2023

The Gender Equality Council of the University of Sarajevo held the Online Session

On Thursday, October 19, 2023, an online session of the Gender Equality Council of the University of Sarajevo was held. The participants were: Prof. Dr Jasna Kovačević, Prof. Dr Zilka Spahić Šiljak, Prof. Dr Marija Lučić-Ćatić, Dr. Gaj Trifković, Prof. Dr Amila Ždralović, Miroslav Živanović, MSc., Prof. Dr Ajla Demiragić and Lamija Subašić.

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Oct 2023

MENGA: Forum on Gender-Responsive Budgeting Held in Skopje

The Gender Budget Watchdog Network (GBWN), comprising over 100 civil society organizations in the Western Balkans and Moldova, including the TPO Foundation, organized an international forum called “Going Glocal” on gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) in Skopje, North Macedonia, on October 19th and 20th. The Forum’s objective was to connect global expertise and local experiences using gender-responsive budgeting principles, bringing together diverse activists, academics, and officials to discuss best practices, lessons learned, and methodological ideas

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Oct 2023

Invitation to the promotion of the editions on care economy

A promotion of three books and a panel discussion will be held on Monday, October 30, 2023, at 5:00 p.m., the Center for Interdisciplinary Research of the University of Sarajevo (at the address: Zmaja od Bosne 8, Campus)

The moderator of the event will be Kristina Ljevak Bajramović, and the promoters and panelists will be:
- Professor Dr. Melika Husić-Mehmedović (‘Initial study on the economy of care’, Institute of Economics)
- Professor Dr. Maja Arslanagić-Kalajdžić (‘Initial study on the economy of care’, Institute of Economics)
- Professor Dr. Jasna Kovačević (‘Ethics of Care in the Age of Precarity’ and ‘Women and Work’, UNIGEM project)
- Amna Muharemović (UN Women, portfolio for economic empowerment of women)

This promotion will be jointly organized within the UNIGEM project by the University Gender Resource Center (UNIGeRC) of the University of Sarajevo, the TPO Foundation and the Institute of Economics.

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Oct 2023

MENGA: CALL FOR RESEARCH PARTICIPATION ABOUT MENSTRUAL POVERTY IN BIH

As part of the Menstrual and Gender Action (MENGA) project, the TPO Foundation strives to advocate the initiative of abolishing the tax on menstrual products by monitoring and financing resistance and influencing the formation of gender-responsive budgets of educational institutions. We hereby invite you to take part in the research on menstrual poverty in BIH by filling out the questionnaire. If you are a female student and/or female professor at one of the public universities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, please fill out the questionnaire, which will require 10 minutes of your time. There are no right or wrong answers, so we would like to ask you to state the position that best reflects your opinion on the topic when answering.

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Sep 2023

Within the Unigem Project,‘Feminism and Religion in the 21st Century’ Promotedat the Faculty Of Political Sciences in Sarajevo

On Tuesday, September 26, 2023, the book ‘Feminism and Religion in the 21st Century: Technology, Dialogue and Expanding Borders’ was promoted at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Sarajevo. It was edited by Gina Messina-Dysert and Rosamary Radford Ruether and in Sarajevo it was promoted by Đermana Kurić, MSc, and Prof. Pavle Mijović, PhD. The promotion moderator was Adnan Rondić, MSc. This event was jointly organized by the TPO Foundation and the Faculty of Political Sciences in Sarajevo, and in addition, the TPO Foundation, as part of the UNIGEM project, supported translating of this book from English and its printing.

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Sep 2023

Prof. Zilka Spahić Šiljak Ph.D presented the results of research on the link between gender equality and social cohesion of young people in the Balkans

On 21.09. in Tirana professor Zilka Spahić Šiljak Ph.D presented the results of research on the link between gender equality and social cohesion of young people in the Balkans, which was conducted by young researchers from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, and North Macedonia and Albania. Young people in the Western Balkans have identified toxic masculinity, gender stereotypes, hate speech, and media portrayal of traditional gender roles as factors that increase the risk of violence, especially violence against women, which is considered the most widespread form of violence in the entire region – according to the findings of a new study.

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Sep 2023

The Session of the Gender Equality Council of the University of Sarajevo Held

On Friday, September 15, 2023, a session of the Gender Equality Council of the University of Sarajevo was held. There were present: Prof. Jasna Kovačević, PhD; Prof. Zilka Spahić Šiljak, PhD; Lamija Subašić, Ivana Kulić, Gaj Trifković, PhD; Prof. Amila Ždralović, PhD; Miroslav Živanović, MSc.; Prof. Ajla Demiragić, PhD; and Prof. Valida Nikšić, PhD. The topics discussed were the following ones: UNSA’s Gender Action Plan (GAP) and the need for its updating; Evaluation of educational activities for teaching staff at partner universities of the UNIGEM project; The new UNSA Statute; Education on the prevention of discrimination procedures at universities; Activities for the forthcoming 16 Days of Activism Campaign in 2023, and A new research on menstrual poverty (MenGa) within the UNIGEM project.

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Sep 2023

MENGA: Meeting with the Sarajevo Open Center

On the 18th of September in the premises of the University Gender Resource Center (Unigerc), the TPO Foundation and a representative of the Sarajevo Open Center held a meeting with the aim of exchanging experiences regarding advocacy on the topic of menstrual poverty.

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Sep 2023

On the occasion of International Day of Peace 2023, Interview with Zilka Spahić Šiljak

International Day of Peace has been established since 1981 and is observed on September 21st as a reminder of the importance of non-violence, reducing wars, and destruction. On this occasion, v.prof.dr. Zilka Spahić Šiljak, the academic director of UNIGeRC (University Gender Resource Center) and director of the TPO Foundation, appeared as a guest on N1 Television. She talked about the neglect of women's contributions to peacebuilding, as they work for peace at the local level but often do not have a seat at the negotiating tables at higher levels of decision-making. She also presented the UNIGEM project and achievements in integrating a gender perspective in higher education.

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Sep 2023

The promotion of the novel “Heaven in Your Heart” by Leyla Karaç held in Mostar

In the National Library in Mostar on September 14, 2023. the promotion of the book by the writer, Leyla Karaça called “Heaven in your heart” and the panel discussion “Spaces for Women in Literature” was held. Panelists, prof. Merima Jašarević Ph.D. and Prof. Marić Irma Ph.D. analyzed the influence of global culture, which strongly affirms the anti-dialogue with ourselves.

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Sep 2023

PROMOTION OF THE BOOK “HEAVEN IN YOUR HEART” AND PANEL DISCUSSION “SPACES FOR WOMEN IN LITERATURE”

At the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Tuzla on the 13th of September 2023., the promotion of the book by writer Leyla Karaça entitled “Heaven in Your Heart” and the panel discussion “Spaces for Women in Literature” were held. Panelists, prof. Anisa Avdagić Ph.D. and prof. Melinda Botalić Ph.D. spoke about their impressions of the novel, which follows the spiritual journey of the main character Dilruba, who questions her existence through dreams and hallucinations and goes through different stages on the way to come to the knowledge of God.

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Sep 2023

The first promotion of the novel “Heaven in Your Heart” by the Turkish author Leyla Karaça held in Sarajevo

The TPO Foundation and the University Gender Resource Center organized the promotion of the novel “Heaven in Your Heart” by the Turkish author Leyla Karaça on September 12, 2023, in Sarajevo. The first promotion of the mentioned novel in Bosnia and Herzegovina took place in Sarajevo on September 12. starting at 6 pm in the premises of the Museum of Literature and Theater Arts. As part of the promotion of the novel, a panel discussion “Spaces for women in literature” was organized, and the participants were Prof. Adisa Bašić Ph.D. and B.Sc. comparativist Nikolina Todorović, while the discussion was moderated by Prof. Ajla Demiragić PhD.

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Sep 2023

Announcement of the promotion of the novel “Heaven in Your Heart” by the Turkish author Leyla Karaça.

The TPO Foundation and the University Gender Resource Center are organizing three promotions of the novel “Heaven in Your Heart” by the Turkish author Leyla Karaça in Sarajevo, Mostar, and Tuzla.

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Sep 2023

“Mainstreaming Gender Equality at Universities in the Balkans: Fighting Gender-Based Violence” published in English language

The book “Mainstreaming Gender Equality at Universities in the Balkans: Fighting Gender-Based Violence” by authors Zilka Spahić Šiljak, Jasna Kovačević and Jasmine Husanović was published in English language. This edition was published by the American publishing house Scholars Press.

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Aug 2023

International Conference Ethics of Reconciliation held in Sarajevo

The conference “Ethics of Reconciliation – European Perspectives” was held in Sarajevo from August 24th until August 27th, 2023. The conference was organized by Societas Ethica from Uppsala in cooperation with the Catholic Theological Faculty of the University of Sarajevo and the Center for Human Rights of the University of Sarajevo, with the support of the Renovabis association. The conference brought together about fifty scientists from Europe, America, and India. They have provided a view of the phenomenon of reconciliation from the point of view of various scientific disciplines, including theology, philosophy, and sociology. At the same time, they shared practical experiences from the arduous process of overcoming divisions and the legacy of the past, from the Republic of South Africa, Germany, Colombia, but also from the Balkans.

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Aug 2023

Integrating the gender perspective in teaching

Within the framework of the UNIGEM project, a three-day teacher training on the integration of gender perspectives into the teaching of social and humanistic sciences was held in Sarajevo from August 28th to 29th, 2023. One of the major challenges in education is how to incorporate a gender perspective into existing curricula and programs without it being merely “adding women,” as it has traditionally been understood and still is.

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Aug 2023

Lecture “Gender and Ethical Dimensions of Reconciliation” successfully held

As part of the Societas Ethica Conference, on behalf of the UNIGeRC Center, professor Zilka Spahić Šiljak PhD held a workshop with doctoral students from Western European countries dealing with issues of ethics and reconciliation. The gender dimension is crucial to feminist approaches to justice and reconciliation because without this dimension it is not possible to see how both conflict and peace building affect women and minorities who carry the biggest burden as collateral damage.

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Aug 2023

From the White Tower in Gradačac city cry for the femicide victim

From the White Tower in Gradačac, the song about the lost love of Captain Husein was not heard today, with famous lyrics: "From Gradačac, the white tower of the Dragon of Bosnia, the falcons chirped mournfully..." but the cry for the murdered woman broke through. On August 11, 2023, Nizama Hećimović was murdered by her husband, Nermin Sulejmanović, who killed her in front of their two-year-old daughter and broadcast it all live on Instagram, and then killed several more people and finally committed suicide.
Zilka Spahić Šiljak

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