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December 2019

THE FIFTH SOCRATES CAFE IN MOSTAR: VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

''Violence against women'' was the topic of the Fifth Socrates Cafe held in Mostar on December 12, 2019. Andreja Pehar facilitated the Cafe. She has Master of Educational Sciences in Pedagogy and Gestalt Psychotherapy. At first, she read Sanela Kuko's poem "Love or On a Culture of Violence". The poem focuses on marriage violence experienced by women. She has justification for that and finds it easier to stay in such a marriage, because there is nowhere to go back, everyone will make fun of her children and she will not be able even to see them. Because of feelings of helplessness, people justify violence, feel ashamed and want to preserve marriage at any cost. Participants questioned why a woman was persuaded that this is love, because of the fact that one, who loves, does not do such things, and who once commits violence, will do it again. >> MORE

December 2019

''TPO TOWN'' EXHIBITION

December 2019

THE FIFTH SOCRATES CAFE IN TUZLA: VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

"Every second woman is a victim of some form of gender-based violence in B&H," said Dr. Amra Delić, a specialist in neuropsychiatry and psychotherapist from the Blue Polyclinic Tuzla. She facilitated the Fifth Socrates Cafe held in Tuzla on December 11, 2019, and the topic was ''Violence against women''. Participants tried to define violence and questioned its key causes. They identified that some of them undoubtedly are gender inequality, inappropriate nurture and toxic masculinity. It is necessary to keep in mind that violence is not an act of short duration, but that it has long-lasting consequences. The problem with our society is not reporting or responding inappropriately to violence.
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December 2019

THE FIFTH SOCRATES CAFE IN SARAJEVO: VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

The fifth Socrates Cafe was held at the Chamber Theater 55 in Sarajevo on December 5th, 2019. The theme was ''Violence against Women''. Cafe facilitator, Melika Šahinović,  program coordinator of the TPO Foundation, together with participants read some paragraphs from the Baseline study "Peer and Gender Based Violence in Primary Schools in B&H" from 2017. "I realized that the child is lonely, no one talks to her, she is just spending time on the internet, and at the end of the conversation one day, she told me, "I'm going to kill myself," was one of the paragraphs which were read. Participants inquired if and how we respond if we notice that someone is lonely and sad, whether we have developed empathy, and why did we allow our society to become a society of violence. >> MORE

December 2019

NIRA LEADERS PROJECT: - ''THE YOUNG CREATIVES'' - ''ZADA'' ASSOCIATION

Within the NIRA Leaders Project implemented by the TPO Foundation in the form of a four - day training for personal and professional development, the participants were also members of the "Zada" Association from Zenica. After completing the project writing training, they applied for Nira Leaders project at the TPO Foundation. Three projects in front of the Association "Zada" have received funds for the realization of their project ideas. The second project "The Young Creatives" was realized from August to November 2019. The project coordinator was Ilma Zilić in front of the Association. The project was intended for children of preschool and school age whose parents are unable to pay for kindergartens and workshops due to financial problems.
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December 2019

THE FIFTH SOCRATES CAFE IN ZENICA: VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

Topic of  the fifth Socrates Cafe held in Zenica on December 4th, 2019 was ''Violence Against Women''. Café facilitator, Venita Popović, editor of the magazine "Zeničke sveske" shared with the participants some of the data that research in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia showed. For example, "Only one in four women who have suffered violence has reported it." and "Every fourth young man and every tenth girl believes that one slap in the face is not violence." Participants believe that the whole society is a society of violence, but it is necessary to ask ourselves whether, when and why we are silent. By our silence, we also contribute to staying in the vicious circle of violence.
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November 2019

NIRA LEADERS PROJECT – "THE SAFE SPACE FOR YOUTH"– NERDŽIS ČAPLJA, THE UNIVERSITY OF ZENICA

After four days of training for personal and professional development, TPO Foundation awarded five grants to the students of the University of Tuzla and the University of Zenica for the best project proposals as the part of the NIRA Leaders Project. One of these best project proposals was the project named "The Safe Space for Youth". It lasted from August to November 2019. The coordinator of this project within the NIRA Leaders Project was Nerdžis Čaplja, student of the University of Zenica. The project is a continuation of the Public Speech realized in 2017 as the part of the SMART project organized by the UNZE Student Union.
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November 2019

NIRA LEADERS PROJECT: - ''BUILDING A PARENTAL HOUSE IN ZENICA''
''ZADA'' ASSOCIATION, ZENICA

After four days of training for personal and professional development, TPO Foundation awarded five grants to the students of the University of Tuzla and the University of Zenica for the best project proposals as the part of the NIRA Leaders Project. One of these best project proposals was the project named "The Safe Space for Youth". It lasted from August to November 2019. The coordinator of this project within the NIRA Leaders Project was Nerdžis Čaplja, student of the University of Zenica. The project is a continuation of the Public Speech realized in 2017 as the part of the SMART project organized by the UNZE Student Union.
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November 2019

NIRA LEADERS PROJECT: DAYS OF ANTI FASCISM IN TUZLA 2019


After four days of training for personal and professional development, TPO Foundation awarded five grants to the students of the University of Tuzla and the University of Zenica for the best project proposals as the part of the NIRA Leaders project. One of these best project proposals was the project "Days of Anti - fascism in Tuzla 2019", signed by Tarik Smajlović and Mirnes Ćerimović. The project was co-financed by the city of Tuzla.
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November 2019

NIRA LEADERS PROJECT - "PREVENTION AND PROTECTION OF WOMEN'S HEALTH" - ''ZADA'' ASSOCIATION

Within the NIRA Leaders Project being implemented by the TPO Foundation in the form of a four - day training for personal and professional development, the participants were also members of the "Zada" Association from Zenica. Members of the "Zada" Association represent a marginalized group of women from Zenica - Doboj Canton who have expressed the need for this type of training. After completing the project writing training, they applied for Nira Leaders Project at the TPO Foundation. Three projects in front of the Association "Zada" have received funds for the realization of their project ideas. The first project "Prevention and Protection of Women's Health" was implemented from August to November 2019. The project coordinator was Zilha Nadžak in front of the Association. The project was aimed at women in small local communities in ZDC, especially in rural areas, to promote civic activism.
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November 2019

THE FOURTH SOCRATES CAFE IN MOSTAR: I KNOW THAT I KNOW NOTHING

The topic of the fourth Socrates Cafe in Mostar, held on November 28th, 2019, was Socrates' maxim: "I know that I know nothing." Irma Marić, who is professor at the Faculty of Humanities at the "Džemal Bijedić" University in Mostar, inquired together with participants what is the purpose of education and how much are we prepared to realistically see how much we know. Self-reflection and self-criticism are essentially absent, the school promotes mere reproduction of knowledge, and individuals are not allowed to be in a position of not knowing something. "Do we know anything after elementary and high school?" - they wondered.
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November 2019

THE FOURTH SOCRATES CAFE IN TUZLA: FREEDOM

"How much it is possible to achieve the maximum of freedom at any given moment?" - asked one of the participants of Socrates Cafe held in Tuzla on November 27, 2019. Jasmina Husanović facilitated the Cafe. She is the professor at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tuzla. Participants emphasized that freedom is, primarily, insouciance for them and that they are aware of the fact that it is a privilege in different parts of the world. They also cited Rousseau's thought that "man is born free, but is shackled everywhere", which, they say, best describes the global situation in society and is, in fact, all an illusion of choice, while we are limited and conditioned in various ways.
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November 2019

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM AGAINST GENDER - BASED VIOLENCE

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence Campaign is an international campaign that starts on November 25th - International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and ends on December 10th - International Human Rights Day.
The TPO Foundation commemorates and supports the International Campaign for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence through various activities. The activities are aimed at raising awareness of violence against women, the causes of gender-based violence, and advocating for non-violent and dignified behavior toward women.
In partnership with primary and secondary schools, we implement activities involving teachers, students and parents to contribute together to combating peer and gender-based violence, to preventing violence, and to empowering women.
The TPO Foundation calls on all citizens to emphasize the importance of social condemnation of violence and the need for more effective action by all institutions responsible for protecting victims and punishing offenders.
Within the 16 days of activism, the TPO Foundation has launched the video contest on the theme of gratitude, is organizing a conference to present the results of the three - year long  Peer and Gender-Based Violence project and school campaigns.
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November 2019

THE FOURTH SOCRATES CAFE IN SARAJEVO: FREEDOM


At the fourth Socrates Cafe in Sarajevo, held on November 21st, 2019, we discussed about freedom. Adem Olovčić, Master of Philosophy, lecturer at International Burch University, was the facilitator of the Cafe. Participants considered whether people were free before the first mention of freedom and when we found a definition of freedom; they wondered if freedom can be reached and whether it depends on our opinion of it.

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November 2019

THE FOURTH SOCRATES CAFE IN ZENICA: FREEDOM


The theme of the fourth Socrates Cafe in Zenica, held on November 20, 2019, was "Freedom". The cafe was facilitated by Elmana Cerić, professor of Philosophy and Theory of cognition. Participants believe that the freedom of some is actually the bondage of others, that we are imposed on what we can think and feel and that we only like to think that we are free and that there are only illusory forms of freedom.

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November 2019

THE THIRD SOCRATES CAFE IN MOSTAR: PATRIOTISM VS. NATIONALISM


"You are the victims of your parents," the participants quoted their professors on the third Socrates cafe in Mostar on November 14th, 2019. The theme of Socrates cafe was "Patriotism vs. Nationalism."  Participants mentioned that nationalism is caused by indoctrination and manipulation of emotions, and in that context family has a big responsibility. Cafe facilitator Lana Prlić, MSc in International Finance and Business, and participants questioned whether patriotism and nationalism are emotions and which of the them is deprived  of responsibility.

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November 2019

THE THIRD SOCRATES CAFE IN TUZLA: PATRIOTISM VS. NATIONALISM


Patriotism vs. Nationalism is the topic that has attracted the largest number of participants at the Socrates Cafe in Tuzla. On November 13th, 2019, in the Coffee Zone, attendees questioned what binds a person to the nation at all, whether the state can standardize patriotism and nationalism, and who has the right to determine the measure of one's patriotism.
The cafe was facilitated by Dženeta Omerdić, a professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Tuzla.

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November 2019

THE THIRD SOCRATES CAFE IN SARAJEVO: PATRIOTISM VS. NATIONALISM


The theme "Patriotism vs. Nationalism" caused numerous disagreements among the participants at the third Socrates cafe in Sarajevo, held on November 7th, 2019. Cafe facilitator, journalist, Suad Beganović, together with participants, inquired correlation between these terms, whether they are mutually exclusive and what their negative implications are. Participants were interested in whether criticism of the state and seeking justice are patriotic acts, and why individuals who dare to criticize state are declared traitors and foreign mercenaries. 

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