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Strengthening judicial and administrative response to women’s rights and freedoms in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Vasa prava BiH, with the support of The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives in Bosnia and Herzegovina, will implement the project: Strengthening judicial and administrative response to women’s rights and freedoms in Bosnia and Herzegovina.”

The project purpose is to support initiatives that ensure women are treated equally under the law and ensure that justice mechanisms are equitable and inclusive of women.

With the ratification of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and other legal instruments, BiH assumed responsibility under international human rights law to ensure equality between men and women in all spheres of life. However, much remains to be done to make this goal a reality in women’s lives. Almost a decade after the adoption of the BiH Gender Equality Law in 2003, and the passage in 2009 of the Law on the Prohibition of Discrimination, everyday realities suggest that many of their provisions exist only on paper. Although discrimination is prohibited and legal remedies are available to victims, unfair treatment continues unabated.

Discriminatory employment practices, harassment at the workplace including mobbing (repetitive and humiliating non-physical harassment), limited access to maternity rights and unequal treatment of rural and other vulnerable women are among the most common forms of abuse in the country. Under-representation of women in government institutions at all levels and gender-based violence – including domestic violence and human trafficking – are also grim realities in BiH.

A number of social factors and stereotypes deeply rooted in BiH society discourage women’s access to employment and other forms of economic opportunity on equal footing with men.

The principles of equality and non-discrimination form the basis of all human rights instruments. It is therefore clear that as a matter of human rights law, all women must be entitled to the full enjoyment of their human rights. Among the most disadvantaged and vulnerable are women from minority communities, whose problems are compounded by their uniquely disadvantaged positions in society.

In this context, the proposed action aims at identifying the legal provision regulating the protection of woman and their access to justice and monitoring their implementation, hence promoting the development of a more dynamic civil society actively participating in the public debate on social inclusion and human rights of woman in BiH. Specifically, the proposed action has the objective of building awareness in the area of justice and promoting the development of an equality based-tailored justice system.

Vasa prava BiH core activities are directed to the removal of deep-seated barriers to equality of opportunity and outcome, such as discriminatory laws, customs, practices and institutional processes. It also entails concern with the development of the freedoms of all individuals, irrespective of gender; to choose outcomes they have reason to value.


Presudom Vrhovnog suda Federacije BiH prekinuta evidentna praksa razdvajanja djece na etničkom principu


Building Strong Civil Society in BiH Assumes Protection of Children’s Rights at all Levels of Government

Results of the EU funded project “Children’s Role for a Strong Civil Society” were presented in on 31st July 2014, Sarajevo, in presence of representatives of the EU Delegation to BiH, BiH Ministry of Justice, BiH Ministry for Human Rights and Refugees, Joint Commission for Human Rights of the Parliamentary Assembly of BiH, Office of the Prosecutor of the Federation of BiH, Municipal Court of Sarajevo, as well as representatives of UNICEF, UNHCR, United States Embassy and a number of NGOs.

The final set of the recommendations was initially promoted at the workshop that took place a day prior to the closing event. The workshop brought together stakeholders and experts on children’s rights issues, representatives of BiH authorities and international organisations, social work institutions, lawyers, independent legal aid providers, civil society organizations, to discuss key findings of the project on the status of children’s rights and access to justice in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in particular, implementation gaps and practical obstacles in access to justice for vulnerable children..

The project “Children’s Role for a Strong Civil Society”, among other things, delivered publication containing extremely interesting findings based on research on the status of children’s rights and access to justice in Bosnia and Herzegovina: The booklet will be used by the BiH authorities and by the EU Delegation to BiH  as a basis for future projects and reforms.

The final report can be downloaded from the below link:

“The European Union will continue to support the Bosnian partners and civil society in promoting and protecting children’s rights”, said Natalia Dianiskova, Head of the Operations Section for the Social Development, Civil Society and Cross Border Cooperation at the Delegation of the European Union to Bosnia and Herzegovina and added: “It’s one of the smaller projects of the European Union, but it’s very important because it’s supposed to increase the role of children and their rights in the society, to protect them further and to make sure that their rights are protected at all levels in Bosnia and Herzegovina…”

 The project “Children’s Role for a Strong Civil Society” aimed at promoting the development of a more dynamic civil society, which actively participates in the public debate on human rights and social inclusion, and a child-tailored justice system in Bosnia and Herzegovina.