Feminist (re)interpretation of the Dayton Peace Agreement


On the 9 and 10 December 2015 we hosted a feminist dialogue with some of the renowned international and local academics on how societies transit from war to peace and how feminist approach to peace-building can help create sustainable peace. With this meeting we kicked-off our work on conceptualizing a comprehensive policy on how the understanding and implementation of the Dayton Peace Agreement looks like from a feminist perspective, how it can be applied now and what are the lessons that can be taken to the international level . During the dialogue we looked at different elements contained in the Agreement through the prism of militarisation, social and economic rights, political economy, justice, and security sector reform. In our discussions we focused on how and why the transition from war to peace, without a coherent transitional plan, does not work – and what it needs to contain in order to realise a proper transition and sustainable peace.

The report from the meeting can be accessed through the menu Resource Library.

The participants of the meeting were:

Aida Spahić, feminist activist
Asim Mujkić sociologist and philosopher, professor at Faculty of Political Science, University of Sarajevo,
Barbro Svedberg, director, crisis response prigramme, WILPF
Bojana Đokanović, feminist activist
Callum Watson, Project officer for the DCAF Gender and Security Programme in Eastern Europe.
Cynthia Enloe, research professor/adjunct professor of political science, Department of International Development, Community, and Environment, Women’s Gender Studies, Department of Political Science Clark University
Damir Arsenijević,  associate professor of English literature and critical theory at Tuzla University
Dino Abazović, Comparative Religion, Sociological Theory, Human Rights, associate professor at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Sarajevo
Dubravka Kovačević, director of Foundation for women’s empowerment,
Gorana Mlinarević, activists, researcher
Jasmina Husanović, Associate Professor of Cultural Studies at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Tuzla
Jasminka Džumhur, Ombudsperson,
Kirsten Cambell, Department of sociology, focus on gender and law, empirical research through study of international criminal law and transitional justice, principal investigator on Gender of Justice project, Goldsmiths, University of London
Lidija Živanović, activist, member of the Helsinki Citizen Assembly
Madeleine Rees, General Secretary, WILPF
Nela Porobić Isaković, project coordinator, WILPF
Ristin Thomasson, regional manager for the Balkans, Kvinna till Kvinna,