The list of organizations and activists who are part of the initiative
The Association Women to Women is an organization of women, for women. All activities that have been realized within frames of different projects have been implemented with special attention given to women, both those participating in the project (staff, members and volunteers) and those that have been direct or indirect beneficiaries of our projects. Our Association was formed in 1997, and is membership based. The Association has broad specter of experience that contribute to the development of the civil society through strengthening of women and women’s groups, as well as advocating for the respect for women’s human rights in all spheres of both public and private life. All our activities contribute to the fight against gender inequality, violations of women’s human rights, and to the protection of women from discrimination and any kind of violence, during or after the war.
Vive Zene is a non-governmental organization that focuses its activities on the psycho-social assistance and support to victims of war, torture and violence, and to strengthen the capacity of other organizations and institutions and representing a multidisciplinary, democratic and participatory approach in working with traumatized families and individuals. Our mission is to provide fast and efficient psychosocial assistance and protection, while specific goals of our rehabilitation program at the individual and community level are: 1) Reduce the effects of disorders caused by trauma in the lives of victims of torture, rape or other types of abuse, 2) Avoid trans-generational transmission of trauma, 3) Provide training/education about best practices, 4) Increase public awareness of the problem of torture and violence, and the consequences that occur in people who have experienced various forms of abuse, 5) Promote international and national legal framework regulating the legal status of victims of torture and violence, 6) Reduce stigmatization of victims of torture and violence.
Our Association was established in 1996 with the aim to help women, single mothers and children, as well as the families of missing persons. Our mission is to gather information about the missing and killed persons, realization of the legal status of civilian victims of war, and to provide support to the justice institutions in regards to prosecution of war crimes. We also strive towards building a culture of remembrance and memorialization. We are involved in different domestic and regional initiatives that work on establishment of different transitional justice mechanisms. We are open towards cooperation with all organizations that gather victims and organizations that work on human rights and we are convinced that by joining our capacities we can achieve much more in overcoming the consequences of war and establishment of a better society.
"Woman BiH" was established in 1994 when it started gathering women traumatised by war with the aim to help women, promote women human rights, work for economic independence of women and complete integration of women in all spheres of life.
The Association “Snaga zene” is a politically independent NGO established in 1999. Our Association works for the interests of all marginalized groups, including families in need of social protection. We offer psychological, social, medical, pedagogical and legal aid to women, youth and children (refugees, IDPs, returnees) that have gone through different types of trauma as a result of war or post-war experiences in Bosnia and Herzegovina, no matter their ethnic, religious, or political affiliation. Our Association works on raising awareness and advocating for better social, medical, educational, judicial and other services at the local and cantonal level so that they are better equipped to deal with post-war trauma and problems of violence against women and children.
Association of women “SEKA” Gorazde iz an independent non-governmental organization that implements its activities through the project House SEKA - Centre for education, therapy and recreation for women and children of Gorazde. The implementation of the project started 12 September 2007 with the following mission: - Improvement of psychological and physical health of women and children, especially those that are victims of violence - Empowerment of women and girls in regards to their self-respect - Awareness raising among women and men about women’s human rights issues - Awareness raising of the society in general about violence, trauma and non-violent behavior. - Support to spreading the knowledge among colleagues (education about trauma and violence) - Improvement of communication and dialogue between different segments of the society/entities and regions We provide services to women victims of domestic violence, war-related violence, or any other type of violence, to traumatized ex-combatants and their wives and children, to single mothers, and young girls. firstname.lastname@example.org
The United Women Banja Luka was founded in August 1996 as a non-governmental organizations with focus on helping women in the post-war period of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In the beginning our work was focused on empowering women in rural areas through humanitarian assistance (distribution of cows, chickens, green houses, gynecological examinations, basic education in working with computers, English language etc.) and provision of legal aid. We also supported sustainable return through assistance to returnees, refugees and displaced women. We worked against prejudices and conflicts and towards identification of common priorities in local communities. In May 1997 United Women established the first help line for psychological support and assistance to women and girls victims of violence in Republika Srpska. Parallel with that the organizations developed direct services for support to women victims of violence and influenced the creations of the legal framework that at the time did not recognize domestic violence as a criminal offence. Two main segments of our work are: 1) fight against violence against women, and 2) Empowerment of women in public and political life.
TRIAL was established in 2002 in line with the law of the Confederation of Switzerland. Its mandate is to put the law at the service of the victims of international crimes (genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, torture and forced disappearances). The most important goals of TRIAL are: fight against the impunity of the perpetrators and instigators of the most serious international crimes and their accomplices, and defense of the interests of the victims before Swiss tribunals, international human rights organisms and the International Criminal Court. We also work towards raising awareness among the authorities and the general public regarding the necessity of an efficient national and international justice system for the prosecution of international crimes. During the first 10 years of our existence, the organization has represented more than 350 victims in 132 international proceedings, submitted 40 reports to UN, as well as 15 criminal charges in Switzerland, and 50 appeals to the Constitutional Court of BiH.
General Secretary, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
Medica" Zenica is the oldest expert non-governmental organization formed in 1993 and has since then continuously offered psycho-social and medical support to women and children victims of war, including victims of wartime rape and other forms of war torture, sexual violence in general, domestic violence survivors, as well as victims of trafficking. Thanks to its long-term experience Medica Zenica is recognized for its holistic approach towards survivors of trauma and violence. In its work Medica Zenica monitors the needs of the most vulnerable categories - women and children – as well as entire communities, trying to respond to those needs, independently and in cooperation with other actors such as government institutions, NGOs and international organizations. Throughout the years Medica Zenica has provided over 400,000 different services throughout the country.
The Institution of Human Rights Ombudsman of BiH is independent institution dealing with protection of rights of individual persons and legal entities in accordance with the Constitution of BiH and international human rights instruments appended thereto. The Institution of Human Rights Ombudsman of BiH handles complaints related to poor functioning or to human rights violations committed by any organ of Bosnia and Herzegovina, its entities and District Brčko. The cases are opened upon individual complaints filed by individual persons or legal entities, or ex officio.
The Foundation for Empowerment of Women supports the work of women grass roots organizations and groups in their work towards achieving gender equality and women human rights through supporting and building their internal capacities. We provide guidance and access to different funds. email@example.com
Centre for Refugee and IDP Studies (CESI) documents and archives the needs and rights of all forcibly displaced persons in BiH, the region and wider. We provide education, proactive research in the field of refugee studies/forced migration. Our primary mission is raising awareness and understanding of causes and consequences of forced migration, as well as promotion of research based information about rights and needs of displaced persons with the aim of developing informed policies, locally as well as globally.
The Аssociation of citizens “Buducnost” is a civil society organisation which supports and encourages building democratic society through affirmative actions and advocates for realisation of rights and interests of all marginalised groups, especially women and children. By founding the Association of citizens «Buducnost» (1996) a couple of brave women publicly opposed ethnical separations and politics that had been taking the country into collapse. Our biggest success in the first after-war years is work on overcoming ethnical barriers between women in the community, which was a great contribution to peace building in our area. Activities in those, first years, were directed towards establishing any sort of communication between people and we succeeded in it through organisation of the English language courses, IT courses and providing free legal assistance... Although the focus of our activities is fairly different today, due to different circumstances, we mustn't forget those first steps which helped us gain the trust of citizens, no matter which ethnical group they belong to.