The European Union and UN Women in BiH organized a high-level workshop in Sarajevo to launch the country-level component of “Ending Violence against Women in the Western Balkan countries and Turkey: Implementing Norms, Changing Minds”. The workshop was organized under the new regional program that aims to combat violence and discrimination against women and girls in six Western Balkans countries and Turkey funded by the European Union in the amount of €5 million. The launch brought together government representatives, UN agencies, European Union representatives and civil society organisations to discuss ways forward when it comes to combating violence against women.
“Gender equality is a matter of human rights and gender based violence is one of the most prevalent human rights violation. We should all raise our voice and combat violence against women, which is why we are glad to finance this important regional project worth €5 million. Bosnia and Herzegovina is a part of this regional project and EU has recognized the need to assist BiH in its endeavors to achieve gender balance and gender equality in all spheres of social life. We all have responsibility to fight discrimination, stand up against gender based violence and pass the message that violence against women is simply not accepted,” said Head of Cooperation in the EU Delegation to BiH Melvin Asin.
According to a study, half of all women have been subjected to some form of violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Violence against women and girls is widespread and often seen as socially acceptable behavior justified by traditional patriarchal concepts.