OSCE Mission to Bosnia organized a nationwide meeting of the Coalitions against Hate in the country, in the central Bosnia town of Vitez. Part of the OSCE-launched Super Citizens initiative, 31 Coalitions against Hate work to create positive messages to counter hatred in the society.
Nearly 300 organizations and civil society representatives from across the country attended the Vitez event. Amina Kurtagić, a member of the Coalition “Ignore Differences” in Sarajevo, said that all Coalitions must work together in highlighting positive stories in the country in order to reach many more people.
The Super Citizens initiative was launched in 2013
Zoran Samardžić, a member of the Coalition “Stop Prejudices” in Trebinje, said that the meeting of all Coalitions is important because it establishes new friendships and contacts: “It is always good to hear of a new idea or a problem that fellow activists face in their everyday work.”
“There is a huge potential for action and impact to change the current prevalent negative discourse in the public space,” said Ljiljana Perkušić, Head of the Democratic Governance Section at the OSCE Mission.
The Super Citizens initiative, under which the Coalitions operate, was launched by the OSCE Mission in 2013 with the aim of contributing to the reconciliation process in Bosnia.