The adoption of the BH Law on Gender Equality (GEL) in 2003 and the establishment of government gender institutions were promising. Namely, the legislation mandated the establiishment of the BH Gender Equality Agency, entity Gender Centres, and Cantonal and Municipal Gender Commissions. However, almost 5 years since the adoption of the legislation, the cantonal and municipal commissions were still in formative phases, some had been formed but were not working while others existed only on paper.

We launched a project, Promoting the Gender Equality Law in Canton 10, and with assistance from the Ecumenical Women’s Initiative from Croatia, worked to inform the public, and especially women, about GEL and the institutions responsible for its implementation, to increase media coverage of gender issues, and to promote networking between women’s NGOs and cooperation with local government (municipal and cantonal) gender commissions. Following surveys, seminars, roundtables and a series of radio shows, we drafted a final report with recommendations, which was distributed to Municipal and Cantonal Gender Commissions, NGOs, councilors and presented to the public through the media.

You can read the report on the Gender Equality Law survey in Canton 10 here

A concrete outcome of the meetings was the establishment of a Cantonal Gender Coalition, formed by NGOs, activists, media and gender commission representatives. This is the first time in the five years since the adoption of the Gender Equality Law that there is optimism for the start of its implementation at the local government level.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our community is now also more aware of the fact that gender equality does not mean exactly the same rights but rather respects gender differences while offering equal opportunities to both. The project encouraged discussion about gender issues, successfully so, as many of our local radio stations subsequently ran their own shows about gender equality. The first steps have been taken: women are talking more openly about gender equality, the local media have taken notice, a cooperation mechanism is in place. Our next step is to build on these positive advances to promote joint action and concrete initiatives for local implementation of GEL.

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