Office of the Special Representative of European Union in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sweden Agency for International Development and Cooperation (Sida) and Foundation Kvinna till Kvinna presented the key results of the common analysis titled “Let’s Include Women in Changing Processes”.
Since launching the initiative in December last year to this present day it has been concluded that women are still underrepresented in politics and public life in BiH despite political orientation and legal provisions that propose equality between women and men.
This is way CEO of the Delegation of European Union in BiH Lars-Gunnar Wigemark held presentation in Sarajevo where he invited all women in BiH to vote in the upcoming elections because this is the only way for the changes to come.
He pointed out the fact that only one female candidate is on the list for the Presidency of BiH which utterly describes the current position of women in this country.
– Women count half the population but are misrepresented not only in politics but also in private sector. And if they are properly represented they are not equally treated or so to speak they are discriminated – said Wigemark, adding that BiH must respect and take legal obligation regarding gender equality in the process of European Integration.
He reminded us that in the current convocation all 14 parties that participated in forming the government have obligated to implement certain reforms and that he expects elected parties in this election process will equally commit and implement upcoming reforms.
– One of the reforms is gender equality which means adoption and implementation of the legislation concerning initiation of certain standards so that man and women would have equal opportunities to participate in political life – stressed Wigemark.
Ambassador of the Sweden in BiH Anders Hagelberg finds that BiH must prioritize changes in mentality and social structure so that women can equally participate in all spheres of life.
– To accomplish this we need first and for most brave politicians that will represent program of gender equality. Also, civil society and media must boost pressure on the elected authorities, concluded Hagelberg.
The presented Report is stating that limited harmonization of policies and limited implementation of the legislation will certainly lead to discrimination.
Every tenth person employed in institutions reports to be victim of gender based violence, whereas one of the six persons report to be victim of sexually based violence.
In order to suppress such occurrences, the Report stated several proposals for official institutions in the field of gender equality.