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The “VOICE OF EQUALITY” campaign

The “VOICE OF EQUALITY” campaign was conducted in March and April and included informative and educational texts on women’s rights, the position of women throughout history with a review of the current position of women in BiH society, and the problems they face. The aim of the campaign was to consider whether and to what extent gender equality has been achieved in BiH, and how discrimination can be reduced.

As part of the campaign, Amela Talić’s personal story of what it is like to be a woman with a disability in Bosnia and Herzegovina was published.

In her text, Amela says that this is a high degree of discrimination based on what they are, based on a fateful predestination for which they are not to blame.

Bosnia and Herzegovina has accepted a number of European Union documents prohibiting various forms of discrimination, including those based on disability. However, Amela says that in practice it looks different:
“The state does not invest enough to adapt all or at least most aspects of life to people with disabilities, discrimination is that we do not have a choice – you choose what is adapted to you and not what you basically want, discrimination is that people look at you through your lack and not what what you can and how much you are worth.”
The campaign ended with the publication of a video in the realization of which 12 people participated, and the videos came from Sarajevo, Zenica, Mostar, Tuzla, Banja Luka, Prijedor and Gradiška.
Feminism is not just for women, proved Amar Catović, Husejn Gluhić, Nihad Ferhatović and Ajdin Arnautović who joined their fight for equality! Also, a big THANK YOU and BRAVO for the brave and loud girls and women: Anastasija Katić, Brankica Smiljanić, Marijana Klapić, Nikolina Bulović, Vildana Hrnjić, Ana Mikulić, Jadranka Miličević and Nikolina Kunić.

Brankica Smiljanić shared a few words about her experience in the campaign, as well as about the importance of the campaign itself:
“Although we think that there are many such campaigns, believe me, that is not the case. Women’s equality in a patriarchal society such as Bosnia and Herzegovina society somehow always wakes up and stays on the margins. This campaign is important, because it answers questions about what the problems are and what the other side would do in our shoes. The campaign includes women who are part of public life and those who are not, but with their voices are activists on social media and men who break down stereotypes that there are no men feminists. Overall, I am proud to have been a part of this campaign. The voice of all of us should only be stronger, not weaker and changes must come. It won’t happen overnight, the fight has been going on for years, we just shouldn’t give up.”