Women Organising for Change in Bosnia and Syria Project
Since 2013, WILPF is spearheading the Women Organising for Change in Bosnia and Syria project.
The project focuses on the importance of taking into consideration existing experiences and empirical knowledge of women who went through an armed conflict and struggled for women rights, in an attempt to change the dominant narrative of women as victims. Through this project, we advocate for women’s rights to be represented at all levels in the peace-building process, we put the spot light on the peace activism of women during war, we defend the human rights of women and promote social, economic and political justice.
The initiative has two main objectives:
1. To empower women activist of Bosnia and Herzegovina to, based on their experience and knowledge, share valuable lessons with Syrian counterparts, and engage with international experts in developing their own strategies for demanding and accessing their rights in the context of post-conflict Bosnia and Herzegovina;
2. To, through Bosnian experience, strengthen the capacities of Syrian women’s organisations to develop approaches to constitutional change, transitional justice, human rights and to engage in peace negotiations.
Although this initiative started as cooperation between Syrian and Bosnian activists, considering some other ongoing conflict around the world, such as the one in Ukraine, we recognise the need to extend this kind of feministic solidarity and exchange of experience beyond Syria and Bosnia.