About our Association
The Association “HO HORIZONTI” Tuzla was established as a local non-governmental organization in November 1999. by employees, beneficiaries, members and the friends of the project “Women – hidden victims of war,” implemented by the international organization Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA). All our activities, actions and initiatives are aimed at women and contribute to improvement of women’s position in family and society, reduction of discrimination and violence against women and the promotion of women’s role in decision-making and peace-building processes at the local level.
HORIZONTI is the organization recognized for its work on psychological empowerment of women victims of violence in family and society, as well as for providing support to women in public and political life.
By active participation in the networks of non-governmental organizations in BiH we contribute to raising public awareness and advocating for the promotion of women’s human rights, peace building and security in BiH.
NPA decided to support a group of local professionals in Tuzla (Physicians, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Pedagogues, and Social Workers), who had already started to provide psychological help to displaced women, on a voluntary basis, in collective centres in the Fall 1993. This group came to constitute the core of the therapists engaged in the psychological services at the Psychological Centre Tuzla with an aim to support and provide psychological treatment to women who had been exposed to war traumas and who were at risk of developing serious mental health impairment due to this. The humanitarian organisation „Horizonti“ was established as a local non-governmental organization in November 1999 by employees, beneficiaries and friends of the Women’s Project – Psychological Centre Tuzla. From year to year organization’s activities have been evolving and adjusting to political context in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but always focused on women’s interests and needs – from psychological support, empowering through education and awareness raising to lobbying and advocating for their human rights.
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Raising awareness of citizens about violence against women and gender based violence through media presentations, campaigns, strengthening and improving cooperation with other non-governmental organizations and official institutions dealing with issues of violence against women and gender based violence;
Empowering women for taking active role in public and political life through educational support and cooperation extension among women organizations, groups and women;
Increasing sensitivity of youth for the issues related to gender equality/equity, gender-based violence and non-violent communication and
Contribution to sustainable return process in Bosnia and Herzegovina through psychosocial work with women, men, youth and children;
Strengthening and initiating cooperation with other NGOs and official institutions through implementation of joint projects, exchange of experience and information, support to skills development, increasing knowledge about women human rights, gender equality, etc;
Development of internal capacities of „HO Horizonti“ through different forms of education and professional specialization, engagement of new associates and volunteers, and activities on development of organizational sustainability through long-term financial, programmatic and management planning.
Forms of work: group or individual psychotherapy, family therapy;
Fields of work: domestic violence, gender-based violence and discrimination; posttraumatic stress disorders;
Target groups: women victims of domestic violence, children, adolescents, male family members and violent partners/perpetrators within family therapy.
Education and consultations
Education fields: gender equality, gender-based violence, young women leadership skills, UN Resolutions (1325, 1820), reproductive health and rights, women human rights, non-violent communication, burn-out prevention;
Modes of education: trainings, workshops, lectures, supervisions, consultations and seminars;
Target groups: women, young women and girls, women’s groups and NGOs, youth, official institutions, society in general;
Public work, Lobbying and Networking
Awareness raising, media presentations, campaigns, street actions, protests, cooperation, partnerships, experience sharing
Research and analysis in the field of mental health/war and post war traumas
Categories: women and children
Publication: educational manuals, brochures, leaflets.