Campaign “16 Days of Activism” in Tuzla

16 Days of Activism

16 Days of Activism

Violence against women and girls, still represents the most common form of human rights violation. Global data as well as those relating to Bosnia and Herzegovina are devastating: one in three women have experienced beatings, forced to have sexual intercourse or experienced some other form of abuse. Perpetrator is usually a man from their close environment. Violence against women knows no boundaries: racial, religious, cultural, or economic differences. An additional problem is the fact that most violence against women remains unreported and unpunished .

According to the UN Resolution brought in 1999, 25th November is celebrated worldwide as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Campaign „16 Days of Activism“ begins on the 25th November each year and lasts until 10th December, the International Human Rights Day. This year’s theme of the Campaign „16 Days of Activism“ world wide is: „From peace in the home to peace in the world: let’s challenge militarism and violence against women!“

In the frame of “16 Days of Activism” Campaign, activists of the Association “HO HORIZONTI“ organised presentation of the Campaign for young women and girls from Tuzla on 5th oDecember in premises of the Association. The objective was to introduce the campaign to participants. Furthermore, young women and girls were addressed to the institutions and emergency phone numbers to contact in case of being subjected to violence or find themselves in close proximity. The same presentation was held on 8th December 2013 in the local community „Kovači“ for the group of activists from this local community.

On the International Human Rights Day, 10 December 2013 , activists of the Association “HO HORIZONTI“ Tuzla organised workshop on „International Human Rights Day“ in elementary school “Mejdan” for the fourth grade students. The objective was to illustrate children’s human rights through discussion with children. There is a great need for this type of activities to be organised in schools, as to help students become familiar with the rights and obligations as this themes were not sufficiently covered in regular curriculum.