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Women, Peace and Security in Republic of Srpska
Supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Project Duration: 09/15/2015 to 09/15/2016
During the reporting period, our organization (which was re-registered in the Women’s Center Trebinje in July, 2016), in accordance with the planned activities, achieved goals and results in accordance with the project proposal.
At the beginning of the project, we conducted a survey on the number of girls registered in security services at the level of the Republika Srpska Entity during the school year 2015 and 2016. The information received is:
Ministry of Internal Affairs of Republic of Srpska
Department for Information and Education in Banjaluka
During 2015, in the Basic Training Unit – Police Academy of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Srpska, a total of 44 girls applied, out of which 5 female cadets met the selection criteria.
In the High School of Internal Affairs, when receiving the first year of students in the school year 2015/2016, a total of 19 candidates applied, and seven candidates were enrolled for studies because they met the prescribed conditions for education at the College of Internal Affairs.
NUBL Faculty of Security and Protection, Banjaluka
In the academic year 2015/16, 97 students were enrolled in all academic programs (security, criminalistics, civil protection and private security) for enrollment to the Faculty of Security and Protection, of which 60 girls were registered, or 22.56%. Web address where data can be found is www.fbzbl.net.
Border Police of Bosnia and Herzegovina
During 2015, the Border Police of B&H received 17 females in the training of the VII class cadets for work in this service.
Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina
|The Period of Time
|13.02.16.||The first roundtable was in Trebinje in the hotel “Platani”, which included a total of 21 girls; introductory writers: Dragica Ivanković and Mirjana Anđelić; the first street action.|
|20.02.16.||The second a round table was in Bijeljina and it was held in the restaurant “Despotović”, which was attended by a total of 21 girls; lead writers: Jelica Kokotović and Svetlana Nikolić; the second street action.|
|26.03.16.||The third round table was in East Sarajevo and it was held at the “Kula” boarding house, attended by a total of 20 girls; introductory speakers: Slavica Radić and Jelena Antonić ; the third street action.|
|16.04.16.||The fourth roundtable was in Doboj and it was held in the restaurant “Sumadija”, which was attended by a total of 23 girls; introductory writers: Nedeljka Dujaković and Jelena Josipović , the fourth street action|
|18.05.16.||The fifth roundtable was in Banja Luka and it was held in “Krčma near Alekse”, which was attended by a total of 21 girls, introductory writers: Željka Mileusnić, Sanja Sumonja and Stefani Knežević and V street action.|
At the end of the project, after the above-mentioned workshops, we re-examined how many women were registered and employed in security services at the level of the Republika Srpska Entity during in the academic year 2016/2017. The information received is as follows:
Ministry of Defense of Bosnia and Herzegovina
In 2016/2017, 20 women were called to the military training for professional military service in the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina. When it comes to Republic of Srpska, 20 women were called and, after successful completion of the training, they were admitted to the professional military service of the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Border Police of Bosnia and Herzegovina
In 2016/2017, a total of 99 cadets were received, of which 14 were girls. With a high degree of qualification for the “Young Inspector” rank, 3 policewomen were received, and 11 policemen were received from the SSS for the “Police Officer” act.
From this it can be concluded that the planned result of the increase of 3% has been largely transferred and more than successfully implemented this project.
BUILDING CAPACITY IV
Supported by the OAK Foundation
The project goal is to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of women in the Republic of Srpska, with an emphasis on the highly developed region – East Herzegovina, as well as building the capacities of the organization / foundation “Women’s Center” Trebinje.
In the reporting period from 01.03.16 until 31.12.16, we have achieved these achievements:
Project period: from 01.03.16 until 31.12.17
TOGETHER FOR A LIFE WITHOUT VIOLENCE
supported by the Swedish organization Kvinna till Kvinna
The project goal is: the improvement of institutional and coordinated community reactions to combat, and prevention of gender-based violence in Republika Srpska (at the entity and local level / level of Eastern Herzegovina).
Project period : 01.01.16. to 31.12.16.
Outputs 1 .: 62 institutions / organizations from Eastern Herzegovina that directly or indirectly work or deal with victims of domestic violence or with this issue have acquire new knowledge and skills in this area as well as improve their work and mutual cooperation in order to contribute to combating domestic violence and provide better support / care for women and children victims of domestic violence.
Outputs 2 .: The representatives of three organizations / foundations have received new knowledge and skills in advocacy and develop advocacy plan for the adoption of a Package of economic measures for the empowerment of women victims of domestic violence in the RS. In addition, we have improved our mutual cooperation.
Outputs 3 .: Created a strong network of lobbyists within government bodies to put forth their best effort, according to their roles and capabilities, that for the first time in the history of this entity and the entire country, women victims of domestic violence are officially defined as a vulnerable category in the labor market as well as to the “Action plan for employment of the RS for 2017” incorporate measures for their (self) employment in the Republic of Srpska.
Through this project, we have fully accomplish the first two results and for the third we have achieved the conditions for its implementation through the continuation of the project in 2017. Our first result: Strengthening cross-sectoral approach in providing adequate, sensitive and specialized protection of victims of domestic violence in Eastern Herzegovina confirms the signed document “Platform of joint action of the multidisciplinary team for combating domestic violence in Eastern Herzegovina”, brochure containing analysis and monitoring of results achieved so far , regular bi-monthly meetings of the multidisciplinary team, and their responsiveness to all of our training. The platform contains measures for each institution / organization which raised the existing cooperation and assumed responsibilities to a much higher level in order to better protect victims.
As an example the District Prosecutor’s Office in Trebinje, which has fully accepted these obligations: 1. Detailed analysis of cases that were suspended – examine where they made errors on the field (in order not to repeat). In revising the previous cases could be found answers that would help the police, prosecution, judiciary, guardianship authority and all other services involved in the case, as well as on how to handle the complaints of domestic violence. This would avoid cases of non-prosecution of abusers. It is very important to immediately provide all the professional help and protection to the victim , not months later. For these reasons, we are in a situation that the victim change her statements in court, withdraw reports, complaints and the like.Here it is very important fast and effective treatment of all authorities involved in domestic violence cases. The victim usually report violence at the moment when she is afraid for her life or the lives of her children. Then the victim is not considering to change the statement, condemning of the family, environment and the like. As time goes on, under the influence of the environment, the family, and often children, victim ends up pulling the report and changing the testimony. Even in some cases, fear of the abuser force the victim to withdraw the report and give a different testimony of statements taken while accepting the report of violence;2. The issue of a search warrant of the house in all cases where it is suspected that in the house could be found legal or illegal weapons, or if victim says the attacker has a weapon which should be temporarily seize (preventively seize weapons that are legally owned); 3. Issue an order for detention of abuser so that victim can freely make a statement; 4.Include “Ženski centar” Trebinje for the purposes of proof in favor of the victim.
Our second result: Target women’s organizations have acquired skills in advocacy and develop a plan of representation related to ER 3 confirms our participation in education on Jahorina but also the document Advocacy plan.
Our third result: developed sustainable policies of economic empowerment of women victims of gender-based violence at the entity level (Republic of Srpska) confirms the Package of economic measures but most importantly 60 participants at the conference who presented their views and pledged to contribute to its realization.
When seen all this, it is clear that institutional and co-ordinated response of community in the fight and prevention of gender-based violence in the RS is improved (at entity and local level / level of Eastern Herzegovina).
As a success story we would state a conference in Banja Luka. In fact, following a conference, we made a working meeting with representatives of the Ministry of Labour and Veterans Protection of RS; Ministry of Family, Youth and Sports of RS; Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of RS; Ministry of Justice of RS ; Ministries of Internal Affairs of RS; Employment Agency of RS; Chamber of Commerce of RS; National Assembly of RS; Committee on Petitions, proposals and social control of the National Assembly of RS; Agency for confiscated property management; Cabinet of the President of NA of RS; Faculty of Economics Banja Luka; High school “Banjaluka Colage” and MPs. With them we continue working and we have defined specific proposals which we have delegated to the Government of RS to adopt into ‘Action Plan for Employment of RS for 2017. ” and they read as follows:
Preposed mesures for credit and residential lines through the IRB RS for women victims of domestic violence.
They have all accepted our proposal to help us from their position that these measures be “squeezed” into the documents referred to!
We used a variety of options with the aim of visibility of the project and activities such as:
– Printing and distribution of bilingual (Serbian and English) brochures in color. We originally planned 500 copies but we enlarge it for another 174 pieces because we have distributed 10 pieces of brochure to all the signatories on the basis of their request. The brochure will be posted on our web page www.zenskicentar.org.
-all the media (TV, radio, print, electronic) so that, for example. conference in Trebinje was followed by these broadcasters: BN, RTRS, ELTA TV, HERZEG, ATV; print media: Avaz, Glas Trebinja, Glas Srpske, Nezavisne; news agency SRNA; radio stations: Radio Trebinje, Radio Gacko, Radio Berkovići, Radio Bileća and Radio Nevesinje; portals:http://www.saransak.com/Trebinje/585022a9cb74482d3c397a62/organizacije-i-institucije-hercegovine-u-borbi-protiv-porodicnog-nasilja
While the conference in Banja Luka was escorted by RTRS, Nezavisne Novine and Radio RTRS made a series of three radio shows that completely transferred presentation of all the participants in it ( 9 of them). All these activities are visible on our Facebook page as well as on the web portal.
Monitoring of Police Officers and Workers in Case of Household Families
Supported by the Swedish organization Kvinna till Kvinna
Within the framework of the project implemented by the Foundation “Lara” in partnership with the Foundation “Women’s Center” Trebinje, a survey of police officers and workers was conducted in order to improve the legal protection and social support of women victims of domestic violence.
As part of the project on August 31/2016, education for monitors was carried out, which was attended by Branka Pejovic Petkovic and Vera Bulut, the members of the Foundation “Women’s Center” in Trebinje. During the one-day education conducted in Sarajevo, the guidelines and instructions for the application of the Monitoring Questionnaire were specified. In the course of the education, some questions have been reformulated by monitors. In accordance with the adopted changes to the Questionnaire, the Foundation “Lara” processed and subsequently submitted it to the partner organizations.
Upon receipt of the Questionnaire, we organized the work in the following way:
We were obliged to conduct interviews with the Chief of the Trebinje CJB, the Chief of Crime Service, the commander of the police station and with 7 police officers who enter the field after reporting domestic violence. In addition to conducting the questionnaire, we had an obligation to request a report from the Ministry of Interior carried out by the protective measures for 2014, 2015, 2016, which we did, and received it, and delivered it to the project holder.
Since the Foundation “Women’s Center” has been cooperating successfully with CJB Trebinje for many years, we have been given guidelines from the leading people for the selection of police officers who are most concerned with this issue.
When planning to fill in the Questionnaire, we have taken care that there is representation from several municipalities in Eastern Herzegovina.
During the implementation of the Questionnaire we did not have any problems, the police officers expressed a good will for cooperation. We came across the impression that the problem of domestic violence is recognized as a problem of the society, but that the system for victim protection is still not sufficiently developed. During the interviews, we came to the conclusion that the attitude of officers towards the victim of those who passed education by NGOs is recognizable and that it is noticeable that they lack the police officers working in the field. In all the cells in which we worked the approach is the same. It is based exclusively on legal procedures and there are no internal procedures anywhere. Moreover, the reports of violence have not been specifically recorded; the police officer who receives the application does not possess sufficient knowledge or skills to warn the victim of retaining the image of the act of violence until the moment of the arrival of the police; they do not have special rooms in which interviews are conducted with the victims (women and children); the persons conducting the interviews are not sufficiently educated for this, although everyone has a strong will to help the victim.
What is important to note is that we did not encounter the depreciation or mockery of the victim, and as a problem in the work we highlighted the alterations of the victim’s allegations, and this is justified by her inadequate protection by the system. The problem arises when it comes to the accommodation of the victim (absence of a safe house in Eastern Herzegovina) and its material and economic dependence on the partner.