May 15th 2015. - At the Holiday Inn Hotel, International Conference "Women's Strength" was held on the participation of entrepreneurs and organizations in BiH, the region and the EU. This year the conference put into focus the Labour Law and the Strategy for the development of women entrepreneurship in BiH. In addition to this they also spoke about solving problems in business entrepreneurship.
Topics for the conference were selected on the basis of similarity of the processes in the region, and with this, the importance of mutual information exchange in the regionwould be emphasized, positive and negative experiences would be shared, so all of us would go through the transition process together. The main conclusions of the conference are as follows:
(1) The Labour Act is the number one topic in the region, especially in Bosnia and Herzegovina in terms of reform of labor legislation and aspirations of employers, unions and the government that implement these reforms.. We can recognize the resistance of trade unions, and for us as entrepreneurs it is very important to overcome misunderstandings and bring the best solutions, given all the bad experiences so far: non-payment of contributions, non-payment of wages, lack of work and lay-offs, waiting etc ... talking about these issues has double meaning, on one hand we talk about the lack of confidence among employers, and ineffective application of valid analysis the government so far had to do. We emphasize the need for reform of other laws that can not be seen in isolation from the Labour Act, it is especially important in the reforms in the social sector. Special concern is the status of women in greater numbers than men working as before and now in insecure forms of employment legislation, fixed-term contracts or on the black market. Women bear the burden of unresolved issues of maternity compensation, the burden of caring for children and the elderly, and the difficulty of harmonizing professional and private life.
(2) When we talk about the strategy of development of entrepreneurship among women in BiH, Association of Business Women "One" as the umbrella association, wants to take the initiative to make a Strategy at the level of BiH that would facilitate all entrepreneurs to improve the business environment and developing business. We are interested in that in our country there would be done strategies necessary of overall development and, of course, particularly the strategy of development of entrepreneurship within whose was strategy and entrepreneurship among women. Association ''ONE'' is willing to take on this work on and expect that the Ministry of Economic Relations and Foreign Policy of BiH and entity governments recognizes it. The great help we expect from the countries of the region and of their experiences, given that most countries are already working on the development of the Strategy of development of entrepreneurship among women. This is one of the more important elements because of which we have with us at the Conference women representatives of countries from the region (Kosovo, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, ...).
May 16th 2015, gala evening "Lady Boss" was organized a in a beautiful restored building of city hall. For the second time "Lady Boss" was awarded for the most successful BiH women entrepreneur in the past year, as well as awards for women whose activities assist the promotion and empowerment of women. To support the development of women entrepreneurship in BiH, and to promote positive images of women's work, awards were given in prizes in the categories of:
1. Large business - turnover in excess of 40 million KM
2. A middle business - turnover from 4 to 40 million
3. Small business - turnover 400000 - 4 million
4. Micro business - turnover up to 400,000 KM
5. Woman in the business world – turnover up to to 2 million
Award for micro Business was given to Emina Rahić owner - Emms d.o.o. Jelah, Mirsada Venturini-Mehmedinović, owner – confection – F.B.M. d.o.o. Lukavac in the small business category, followed by the director of the company Eco – teh d.o.o. Sarajevo, Jasminka Pindžo in the category of medium bussiness. Title of the most successful entrepreneur in big business was given to the director of Gorazde based company Bekto Preciza, Enisa Bekto, while Ljiljana Kunosić was declared as the Best woman in the business world, executive director of the largest shopping company in BIH, BINGO d.o.o. Tuzla.
Special mentions were awarded to members of the Association "ONE" whose activities assist the promotion and empowerment of women, as well as awards for innovation. Among the winners are Anila Gajević, owner of the casting agency Zone, who brought Hollywood to Bosnia and Herzegovina and led Bosnia and Herzegovina to Hollywood, while the award for contribution to the work in the field of non-governmental sector was received by Sabiha Husic, director of the NGO "Medica" from Zenica, otherwise known as the women of the year.
Recognition for the development of social entrepreneurship was delivered to Marijana Dinek, executive director of the Foundation BHWI, Besima Boric is given the award for the affirmation of women in politics, then, in recognition of innovation in entrepreneurship was given to Belma Selimovic, director of "Frigor''. Thanks for the promotion of women entrepreneurship in BiH was given to Amina Isović Bukvic.
In the sixth of December the diplomatic winter bazaar was opened in Sarajevo city in the Hall of Mirza Delibašić in Skenderija Area.
Countries that have diplomatic missions in BiH presented their products; from traditional food, cheese, sweets, meat, rice, jam, sarme.,
We ( BHWI foundation ) were there and presented handmade pieces, kitchen tools , wooden colored boxes, wooden spoons and tools for baking, booklets of recipes, aprons and checkers, jewelries , necklaces, rings, bracelets and Syrian food. Those things were made by refugees in Bosnia & Herzegovina.
As well as in the bazaar you can see stands of Turkey, Great Britain, France, United States of America, Canada, China, Thailand, Palestine, Kuwait, Egypt who presented clothes, shoes, books, games, food, cosmetics , soap and beer.
Prices were symbolic, money collected from the selling goes to humanitarian purposes.
Doživite atmosferu bazaara kroz fotogaleriju koju je snimila naša fotografkinja Manar Hilal.
More than 7000 visitors came to the diplomatic winter bazaar , children enjoyed their time in the open playfield and they could learn more about musical instruments.
Experience the atmosphere of the bazaar through our photo gallery (see link), photos are taken by our reporter and photographer Ms.Manar Hilal.
As part of the "16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence" campaign, BHWI Foundation and UNHCR organized a series of activities in the cities where persons under international protection in BiH reside, with special aim of highlighting the issue of gender based violence among this population.
In the area of Sarajevo, Mostar and Prijedor we organized thematic workshops on prevention of gender-based violence. The participants of the workshop were persons under international protection in BiH. The workshop participants had the opportunity to learn about the problem of gender-based violence, activities in the field of prevention, identification, reaction and consequences of gender-based violence.
As a part of this campaign, there were three Forum Theatres held, in Prijedor, Mostar and Sarajevo.
An interactive theater piece - Forum Theater titled ''Will you help Lejla'' was held in local schools in Prijedor and Sarajevo. The participants of the workshop were adult refugees, professionals, experts and officials who collaborate with them and help them in the framework of the program of psychosocial support: teachers and educators from schools attended by children from families under our care, social workers from CSR, employees from the police, courts, and medical facilities and staff from BHWI Foundation. Cast in Forum Theater were actors from Puppet Studio Sarajevo.
By performing interactive theater pieces - Forum Theater "Life worth 500 KM" in Youth Theatre in Mostar, we marked the end of this year's "16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence" activities. Participants of workshop were adult refugees who live in IC Salakovac, specialists, experts and officials who collaborate with them and help them in the framework of the program for psychosocial support, teachers and educators from schools, students of local schools, university students and citizens. The aim of the show 'Life is worth 500 marks' is to raise awareness about gender-based violence, trafficking and premature marriage, and to encourage contemplation of possible solutions in seemingly dead-end situations faced by victims of domestic violence. Forum-play Life worth 500 marks, was made using materials from BHWI Foundation's work to combat gender-based violence, and it was run by staff from Mostar Youth Theatre. The show is supported by the City of Mostar, Forma F, Gender Centre FBiH, and OSCE Mission in BiH.
The United Nation Refugee Agency