|Institutional Mechanisms for Gender Issues in BiH|
The introduction of the gender concept into institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina started in 1999 through specific activities, the key ones being the establishing of Gender centres with the Entity governments and creating conditions to start the process of building institutional and legal frameworks for gender mainstreaming in BiH.
The commission for Gender Equality has been formed wirhin the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Agency for Gender Equality was formed by a Council of Ministers’ Act in 2004 and it started its operation in January 2005 as a part of the Ministry for Human Rights and Refugees.
Commissions for Gender Equality have been formed in both, the House of Representatives and the House of peoples of the Parliament of the Federation of BiH, whereas in the RS National Assembly, it is the Board for equal opportunities that has been formed. In both, the Government of Federation BiH and the Government of Republika Srpska, there are persons appointed to deal with gender issues in every ministry.
Cantonal level (Federation BiH)
Commissions on Gender Issues have been formed in cantonal assemblies, whereas Coordination Boards for gender issues have been formed in cantonal governments.
In most municipal councils/assemblies, as well as in municipal mayors' cabinets, Boards/Commissions on gender issues have been formed.
The Gender Equality Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina wishes to welcome you
The inclusion of the gender equality principle in all areas of social life and work, in public and private spheres, represents an achievement of one of the basic standards of human rights and basic freedoms. Gender equality is not exclusively an issue of social justice, but also represents a necessary requirement for social and economic development of a country, with particular emphasis on poverty reduction and improvement of life quality for all citizens.Read more...