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CONTRACT NO: 2022/441-344
Advancing the Legal and Social Matrix to prevent Femicide
and Gender-based Violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Violence against women in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) is widespread, but often goes unnoticed until the final iteration – murder.
Although there are legal measures to deter and punish violence against women, experts warn that these are not adequate, a fact to which recent murders attest. In addition, femicide still lacks a universally agreed-upon definition, as well as recognition as a distinct criminal offence under BiH law.
Support services for victims of violence are largely gender-insensitive and thus fail to meet the specific needs of women who are physically and/or sexually abused. Furthermore, courtroom statistics show that male perpetrators of violence against women are often given conditional or inordinately low prison sentences and that enforcing female victims’ right to compensation for damages and costs incurred as a result of violence is still the exception rather than the rule.
The cultural matrix of violence and sexist attitudes are still deeply rooted in Bosnian society. It is easy to see that the causes of femicide should be sought in the position of women and gender roles, where two-thirds of people believe that violence against women by partners, acquaintances, or strangers is common and where the general opinion is that women should be subordinate to men. In addition to the general presence of stereotypes and prejudices, and attitudes about violence against women, the causes of femicide are often riddled with misconceptions. The most common misconception is that killing a woman happens suddenly in an extreme situation. It is also a misconception that women are killed only by dysfunctional m BiH Agency for Gender Equality, collected data from judicial institutions and non-governmental organisations that stated a total of 56 women were killed in BiH in a relatively short period from 2015 to 2019, but these killings were not treated as femicide. Even 48% of women in BiH have experienced some form of violence: sexual harassment, stalking, violence by an intimate partner or non-partner from the age of 15
Bearing in mind the overall atmosphere in BiH, political, social and economic instability, inadequate media coverage as well as public misperception of femicide and overall, of gender-based violence, it is realistic to expect that these numbers may significantly increasing, as well as that women somehow provoked the perpetrator, and that they “deserved” that murder.
OVERALL OBJECTIVE OF THE PROJECT
The overall objective is to protect human rights and fundamental freedoms of women and girls and to challenge the cultural and social matrix of gender-based violence in BiH primarily by promoting elimination, prevention, and protection from femicide in support to Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention).
Specific objectives of this project are to advocate for improved legislation, referral mechanisms, and changing legal norms and practices in the treatment of femicide.
Ja bih u EU would like to invite individuals to apply for the position of journalist/ copywriter. Their assignment will be development of 2 web features within 6 months, on the topic of gender-based violence, that will be used as part of the project’s campaign.
The work will include:
• Research on the theme and contacting interviewers
• Production of article on bsc and English language
• Presence on at least one event organized within the project for the statements
Qualifications and skills:
General professional experience:
• At least 5 years of experience in journalism, copywriting and PR
• Experience in contend development
• Bachelor degree in journalism, philosophy or political sciences
• Excellent command of written and spoken English
• Good computer skills (Word)
OPEN POSITIONS: 1
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Note: All the documents produced must satisfy European Union visibility requirements including European Union logo, information on funding as well as disclaimer.
The Applicants shall deliver their applications (CVs and past works on the relevant topic) to email email@example.com, or address Ćumurija 2, Sarajevo, until 28 June 2023. The evaluation will be based on 100% technical bid (qualifications).