Sarajevo – Srebrenica – Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina
May 20 – 26, 2017
For centuries Bosnia and Herzegovina nurtured traditions of tolerance, multi-ethnic living and ethical principles that value all cultures and religions. However, in the 1990s the country experienced a brutal conflict that divided people who had lived together peacefully for generations. This module focuses on how this was allowed to happen and how people are now rebuilding their lives and their country, and how survivors of war trauma and violence are living today and who and what are contributing to peace-building in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- introduces the history of Bosnia’s multi-ethnic nationalism; analyzes the historical background of its religious communities; and examines how religion has been used both to intensify conflict and to build peace
- analyzes what ‘respect for difference’ actually means and how it is necessary for the respect of human rights and the development of democracy
- explores efforts (especially those of women) in post-conflict healing and commitment to exercising justice for survivors in the whole of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Through testimonies of women’s experiences, lectures and roundtable discussions, participants analyze the complex situation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Examples of good practise illustrate efforts and methodologies for healing and reconstruction. The module includes visits to various sites with rich cultural and religious values but also vistis to the sites where genocide and mass suffering have happened.
Sarajevo provides a rich blend of the religions and cultures that shaped its past. The module includes visits to Srebrenica, a site where genocide has happened, and to Zenica, a town known for great efforts in peacebuilding and reconciliation.
Irma Šiljak, has been working in the Association “Medica” Zenica since 2008. She graduated from the Pedagogical Faculty in Zenica, English language and Literature Department, and is currently involved in the ‘European studies’ master degree course at the University of Sarajevo. Šiljak was an EPIL student during the 2011-2013 course. Her final paper topic was ‘Youth in interreligious dialogue – their perceptions of religion with a focus on violence’.
Jadranka Miličević, is a peacebuilder, feminist and activist for human and women’s rights. She is a co-founder and executive director of CURE Foundation in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She is a member of International Peace Network “Women in Black” and a winner of the 100 Heroins of the World Award. She works at the CARE International Balkans and is responsible for regional project on ‘Active inclusion and rights of Roma women in Western Balkans’.
Association Medica Zenica in cooperation with religious communities and nongovernmental organizations
MEDICA ZENICA- Krivače 40, Zenica 72000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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