The Action Plan for the Implementation of UN SC Resolution 1325 (2010-2013) was established by representatives of institutional gender mechanisms, the BiH Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Security, BiH police structures, non-governmental organizations.
The Action Plan has 8 goals that are as follows:
1. Increased participation of women in decision-making places;
2. Increased number of women in military and police forces and recognition of women as holders of managerial posts within military and police forces;
3. Participation of women in peace missions and introduction of gender perspective in the trainings for members of peace keeping missions;
4. Fight against trafficking in human beings;
6. Launching a campaign for support to women and girls (wartime victims, especially of sexual violence);
7. Training of civil servants (authorized employees, civil servants, police officials, judges and prosecutors) and promotion of the Resolution internationally;
8. Cooperation with non-governmental and international organizations during the implementation of SC Resolution 1325 in BiH.
The Action Plan has renewed interest in the matter of support to women civilian victims of war.
Taking into consideration specific needs of women, who during the war suffered physical and sexual violence, activities for provision of housing have been planned and programs of acquiring additional qualifications and retraining, as well as psycho-social assistance programs have been launched. These programs should be implemented in collaboration with governmental, non-governmental and international institutions and organizations. The draft Action Plan to implement UNSCR 1325 in Bosnia and Herzegovina provides for the implementation of activities providing support to women and girls victims during the war. Activities include: creating a program for empowering women civilian victims of war, within associations which deal with women civilian victims of war, through psychosocial support and capacity building; organizing forums and conferences with representatives of civilian victims of war for identifying their needs and problems; giving support to training, re-training and employment (economic empowerment); giving support to workshops for re-traumatisation (identification of experts in the above-mentioned areas who will continue to train those who will provide services to end-users of services/victims).
Source of Information
Website of the Agency for Gender Equality of Bosnia and Herzegovina; Second Periodic Report of BiH on the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (June 2010), p. 18; Response of the government of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the questionnaire on Beijing +15, p. 6