Bosnia and Herzegovina-2019 Commitments

Statement  on the  UPR of Bosnia 

WILPF Submission to HRC44 – WILPF submitted this written statement to the 44th session of the UN Human Rights Council in connection with the presentation of the Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants’ report on his country visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina.  

WILPF HRC43 statement on BiH 

National Action Plan: BiH to revise and improve existing M&E plan to facilitate data collection, reporting and evaluation that will inform the development of the new NAP on UNSCR 1325.

M&E plan was revised. Based on these revisions, new formats for annual planning and reporting were developed.

Additional information is available on the website of the Agency for Gender Equality, with the most up-to-date information in Bosnian.

To ensure effective implementation, BiH will organize coordination meetings of institutions represented in NAP, including the Coordination Group of Non- Governmental Organizations in order to improve the model of mutual coordination, cooperation, and communication lines.

Two meetings with NGOs organized (in May and Sep) with the aim to discuss mutual cooperation and preparation for presentation of the 6th periodic CEDAW/SHADOW Report. 

At the regional level, BiH will organize thematic meetings of Regional Coordination Board to exchange practices in implementation of national and local action plans on UNSCR 1325 and will support the revision of the Regional Action Plan with a focus on common priorities, especially in the context of new security threats and challenges (e.g. different roles and needs of women and men in natural disasters, migration crisis and the prevention of violent extremism).

Regional Action Plan (2019-2023) revised with additional new strategic program: “Gender mainstreaming in the context of newsecurity threats and challenges (natural disasters, violent extremism and terrorism, migrant/refugee crisis)”. 

BiH will develop a roadmap which defines specific forms of cooperation between the EU and the GEA BiH/MHRR BiH in the framework of the G7 partnership for peace and security support through the implementation of 1325.

“EU-Bosnia and Herzegovina G7/WPS Partnership Roadmap” was developed in consultations with BiH Coordination Board on NAP UNSCR 1325 and Delegation of EU in BiH. It defined goals, targets, concrete actions, deadlines, responsibilities and type of EC and IC support.

Bosnia and Herzegovina is neither an EU nor NATO member state. But it is a member of NATO’s Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council, which has jointly adopted NATO’s policy on WPS, and the EU has committed to a partnership with Bosnia Herzegovina on WPS through the G7. There was a high-level conference on Women, Peace and Security organised by NATO and the EU, in partnership with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, on 4 March 2019 in Sarajevo. 

BiH commits to participating regularly at the meeting of the Global Focal Points Network on Women, Peace and Security.

The GEA BiH was not able to participate in the WPS Focal Points Network side event which took place on the margins of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly in Sep 2019. The GEA communicated and sent an update on the implementation of WPS in BiH which was presented by the Representative of the Permanent Mission of BiH to the UN. 

Peacekeeping: The Ministry of Security of BiH will organize a conference on “Participation of Women in Peace Support Operations”.

The conference was organized with the aim to encourage more women members of the police and armed forces to participate in peace support operations.

Financial commitments: Launching the FIGAP II Program – Financial Instrument for Implementation of the Gender Action Plan in BiH (2018-2021). One of the priorities is “Gender and Security” and funds are also planned to support the implementation of UNSCR 1325. Also committing allocation of grants to non-governmental organizations from FIGAP II funds for projects supporting implementation of NAP UNSCR 1325 in BiH, including to support safe houses for victims of gender-based violence.

Implementation of FIGAP II program is ongoing. Grants allocated to ten (10) NGOs, out of which six (6) are directly related to support implementation of NAP UNSCR 1325 in BiH.​

Updates on the FIGAP II program are provided here, including updates on financing and the availability of future financing for gender issues.  

Security Sector: BiH commits the continuation of the work on harmonization of regulations, policies, programmes and internal procedures in the defense and security sector institutions of in BiH with the Law on Gender Equality in BiH.

Will organize thematic events for on gender issues in defense and security in BiH and will continue the active participation of the Ministry of Defense and the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the WPS Chiefs of Defense Staff global network.

One strategic document in the BiH Ministry of Security and eight bylaws in the BiH Ministry of Defense harmonized with Law on Gender Equality in BiH.

The first conference of the WPS CHODs Network organized in BiH (Sarajevo). The Action plan on implementation of the Conference conclusions was developed and started in July 2019.

Gender Equality: Presentation of the Sixth Periodic CEDAW Report of BiH that contains information on the implementation of the BiH NAP on UNSCR 1325.

Presentation before the CEDAW Committee completed and followed by Concluding observations for BiH, received from the Committee, with set of recommendations related to implementation of WPS agenda in BiH.

WILPF: Joint Submission to the Committee on Elimination of Discrimination against Women Review of Bosnia and Herzegovina 

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