ADVOCACY

Prava za sve is human rights advocacy organization. We believe advocacy is a path from systemic human rights violations and marginalization of people towards sustainable social changes. People needs and priorities must be on government agenda. Citizens must participate in decision-making processes beyond elections. 

Prava za sve has been successfully leading campaigns for strengthening protection of human rights in legislation e.g. Criminal Code, Labor Law, Law on Prohibition of Discrimination, Gender Equality Law (selected laws). Prava za sve has been advocating for structural reform such as social protection reform, demanding adoption of strict and clear institutional antidiscrimination policies or participating in development of foster-care policy in Federal Ministry of Work and Social Policy. 

Prava za sve has established an Expert group, consisted of human rights experts from CSOs and members of legislative bodies, and has been successfully cooperating with BiH Parliamentary Women Caucus. Prava za sve and Expert Group had successfully advocated for strengthening protection of survivors of violence in the newly adopted Law on Protection against Domestic Violence (2013). Prava za sve, Expert Group jointly with Women Caucus advocate for Changes of the Criminal Code (currently) focused on more rigorous penal policies toward perpetrators of violence and trafficking against women and children, hate crimes and hate speech, particularly when it comes to LGBTQ and Roma population, returnees. 

Prava za sve works on building capacities of CSOs through tailored made educations based on years of practical experiences in successful advocacy campaigns and leading advocacy actions on concrete human rights issues using actions to build practical advocacy skills of organizations. Guide on legislative advocacy s contains simple, reader friendly tips for sucessful advocacy.

  

Sufficient and timely provided information on human rights, processes and initiatives are particularly important for successful civil society advocacy action. Prava za sve created a human rights & advocacy resource website People Advocate for Social Changes

WE EDUCATE AND ADVOCATE AGAINST DISCRIMINATION

PRAVA ZA SVE has been strengthening skills and capacities of civil society organizations (CSO) and marginalized communities to combat discrimination by using of existing mechanisms for protection against discrimination since adoption of the 2009 Law for Protection against Discrimination (LPD). PRAVA ZA SVE has been a part of group of organization that grown up into the Coalition of Civil Society against Discrimination “Equality for All”* (the Coalition) since 2010.

PRAVA ZA SVE has held dozens of trainings and workshops for communities and organizations on providing paralegal aid to victims of discrimination and fight against discrimination. PRAVA ZA SVE published a range of guides and manuals for practical use of the LPD and existing mechanisms for protection (available only in B/H/S in section Publication).

PRAVA ZA SVE has been supporting and undertaking anti-discrimination campaigns**. During 2015 and 2016, campaign for changes of the LPD was undertaken including development of amendments on the LPD with argumentation (available only in B/H/S). Through the Joint Commission for Human Rights of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina it has been advocated for strengthening victims’ protection from discrimination. A great number of those amendments have been adopted in the Amendments to the LPD from 2016 (unofficial consolidated text available only in B/H/S).

Under the campaign, PRAVA ZA SVE has been organizing debates aiming to establish stakeholders’ dialogue on efficient citizen’s protection through existing antidiscrimination mechanisms and institutions. The debates are followed by thematic articles of activists and experts published by the Coalition’s portal diskriminacija.ba . All debates are filmed in shot video and available at PRAVA ZA SVE YouTube page.

The first debate in series on discrimination of women in accessing right to health has been led to a joint legislative initiative of activists, experts and parliamentarians aiming to change the Health Insurance Act that, in January 2017, were in the legislative procedure in the FBIH Parliament.

Long lasting experience of the PRAVA ZA SVE in the fight against discrimination and advocacy is documented in user-friendly the Guide for Anti-Discrimination Advocacy (available only in B/H/S in section Publications), targeting CSO and stakeholders that would like to undertake anti-discrimination advocacy or advocacy in general.

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* Mediacentar Sarajevo, Analitika – Center for Social Research, PRAVA ZA SVE and Vaša prava BiH are members of the Coalition. The Coalition promotes the active role of civil society and citizens in the fight against discrimination in Bosnia and Herzegovina through legal and paralegal aid in cases of discrimination; lead and support fact and knowledge based advocacy campaigns aiming to improve implementation of the anti-discrimination policies, laws and practices; builds capacities of communities and organizations to support the victims and the fight against discrimination. Work and activities of the Coalition are currently supported by USAID and the Open Society Fund Bosnia and Herzegovina.

** The Coalition defines anti-discrimination advocacy as various activities of CSOs aiming to build society without discrimination through the implementation of the LPD. The primary focus of this type of advocacy is to support the implementation of the LPD as well as other anti-discriminatory legislation and policies or, legislation that have anti-discriminatory provisions.

 

LINKS

Prepoznajemo li diskriminaciju – Izazovi za građane i institucije (Do we recognize discrimination? – Challenges for Citizens and Institutions), autor: doc dr Midhat Izmirlija

Pristup zdravlju – ili pravo na zdravlje (Access to Health or Rights to Health), author: Selma Hadžihalilović

Imaju li žene jednako pravo na zdravlje? (Do Women Have Equal Health Rights?), author: Amra Kadrić

Koliko mladi znaju o seksualnom i reproduktivnom zdravlju? (What young people know about sexual and reproductive health?), author: Aleksandra Petrić

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WOMAN'S HUMAN RIGHTS

RIGHTS FOR ALL implemented a number of activities aiming to inclusion and strengthening women’s rights in the process of accession of Bosnia and Herzegovina to European Union. These activities are particularly aimed at increasing the visibility of women’s human rights, as well as the active participation of women and women’s organizations in the EU accession process, and particularly the inclusion in the National reports on the progress of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Women’s organizations, women intellectuals, members of the university, are excluded from all the reform processes and conversations, and issues that are important for women and women’s human rights are ignored.
The National Progress Report on Bosnia and Herzegovina issues of women’s human rights are virtually invisible and are contained only within the different areas of the report.

RIGHTS FOR ALL, in cooperation with eight partner of women’s organizations from Bosnia and Herzegovina drawn up advocacy document “Contribution of the Women Advocacy Group (WAG) for the 2016 EC Progress Report on Bosnia and Herzegovina”.

Women in Bosnia and Herzegovina are not equal with men particularly in employment and work, health and social protection. They are discriminated in access to maternity leave and compensation. Number of unemployed women are growing stedily, many women are working in informal economy, there are no enough accessible services for children, parental leave is limited. BiH has never had woman member of BiH Presidency and only 18% of elected officials are women. Penal policy in cases of violence against women and domestic violence are weak and contributes toward impunity of perpetrators. Many regulations on protection, social, health and other rights of survivors of violence are not harmonized contributing towards legal insecurity and inequality in protection among women survivors. Violence is often cause or consequences of poverty among women. 

Marginalized women are in particularly hard position. In some cased access to urgent medical help to pregnant Roma women while there are nearly enough gynecological tables for women with disability; majority of medical professionals are not trained nor sensitized to provide health services for women with disability particularly during childbirth, gynecological or mammography cheeks; women perspectives are often ignored when legislative solutions developed. 

Prava za sve systematically monitor position and women’s rights through activist and social research, monitor implementation of legislation that protect women’s rights. With partner organizations, Prava za sve analyses implementation of international women’s rights standards in national legislation, policies and practices; Monitoring of women’s rights is a base for Prava za sve advocacy actions. PRAVA ZA SVE advocate for efficient protection of women in laws and policies using debates in BiH Parliaments, parliamentary committees, or Women Caucus. PRAVA ZA SVE monitored process in Parliaments and recommend new solutions in law better protecting women together with Expert Group of OCD experts and women parliamentarians monitor . PRAVA ZA SVE advocate internationally towards European Commission or UN Committee for monitoring implementation of Convection for Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women for efficient protection of women nationally. Prava za sve reports on women’s rights, rights of marginalized women, implementation of conventions are available in Publications section

Council of europe convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence

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Convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women

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Contribution of the WAG for the 2016 EC Progress Report on BiH

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HUMAN RIGHTS

BiH signed some major human rights conventions. BiH adopted basic human rights legislation. However, legislation is not implemented while institutions are continuing to breach citizens’ right. Access to education, work and employment, social and health protection rights are frequently violated in BiH. Workers’ rights are violated, inter alia, due to non-payment of salary and/or obligatory social and pension insurance by employers, prevention of the trade union rights to establish and act, various violations of the maternity leave rights. Poverty and high rate of unemployment are contributing in violation of rights as well as lack of capacities of inspections to act efficiently. BiH Social protection system is expensive, bureaucratized, and at the same time ineffective and does not contribute to the protection of the most vulnerable people. Level of social benefits and rights are based on territory and categorization while not taking into consideration actual needs and levels of individual vulnerability of a beneficiary.

Violation of marginalized people rights is particularly concerning. Persons with disability are discriminated in access to social and health rights based on origins of disability. Inclusion is not enforced and is often based on a family efforts rather than systemic approach. CSO reports indicate that only 1-3% of Roma are employed in institutions. Lack of awareness on their rights and discrimination causes a large number of Roma have no identification cards and consequently cannot exercise rights. The citizens are discriminated based to gender identity or sexual orientation. Exposed to public condemnations and physical attacks, LGBT persons do not report violence since then would be pressured to publicly admit sexual orientation and risk new attacks. There is no effective response to hate speech and hate crime

Prava za sve works on legal literacy on relevant laws, standards and protection mechanisms for CSO, particularly organization advocating for marginalized groups or communities. In partnership with other organizations, Prava za sve monitor human rights implementation and reporting demanding systemic reforms, changes in laws, policies and practice; lead advocacy actions including debates in BiH Parliaments or parliamentary committees demanding more efficient protection of human rights; we analyze draft laws and recommend new legal solutions, we cooperate with ministry in new social protection policies and law drafting. More information on Prava za sve advocacy work is available in section Advocacy. Prava za sve human rights reports and Guided on accessing rights are available in section Publications.