From December 13 to December 15 2019, the fourth module of “Political Youth Literacy in BiH” - “Bridges between Local Authorities and Local Activists” was held and with them it completed the first generation of participants at the Academy for Women.

30 young people, ages 17-35, from all over BiH from May to December 2019 were participants in a project implemented by the Academy for Women with the support of the Federal Republic of Germany.

The module “Bridges between Local Authorities and Local Activists”, in addition to the Director of the Academy for Women, Maja Gasal-Vražalica, was opened by HE. Johanna Strömquist, Ambassador of the Swedish Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In her address to the participants, the Ambassador shared her experiences about being a diplomat, about her political and social engagement, and about the similarities and differences between Sweden and BiH regarding gender equality.


In addition to the great participants, the Academy for Women also has excellent lecturers, from whom we not only gain new knowledge but also ubiquitous support, one such lecturer is Zoka Ćatić who was with us this time too and taught us about it “Focus Scheme"and" What it takes to make a good news story". 

From Muhamed Mujakić we had the opportunity to hear about the topic "Fundamentals of Local Self-Government in Bosnia and Herzegovina", where we heard a lot of useful information that our participants need to know to act and engage at the local level.

On the second day of fourth module, we started with the energetic and always positive Jasmin Hasić and the topic "Local Initiatives, Civic Activism and Community Building" and a workshop where our participants had to devise a slogan/rhyme/message for the BiH Diaspora, integrating elements of a local initiative, civic activism and community building.

That much can be learned through "play" was the proof of our next lecturer, Mahir Sijamija and his "play" (NO)Vote, which is the product of an exhaustive study of the political system of BiH. In a fun way, divided into "People" and "Politicians" groups, the participants were trying to win with knowledge.

Berina Bukva was the next lecturer who told us the importance of activism in conjunction with institutional dialogue in order to achieve the goals more successfully.

We spent a Sunday morning working with Rubin Čengić and doing advocacy campaigns, a lecture and a workshop, and after that we again had the opportunity to practice with Zoko Ćatić "Focus Scheme".

The end of the fourth module was marked by the distribution of certificates for 23 participants who during all these months have been worthwhile with us, working primarily on themselves, participating not only in the modules but also through active engagement through the activities of the Academy for Women.

The Academy for Women is affectionate to all participants who, through their participation, have broken down party, ethno-national, national, gender, gender, age, religious and all other barriers.

We believe that with this project we have contributed to the social and political engagement of young people in BiH, which will be the driver of change in their communities.

The evaluations of our students gives us confirmation that we are on the right track and that new generations need interaction no matter where they live, what they are called, and whether they have opted for social political or party activism.

A brief overview of how our fourth Political Youth Literacy module in BiH went through is also available at the next link:


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