Mediterranean Dialogues 2018

The Mediterranean Sea has often been depicted as the cradle of world civilisations. The sea is known in English and the Romance languages as the sea “between the lands”, but historically the Mediterranean Sea has gone by many names. The Romans have called it Mare Nostrum (Our Sea); in Arabic and Turkish the sea is often referred to as the White Sea (al-Bahr al-Abyad and Akdeniz, respectively); in Hebrew, it is called Yam Gadol (Great Sea), and in German Mittelmeer (Middle Sea).Since Antiquity, the Mediterranean Basin has been the centre for the three monotheisms, flourishing civilisations, migrations, the development of cultural, scientific and economic exchanges, but also for the intersections of wars. Today, unfortunately, the Mediterranean Basin is the theatre of a humanitarian crisis that has challenged the collective leadership around the sea. Read more

Boot camp for young leaders III

Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly Banja Luka is organizing the third “Boot camp III for young leaders” that will be held from 28th November to 3rd December 2017 in ethno village “Kotromanićevo“ near Doboj.

The camp includes workshops on leadership, communication, peace-building, stereotypes and prejudices. Within the project will be organized photography workshops and after the camp is planned photography exhibition regarding sustainable peace that will be held in the camp participants’ municipalities. We seek for participants aged16-19 from the local municipalities: Doboj, Doboj Istok, Doboj Jug, Maglaj, Usora, Modriča, Gradačac, Šamac, Domaljevac, Odžak. Read more

Women Initiative

When a group of 22 women members of parliament, journalists, university professors and leading civil society activists from Belgrade and Pristina met for the first time in Budva, Montenegro, to talk politics in an informal setting, the dialogue was stilted and the atmosphere uneasy. Observing their faces at the time, one would notice traces of skepticism and caution, but also curiosity and a readiness to meet “the other side”. Read more

EBN Call for Solutions 2017

On the 21st of September, the Social Challenges Innovation Platform (SocialChallenges.eu) launched the 2017 edition of its Open Call for Solutions.

SocialChallenges.eu is a far-reaching European online ecosystem fostering the interaction between social innovators and SMEs for the co-development and take up of sustainable and marketable innovations with a clear social impact. The platform aims to be a social innovation marketplace, where Public Authorities, Private Companies or Third Sector Organizations can post and give visibility to social and environmental challenges they want to solve. At the same time, social innovators and entrepreneurs from across Europe are invited to propose innovative solutions. Read more

How Young People Are Changing the World

Perhaps you’ve seen a group of young people performing expressive theatrics in your city these days. Don’t worry – that’s how they fight discrimination, showing through performance how to overcome intolerance.

These young people come from  organizations Somborski edukativni centar – SEC, Organizacija kreativnog okupljanja “OKO”, Connecting, AS Centar i Pokret gorana Vojvodine, and they gathered through the initiative of BalkanIDEA Novi Sad on the project “Riznica različitosti 2.0”. During their tuition a dozen young people explored human rights and came up with a performance in which certain characters tackle discrimination. Read more

You Can!

War and Peace, Good and Evil, Life and Death!

Any good, new paralyzed evil, damn it, we have to choose.

The choice is ours!

We take steps, and our reality gets destroyed,

we obscure our eyes,

swim in the covetousness, and the extinct waves clash into our face.

Thus, day by day, we are filled with envy, wrath, and in the spirit are the bells of evil. Read more

What Was It Like For You?

I know how it was for me, but I want to know what it was like for those I fought against in the war. If we just sit in our own pen, then we will only know the truth we want to hear.

War veterans from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia visited the former Vozuća battleground in the Zavidovići Municipality, paying their respects to the civilian and military casualties, wishing to hear, as one of the participants, Enes Bajrić, put it, what it was like for others on this battleground that took the lives of more than a thousand soldiers and hundreds of civilians from all three sides involved in the conflict (Army of BiH, VRS, HVO). Read more

School of Different Memories BiH 2017

Youth Initiative for Human Rights Bosnia and Herzegovina together with ZFD Forum, CCFD-Terre Solidaire and European Commission is organizing first regional School of Different Memories in eastern Bosnia – Gornje Podrinje from July 26 until July 30 2017.

School of different memories is a summer educational programme based on study visit and aimed to exchanging experiences of local community, human rights activists, representatives of religious communities, historians, victims and witnesses about reconciliation process and dealing with the past. Programme is based on visiting places where war crimes happened in WWII and in a last Bosnian war 1991 – 1995 and connecting experiences of communities from broader area of one region. Since 2016, this school has a regional character, so participants from Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro will join us, too. Read more