Bosnia and Herzegovina: Build Sustainable Peace
The war in Bosnia and Herzegovina officially ended with the Dayton Peace Agreement signed in December 1995. While the agreement has played an important role in ending the military violence it also created space for political and economic transformation in the country without further engagement or consultations with the population.
WILPF together with local and international feminist activists and academics, has analysed the peace agreement as well as the post-conflict reconstruction and recovery processes and has found that without proper engagement of civil society, and in particular women’s groups, the economic, social and cultural rights of the citizens were put aside to the detriment of a peace built on social justice and equality. This has negatively affected both the population in general, and victims in particular.
Women’s rights are still challenged today in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This is the consequence of the absolute exclusion of women and civil society from peace negotiations.
The experiences of Bosnian women of conflict and post-conflict reconstruction processes is important knowledge for women and feminists around the world. By creating feminist solidarity dialogues between women from other armed-conflict zones such as Syria or Ukraine, WILPF helps to create peace founded in social justice, environmental awareness, human rights, demilitarisation, and gender equality.