In the period from November 25 to December 10, 2023, University of Vitez in Travnik held a workshop for students of the Travnik Mixed High School of Economics and Hospitality Industry and a panel discussion for the citizens of Travnik entitled “Together against violence”. The aforementioned activities marked the global campaign “16 days of activism against gender-based violence”.

Neuropsychiatry specialist at the Travnik Hospital, Dr. Aida Vatreš, held a lecture on “Healthy Connections” for the students of the Travnik Mixed High School of Economics and Hospitality Industry. The lecture was extremely interactive and the young people were very motivated and openly talked about interpersonal relationships.

A panel discussion “Together against violence” was held in the premises of the Chamber Scene of the Culture Center of the Municipality of Travnik. The goal was to gather experts, representatives of government institutions and civil society as well as citizens to discuss the problem of violence, share experiences and promote awareness of the importance of cooperation in solving this social issue. The discussion was preceded by a performance by Teather Talia from Novi Travnik.

The moderator of the panel discussion was the dean of the Faculty of Law of the University, prof. Ph.D. Goran Šimić. Participants in the panel discussion were Assoc. Ph.D. Rasema Okić, director of the Institute for Addictive Diseases of Canton Sarajevo, Amra Kovačević, occupational therapist of the Center for Mental Health, Sabina Malanović, representative of the Center for Social Work Travnik, M.Sc. Šemsudin Fuško, Chief Cantonal Prosecutor of the Cantonal Prosecutor’s Office/Prosecution Office SBK/KSB Travnik, Rusmir Prohan, Head of the Criminal Police Sector, M.Sc. Lejla Bešo-Haskić, professor of Elči Ibrahim-pašine religious school in Travnik and coordinator of the Department for Marriage and Family and M.Sc. Željko Marić, director of KŠC Petar Barbarić Travnik.

The panellists agreed that an integrated approach to combating violence is necessary, including the following sectors: education, legal support and psychological support.