Gender mainstreaming at the University

As a part of the activities of the UNSA Council for Gender Equality and the University Gender Resource Center (UNIGeRC), on May 30th, educations for non-teaching staff titled “Gender Mainstreaming Policies at the Organizational Units of the University of Sarajevo” began, during which the basics of the concept of gender-based violence and discrimination, and sexual harassment will be presented. The first two educations were led by Prof. Dr Jasna Kovacevic, professor at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Sarajevo and coordinator of the UNSA Council for Gender Equality. The first education took place on 30 May 2022, and it was attended by representatives from the Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Political Sciences, Faculty of Sports and Physical Education, Faculty of Criminal Justice, Criminology and Security Studies, Faculty of Law and Faculty of Philosophy. The second education took place on 31 May 2022, and it was attended by representatives from the Faculty of Islamic Sciences, the Faculty of Catholic Theology, and the Faculty of Pedagogy. In addition to providing information about what gender-based violence is, what are its forms, how to recognize it and how to proceed if any form of gender-based violence occurs, the aim of education is to present both documents and institutional mechanisms that faculties and the University can use to protect all their employees, as well as students, against different aspects of this type of violence.

Beside the topics concerning the concept of gender-based violence at universities, participants were presented with the results of the UNIGEM survey conducted at UNSA in 2021, on a sample of students, teaching and administrative staff. The UNSA Gender Action Plan was discussed, and as well as the Protocol on the treatment of sexual and sexually based harassment as a form of violence in the administration organs, public companies, public institutions and legal entities founded by Sarajevo Canton, and Guidelines for the prevention of sexual and gender-based harassment, harassment based on sexual orientation, gender identity and sexual characteristics at UNSA.

In the coming period, four more educations are planned in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies  “Prof. Dr Zdravko Grebo”, and lecturers will be professors from the University of Sarajevo, members of the UNSA Council for Gender Equality.

The education is organized as part of the project “The University and Gender Mainstreaming (UNIGEM)”. Project is supported by the UK Government and implemented by the TPO Foundation.