Do we have the courage to question our own beliefs, worldviews, and practices? Do we have the strength to stand up against the structural violence perpetrated by patriarchal institutions, both secular and religious? Are we willing to listen to a different perspective and allow different opinions to be respected—even if we don’t agree with them? Are we ready to respect human freedom and the right of individuals to believe or not believe, to question, doubt, and seek answers? Can one be a feminist and a believer?

If the answer to these questions is positive, then we recommend that you sign up for the first online FER School: Feminism and Religion. The FER School is intended for women and men who want to academically examine their beliefs, attitudes, knowledge, and practices regarding human rights and freedoms, and who want to explore how gender stereotypes shape the lives of women and men in the family and society.

The goal of the FER School is to understand, through online lectures and discussions, how gender stereotypes affect the lives of women and men, why they are still justified by religion and some scientific research, and to offer egalitarian models of gender relations.

The FER School is FREE, and the courses this semester are open to everyone regardless of educational level and do not require preparation or writing papers, but regular and active participation.

In the summer semester of the FER School (March 25 to May 28, 2024), we offer five courses at the following times:

Feminism: An Absolute Curse Monday, 18:00 – 19:30

“Don’t Walk Like That!” Social-Religious Shaping of Gender Roles Tuesday, 18:00 – 19:30

There’s Few of Us But We Exist! Gender, Religion, and Media Wednesday, 18:00 – 19:30

Eastern Faces of Feminism Thursday, 18:00 – 19:30

Is Peace a Woman’s Matter? Friday, 18:00 – 19:30

The online lectures and discussions will be held on the Zoom platform. Participation is mandatory, with a maximum of three absences allowed with prior notice. Participants who attend regularly will receive a certificate at the end of the course.

You can enroll in all courses or only some of them.

To apply for enrollment, please provide:

A motivational letter and a brief CV.

The titles of the selected courses you wish to attend from the offered list.

Please submit your application no later than March 15, 2024, to the following email address: ferskola.tpo@gmail.com. You will receive a response to your application by March 20, 2024.

The FER School is organized by the TPO Foundation from Sarajevo in partnership with the Ecumenical Women’s Initiative from Omiš and the Foundation for Transcultural Education from Zagreb. For more information about the FER School, visit: https://ferskola.onlinebase.net/

Academic directors:     Associate professor Zilka Spahić Šiljak, PhD

Research Associate Dr. Jadranka Rebeka Anić