Press Conference and Exhibition – Campaign “16 Days of Activism for Gender Equality” 2022

The TPO Foundation is organizing a press conference on Thursday, November 24, 2022. at 12:00 p.m. where the activities, which will be done as part of the UNIGEM project at 19 partner universities, on the occasion of the “16 Days of Activism for Gender Equality” campaign for 2022 will be presented. On the same day, after the conference, there will be a ceremonial opening of the exhibition entitled “Do you know?” on the well-maintained promenade of the UNSA (University of Sarajevo) Campus, whose messages point to some of the most common forms of gender-based violence (GBV) at universities.

The following will speak at the press conference: Aleksandra Nikolić, head of the Ministry of Education, Science and Youth of Sarajevo Canton, prof. Ph.D. Rifat Škrijelj, rector of the University of Sarajevo, prof. Ph.D. Zilka Spahić Šiljak, program director of the TPO Foundation, and prof. Ph.D. Jasna Kovačević, president of the Council for Gender Equality of the University of Sarajevo.

The “16 days of activism against gender-based violence” campaign is of a global kind and is celebrated every year, from November 25 to December 10, by over 6,000 different organizations in over 180 countries, with the aim of raising public awareness of the need for activist engagement in the fight against violence.

The motto of this year’s UNIGEM Campaign is “LOOK, SPEAK OUT AGAINST THE VIOLENCE” and will include all partner universities of the project, where over 80 different activities will be held in the specified period – workshops, forums, round tables, debates, exhibitions, dance performances, simulation trials on the case of gender-based violence, quiz, video projections. In addition to the listed activities, workshops by Nikola Vučić entitled “Understanding masculinity: how to develop gender responsibility” will be held at a total of eight partner universities, as well as promotions of the book by Dr. Zlatan Hrnčić entitled “Violence against pregnant women” with accompanying workshops on the same topic.

On the same day, the TPO Foundation will present an exhibition of posters called “Do you know?”, consisting of ten posters containing messages which represent the most common forms of gender-based violence (GBV) at universities, which will be displayed along the length of the UNSA Campus walkway until the end of the Campaign. The creative merits for the metal frames of the exhibition display, with bright LEDs, belong to the students of PI Railway School Center (JU Željeznički Školski Centar) from Sarajevo, who made them under the mentorship of their professors.

As in previous years, the TPO Foundation has included a total of ten high schools and one elementary school from Sarajevo in the Campaign, which will also conduct a series of activities including movie screenings, filming and production of movies, workshops, lectures, and exhibitions of student works on the topic of gender-based violence and gender equality.

The slogan of this year’s global campaign is “UNITE” and will include important international dates – 25.11. International Day Against Violence Against Women, 1.12. World AIDS Day, 3.12. International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 6.12. The anniversary of the Montreal massacre and 10.12. International Human Rights Day.