Documentary Film “NEW FACE OF MASCULINITY: Eliminating Stereotypes and Adopting New Standards” Officially Launched

Documentary Film “NEW FACE OF MASCULINITY: eliminating stereotypes and adopting new standards” produced within the campaign of the UN agencies in BiH was officially screened.

The documentary film “NEW FACE OF MASCULINITY: eliminating stereotypes and adopting new standards” has been officially launched on 25 March, 2013 in Mediacentar, Sarajevo. The production of the documentary is a part of many activities undertaken within the joint public information campaign of UN agencies in BiH named “Men United to End Violence against Women”. The film was created with the aim to examine contemporary models of masculinity trough attitudes of different generations and opinions of professionals.

Public debate treating this topic was held just after the debate. The participants were Borka Rudić, Journalist and General Secretary of the Association BH novinari andNermina Vehabović Rudež, Psychologist, who took part in the documentary. Trainer from Association XY, Damir Zeković and Director of Sarajevo Open Center, Saša Gavrić, joined the debate and commented on their experiences in changing attitudes of young men, as well as issues of gender equality in BiH society. Debate was moderated by Slobodanka Boba Dekić from Mediacentar Sarajevo.

For many men there is still a gap between the dominant model of masculinity in the society and the reality in which they live in, as well as the new opportunities. This situation indicates the need for a change. Only change and transformation of gender relations leads to gender equality, hence equal and satisfactory position of men andwomen. These processes should involve all spheres of society, because only by joint efforts and work on the equal emancipation we can affect the elimination of stereotypes and the adoption of new models of masculinity.

Photos from the event:

Members of the Basketball Club 3K Joined Real Men League

The wheelchair basketball club “3K Sarajevo” joined Real Man League and invited BiH public to sign the Declaration Against Violence Against Women.

Members of the 3K stated that real man respects women; he is not violent, serves as positive example to others and doesn’t close the eyes to violence.

A Promise is a Promise: Time for Action to End Violence against Women

On International Women’s Day 2013, the World calls for urgent action to end violence against women and girls.

Every year on March 8, people around the world celebrate the International Women’s Day meant to remember and acknowledge the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. This year, the focus is on ending violence, which is still a horrific reality for many women all over the world. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, the UN Agencies, the governments and civil society organizations are contributing to protect women’s right to live free of violence.

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, domestic violence is directed against women and children five times more often than against men. Recently published BiH Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey indicates that five percent of women and six percent of men believe that husband/partner has a right to beat his wife/partner.

While we are celebrating that day, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 57) is taking place at United Nations Headquarters in New York. This year’s priority theme at the Commission is the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, the United Nations Agencies, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNV and UN WOMEN joint their efforts to raise the awareness among the BiH society through the campaign “Men United to Say No to Violence against Women”. Within the campaign, the “Real Men League” was established gathering men leaders in different fields and walks of life who take a firm stand to end violence against women.  Beside the joint work, each UN Agency globally and locally, is putting efforts and organizing events to bring attention to women’s rights.

This week, with the support of UN Women, and on behalf of Bosnia and Herzegovina the Chairman of the Council of Ministers Vjekoslav Bevanda has joined on behalf the Global Campaign COMMIT, which is a call for all governments to implement legislation and take measures for combating violence against women.

“In the recent years, BiH has made efforts to combat violence against women and girls. However, despite the progress made, it is important and necessary to continue to provide support to prevent violence through laws and regulations, as well as through education” – said Bevanda.

The Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence provides an excellent framework for committing governments to act against all forms of gender-based violence. Five countries in the Region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia have already signed the convention (Albania, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Ukraine). We hope the BiH Government to follow on this example.

A musical celebration of women worldwide – Artists from 20 countries participate

On March 8 UN Women is launching a song called “One Woman” featuring more than 20 artists from across the globe. “One Woman” calls for change and celebrates acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who daily make extraordinary contributions to their countries and communities. The lyrics are inspired by stories of women whom UN Women has supported. The song will be available for purchase on the song website and all common channels like iTunes and Amazon for $0.99. All proceeds go directly to UN Women in support of its programmes to empower women on the ground.

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