Program Attorney, Bosnia and Herzegovina Program
Fedra Idžaković has completed her studies in law and a related apprenticeship with the Sarajevo Cantonal Court. After joining IHRLG in 1998, Ms. Idžaković worked on the NGO Report on Women's Human Rights in BiH, co-authored by IHRLG, and led IHRLG's survey of and reporting on education in BiH. Following these activities, Ms. Idžaković became lead organizer for IHRLG's education campaigns to combat segregation in Bosnian schools. She currently leads IHRLG's youth campaigns and has developed significant relations with the youth groups in BiH. She serves as a member of the Board of the Independent Junior, an NGO in Zenica, and as a member of the SubBoard for Youth Network Programs at the BiH Open Society Foundation.
Ms. Idžaković organized and prepared IHRLG's first regional conference on legal services in BiH, conducted in Sarajevo, in December 1999. She also participated in IHRLG's follow-up survey on legal services in BiH. Currently, Ms. Idžaković is coordinating the work of the BiH Legal Services Coalition and IHRLG's Legislative Transparency Working Group. She has also been a member of IHRLG's violence-against-women delegations to the 2000 and 2001 annual sessions of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva.
Currently, Ms. Idžaković is leading the development and implementation of IHRLG BiH's program on "Transparency in Legislative Process: Promoting Accountability and Public Participation to Secure Democracy". In this capacity, she has helped create and orchestrate a training series on advocacy skills and techniques for influencing the legislative process. This training series covers the legislative process in BiH Parliaments, analysis of problems of transparency in BiH Parliaments and Parliamentary Committees, and access to and public participation in those processes. She also provides technical support to NGOs engaging in legislative advocacy targeting BiH Parliaments.