Gender Equality Coalition
IHRLG spearheaded the collaboration among 16 women's groups to prepare the first-ever National NGO Report on the Status of Women in Bosnia and Herzegovina, published in 1999. The report offers a gender-based analysis of laws and practices concerning economics and employment, education, violence against women, health and reproductive rights, and public life and politics. IHRLG and our BiH partners are building on the human rights and legislative recommendations issued in the report through drafting and advocating the adoption of a new Gender Equality Law.
The Gender Equality Coalition (GEC), composed of NGOs and civil society groups from the Federation and Republica Srpska, emerged following IHRLG's collaborative effort with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in BiH (OHCHR) to prepare comments on the draft Gender Equality Law drawn by the Ministry of Human Rights, and presented in July 2001. NGOs were not invited to participate in the Ministry's drafting process, an example of the opacity of the BiH legislative process. IHRLG and the OHCHR created an alternative draft that was distributed to NGOs at a public forum on the Gender Equality Law in August 2001, organized by the BiH NGO, Unija Zar. GEC members continue to promote the new draft and advocate its adoption.
People with Disabilities Coalition
BiH associations from different geographical and ethnic areas serving the diverse community of persons with disabilities (including mentally disabled and victims of landmine injuries) are sharing ideas with one another, finding common bonds and increasing their strength through cooperation. IHRLG and the People with Disabilities Coalition (PWDC) are working together to combat discrimination and ensure that the rights of disabled persons, as well as measures to address their special needs, are protected and realized through law. IHRLG and the Tuzla-based Center for Integration of People with Disabilities (CIOO), a leading member organization of the PWDC, produced recommendations for legislative improvements to increase access of people with disabilities to facilities that are currently under consideration by the Ministry of Spatial Planning and Environment (Federation of BiH) in August 2001. CIOO emerged from the Tuzla Integration Project of the International Rescue Committee in October1998. CIOO's Reintegration of Persons with Disabilities into Society Project is active in both the Federation of BiH (Tuzla Canton, Doboj, Bijeljina and Brcko) and the Republica Srpska (Banja Luka, Prijedor and Prnjavor).
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