Proces pomirenja i izgradnje povjerenja u Bosni i Hercegovini

U organizaciji Centra za empirijska istraživanja religije Sarajevo i Univerziteta u Edinburgu u Sarajevu održan je okrugli stol o pomirenju i povjerenju u Bosni i Hercegovini. Na okruglom stolu svoje učešće su upriličili eminentni profesori iz regiona, kao i profesori sa ostalih evropskih univerziteta. Glavni cilj stola je bilo ocjenjivanje izvještaja o pomirenju i povjerenju u četiri regije: Banja Luka, Bugojno, Mostar i Sarajevo.

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Reconciliation and Trust Building in Bosnia-Herzegovina

This month in Sarajevo, Center for Empirical Research on Religion Bosnia and Herzegovina together with The University of Edinburg organized a round table on topic of Reconciliation and Trust Building in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Professors from universities in our region and from other European universities gave speeches about this topic and contributed in process of Reconciliation and Trust Building in our country. The main goal of theconference was the evaluation of the report from four regions in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Banja Luka, Bugojno, Mostar and Sarajevo.

It was a great honor that our organization took participation in round table. We organizedmany projects to improve process of Reconciliation and Trust Building in our country. Theparticipants concluded that religious education took one of the most important roles in thisprocess. The Small Steps organized many projects about religious education and education of religious teacher as well. Here you can read a report on Reconciliation and Trust building.

Women Peacebuilders

The third workshop held in Bijelina on 26 April focused on Nobel peace prize winner Wangari Muta Maathai, Kenyan environmentalist and poliltician, with 15-20 women the women’s organization Lara. The workshop included considering the roles of victim, victimizer and observer and other simulations to consider the capacity of the individual to cooperate creatively and to resist violence.

Viva Žene was host in Tuzla of the fourth workshop facilitated by Amra and Julianne in this series on 27 April. Again, a small group of women interacted on the topic of women building peace, this time looking at the life and work of Shirin Ebadi, Iranian human rights activist and judge. The workshop highlight was a simulation of individual resistance to collective patterns via a dance simulation.

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Graditeljice mira

Treća u nizu radionica na temu ‘Graditeljice mira’ održana je u Bijeljini 26. aprila. U okviru radionice učesnici su analizirali biografiju Nobelove dobitnice za mir Wangari Muta Maathai iz Kenije,političarka i borac za očuvanje prirode. U radionici je učestvovalo 15 – 20 žena, članica organizacije Lara. Tokom radionice je raspravljano o ulogama žrtve, zločincima i posmatračima, kao i drugim tehnikama koje uključuju snagu pojedinca za kreativnu suradnju i otpor nasilju.

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Konflikt i potencijal pluralizma – Analiza koristi i zloupotrebe religije

Evropski projekat za interrelijksko učenje – U okviru  Evropskog projekta za interreligijsko učenje – EPIL, Amra Pandžo i Julianne Funk Deckard su učestvovale u sesiji na temu „ Konflikt i potencijal pluralizma – Analiza koristi i zloupotrebe religije“, održanoj u Zenici 10. maja. Pored učešća u samoj sesiji Amra Pandžo je održala i predavanje ostalim učesnicama na pomenutu temu. U sesiji je učestvovalo 40 žena iz Švicarske, Austrije, Holandije, Libana i 12 učesnica, graditeljica mira, iz naše zemlje. Amra P. je također proglašena jednom od 12 žena – graditeljica mira u Bosni i Hercegovina, nominirane od TPO Fondacije. Continue reading Konflikt i potencijal pluralizma – Analiza koristi i zloupotrebe religije

Conflict and the Potential for Pluralism – Analysing the Use and Misuse of Religion

European Project Interreligious Learning’s – In Zenica on 10 May, Small Steps’ Amra Pandžo and Julianne Funk Deckard participated the European Project Interreligious Learning’s (EPIL)  session on “Conflict and the Potential for Pluralism – Analysing the Use and Misuse of Religion”. Amra was both facilitator of the session with 40 women from Switzerland, Lebanon, Austria, the Netherlands, and Bosnia-Herzegovina, plus 12 Bosnian and Herzegovinian women peacemakers.

She herself was one of these 12 notable women peacemakers who were selected by a project of the TPO Foundation from all over Bosnia and Herzegovina and were the focus of the session. The session explored the motivations and best experiences of each of these 12 women and the other participants’ thoughts on the subject of peacebuilding, religion and women.

Women Peacebuilders

Using the new book, Graditeljice Mira (Women Peacebuilders) about women who won the Nobel peace prize, Mali Koraci is leading workshops with teachers, NGO staff and youth in four locations in BiH. The workshops take themes from the Nobel prizewinners’ lives and teach related skills. The book is made up of chapters about each of the 15 women and concludes with eight workshops written by Amra Pandžo. Amra and Julianne Funk Deckard are implementing these workshops in April 2012 in Livno, Banja Luka, Bijelina and Tuzla. All workshops are implemented in cooperation with TPO Foundation.

The first workshop took place in Livno, in western Bosnia-Herzegovina, on 14 April. 24 women participated on a Saturday afternoon, discussing the life of American Nobel prize winner Jane Addams and learning mediation skills and the role of difference in relations.

The second workshop was held on 18 April in Banja Luka hosted by the youth and community organization Perpetuum Mobile and was attended by about 12 participants, mostly young people. In this workshop we considered the life and work of Swedish Nobelaureate Alva Myrdal, focussing on power and political action, especially for women.

Graditeljice mira

Koristeći ideje knjige „Graditeljice mira“ – koja govori o ženama dobitnicama Nobelove nagrade za mir, članovi Malih koraka održali su radionice sa nastavnicima, članovima NGO i mladim ljudima u četiri grada Bosne i Herecegovine. U svim radionicama su korištene teme i situacije iz života dobitnica priznanja, s ciljem usvajanja određenih tehnika i znanja na polju izgradnje mira. Knjiga se sastoji od poglavlja koja govore o životima i izazovima 15 dobitinica priznanja za mir, uključujući i osam radionica koje je nanapisala Amra Pandžo – direktorica MK. Zajedno sa Julianne Funk Deckard, Amra Pandžo je tokom aprila održala svih osam radionica u gradovima: Livno, Banja Luka, Bijeljina i Tuzla. Radionice su realizovane u saradnji sa TPO Fondacijom.

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International Peace Research Association (IPRA)

Dear Amra,

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of our supporters who gave to the IPRA Foundation throughout 2011! Your support is so valuable not only to our budget but also in its endorsement of our work.

We have kicked 2012 off with a record number of applications for the 2012-13 Senesh Fellowship. While it makes it difficult to select one individual to receive the fellowship, it’s encouraging to see such a wide field of impressive young scholars from all over the world entering the peace studies field. I’m also pleased to announced the final Small Peace Research Grant award of 2011:  to Amra Pandzo of Sarajevo for her research project on the evolution and future of the multi-cultural “Bosnian spirit”.   Continue reading International Peace Research Association (IPRA)

International Peace Research Association (IPRA)

Dear Amra,

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of our supporters who gave to the IPRA Foundation throughout 2011! Your support is so valuable not only to our budget but also in its endorsement of our work.

We have kicked 2012 off with a record number of applications for the 2012-13 Senesh Fellowship. While it makes it difficult to select one individual to receive the fellowship, it’s encouraging to see such a wide field of impressive young scholars from all over the world entering the peace studies field. Continue reading International Peace Research Association (IPRA)