Status of Women in BiH

On February 5, 2013, ACBH Executive Director, Ajla Delkic, attended the event "Status of Women in Bosnia and Herzegovina and How to Improve It?" at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University. The event examined the current status of women and the prospects for economic reform in BiH. The Ambassador of BiH to the U.S., H.E. Jadranka Negodic, delivered the opening remarks. Ms. Dijana Duvnjak of the America-Bosnia Foundation, Elizabeth Sullivan, Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Global Women's Issues at the U.S. Department of State, and Renata Stuebner, Senior Program Assistant for the Religion and Peacemaking Center of Innovation at the United States Institute for Peace offered their expertise on the issue.

According to the panelists, the unemployment rate of women in BiH between the ages 15-24 is 52 percent while men earn 7.8 percent more than women for the same job. In addition, out of 140 municipalities, only 4 are run by women.  The panelists also noted that a woman has not yet held the position of the international community's High Representative in BiH. On a positive note, 90 percent of men believe that there are not enough women in business which indicates that women are welcome to participate in the process, however, according to Ms. Stuebner, a culture change is needed in BiH to improve the situation and that must start with the way children are raised.