Sarajevo Open Centre and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung organize discussion ‘Working-class Women - Then and Now’


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The Sarajevo Open Centre (‘Sarajevski otvoreni centar’) and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung will mark the International Women’s Day, March 8, with a discussion dedicated to problems of working-class women in Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

Discussion titled ‘Working-class Women - Then and Now’ (‘Radnice: Nekad i sad’) will take place at the ‘Networks’ business center (Skenderpasina 1) on Thursday, March 7 at 1600 hrs.

Participants will discuss political system and the current social moment of the working class, in a time when the working class is no longer a class, but a nostalgic syntagm, deprived of any real power whatsoever.

The position of women in trade unions will be analyzed, as well as the fight of working-class women for their social rights. The discussion will also focus on the position of women on today’s labor market, and the issue of dignity at work.

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Lecturers include Karolina Leakovic, a long-term activist and member of SDP Croatia. Leakovic focuses on human rights, especially workers’ and social rights, political education and social democracy from a gender perspective. She cooperated on numerous projects with the Council of Europe and the OSCE.

Lejla Gacanica, doctoral candidate in law studies who currently works as a legal advisor and independent researcher, will give a lecture as well. The main focus of Gacanica’s work are dealing with the past, human rights and discrimination, as well as constitutional law.

Nutritionist and activist Suada Karic will be the third lecturer. She is an educator for healthy eating and lifestyle, while at the same time she actively works on strengthening of women and promotes women’s rights in education and culture.

Discussion will be moderated by Besima Boric, an expert on social politics and gender equality who was politically active in Bosnia and Herzegovina for a long time. Right now, her current focus of work is the cooperation between women in political parties and non-governmental organizations.