ETOS Initiative: campaign of 16 days of activism in the Sarajevo Medical School and the Sarajevo Catholic School Center – panel discussion “Victims of gender-based violence must not be stigmatized”

On November 28, 2022. a panel discussion was held under the title “Victims of gender-based violence must not be stigmatized”. The activity was realized by Emilija Pavićević, a teacher at the Sarajevo Catholic School Center. The panelists were five students from four high schools in Sarajevo.

Also, members of the debate club of the Sarajevo “Ciceron” High School of Medicine: Kerim Omerović III, Emina Beširović IV, Luka Gajić III, Ela-Lejla Mehmedagić II, Eyla Hodžić IV, together with the professors Alma Ahmethodžić and Medina Fazlić and pedagogue Marija Knežević took part in a panel discussion where all forms of gender-based violence were discussed.

The panel was realized as part of the ETOS initiative of the TPO Foundation and in cooperation with  Third High School Sarajevo,  Catholic School Center St. Josip Sarajevo and  Gymnasium Obala in the premises of  Third Gymnasium. The high school of medicine was represented by student Kerim Omerović, and the mentor was professor Alma Ahmethodžić. Obala Gymnasium was represented by student Adna Fejzić, Third Gymnasium was represented by student Lamija Hadžialić, and Catholic School Center was represented by student Elena Ivković who closed the panel discussion with Arsen Dedić’s song, “Everything you know about me”. After the speeches, a useful discussion developed among the present students, through which the opinions of the students and the present professors on how to approach the prevention of this problem were presented. The students especially emphasized that it was interesting for them to hear something more about economic violence, which they did not know much about until then.

The main message is that it is very important to talk about all topics, including those that are taboo, and thus encourage everyone to report any violence and not remain silent. The continuation of this project will follow in the form of a brochure in which the students’ works will be collected and basic guidelines for dealing with cases of violence will be written. The same brochure will be published in PDF format.