Results of Online Essay Contest “You Are Not Alone”

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The Institute for Youth Development KULT and the Movement Dođi sebi issued a call for essays entitled NISI SAMA (You are not alone), to celebrate Orange Day in April 2020. The contest was held entirely online, due to the current coronavirus pandemic. The authors used essays to send a message of support to victims of violence.

The winner, selected by a committee, will receive a symbolic reward from the Institute for Youth Development KULT and the Movement Dođi sebi, and an opportunity to take part in a short film called “Open Your Eyes”, that the Institute is producing to celebrate Orange Day. We received more than 20 essays from authors across the country, and the committee selected Indira Muharemović’s essay “Niste same” (You are not alone). You can read all essays in the gallery we made on our Facebook page. 

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Violence against women is defined in the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence as a violation of human rights and a form of discrimination against women and relates to all acts of gender-based violence that result in, or are likely to result in, physical, sexual, psychological or economic harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life. This Convention defines domestic violence as:  “(…) all acts of physical, sexual, psychological or economic violence that occur within the family or domestic unit or between former or current spouses or partners, whether or not the perpetrator shares or has shared the same residence with the victim.” (Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, Istanbul, May 11, 2011)

Orange Day, a day dedicated to combatting violence against women, is celebrated worldwide on the 25th day of every month. It’s important to note that physical violence is not the only type of violence inflicted on women, and far from the only way of making women feel neglected, betrayed, denied human rights. According to data from the Agency for Gender Equality, 52.8% of women suffered some form of violence. Although there are some statistical data, it isn’t enough to be precise.

Due to the current situation caused by COVID-19, victims of violence are forced to spend more time with their abusers, which led to an increase in reports of domestic violence. This is why the entire society has to take part and support victims of violence. Report violence anonymously by calling 1264 (RS) and 1265 (FBiH).

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