In many armed conflicts around the world women are taking initiatives towards peace. Many times the initiatives are based on solving problems, keeping contact with people across conflict lines and creating meeting places. This was certainly the case with the women the Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation began supporting during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. After the war, women’s organisations started to take shape and women have since organised themselves for the development of society, democracy, human rights and peace in many different ways. The women’s organizations are today a strong part of civil society in the country.
The report is based on interviews with women’s organisations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, from both the Federation and Republika Srpska. The interviews were mainly carried out during November and December 2005. The organisations work politically on the issues of peace, democracy and human rights. Many of them started just after the war ended and several of them are the ones that the Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation has had most contact with over the years.