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CIM TEAM On December - 12 - 2017

The Center for Peacebuilding is part of an informal group that  launched a campaign called “Break the stigma”, with the support of UNFPA, to destigmatize victims of sexual violence in the war.

The UNFPA study on stigmatization has shown that survivors are condemned, rejected, and stigmatized at all social levels, with direct consequences on self-perception, which leads to the most dangerous form of this problem: self-stigmatization. Therefore, we considered it very important to start a public dialogue on overall social responsibility on this issue in order to ease the stigmatization of the survivors.

The goal of the campaign is to make society aware and sensitize about this problem, to stimulate empathy rather than revive the trauma again.

Apart from CIM as a partner, the informal group was also represented by representatives of the Center for Social Work and the Center for Mental Health.

In the campaign we included representatives of three religious communities in Sanski Most who held a lecture on the topic of the relationship between religion and survivors of sexual violence in the war and also dedicated one religious service (mass or jumu) to this problem.

Within the campaign, the director of the Center for Social Work, psychologist Zemina Kadić, gave a lecture to representatives of women’s associations in the Sanski Most, as well as to all interested citizens, where she spoke about the consequences faced by victims of sexual violence in the war, as well as the way in which we can help them.

The message and the hashtag of the campaign was #jasamtu where we tried to show compassion and support to survivors.

In addition to posters, brochures and badges in the campaign, a video has been used that you can see below:



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Today, the Center for Peacebuilding (CIM) stands on the former frontlines of the war, acting as a bridge between a past that few can currently discuss and a future where open dialogue can rehumanize the enemy and dispel the misinformation that acts as the seeds for hatred.

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