Džemila Mujić (25) from Novi Travnik dedicated her life to fighting for gender equality. This is why Džemila, a perfect example of a local activist fighting for gender equality, is the kind of person with whom the Institute wants to celebrate 16 days of activism against gender-based violence. Džemila is one of the participants of the Institute’s Learn, Think and Act! training, and her local initiative is designed around fighting violence against women and girls. On September 25, together with over 20 high school students, Džemila took to the streets of Novi Travnik to engage citizens and show them why it’s important to join the fight against all types of violence, especially violence against women and girls.

Džemila said that her interest in this topic dates back to her high school days, because no one in her town at the time was advocating for protecting women and girls - not the school, not the community, and not the NGO sector either. Džemila noted the lack of opportunities for youth in Novi Travnik, and the ethnic divide in the city, adding that she is very proud of the work done by the Association “New Vision”, who are constantly conducting activities that involve as many youth as possible, regardless of their ethnicity. Over the past 6 months, Džemila and her team included more than 60 young volunteers in the work of New Vision.

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“Violence isn’t always physical, it can be inflicted through other behaviors, some of which are even considered acceptable and commonplace. These behaviors are unfortunately promoted in schools, they happen regularly while you’re going about your regular activities like talking a walk. It’s interesting that women are usually the ones targeted by this “regular” behavior, said Džemila, noting that there can never be enough campaigns and initiatives intended to eliminate violence against women and girls.

While working with youth, Džemila noticed that peer violence is a topic that calls for more attention, as the most common form of violence that young people are exposed to. Džemila is an attorney, currently enrolled in an MA program at the Faculty of Law of the University of Zenica. Her message, primarily for others in her town, is that we all need to work on improving ourselves every day. Džemila thinks that formal education isn’t enough in this day and age, so everyone, especially youth, should take advantage of various trainings that can help them improve their skills, just like they helped her. Džemila’s future plans include opening a center for free legal aid for women and young people.

Today is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls. Let’s eliminate violence together!

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Amra Dedić (23) from Zenica, has been awarded the Best Student title for three years in a row, at the Faculty of Economy of the University of Zenica. Amra finished her third year with the highest grades in all courses. With a three-year GPA of 9.7, she was rightfully awarded the Best Student title. However, Amra doesn’t only excel at formal education, she also decided to invest in her personal growth by taking part in trainings and academies, and taking every opportunity she gets to contribute to her community.

From August to October, Amra worked on implementing her first independent project - remodeling a schoolyard - with the support of the Institute for Youth Development KULT. She wanted to make a small contribution to the school, in appreciation of all the knowledge that teachers share with us. The reactions of Amra’s neighbors and the school administration showed that the communities recognize good initiatives. Everyone found a way to support this action, and create a much more adequate schoolyard where students can spend their time between classes. School officials said that they already have a vision for building on this initiative. They will use the reconstructed schoolyard for building their first outdoor classroom that can be used in the spring.

Amra Dedic Akcija uređenja dvorišta školeAmra always used to say that formal education is her priority, and projects and trainings always seem abstract to her. However, her opinion changed when she applied to take part in “Learn, Think and Act!” which she also approached with dedication and eagerness to learn. In the very beginning of the training, Amra struggled because it was her first encounter with methods used during workshops in trainings such as UMiD. But, she quickly realized that she learn a lot of practical things that will prove useful to her in the future.

“Non-formal education taught me different things compared to formal education, and I have to admit that they’re more practical. By that I mean I was able to actually put them to use. I’d say that non-formal education is perhaps even better than formal education when it comes to practical work. I believe that formal education should be the foundation for everything else, but I also think that it should be supplemented with trainings such as UMiD” said Amra, adding that non-formal education places a stronger emphasis on inter-personal relationships, which helped her broaden her horizons and better understand others.

We asked Amra how she manages to balance everything and what she is most proud of. Interestingly, she said that she is most proud of her ability to coordinate her many activities, and that she has never given up an activity she took up. She says her parents and friends know best how she manages to do it all, and she is extremely grateful to them for their understanding, because sometimes her obligations don’t leave her much time to socialize. But, Amra says she more than makes up for it during semester breaks.

In addition to all these activities, Amra finds time to paint, is a member of the Youth Association REaktiv in Zenica, and is currently part of the team launching the first Youth Center in Zenica. She is also attending the Democracy Academy run by Žene za žene International, and working as a tutor for Statistics, Math and other courses.

Her message to young people is to never give up on their dreams and vision, to invest in their education, whether formal or informal, because, as we’re often told, education is the only thing no one can take away from us. Amra advised all young people to apply to take part in the “Learn, Think and Act!” training for young leaders. Applications for this training are open until midnight on Monday. The link to the application form is available at  

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Public call for the one-year Learn, Think and Act! training for young leaders Generation 15

Call ref. number: 17.01.0-N2.1-4082

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- Young people aged 18-25 with residence in Bosnia and Herzegovina, who are interested in personal development and actively working on solving youth problems


The Institute for Youth Development KULT (hereinafter: Institute) is issuing a public call for a one-year training for young leaders Learn, Think and Act!, Generation 15.


UMiD is a one-year training, an incubator for young leaders active in the democratic society. UMiD is a training that prepares you to become an active leader in your local community and take part in solving youth problems, while at the same time preparing for your own career, learn new skills, meet new young people like yourself, socialize and grow. If you’d like to see what participants think about UMiD, take a look at this video.


UMiD comprises seven 2-day workshops and a summer school on topics that you as a young person need to know about if you want to be an active member of the society. Workshops will be held once a month, starting in December, and spanning Thursday, Friday and Saturday. During the summer you will take part in our summer school. The times stated in the public call are not final, and the Institute reserves the right to change the dates and times of the workshops. The participants will be notified of any changes on time. The complete text of the public call and the module schedule is available HERE. 

During the UMiD training, you will learn how to encourage your peers to get involved in solving problems faced by young people in your community, how to convince decision-makers and other members of your community to support youth in a concrete way, how to navigate the world of business, and many other useful things.

We give you the opportunity to put to use everything you learned during the training and conduct a local civil initiative that will address a problem or a need you identified in your local community. You will design the local civil initiative (LCI) together with the young people in your community, and the Institute will support you with funds and mentorship.


Our modules will be held at the Educational-Leisure Center for Youth SPAJALICA in Ilidža, and we will be visiting some other interesting locations during the training.


If you like this call and would like to apply, but you’re not sure you can pay for it, please don’t worry!
The Institute for Youth Development KULT will cover expenses for the transportation, accommodation, food and materials you will be using during workshops.


If you’re interested in UMiD, you meet the criteria and would like to get going and be a part of Generation 15, all you need to do is film a short video (3 minutes max) answering the question “What would I like to have today, so I don’t leave BiH tomorrow?” If you find it easier to express yourself in writing, or using another type of medium, please feel free to do so. The text should be written in Verdana 10, and not exceed one A4 page.
Apply for the training by using the electronic application form that you can find here: . There, you can upload your video, text, etc. on the topic above. The form will also require you to provide two references by a person or an organization (name, last name, position, contact information) we can contact.

If you need more information, you can call us at 033 778 763 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Applications are open until November 18, 2019, 23:59.

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The Cultural Center of Istočno Novo Sarajevo hosted an unusual crafts bazaar, displaying the results of the project “Be Naturally INclusive”, supported by the Institute for Youth Development KULT and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Sweden.

The bazaar was organised by members of the Youth Organization “Natura” to showcase the crafts made by children and youth with disabilities from the Association “Vratite nam osmijeh”. Students from the High School Center Ilidža helped with the crafts. For most of them, this was the first opportunity they had to take part in an inclusive project.

“Members of the Association “Vratite nam osmijeh”, with our help and the help of high school students, made tote bags decorated with their drawings, photo frames, jewelry and decorative boxes”, said the organiser of the bazaar, Predrag Šarović, noting that it is important to host more events like this one to allow children and youth to truly become integrate into all aspects of social life.

Zoran Ilišković is a fourteen-year-old boy who took part in the workshops, and used the decoupage technique to make decorative boxes. “Miss Ankica taught us how to do decoupage, and I’m happy because me and my friends made this decorative boxes together. I’ve been doing this for five years, and I’m always happy when we’re all here together”, said Zoran, adding that everyone should be kind and spend time with others.

It’s important to note that these crafts were made of natural materials, in the spirit of the project’s title - “Be Naturally INclusive”.

Mladenka Pajić is also a member of the Association “Vratite nam osmijeh”. At 30, Mladenka is another young person who alongside her friend Zoran enjoys taking part in workshops like this one. “We made different kinds of jewelry, painted on a clothes iron and pressed our designs on tote bags. We spent time with kids, and I had a great time during the workshop, nothing was too hard for me”, said Mladenka, who proudly added that she has been a member of this Association since she was 7.

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Busovača hosted the first sports manifestation “Days of Culture and Sports”, with more than 360 participating children and youth. Local clubs took this opportunity to present what they do: martial arts, football, volleyball, basketball. There were also cultural and artistic societies, majorettes and young chess players.

Sports competitions followed the presentations, but the results were not the most important things. This is one of the few manifestations in Busovača to gather this many young people, and the main goal is allowing them to meet and establish connections, that will hopefully result in some new youth initiatives.

Fahira Huskić, the organiser of this manifestation, is one of the participants of the 14th generation of the Institute’s “Learn, Think and Act! training, which provides youth financial support and mentorship in conducting their first initiative.

“I’m so proud of my team of volunteers, there were between 15 and 20 of them. I’m proud of us too, for successfully organising this manifestation, although we had never done anything like it before. Now that the manifestation is over, I feel both happy and exhausted, because we had no idea how many obligations we would have”, said Fahira. She added that she would love to see the manifestation grow into a traditional sports event in Busovača.

Amina Sefer was one of the volunteers, and one of the competitors as well. Her volleyball team won second place. “I’m very social, and that’s what made me want to both volunteer and compete. It wasn’t hard to balance volunteering and competing, because we were very organized. My friends took over for me when I was competing”, said Amina, adding that she’s very proud of her team for placing second, but that spending time with friends and volunteering is more important than winning competitions.

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How are we doing with the implementation of youth laws in BiH at all levels of government? This was the topic of the third seminar for youth officers, held by the Institute from September 30 to October 3, 2019, at the Hotel Hills in Ilidža.

Bosnia and Herzegovina regulated youth work in three laws, in all three administrative units. These laws have the same definitions of youth and share some youth work mechanisms. Still, the role of Youth Officers is not equally recognized in all local self-government units, and the implementation of the legal mechanisms is not happening at the same pace in all parts of BiH.

Lack of communication and cooperation of local communities with higher levels of government, lack of alignment of local strategic documents for youth with the cantonal and entity-level documents are some of the problems that youth workers identified as something they want to work on.

The seminar included a discussion of the topic “How can youth support the implementation of youth laws?”, which involved representatives of all umbrella youth bodies, Youth Council of FBiH, Youth Council of RS/Youth Council of Brčko District.

The Youth Officer seminar titled “How to Build a Youth-Friendly Community - Implementation of Youth Laws" is intended for Youth Officers interested in learning more about the mechanisms defined in youth laws, how they are implemented in local communities, and exploring possibilities for cooperation with other Youth Officers.

Participants from 26 communities from various parts of BiH had an opportunity to share their experience and discuss models of good practice, as well as challenges they are facing in their local communities. This encounter of umbrella youth bodies and youth officers was a unique opportunity to initiate an institutional dialogue among those responsible for the implementation of youth laws.

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