Banjaluka, 7 March 2013
“Only 15 % of 4000 single parents living in Banjaluka area of whom the most are single mothers receive an alimony on a regular basis, 70% do not receive it at all whilst 15% receive it occasionally” it was said by Dijana Miljatović , spokeswoman of the Ponos association of single parents at a today’s brunch.
According to her words, most of single mothers face lots of problems nowadays and alimony is only one of them. “Most of our women members only seek food. It is terrible that children starve nowadays and it is terrible that all of our actions are based on food collecting instead of organizing picnics, shows or some other activities”, Miljatović said, who was one of the introductory speakers at a “brunch” with journalists on the occasion of March 8- International Women’s Day to draw attention to women deprived of many rights living in our society even though equality proclaimed by laws.
Except single mothers not recognized under the RS laws, disabled persons are in a particular position. “Every day we face a series of barriers from architectural ones making impossible for us to access public objects to inability to chose occupation and jobs and deeply rooted prejudices that disabled woman should not marry and have children”, said Milena Obradovic, the RS Paraplegics Alliance President.
According to Obradovic, only three primary schools in Banjaluka removed, i.e. enabled children in wheels to access schools. “If the situation is such in Banjaluka, imagine what is like in villages and smaller towns where many persons are not even informed or educated about their basic rights”, said Obradovic.
Activist of the Oštra nula association Dražana Lepir announced March 8th March under the parole “United against Patriarchate” to mark March 9th with a symbolic walk in Banjaluka from Peoples Theatre to Krajina square starting at noon.
“Gender equality is not women’s issue but women and men who equally live in socially imposed roles”, it was Lepir’s message.
The initiative to proclaim a day in March as International Women’s Day was started by Clara Zetkin in 1910 in Copenhagen, Denmark at the Second Women Conference. It was only later that this day would March 8 now marked across the whole world.
An important progress was made regarding protection and promotion of women’s human rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina but participation of women in public life is below under the law prescribed 40%, each fourth woman in BiH suffers some form of violence, they make most of unemployed persons and are excluded from reform process in this country.
The “brunch with journalists” is one of the activities that Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly realizes with CURE Foundation within the X-press II project funded by the EU.“