1. ožujak, 2019

#WorldNGODay – 27 February 2019 Palais de l’Europe, Council of Europe, Strasbourg

IMG_20190227_093437BONAVENTURA (Jasminka Susmel, Bonaventura, BiH) attended at the conference World NGO Day ;

Why do we need NGOs?

(I)NGO contribution to the work and to the mandate of the Council of Europe

 President INGO Conference, Ms Anna Rurka

 Chair of the Committee of Ministers’ Rapporteur Group on Democracy, H.E. Razvan Rusu
 Director of Human Dignity, Equality and Governance, DGII, Council of Europe, Ms Claudia Luciani

Session 1: (I)NGOs invaluable contribution to CoE’s mandate and to its work

Moderator: Mary Ann Hennessey

 Contribution of the INGOs to CoE standard setting: the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe (Anna Rurka) and Advisory Council of Youth (David Neuber)
 Contribution to CoE monitoring: execution of judgements (George Stafford, Co-Director of EIN), collective complaints procedures under ESC (Peter Verhaeghe, Caritas Europa)
Contribution to CoE cooperation activities: (Jasminka Susmel, Bonaventura, BiH)

Session 2: The cost to (I)NGOs, and their members, of working for human rights, democracy and the rule of law in a context of democratic decline
Moderator: Cyril Ritchie
 Directors of Schools of Political Studies: Alexander Dabravolski, East-European School of Political Studies, Minsk; Ilgar Mammadov, Baku Political Studies Programme (Video message).
Ref.: Secretary General annual reports, Recommendation CM/Rec(2018)11 on the need to strengthen the protection and promotion of the civil society space in Europe)

Session 3: (I)NGOs message about future perspectives for NGO participation in CoE
Moderator: Anna Rurka
A moderated and facilitated discussion to come to a max of three conclusions to share/transmit to the Committee of Ministers 22 March meeting in Warsaw and/or Ministerial session in Helsinki


18. veljača, 2019

Široki Brijeg 15.02.2019 held an introductory workshop “MANAGE OUR OWN LIVES”

Jasminka Susmel,  a certified NLP practitioner and trainer, has hosted an introductory workshop “MANAGE OUR OWN LIVES ” based on NLP methods and principles.

We strive for success regardless of gender, age and current social status. Exhaustion, premature and underdeveloped stress can affect us equally.

Consciously unconsciously and / or unconsciously, we all have situations in life that we are not able to solve on their own. We are often “stuck” in those situations where our own blockades limit us, and we all want one; live – breathe, progress and fulfill our personal needs, desires and goals.


The “Pravi put” Association Ledinac, Grude in cooperation with the “Bonaventura” Association organized a free introductory seminar on 15 February 2019 in Siroki Brijeg to the satisfaction of a large number of interested and registered participants.

2. prosinac, 2018

XV meeting 01.12.2018 in Sarajevo; Co-operation of the Regional Coordination Board and the Balkan region – strategic directions, roles and responsibilities

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01.12.2018, Sarajevo – Signing of a memorandum of cooperation between the Coordination Board of the Balkan region and Montenegro

A Memorandum of Cooperation was signed in Sarajevo at 01.12.2018 by; Mehmed Zenka, Minister for Human and Minority Rights of Montenegro ,  Loro Nrekić, President of the Ulcinj Municipality Višnja Ljubičić, member of the Regional Coordination Board  and Samra Filipović-Hadžiabdić. member of the Regional Coordination Board

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The conference opened by;   Semiha Borovac, Minister for Human Rights and Refugees  BiH , Mehmed Zenka,Minister for Human and Minority Rights of Montenegro

Drahoslav Stefanek, Head of the Council of Europe in Sarajevo  , Amy Morgan,Head of Sector USAID Washington DC  , David Saunders,Head of UN Women’s Office in BiH i Samra Filipović-Hadžiabdić, director of the Agency for Gender Equality of BiH / Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees of BiH

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UN Women Europe and Central Asia Regional Office held the Regional Forum for the promotion of the Istanbul Convention,on the 27th and 28th November, 2018 in Skopje. The Regional Forum is convened by the Government of Macedonia, Council of Europe, European Commission, and UN Women, in partnership with European Women’s Lobby

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The Forum was held in Skopje in recognition and acknowledgment of the ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (the Istanbul Convention) by the Government of Macedonia, and its commendable efforts to commit to its implementation.

The Regional Forum encouraged  regional dialogue through which civil society organizations, including organizations representing women from minority and disadvantaged groups, can engage with government representatives and regional institutions on accelerating progress towards the implementation of the of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Istanbul Convention, this agenda has developed concrete proposals for action at national and regional levels. The regional forum enabled  a regional dialogue and knowledge sharing mechanism on the implementation of the both instruments among governments, CSOs, and other concerned stakeholders.

The Forum hosted  over 100 participants, including key stakeholders within national governments, civil society representatives, parliamentarians and representatives of regional institutions on gender equality and ending violence against women in the region.

3. listopad, 2018


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In the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina today; On October 3rd, the first agreement in the history of Southeast Europe was signed in cooperation between women in entrepreneurship of four states: Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, making this part of the Old Continent become a center for women’s entrepreneurship, strengthening co-operation among women as well as mutual respect regardless of the countries they come from.

The agreement was signed by the presidents of the most active and by the number of members  – the owners of companies and trades, the largest associations in all four Southeast European countries: “Virtual Women’s Entrepreneurial Center” from Zagreb, headed by entrepreneur and director of the center Sanela Dropulić, “Promotion of Healthy Living” headed by Sofija Bajić from Novi Sad, “Miniature Company – Little Thought, Great Work”, headed by a Slovenian entrepreneur from Ljubljana Zori Jakolin, and “Poduzetnici IN” from Bosnia and Herzegovina, represented by Adisa Tufo from Sarajevo.

These non-governmental organizations gather more than five thousand women in entrepreneurship, both the owner of companies and trades, as well as those who are thinking about entrepreneurship and are actively working to realize their business plans.

Signing the agreement on joint regional cooperation and activities is an additional step forward not only in improving the business engagement of women, but also a reduction or even abolition of discrimination that women experience in many segments of activity in this part of Europe.

This regional association already has clear goals, but also the contents of a common action in the direction of:

• Innovative and constructive networking of SEE entrepreneurs;
• Strong motivations to start and develop women’s entrepreneurship;
• Logistics for the promotion and development of entrepreneurial activities of women in this part of Europe;
• Exchange of experience and joint action;
• Creating new market business co-operation and opportunities;
• Implementation of continuous education as the best investment in entrepreneurship;
• Engaged business activities of women;
• Encouraging Competitiveness and Excellence among Entrepreneurs:
• Reducing the marginalized position of women in the business world in many social settings;
• Opening up opportunities for effective positioning of women’s entrepreneurial activities in the European Union.

The mission of this regional initiative, unique not only in southeastern Europe but also in the world, is a priority to encourage women to engage in greater entrepreneurial engagement in the economy and to facilitate investment in education and learning in the entrepreneurial sector.

2. listopad, 2018

Bonaventura expert associates participated at the seminar – How to successfully write and apply for the EU projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina


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Today; 02.10.2018 in Sarajevo at Hotel Saraj, in front of EURHO Consulting j.d.o.o. from Osjek-Croatia; Tanja Popović-Filipović held a one-day seminar on how to successfully write and apply for the the EU project in B&H. The seminar was attended by about thirty participants, among them a professional associate of BONAVENTURA, Aida Vrućak.

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The introductory part of the seminar presents the EU programs that can be applied from BiH, and who, in what way and for what it can apply on each individual program. Given the wide range of values that promotes and protects the EU, it is possible to apply for different projects, ranging from assistance to small and medium-sized enterprises, to the development of scientific research activities, human rights protection and environmental protection.

BONAVENTURA is particularly active in the areas of human rights protection and environmental protection, and EU funds are a great opportunity to apply for funding for projects that will contribute to better and healthier living conditions in Bosnia and Herzegovina and beyond because BONAVENTURA has excellent cross-border cooperation with neighboring countries .

The very way of writing a project is explained, and what a project should contain to be in line with the requirements of the European Commission. Featured are some successful projects from Croatia, as well as currently open tenders and those that will be open soon , can be applied from BiH, such as Europe for Citizens 2014-2020. At the end of the seminar, all the participants were given certificates.

15. rujan, 2018


Today, members of the Coordination Board of the “Balkan region” from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Serbia have held a working meeting. On the agenda, among other things, there was a Strategic Planning.

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Through the regional exchange of practice experiences, high quality proposals have been made. It is also recognized as one of the key requirements for improving conditions for continued regional co-operation on gender issues and the establishment of a research team for assessing the situation in the region.

14. rujan, 2018

Regional Conferences: “Meeting Elections 2018: Increasing Women’s Participation in Decision Making Points in BiH”

A regional conference was held in Sarajevo to meet General Elections 2018 in Bosnia and Herzegovina; Increasing women’s participation in decision-making.

The Regional Conference Organizers are the Gender Equality Agency of BiH MHRR BiH, Bonaventure Association, funded by the Council of Europe.

The Regional Conference opened with introductory speeches by Samra Filipović Hadžiabdić – Director of the Agency for Gender Equality of Bosnia and Herzegovina MHRR BiH, and on behalf of  the Council of Europe the speech was held by  Guillaume Loiseau Advisor – Conseiller Directorate General II Democracy – Direction générale II Democratie.


Fotografija Bonaventura.

An overview of the activities aimed at increasing the participation of women in the light of General Elections 2018 in Bosnia and Herzegovina,  and a media campaign is also presented

“WE REPRESENT CANDIDATE – YOU CHOOSE ” which was thought out in support of candidates for all levels  of government during the 2018 general elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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The panelists from BiH, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia and Macedonia presented the experiences and practices of the countries in the region.

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