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Open Door Day at the Boris Divković Foundation, May 2015

The Boris Divković Foundation organised tri panel discussions as part of the Open Door with the topics of relevant issues in BiH political scene which do not get enough exposure in public space.  The aim of the discussions was the contribution to strengthening responsible politics which takes in consideration various aspects of society such as political participation, especially of under-represented groups such as the youth and women; the impact of religion on politics, education and human rights.

How do we change the local self-government?

Tuesday, 5 May 2015, 18:00, Muzej književnosti (The Museum of Literature), ul. Sime Milutinovića Sarajlije 7, Sarajevo

The participants discussed the importance of local self-government and the work of city council and the lack of representation in the public space. Also, attention was drawn to the relationships between municipalities and the city, position and opposition at the local self-government level, potential of direct action of citizens and opportunities for common initiatives, the cooperation of cantonal, city and municipal authorities and the division of funds and public discussions. The participants of the discussion: Sanja Lazar, member at the Municipal Council Novo Sarajevo and City Council of the City of Sarajevo, Vibor Handžić, member of the Municipal Council Stari Grad and City Council of the City of Sarajevo and Miroslav Živanović, member of the Municipal Council Novo Sarajevo and the City Council of the City of Sarajevo.

Moderator: Nedim Jahić

Responsible media – female politicians in the media

Wednesday, 6 May, 2015, 18:00, Muzej književnosti (The Museum of Literature), ul. Sime Milutinovića Sarajlije 7, Sarajevo

The participants discussed the representation of female politicians in the media; the was female politicians are talked about prior, during and after the election campaigns and about the (non)existence of gender-sensitive politics in BiH. The participants: Nataša Briški, journalist and PR consultant (Slovenia), Vildana Bešlija, member of the Municipal Council Novo Sarajevo, Masha Durkalić, journalist, Nerina Čevra, representative of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy in BiH; Fedžad Forto, Fena

Moderator: Arijana Aganović

Secularism and religious freedom – political and social aspects

Friday, 8 May 2015, 17:00, Muzej književnosti (The Museum of Literature), ul. Sime Milutinovića Sarajlije 7, Sarajevo

The participants discussed the impact of religion on politics and society, about the relation between the religious and the civil; about how relevant religious communities are for BiH political life and different segments of the BiH society such as education and art. The participants: Ivan Šarčević, Đermana Šeta, Zlatiborka Popov-Momčinović i Bojan Stojčić.

Moderator: Dennis Gratz