COVID 19 – support for women survivors of war – time sexual violence

The general position of women during the pandemic in BiH is not good. One of the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic is a slowdown or temporary decline in economic activities. This is a situation that additionally and specifically affects women. Namely, the economic crisis first affects some of the activities in which women-entrepreneurs are present, or especially represented. Also, among the first to be hit by the crisis were economic branches in which the female workforce predominates, in a wide spectrum from workers in the hotel industry, catering and tourism, to hairdressers and workers in boutiques or flower shops. Finally, working women today encounter additional challenges to meet their obligations at the workplace and in their private lives, because many social services – from health care to public transportation, supplies and preschool education services – have been reduced or have stopped operating. Also, during the pandemic, an increase in victims of domestic violence was observed, but an incredible situation was also recorded: safe houses for women did not receive approval from the Crisis Staff to receive women who survive domestic violence. Women who survived wartime rape during the pandemic experienced retraumatization. The entire pandemic has returned to them a sense of fear and unpredictability. The “trigger” called the coronavirus has done many bad things, but as one of the most difficult we can name the economic status of female survivors.

Thanks to the support of SSRU, the Forgotten Children of War Association donated 5 agricultural machines to women survivors. In addition, the Association provided some housing material for a female survivor who still lives in the refugee camp.

Zahvaljujući podršci SSRU Udruženje Zaboravljena djeca rata doniralo je 5 poljoprivrednih mašina ženama preživjelim. Pored toga, Udruženje je obezbijedilo dio stambenog materijala za ženu preživjelu koja još uvijek živi u izbjegličkom kampu.

Project duration: 30 days / Donor: Stand Speak Rise UP – An initiative of Her Royal Highness, The Grand Duchess of Luxembourg