Mujić: Violence is not private matter, especially when it comes to peer violence

Mujić: Violence is not private matter, especially when it comes to peer violence

SARAJEVO, December 2 (FENA) – CURE Foundation organized a conference today and gathered keynote speakers of various profiles, with the aim of addressing the problem of violence from a psychological and pedagogical point of view, with the help of adequate analysis and the role of media.

Foundation activist Medina Mujić said before the conference ‘Gender Based Violence: A view from different angle – Violence in Youth Relations’, that the goal is to encourage BiH society to think that violence is not a private matter.

“It’s a public affair, especially if it’s about peer violence, violence in relationships with young people. In the case of violence against women, the fact that in BiH, since the beginning of this year, eight women were killed is devastating. So we do not respect the Istanbul Convention, and we have signed and ratified it. We do not have a systemic solution to combating violence. It doesn’t matter if we are talking about violence against women, young people or any other population,” she said.

She emphasized the Foundation’s intention to look at the problem from different angles, with the help of introductory speakers of different profiles.

“It was also important to include a media segment to see how journalists report on violence. Unfortunately, we often see that stories about violence are most often in the ‘black chronicle’ section. Most often the focus is on the person who survived the violence, and we talk and report a little about the perpetrators of the violence. The perpetrators are somehow sidelined. Media reports, in most cases, say that the woman provoked the abuser, encouraged that violence to occur,” said activist Mujić.

School counselor from the Secondary School of Applied Arts Maida Bavčić spoke at this conference about the situation in the education system.

The conference is one of the activities of the project ‘Gender-based Violence: A view from different angle – Violence in Youth Relationships’ funded by the CURE Foundation.