SARAJEVO, October 7 (FENA) – The first mobile application in Bosnia and Herzegovina for the reporting of violence under the motto “Prijavi nasilje” was presented at a press conference in Sarajevo.
This multilingual and free of charge application: SetajSlobodno.com; for android users on the Google play store is available as of today anonymously to victims and witnesses of violence.
Violence, be it physical, psychological, sexual, verbal, can also be reported retroactively, it was said at the press conference of the Heinrich Boll Stiftung Foundation, noting that the application was made in cooperation with regional partner organizations that created the original application #walkfreely with a view to enabling victims to more safely report violence they experience or witness and to alert the environment where violence occurs more frequently.
All participants in today’s press conference emphasized that during the coronavirus pandemic, due to isolation, the number of cases of violence has significantly increased.
Marion Kraske, Director of the German Heinrich Boell Foundation, said the app addresses violence against women and girls as an important but neglected topic in BiH society. The problem should be made more visible, she added, and contribute to solving it through open discussion.
“About 50 percent of women in BiH have experienced some form of violence, a phenomenon that can never be acceptable. Women’s rights are human rights,” said Kraske, emphasizing that the time has come for an open discussion on how to achieve gender equality in BiH.
The application enables easier monitoring of reported cases of violence, as well as reporting, all in order to create the most effective preventive measures. Another basic goal is to offer women a platform to seek help in case of danger, Kraske added.
According to the latest research, only 5.5 percent of victims choose to seek protection from institutions. The patriarchal relationship is also visible in the institutions themselves, where individuals give themselves the right to decide what would be best, without the possibility for the victim to make a choice for themselves.
The participants in the research believe that women and girls are generally left to deal with this problem on their own.