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Public debate „Minimum of Social Security and Equal Opportunities“ was held

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Within the framework of the project Civil Society Sustainability Programme (CSSP), sector human rights – marginalized groups, Social Inclusion Foundation in BiH (SIF in BiH) held a public debate on topic “Minimum of Social Security and Equal Opportunities” on 14 June 2017 in hotel “Bosna” in Banja Luka, started at 11 o’clock.

Public debate is one of the activities of the advocacy campaign “The establishment of minimum of social security and equal opportunities” that Social Inclusion Foundation in BiH is conducting within the framework of the Civil Society Sustainability Programme (CSSP); sector human rights – marginalized groups, with the support of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the symbolic slogan:

“Do you think you are far away from the margins and you're going to stay there your whole life?”

In the comprehensive discussion in which participated representatives of the entity ministries, academic community and nongovernmental organizations, it was agreed following:

1. Continue to work on strengthening dialogue and partnerships between governmental and non-governmental institutions;

2. Both entities must define the threshold of social security;

3.The recommendations and conclusions prepared and presented by Branko Suzić, President of the Union of Blind People of RS, are accepted and adopted:

 "Advocating equal opportunities, especially for persons with disabilities (PWD) should be focused on:

-    Non-discrimination on any basis;

-    Accessibility and equal treatment in PWD’s achieving rights;

-    Access to information and appropriate communication between users and service providers;

-    Recognizing the dignity of the PWDs with affirmation of their needs and capabilities;

-    Strengthening the capacities of PWD organizations;

-    Inclusion of disability issues in all development programs at all levels of organizing;

-    Equal participation of PWDs in all areas of social life.

Priority measures for improving the social position of persons with disabilities and their organizations

1. Ensure the right to a personal disability allowance for the PWD with a higher level of disability by making changes and amendments to the Law on Social Protection; and establish the regularity of material support;

2. Provide better support and scope for PWD with a higher degree of disability, with emphasis on participation, orthopaedic typhoid equipment and medical devices, and the right of the accomplice, by making changes and amendments to health care and health care regulations;

3. Provide for a greater amount of funds allocated to support disabled persons and their organizations by making changes and amendments to the Games of Chance and Bylaws Acts;

4. By adopting the Law on PWD organizations of RS, the status of associations and organizations of persons with disabilities at all levels of organization should be improved; define representativeness, funding, rights, obligations and other issues;

5. For organizations - public interest associations of RS, ensure the regularity of quarterly co-financing of planned program activities from grants for this purpose;

6. Provide a minimum of social security and equal opportunities by introducing various benefits and facilitating for PWD;

7. Representatives of NGOs, PWD CSOs should be involved in the process of proposing and creating strategic documents and legal and bylaws related to the PWD and their organizations."

 On this topic speakers were Branka Sladojević, Assistant Minister of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of the Republic of Srpska; Željko Volaš, President of the Organization of Amputees UDAS RS, and President of the Executive Board of Coalition KOMA, and Žarko Papić, Director of the Initiative for Better and Humane Inclusion (IBHI). 25 participants (12 F/13 M) and 4 representatives of the SIF in BiH and IBHI (3 F/1 M) attended the public debate, which was covered by 3 media  with 4 media releases.



Our beneficiaries

  • Slobodan Tešunović, Bijeljina

    It means a lot to me to get employed within this project, it means security and existence for our families. In this way we are making an income and ensure years of service. The new equipment procured during this project, such as trimmers and a truck means better quality of work and better working conditions. This will probably create opportunities that we stay to work after the project ends.

  • Bojana Glogovac, Trebinje

    This opportunity for employment for five months within the project supported by the Social Inclusion Foundation in BiH means a lot to me. I was involved in work occupation. This is the first time that I am employed and that I earn some money.

  • Srećko Lalić, Trebinje

    Prior to this project I did not have an opportunity to work. I graduated from the high school of economics. This is the first time that I work. I am grateful for the trust I have been given and the opportunity to work. It means a lot to me that I have had the opportunity to get employed through this project.

  • Almir Bakić, Tuzla

    The greenhouse means a lot to me because I have been unemployed for years. I have been a person with disability since 2007 and I cannot find a job. The donated greenhouse enabled my self-employment. After spinach I will plant onion and lettuce, which I am planning to sell. I am grateful to the Social Inclusion Foundation in BiH and the association "BOSPER" for enabling people like me to achieve something on their own.

  • Šefik Čajić, Tuzla

    I have been retired for 10 years. I suffer from bi-polar depression. Work at a greenhouse is a kind of occupational therapy for me. My wife and younger son are helping me. I will try to sell the spinach at the market. I was planning to plant tomato and paprika after spinach. Selling spinach and other vegetables will help to my family, because I receive a minimal pension.

  • Edin Korugić-Zahirović, Donji Vakuf

    There are 7 members in our household. I am a war invalid with 70% impairment and I am unemployed. The work in the greenhouse means a lot for the financial profit since I have three children who go to school, and incomes are very low. I hope that we will be able to sell vegetables and that there will be opportunities to employ more people.

  • Ćamila Hadžić, Donji Vakuf

    Work in the greenhouse means that I will have little better living conditions and that I would be able to earn some money for my children. Every income is welcome as we are many in the family, we are paying the rent, three children go to school and only my husband works. I hope there will be more opportunities for work.

  • Duška Ševa-Majdandžić, Banja Luka

    My business plan was procurement of a cow because I live in the country side. We already have one cow, but that was not suficient. Therefore I have aplied for the donation of one more cow, as it means a lot to my household for the financial income, and also because of our needs for milk, cheese and cream. By selling the products we are trying to make an income. Besides selling milk and milk products, you can also sell one calf per year and earn 1000.00 BAM.