Our programme in Bosnia

OUR WORK IN Bosnia and Herzegovina

Since 1993, Women for Women International and Žene za Žene International have reached 61,911 women through our work in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Country Profile - Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Women for Women International was founded in 1993 by Zainab Salbi and Amjad Atallah to offer financial and emotional support to women displaced by the Bosnian War. Today, Žene za Žene International Association Sarajevo continues this work as an independent organisation, in affiliation with Women for Women International. 

About women in Bosnia and Herzegovina


of women are unemployed


is the median income earned per day


of women are literate

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Žene za Žene

In 2015, our Bosnia and Herzegovina country office transitioned to become a locally registered, independent organisation. The team of Žene za Žene (which means "Women for Women" in Bosnian) provides graduates of the year-long programme with advanced vocational and business skills training. This helps women to improve their ability to earn an income and support their families.

In addition they run business and democracy training for young women.

Democracy Academy

With the country and the needs of the women changing, so has the programme offered by Žene za Žene International. One of the amazing things they are doing is the Democracy Academy.

Watch the video to learn how they're working with young women to create real change.

Sabina's story

"The programme gave me the courage and the skills I needed. Other women encouraged me and gave me new ideas. I am proud to say I am a beekeeper. It gives me a lot of self-confidence."

Photo: Women for Women International
Photo: Women for Women International

Our impact

From helping women to earn more money to huge increases in family planning practices, with your help, we've made a huge impact.

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With your help we can better support marginalised women transform their lives and reach their full potential.

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