Women’s Work and the Growth of the Civil Society in Post-War Bosnia


Simmons, Cynthia. 2007. “Women’s Work and the Growth of the Civil Society in Post-War Bosnia.” Nationalities Papers 35 (1): 171-85.

Author: Cynthia Simmons


Civil society, to the extent that it exists today in Bosnia, has developed alongside the recasting of women’s roles in public life. Researchers equate civil society in Bosnia today almost exclusively with non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The early post-war NGOs grew out of the peace movement that took shape before and during the open conflict of 1992–1995. Peace organizations evolved to a large extent from feminist organizing and organizations in the Yugoslav republics of Croatia, Serbia, and Slovenia. Thus, to study the origins of Bosnian civil society, we must begin with the struggle for equal rights for women in modern Yugoslavia.

Topics: Civil Society, Feminisms, Gendered Power Relations, Gender Equality/Inequality, NGOs, Post-Conflict, Rights, Women's Rights Regions: Europe, Balkans Countries: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Yugoslavia (former)

Year: 2007

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