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Gender Equality and Judicial Practice in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Gender Equality and Judicial Practice in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Publisher: Helsinki Citizens Assembly Banja Luka (hCa), BiH

Date: March 2008

Volume: 54 pages, pdf


The basic references of human rights discourse are equality and equal possibilities for all, regardless sex or some other identity. However, there are two concepts of understanding and approach to the equality in the international and national law. Equality of  women and men should be all-encompassing, which means this should be also formally expressed through law, but also should respect the specific needs of women and men  as individual human beings, taking into consideration real situation in a society. These  two concepts are different, but also mutually connected and interweaved.
Juridical equality relates to equality of sexes guaranteed by constitution, law and other  acts adopted by a state with the purpose of promotion and implementation of equal  treatment of women and men, for which state institutions are responsible and they are  implementing adopted laws and determined action policies.  Contrary to that, substantial equality can not be accomplished only with adoption of  legislation and determining action policies, but we need to take into consideration specific needs of women or men, as well as the equal results and possibilities.
This booklet is a short English language version of the Study "Gender Equality and Judicial Practice in B&H".  It provides the key findings, conclusions and recommendations that are results of the research that was conducted in the period between April and June 2007. The booklet has been updated with some new findings and data that came out after October 2007 when the Study was initially printed.