Women’s Rights


We advocate and promote women’s rights together with our portal zenskaposla.ba which we host and support. We tackle and research the intersection between Internet Rights, Women Right and Sexualities. We believe that technology has immense power in creating equal world, and even more so to empower girls and women around the world.

Empowering Voices: Female politicians, local elections and technology

Empowering Voices: Female politicians, local elections and technology

 “Empowering Voices” is the project led by One World Platform supported by Council of Europe, within the Assistance Program in Bosnia and Herzegovina, for the local elections 2016. One World Platform teamed up with three local organizations from Bratunac (Forum žena), Gračanica (Pokret građana Gračanica) and Bihać (Glas žene) that for three months served as local hubs for female politicians educating them on how to use social media, internet and technology to promote themselves as candidates on local elections. Aside from promotion, one of the modules educated them on online safety, privacy, online harassment and tools and mechanisms of protection online.   Through this project, a number of issues causing the unfavorable situation of women political participation will be addressed, such as: Women candidates do not have resources to reach out voters and do not get adequate space in mainstream media, so voters have no information on positive examples of successful women taking a role in public life and in politics (prejudice and stereotypes); Influential figures, such as religious or political leaders, are transmitting a prejudiced message about women in politics Many youth and women do not develop interest in local politics (campaigns do not use appropriate tools or the political discourse is too tense) In order to address above mentioned issues, Internet is selected as the main channel of communication, having in mind that digital tools and new media technologies are transforming the way that politicians and citizens communicate, and are playing an important role in the free flow of... read more
Internship at @OWP: The story of Caterina

Internship at @OWP: The story of Caterina

This summer we had a wonderful opportunity to work with Caterina Barbi from Italy and hosts her as our summer intern. It was pleasure having you here, your thoughts, energy and creativity. We look forward to seeing all the wonderful steps you take in your future! Here are few thoughts that Caterina shared after her internship: “This month I had the amazing opportunity to assist the staff of One World Platform in their trainings and work. Collaborating with them I had the chance of learning what a breaching of human rights on the internet is and how to tackle the issue. During the internship, I mainly worked on the project dealing with innovative women in technology, researching and writing about wonderful inventors who influenced our world and the enhancement of technology and mostly remained unknown. Through this task I not only got to learn about women who are currently allowing me to write and send this text, but also to understand how deep and rooted is the discrimination that they faced and are still posthumously facing. Is it any fair for Hedy Lamarr to be remembered as the amazing actress who also happened to have changed the way we communicate? This, however is not my outburst on the importance of feminism. This is my thank you for all the wonderful staff at One World Platform for giving me the opportunity to assist their work and understand how important it is to protect human rights on the internet. They did not only give me the chance to expand my knowledge on many different topics but also an idea of what... read more
ITGirls.ba: Officially launched!

ITGirls.ba: Officially launched!

IT Girls is a project that wants to encourage girls to start thinking about education and eventually potential career in the world of information technology, from early age on. It started off as an initiative of Untied Nations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where this idea and this topic was voted as best one in the “Competition for Best Innovation for Under 30”. As one of the high peaks of the project website called ITGirls.ba was officially launched yesterday! Partners on the project are Microsoft Bosnia and Herzegovina and NGO One World Platform. ITGirls.ba is surely not the first web site of this kind, even the most developed countries in the world are tackling the question of low numbers of girls and women in ICT and are developing different solutions and platforms to encourage girls to step into IT world. However, two things that make ITGirls.ba really major are: more local content and more local context. If we talk about access (not only access to technology itself, where girls come from households that cannot provide them with gadgets, and free wi-fi, which is another important issue to tackle in the long run) we must take into consideration the fact that majority of websites and content on the topic of girls and ICT field are still in English. ITGirls.ba provides girls with statistics, stories, fun facts in their own local languages which is a major starting plus. This component will help make them more comfortable and more confidant, specially those who might be struggling with English language. Another issue is lack of female role models in tech industry, who are often... read more
Proudly presenting: Women Rock IT 2015!

Proudly presenting: Women Rock IT 2015!

Ladies and gents and everyone else! Second generation of fabulous girls and women of our Women Rock IT is here! Our second “Women Rock IT” training on digital security, privacy, information communication technology and violence against women with subname “You, me, us, security and feminism” with girls and women from Bosnia and Herzegovina, was held in Sarajevo from 5.12.2015 to 7.12.2015. Women Rock IT  included 17 participants from across BiH- a diverse group of young women interested in gender social justice, feminism, privacy and digital security. The trainers were Alexandra Hache (TacticalTech), Valentina hvale Pellizer (One World Platform), and Gillo Cutrupi (who was there as a trainer within Digital Integrity Fellowship by HIVOS). The motivation for the organization of this training was mainly the surging trend of cyber bullying and online harassment, used in many ways to discriminate, marginalize and ultimately remove women and girls from online spaces. Be it the gaming world, or political campaigns run by female politicians, all-out attacks, and practices employed in solidifying the unbalanced power relations between men and women remain present, and unaddressed by the BiH authorities. Therefore, the intention was to integrate the learning of the tools with the thinking and planning of coordinated responses to such attacks. Digital security training proved to be one of the most successful and efficient activities, as well as great eye-openers for women and girls in terms of their own security and how they should use technology and Internet accordingly in their daily lives, professionally and personally. The first day started off with discussing the House Rules, and Shared Agreements, followed by participants getting to know... read more
Why feminism matters to Internet?

Why feminism matters to Internet?

Author: vale hvale pellizzer Feminism is a political statement, and more importantly political practice, way of thinking, understanding and public articulation of practically every issue of life. If I try to translate this virtually, in Internet language so to say, I can state that feminism should be the basic, non-exclusive, element of the code that constitutes every possible algorithm. The human mind-intelligence is embodied in the real world. If the real world is sexist, it is very likely that most of the technology that develops will have the virus of sexism in its core as well. That core will seamlessly define rules and space of the virtual world. But if feminism was an integral, indispensable part of virtual space, technology and media then it would be able to stand tall and would “fight” shoulder to shoulder against the ruling ideology, values, beliefs and behaviours of course. If feminism was part of the infrastructure and programming language since the invention of Internet following its up to date development, it would practically flow through all of the things related to Internet and technology, from the fridge to the oven, from TV to cyborgs, from Intel to Google, from Facebook to Reddit, from Linux community to Microsoft. Feminism as such would be able to manage, animate and even more importantly took part in the defining and coding of virtual space. One could ask, what is feminism after all? Is it matriarchal taking control over the world? Is it some special ranking of human beings by biological characteristics? So what exactly is that feminism that I stand for? The one that is open,... read more

“I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.”

Jane Austin

The test for whether or not you can hold a job should not be the arrangement of your chromosomes.”

Bella Abzug