On March 16, 2023, YMI and CARE organized an event in Sarajevo to present the results of a study on the impact of an educational program aimed at preventing gender-based violence and promoting healthy lifestyles. The event began with opening words from guest speakers after which chief researcher and dean of the Faculty of Philosophy, Univerzitet Banja Luka Srđan Dušanić presented kre results of the Program Y impact study.
The second part of the event was a panel discussion on the importance of a multisectoral approach in violence prevention, promotion of healthier life-styles, and gender equality. The panelists included Elvira Jašarbašić, director of the Dental High School, Dragan Pavlović, Social Worker in Tourism School in Banjaluka, Ekrem Čolakhodžić, PhD, Dean at Teaching Faculty, University “Džemal Bijedić” Mostar,and Sara Dereta, CARE Youth Engagement Advisor.¸
During the event, the regional directress of CARE International Balkans, Sumka Bučan, emphasized the positive impact of the Program Y on changing attitudes towards violence among young people in the cities where it was implemented. Additionally, the Director of Operations for CARE Deutschland e.V. Felix Wollf presented CARE Balkans Programme Strategy for 2030, highlighting three key impact areas with a focus on women and girls: Economic Justice, Social Justice, and Humanitarian Action.
The Ambassador of the Republic of Austria, H.E. Ulrike Hartmann, also attended the event and praised the efforts of CARE International Balkans and local partners in changing the behavior of young people and reducing violence. She also stressed the importance of creating self-sustainability and including the subject of healthy lifestyles in formal education.
Overall, the event highlighted the importance of education in promoting gender equality, preventing violence, and promoting healthier lifestyles. It also showcased the positive impact of the Program Y and the commitment of CARE International Balkans and local partners to continue this work in the future.