Crowdfunding the women's movement in Bosnia

The feminist book project #Žene BiH was created by one of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It recently celebrated its success with an exhibition of book illustrations of important Bosnian women. 

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Why this story matters:

The campaign was a huge success. It exceeded the initial goal of around 3,900 EUR on the very first day of the campaign launch, which was a surprise even to its authors. 

The authors have decided to give away some books to public libraries, as they have collected more money than they initially hoped for, thus fostering awareness of women's issues and supporting gender equality in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the entire region. 

Inspired by the campaign, a group of Macedonian activists launched similar campaign titled #ЖениМК (meaning "women of Macedonia"). 

What started as a small scale social media activity of three friends only a year ago, has become an extraordinary example of the positive use of the internet for social engagement and the empowerment of women. 

Details from the story:

  • The book #ŽeneBiH, which is comprised of biographies of over fifty Bosnian notable women, was started as an online campaign named #ŽeneBiH (meaning "women of BiH") to teach social media users about Bosnian female writers, artists, journalists and humanitarian workers who contributed to women's emancipation.
  • Every day during March last year, which is Women's History Month, #ŽeneBiH published a social media post about a notable woman. 
  • Authors of the project, Bosnian feminist activists Masha Durkalić, Hatidža Gušić and Amila Hrustić Batovanja, have decided to take it further and launch a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for creating a book out of the materials they have collected.  
  • Each section of the book, devoted to a particular woman, is accompanied by illustrations that were designed by Bosnian female artists. 
  • The exhibition of book illustrations launched in Sarajevo on March 8, International Women's Day. 

Project #Femfacts co-financed by European Commission Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology as part of the Pilot Project – Media Literacy For All

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