All Women employed in Public Institutions in Canton Sarajevo will not work on Friday!

March 5, 2019 5:00 PM

On the occasion of March 8th, the International Women’s Day, by the decision of the Prime Minister of Sarajevo Canton Edin Forto, all women employed in public institutions of the canton will not work on Friday.

“I hereby inform you that Friday, March 8, will be a non-working day for all women employed in ministries, departments, administrations, companies, institutions, and administrative organizations of Sarajevo Canton. Also, we inform you that the free day excludes payment of benefits,” was stated in PM notice.

International Women’s Day has been observed since in the early 1900’s, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.

The new millennium has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in both women’s and society’s thoughts about women’s equality and emancipation. Many from a younger generation feel that ‘all the battles have been won for women’ while many feminists from the 1970’s know only too well the longevity and ingrained complexity of patriarchy. With more women in the boardroom, greater equality in legislative rights, and an increased critical mass of women’s visibility as impressive role models in every aspect of life, one could think that women have gained true equality. The unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women’s education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men.

However, great improvements have been made. We do have female astronauts and prime ministers, school girls are welcomed into university, women can work and have a family, women have real choices. And so the tone and nature of IWD has, for the past few years, moved from being a reminder about the negatives to a celebration of the positives.

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