See the brief summary of our findings from engaging men and boys in the Balkans.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
CARE has been working in the Balkans since 1993. After providing humanitarian aid for victims of war and refugees, CARE now seeks to help build sustainable peace and development in the region. Programs support economic activities on regional levels, peace and reconciliation efforts, integration of minorities and the creation of opportunities for young people.
We place special focus on working alongside poor girls and women because, equipped with the proper resources, they have the power to help lift whole families and entire communities out of poverty.
“Be a Man!”
Currently, an emerging culture of violence is visible in the Western Balkans and the consequences of violence within the family and the community severely affects the development and health of young men and young women.
Youth is a critical moment when young people develop and rehearse gender equitable attitudes and related violent behaviors. Researchers and youth programmers have recognized the importance of working with young men to cultivate gender-equitable attitudes and reduce violence. So CARE set up the Young Men Initiative, also called Young Men as Allies in the Prevention of Violence and Conflict in the Western Balkans, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia, to promote gender equality, voice-free relationships and the health development of adolescent boys aged 13-19.