Statistics about Women in Bosnia and Herzegovina

31% of women are unemployed

21% of parliamentary seats are held by women

97% are literate

Žene za Žene
*Bosnian translation of Women for Women

Women for Women International was founded in 1993 by Zainab Salbi and Amjad Atallah to offer financial and emotional support to women displaced by the Bosnian War. The legacy of genocide, sectarian violence, and systematic rape that occurred during the war remains evident today as the country struggles to rebuild and redefine itself as a 21st century democracy.

Women like Zahida are forging a new path. With your help, the Žene za Žene (“Women for Women” in Bosnian) team provides women with access to vocational skills to improve their ability to earn an income and support their families, along with a constructive path into public participation with a civic engagement program for women.


Our Impact

Žene za Žene has operated since 1993 and served nearly 62,000 women. Its economic empowerment program increases opportunities for Žene za Žene graduates and women's associations to contribute to their families and their communities. Its civic engagement program increases the participation of graduates and women's associations in local government and in grassroots, issue-based advocacy organizations.

After graduating from our program, women report positive changes in these key areas:

Women earn and save money: Women report average personal income of $3.52 per day at graduation, compared to $1.12 at enrollment.1
Women create and connect to networks for support and advocacy: More than 63 percent of participants report sharing information about their rights with other women at graduation, compared to 20 percent at enrollment.

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1. This set of 477 survey participants represents approximately 48 percent of the total 2014 graduates of WfWI's core training program in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Since 2013, there have been no new enrollees in WfWI's core program in Bosnia and Herzegovina.