Female politicians in Rpublika Srpska at seminar on campaignOctober 11th, 2013 Bosnia and Herzegovina | Countries and Regions | Education | News | The Balkans | What we do
In almost exactly one year, there will be elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) as well as on the entity-level, in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBiH) and in Rpublika Srpska (RS). To strengthen female politicians in the upcoming campaign work, Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation organized a conference on campaign and communication in Banja Luka, October 4-6, 2013.
Around 25 women attended the conference, most of them local politicians, from the party Partija Demokratskog Progresa (PDP) that the Foundation co-operates with. PDP is now in opposition in the serb-dominated RS, but there is hope for a change of power at next year’s election. A general problem in countries where the party structure still is weak, is that it is difficult for women to reach higher positions. The Foundation’s activities serve to promote women in political parties through education and information.
This campaign seminar was chaired by Swedish Member of Parliament, Elisabeth Björnsdotter Rahm and Torsten Svenonius, Head of Strategic Analysis at the Moderate Party in Sweden. Elisabeth Björnsdotter Rahm talked about how women can be more visible in politics, as well as how to run a campaign on the local level with examples from Swedish elections. The female politicians had to list the biggest challenges in their municipalities and it turned out unemployment was in the top.
Torsten Svenonius gave an introduction to campaign strategy in order to go deeper into the different parts of the campaign work. This included how to create a strong political message and how to communicate with voters.
Lectures were mixed with group work and discussions and when the conference was at end, the women told that they had some good new ideas on how to run a campaign, to bring home.
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