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Sarajevo Open Centre

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Joined May 2022

Advancing human rights of LGBTI and women in Bosnia and Herzegovina, through representation of their realities and advocating legal, policy, economic, social and cultural changes in all areas of life.

Presence in: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Focus: Community Organizing, Gender-based violence, LGBTQI+ Rights, Policy Advocacy, Women's Rights

SOC works to advance human rights, especially the position and human rights of LGBTI people and women in Bosnia and Herzegovina, through representation of their realities and advocacy for legal, policy, economic, social and cultural changes in all areas of life.

Key values and organisational culture

We aspire to achieve high degree of professionalism and quality in our work, which reflects an exemplary, inspiring, and effective organization of people sharing joint vision and values.

We believe in and promote intersectionality and diversity of ideas and people: we respect and take into consideration people and their perspectives stemming from their different identities and backgrounds.

We promote integrity: we stick to our values and principles, and we are committed to fairness, transparency and accountability in our procedures and work guided by professional standards and results we want to achieve as well as broad involvement of different stakeholders.

We believe in proactivity and activism as we constantly monitor the relevant local, regional and worldwide political and social currents in order to identify challenges and find solutions before problems arise. This anticipatory, change-oriented and self-initiated behavior enables us to act timely and use our competences to prevent social backlashes and set foundation for future advancements of human rights and equality of all BiH citizens.

Innovation and creativity: we introduce new methods, approaches and focus areas, encourage openness and are prepared for continuous learning in order to be able to respond to new challenges.

Collaboration and solidarity: we invest in long term partnerships and networks on national and international level, using these synergies to further our goals and strengthen our position within civil society.

Communication: we have established successful channels of communication with stakeholders and our target groups, which are used regulary, and are two-way.

People Associated With This Organization

Darko Pandurević

Bosnia and Herzegovina  
Sarajevo Open Centre
Joined May 2022
Interests: Family, Gender-based violence, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Legal Aid & Public Interest Law, LGBTQI+ Rights, Policy Advocacy, Women's Rights
I am Programme and Advocacy Manager of Sarajevo Open Centre. I graduated law on University of Sarajevo. My area of expertise lays in monitoring human rights violations, strategic litigation regarding human rights issues, advocacy for policies and legislation, writing legal analyses, working with lawyers on strategic cases of human right violations, offering legal advice and guidance for LGBTI people. My current role in the organization consists of leading the advocacy, lobbying and legal activities of the organisation. Manages the work of programme teams and and participates in creating, implementing, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of advocacy and legal aspects of activities/programmes/projects. By joining the network I look for opportunity to connect with legal experts and activists learn from them as well as share my knowledge.
Darko Pandurević is the network champion (main point of contact) for Sarajevo Open Centre.

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