The Regional Youth Partnerships Program convened in Mokrin, Serbia, from 14th to 16th July 2023. This time, representatives from Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia came together to learn more about transformative power of art in fostering peace and reconciliation in the Western Balkans.
A particular focus was placed on understanding the context of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the impact of art in facilitating the transitional process. To illuminate this, the participants enjoyed an open-air screening of the movie "Scream for me Sarajevo," which discussed more about the role of art during challenging times.
During the second day, the participants engaged in insightful discussions about the history of art and its influence on war experiences. They had the privilege of sharing experiences with Pravipozar veterans, gaining valuable insights into life during and after the conflicts. The group actively explored opportunities for reconciliation through artistic means.
On the final day, Gramos Sejdiu from KCSS led a discussion on advocacy and its significance in promoting positive change. The participants were introduced to various advocacy approaches and were familiarized with the Security Brief. Groups of participants had a chance to present topics for which they would advocate in the region.
This project is supported by USAID and implemented by Kosovar Centre for Security Studies (KCSS), Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP), Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Sarajevo, Divac Foundation, Peer Education Network (PEN), PRONI, and International Republican Institute Global (branches in Kosovo, Bosnia and Hercegovina and Serbia).