In the following month, we have written many beautiful stories that left a positive impact, and of them was Job Shadowing ”Leadership is for Everyone” which has taken place in Sarajevo, BiH from the 15th to the 29th of May. We hosted two ambitious women from Lithuania, Odeta Autukaite and Ieva Jonauskaite, who were eager to learn more about the work of the BRAVO organization and leadership overall.


During their two-week visit, participants were able to get involved in a variety of activities and learn more about women’s empowerment, the present situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the prejudices that women confront on a daily basis in our society. They have created various strategies to support the empowerment of women while also actively involving men in the complex process through close collaboration with experts in the field and sharing experiences with men.

During the Job Shadowing project in Sarajevo, Bosnia, and Herzegovina, the participants had the opportunity to collaborate with experienced professionals specializing in marketing and management. Specifically in the field of marketing, they received comprehensive insights into the workings of social media, and with the gained knowledge they created social media campaign for the official BRAVO profiles called ”Breaking Barriers”. Their responsibilities included setting objectives, identifying target audiences, establishing goals, and developing the entire concept along with a corresponding schedule. As a result, the social media campaign effectively reached a broader audience and played a significant role in educating individuals about gender equality and fostering ways to contribute to a more inclusive society.


They also got the opportunity to learn more about project management. Following the educational aspect, they were assigned the task of creating a drafted version of a project that is centered on female leadership and methods to enhance it. Through their daily activities within the office, they had the valuable opportunity to meet the BRAVO team and witness firsthand the inner workings and implementation of projects.

Besides meeting BRAVO humans and engaging in the organization’s work, participants of the job shadowing had a meeting with Emina Bošnjak, the representative and the director of the organization ”Sarajevo Open Center“. During this meeting, they had the opportunity to delve deeper into the organization’s mission of advocating for equal rights for women, the LGBTQ community, and all individuals. Through the exchange of experiences and opinions, they also acquired a more comprehensive understanding of the rights and positions of marginalized groups in Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Overall, the experience of participants was positive since they have described it as a ”transformative journey” that has helped them upgrade themselves in both professional and personal aspects as they have gained valuable knowledge and skills.


The Job Shadowing project in Bosnia and Herzegovina was successfully implemented as all involved have proved once again that Leadership is for EveryOne!

More about "LEO" project:

Women’s empowerment is a prerequisite for gender equality, according to the CoE Gender Equality Strategy 2018-2023. Even when girls demonstrate leadership abilities or hold positions of power, the world fails to make them feel good because the mind model that we have is gendered “male.” As a result, when girls adopt such a model, claiming that leaders are bold and make difficult decisions, they may experience cognitive Men outnumber women in leadership positions in every sector of the world, including business, nonprofits, government, education, medicine, the military, and religion  This gender gap, often referred to with the metaphor “glass ceiling”, represents one of the most critical challenges to achieve gender equity and allow equitable working opportunities to all genders


The project aims at enhancing women’s leadership, developing NFE resources for youth workers and young people, promoting men’s involvement in women’s empowerment, and strengthening the synergies between youth work and the labour market.


And specific call’s thematic areas: 

  1. inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities; 
  2. empowerment / engagement / employability of young people; 
  3. anti-discrimination and gender equality


 Overall, the LEO project efficiently contributes to the global effort to achieve gender equity and meets the EU Gender Equality Strategy Key Actions 2020-2025 (challenging gender stereotypes, boosting women’s economic empowerment, ensuring equal opportunities in the labour market). Moreover, the project addresses many of the general and specific call’s objectives, ensuring its quality and relevance.  




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