The event is to mark the end of a two year RRPP project Engendering forced migration, socio-political transition and mental health in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Kosovo. We will also be screening a film based on the research in Bosnia and sharing findings from a follow up project on current displacement in the Balkans corridor.

Warm welcome!

Foundation for Women's Empowerment BiH and Centre for Social Policy Research, Middlesex University

Psychosocial well-being of women forced migrants in the Western Balkans - then and now

Wednesday 23 November 2016
10.00 - 17.00

Musée International de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge
Room Henri Dunant
Av. de la Paix 17, 1202 Genève, Switzerland

How do the experiences of war and forced migration affect the mental health and well-being of the displaced? Drawing upon the findings of a two year project funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation on the experiences of displaced women in Bosnia, Serbia and Kosovo, this conference assesses their eventual integration. It concludes by asking how past experiences of displacement inform contemporary efforts aimed at protecting Syrian and other refugees in the Western Balkans corridor today.


  • Professor Guy Goodwin-Gill, University of Oxford
  • Professor Eleonore Kofman, Middlesex University
  • Professor Brad Blitz, Middlesex University
  • Jasmina Opardija-Šušnjar, Regional Research Promotion Programme in the Western Balkans - University of Fribourg / Interfaculty Institute for Central and Eastern Europe
  • Dr. Selma Porobić, Foundation for Women’s Empowerment, Bosnia
  • Film - ‘Transforming War Shattered Lives’ Q & A with Daniel Hitchens Samson, Director.

This specially commissioned film includes first-hand and heart-felt accounts from Bosnian women who were forced to flee their homes but are now rebuilding their lives after 20 years of displacement. It shows how some have found a way to move beyond the trauma of war to transform their lives, offering positive insights for the future of today’s displaced.

Contact - Selma Porobić (Project Coordinator) +387 62272427 and Brad Blitz (Project Mentor) +44 7754881260

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