August, 2017


WHAT IS FER Discourses?
Do we have the courage to contest our own beliefs, worldviews and practices? Do we have the strength to stand up against structural violence directed by secular, as well as religious patriarchal institutions? Are we ready to hear out different viewpoints and to allow different opinions to be heard – even if we do not agree with them? Are we prepared to respect human beings' freedom and one's individual rights to choose to believe or not to believe, to question, to doubt, and to search for answers? Can one be a feminist and a believer? If the answer to all these questions is negative, then you are necessarily in need of FER discourses therapy which, through intersection of feminism and religion, offers you new prospects of understanding your own self and the world that surround us.

A group of citizens, mainly young people from Bosnia and Herzegovina, have started the initiative "Fer discourses" aimed to re-actualize topics of religion and feminism and to bring them back from the margin to the centre of discussions on human rights, equality, justice, equity, and freedom. In a country where more than 90 percent of the population consider themselves to be believers, and where secular laws grounded in international norms of human rights and freedoms are in power, it is important to open a space for dialogue, encounters, learning, and questioning, through facing the feminist and religious perspectives, to reach new formulas for comprehending rights and freedoms, especially of those belonging to minorities.

Through public discussions, critical and analytical texts as well as scientific research work, the initiative "Fer discourses" will draw attention to increasing problems of discrimination, and stigmatisation of women and other minority groups within the mainstream religious discourse, as well as in the discourses of liberal democracy. If you feel equipped for constructive critical argumentation and discussion, we invite you to join us and to propose your own fer-intellectual contribution in creating an egalitarian value system, contrary to pervasive patriarchal phobia.