Tajik Team Gleans Domestic Violence Solutions from Bosnia


The OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe, Republic of Tajikistan, in co-operation with the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina, facilitated a study visit for the Tajik delegation on domestic violence prevention and response from 15 – 21 July. The study visit aimed at enhancing Tajikistan’s legislative framework and best practices in tackling domestic violence by drawing insights from Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).

Comprising 12 members, the Tajik Delegation included government representatives and representatives from women’s rights organizations. Their visit centered on learning about BiH’s institutional response to domestic violence, particularly focusing on multi-sectoral approaches.

The Tajik Delegation engaged in extensive meetings with representatives from various institutions and women’s rights organizations that possess extensive experience in prevention, protection, service provision, and advocacy concerning domestic violence in BiH. These insightful interactions provided valuable knowledge and practical strategies that can be applied to combat domestic violence in Tajikistan.

“Through co-operation, knowledge-sharing, and the implementation of best practices, we aim to make substantial strides in protecting the rights and well-being of all individuals affected by domestic violence,” said Ambassador Brian Aggeler, Head of the OSCE Mission to BiH. “The OSCE Mission to BiH will continue to support authorities in BiH in strengthening survivors centered institutional response to all forms of gender-based violence.”

Marifat Khidiralieva, a representative from the Tajikistan Women’s Resource Center, stated: “This study visit provided me with more information about the multi-sectoral system. A good cooperation between different institutions and non-governmental organizations is important. There are many similarities, but Bosnia and Herzegovina is more advanced. I will study BiH’s example and use it to improve the work of my organization, Women’s Resource Center, and cooperation with the multi-sectoral group.”

The success of this study visit exemplifies the spirit of co-operation and knowledge-sharing between Tajikistan and Bosnia and Herzegovina, demonstrating the potential for continued collaborative efforts in promoting gender equality, protecting human rights, and combating domestic violence.

Source: The Mirage