In 2016, Common Threads Project women’s circles were established in urban and rural settings in and around Zenica, Tuzla, and Bihać, with over 65 women participating. In partnership with Bosnian women’s organizations Medica Zenica, Snaga Žene, Vive Žene, and Žene sa Une, Common Threads launched the Common Threads Bosnia project in 2015. Our training handbook was translated into Bosnian. Sixteen facilitators participated in an 80 hour experiential training and adapted the intervention for their communities. Another 30 women make up the control group for the research study. Our clinical team returned to Bosnia in early 2017 to provide additional training, preparing facilitators to conduct Phase II of the program. In 2018, the Bosnia circles concluded.
CTP Bosnia’s research team collected and entered survey data before the intervention and again after Phases I and II. Interviews of all participants have also been conducted to understand their experience of the intervention. We are in the process of analyzing this data and we will be sharing our findings soon. Stay in touch to follow the outcomes of the research project.