“My first touch with the Red Cross was in the segment of First Aid. First Aid became my first love. During my 10 years of volunteering I competed in several Frist Aid competitions, but the one I’m mostly proud of is representing my country on the The First Aid Convention in Europe (FACE) competition back in 2015. My local community had a strong youth network that gave young people a chance to make progress and develop themselves. During my voluntary services, I was Youth president in my local Red Cross community and part of Youth presidency in our Cantonal Red Cross headquarter. As a young woman leader I had a chance to develop our organization and participate in several seminars regarding youth empowerment. During my whole Red Cross experience I have been dedicated to learning new skills and helping the ones in need.
Bosnia and Herzegovina has been facing a migrant crisis since 2018. During the year of 2020 I got a chance to help migrants in need by providing First Aid in one of the biggest temporary reception centers in Bosnia and Herzegovina for single males as the team leader in the Red Cross ambulance. Besides providing First Aid, our teams were working on hygiene and health promotion and providing First Aid workshops for all interested beneficiaries. Since I became a health worker this was my first working experience in the field. I was involved almost a year in the temporary reception center and outreach activities for migrants when I got an opportunity to work in the Red Cross Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina headquarter as a coordinator for health mobile teams in the field of migrations and Public Health assistance. Beside the health program, I’m working as a Youth coordinator for the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.”
– Medina Selimić, Bosnia and Herzegovina
“Engagement in the Red Cross has changed my perspective of life”
” Volunteering and working in the Red Cross has changed me in many ways. My engagement in the Red Cross has made me a better person and changed my perspective of life. Red Cross has given me more than I could imagine and I’m thankful for every opportunity I get. My biggest dream since I was a little girl was to help others and thanks to the Red Cross I get the opportunity to live my dream.”
Analysis shows that women’s jobs are 1.8 times more vulnerable during the coronavirus pandemic than men’s jobs: Women make up 39% of global employment but account for 54% of overall job losses as of May 2020.