Nela Porobić Isaković


Nela Porobić Isaković is a feminist activist from Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), working with Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) where she leads on feminist political economy work and coordinates WILPF’s activities in the country.

The focus of Nela’s work is mainly on researching and understanding the political economy of post conflict reconstruction and recovery by looking into social, political, and economic consequences of post-conflict interventions framed within a neoliberal understanding of peacebuilding. In her work Nela has also focused on gendered experiences of war and transitional justice issues (in particular reparations). Over the years Nela has worked closely with activists from BiH and other places to capture various non-violent grassroot responses and organising against wartime violence so that they can be shared with feminist networks and activists in similar situations.

Nela is the co-author of the essay series The Peace That is Not: 25 years of experimenting with peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina – feminist critique of neoliberal approaches to peacebuilding. She is also the co-author of the report A Feminist Perspective on Post-Conflict Restructuring and Recovery – the case of Bosnia and Herzegovina; and the Concept and Framework for Development of Gender-Sensitive Reparations for Civilian Victims of War in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Prior to joining WILPF Nela worked for UNDP and UNFPA in BiH, on transitional justice issues. She was visiting fellow at the Sociology Department, Goldsmiths College (London, UK) and holds an MA in Political Science, Lund University (Lund, Sweden) focused on peace building and post-conflict recovery.

”Whoever is afraid of feminism, is afraid to admit and accept that, fundamentally, women are strong beings. In various societies, over centuries, political leaders have made use of many skills and tricks to keep women power under control. On the other hand, power comes with responsibility – always. Admitting that you are strong means taking responsibility for this power. Sometimes that overwhelms.”

Liliana Popescu
Vice-Rector SNSPA
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