Gender Empathy Gap Day

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Gender Empathy Gap Day has been celebrated annually on 11 July since 2018. The date was chosen as it commemorates the Srebrenica massacre.

The Srebrenica massacre was the mass murder of approximately 8000 Bosniak muslim men and boys. The killings occurred over 3-4 days in and around the town of Srebrenica, today in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Some of the boys were as young as 12. This is believed to have been one of the largest acts of genocide in modern history and likely the largest in Europe since World War II.

The genocide was perpetrated by the Army of Republika Srpska and the paramilitary units from Serbia. Republika Srpska was a short-lived unrecognised state during the Bosnian war. It was annexed by Bosnia and Herzegovina following the war and as of 2022 lives on as a region in that country.

The International Court of Justice has ruled the massacre to be a genocide but some commentators dispute this as only men and boys were murdered.

A small number of military officers were brought to justice over the massacre.

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