Ever since the last war in the 1990s, Bosnia and Herzegovina has lost many young people to emigration over dire circumstances like poor conditions, education, and lack of work prospects. The search for a better life and opportunities has led many Bosnians to seek refuge in foreign countries. However, legal consultant Naida Mehanović rejects the notion of leaving her devastated homeland behind, reckoning that she and the youth of the country can ensure a better future for it.
According to a recent survey by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), about 47 percent of Bosnians, aged 18 to 29, are unhappy with their homeland’s current situation. The lack of jobs, poor public services, and endemic corruption make them seek emigration, either temporarily or permanently. But that was never an option for law student Naida, who wished to practice her law career in her homeland.
Naida was born during one of the long-term sieges on Bosnia and Herzegovina. From very early on, she had decided that her path in life is to help those who could not do it themselves. She wasn’t the only one who thought so. Increasing trials and tribulation led to the birth of a growing number of change-makers in the country. At first, she wanted to become a doctor but ended up studying law, all thanks to her passion for elevating her country’s circumstances on the legal front.
Spending most of her student life in Bologna, Europe, Naida returned to Bosnia and Herzegovina to pursue her master’s studies at the Department of History and Law. While studying law, Naida’s ultimate goal is to transfer her knowledge to those who need it to develop as strong individuals.
Having a strong belief in her country’s youth, Naida considers young and good-spirited individuals to be the pioneers and driving force that would, for sure, lead the country towards better circumstances.
For this purpose, Naida is also heading the Youth Council of Sarajevo Canton, which is an umbrella youth association representing the interests of varied individuals, irrespective of their race, religion, or any other discrimination. It is a collective organization working for the betterment of students’ rights and other legal matters in the education sector.
Meanwhile, Naida is also practicing law in the real estate sector through her property company ‘Primavera’, which provides legal consultancy and administrative services to those in need. The company also strives to attract foreign investors to invest in the vast market that Bosnia and Herzegovina offers.
Naida is looking forward to using her law expertise in many other sectors that are critical for the advancement of the youth and the country, as a whole. Thus, she chose to practice law in her own country rather than leaving for better foreign opportunities. Here’s her LinkedIn profile to connect with.