Zagreb, October 10, 2015 - The two-day international seminary on gender equality in sports, held on Saturday, October 10th in Zagreb, ended with the conclusions pointing out that gender equality is not only a women's issue.


It is necessary and binding, as stated in the conclusions, to have – latest by 2020 - more than fifty percent of women in decision-making positions, to have the possibility of using sports infrastructure, education and employment, financing, competition and preparation on the same level for both sexes in sports and – ultimately- to seek the support in projects aiming at balancing the roles of both sexes in sports activities and in terms of the strategy. This international seminary, hosted by the Croatian Olympic Committee, was attended by more than twenty representatives of sports institutions of the Mediterranean basin' countries; Albania, Cyprus, Egypt, Macedonia, Malta, Montenegro, Algeria, Tunisia, Turkey, Monaco. Among them, there were also the five-time Olympian, member of the European Olympic Committees' (EOC) Executive Board, President of the EOC's Commission and President of the Lithuanian Olympic Committee Daina Gudzineviciute, golden Olympian in shooting in Sydney in 2000 and quadruple Paralympian Ana Sršen, member of the Croatian Paralympic Committee's (HPO) Executive Board and other top names of international sports. The international seminary - organized by the Croatian Olympic Committee's Department for International Relations along with the guidance of Ljiljana Ujlaki Šubić and support of the Commission for Women in Sports led by its President Morana Paliković Gruden who is also the Vice-President of the Croatian Olympic Committee and the International Committee of Mediterranean Games (ICMG) - stressed the constant need to solve all the problems that are manifested in gender (in)equality in the society, especially in sports. Another valuable contribution to the seminary were the presentations of the President of the Commission Morana Paliković Gruden, President of the Lithuanian Olympic Committee Daina Gudzineviciute, member of the Croatian Paralympic Committee's Executive Board Ana Sršen, member of the Croatian Olympic Committee's Council and President of the Croatian Judo Federation Sanda Čorak, member of the Commission and prominent writer and sports official Ratko Cvetnić, professor at the Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Zagreb Branka Matković, Croatian Handball Federation's female handball coach and member of the European Handball Federation's (EHF) Executive Board Lidija Bojić Ćaćić and Secretary of the Commission for Women in Sports Gordana Borko.

This is the second time that the Croatian Olympic Committee hosted an international seminary on the topic of equality in sports. The first hosting took place in 1998, when the Croatian Olympic Committee hosted the European seminary, chaired by the Olympian and former US female rower Anita DeFrantz, the first woman in the history of the Olympic Movement acting as the International Olympic Committee's Vice-President. (Hoo/rj)