Women in sport


Aware of the difficulty and complexity of issues that women generally face in the society, and especially their place, position and role in sports, and accepting the IOC initiative to secure equality for women in all the areas of work, activities and  office holding in sports, the Croatian Olympic Committee Council founded the Commission on Care for Women in Sport on December 19, 1996 (since 2015 the Gender Equality in Sport Commission). Until 2000, it was led by former handball player, Olympian and eminent COC Council member Katica Ileš.

The Commission's Program is raising awareness of the role of women in sports, encouraging research on women in sports, especially from a medical, sociological, educational, economic and social point of view, encouraging the inclusion of women in decision-making processes and public media to cover these and other important issues regarding the work of women in sports. In June 2006, the Croatian Olympic Committee started a national project on specialized training for women uponthe proposal by the Commission on Care for Women in Sport, led by the COC Council member Morana Palikovic Gruden. In 2007, it has established a network of female coordinators in counties and national sports federations, in cooperation with the Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sport. In November 2015, as the permanent working body of the Council, the Commission changes its name into Gender Equality in Sport Commission.

Commission mandate

Zagreb, November 9, 2015 – Croatian Olympic Committee's Gender Equality Commission (formerly known as Commission for Women in Sports) held on Monday its 7th session with the goal to comment and discuss the held seminaries and future steps.

Aware of the difficulty and complexity of issues that women generally face in the society, and especially their place, position and role in sports, and accepting the IOC initiative to secure equality for women in all the areas of work, activities and  office holding in sports, the Croatian Olympic Committee Council founded the Commission on Care for Women in Sport on December 19, 1996 (since 2015 the Gender Equality in Sport Commission).

Zagreb, December 12th, 2013 - Although they represent only 17 percent, the sports efficiency of Croatian female athletes is unquestionably above average - even 41 percent with Olympic, World and European medals. These are, of course, women or girls that represent 48 of total of 280 000 in the Croatian sports, as shown by the latest research of the COC Commission for Women in Sports.