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.


With amendments to the Croatian Olympic Committee's Statute from November 6, 2015, the Commission for Women in Sports changed its name into Gender Equality Commission, but the scope of activities of this, advisory body of the Croatian Olympic Committee's Council stayed the same.

Under the chairmanship of Croatian Olympic Committee's Vice President Morana Paliković Gruden, the members of the Commission received a series of reports on the activities of the coordinators for women in sports and activities of certain members of the Commission on their participation in international activities. The seminary for coordinators for women in sports, held in Bjelovar in June this year, is considered extremely successful, while the conclusions from the seminary were adopted at the Commission's session. At the session, the Commission has brought decision to establish a working body of the Croatian Olympic Committee. Over the period of ten months, this body would deal - for the purposes of women network – especially with sexual harassment and establishing the rules and protocols related to the cases of registered harassment and abuse. Furthermore, the task of this working body is also to draw up the Code of acceptable behavior that should regulate misconduct and define zero tolerance to violence. The members of the Commission were also informed about the seminary on gender equality in sports, held in Zagreb in October and organized by the Croatian Olympic Committee and the International Committee of the Mediterranean Games. According to the words of Morana Paliković Gruden, especially interested were the lectures by Ana Sršen, Lidija Bojić -Ćaćić, Ratko Cvetnić and Sanda Čorak.


Gordana Borko submitted report from the meeting of the ENGSO SCORE project, the project that promotes gender equality among sports coaches, supported also by the Erasmus+ Sport program. The project is in the final stage and its implementation should start very soon in the partner countries, including Croatia and Croatian Olympic Committee and as coordinator of the project.
Sanda Čorak, President of the Croatian Judo Federation and member of the Commission, presented the research project "Judo is my sport - participation and perspective of women" on participation of women in judo, both in the competition and management activities. The conclusion of the Commission was that such a research, with recommendations and goals, should be made for other combat sports federations (Olympic and non-Olympic), and then to expand it further to other sports/federations. This way, each federation would have an overview of women's participation in its sports discipline and – even more important – references on how to involve women in sports and management in a more active manner.


The Commission also concluded that in the next year there should be a greater number of educational seminaries for female and male athletes, coaches and parents. Furthermore, the Croatian Olympic Committee's financial plan for 2016 must foresee a section and secure funds for the Gender Equality Commission related to regular operation of the network of female coordinators in sports, education, conferences and seminaries. (Hoo/gg).