Zagreb, December 19, 2017 - The Croatian Olympic Committee's (HOO) Gender Equality in Sport Commission celebrated the 20th anniversary of its successful performance at the Zagreb hotel Panorama, first through work and then with celebration.


Many former and present members and distinguished guests, led by the President of the Croatian Olympic Committee Zlatko Mateša and Director of the Governmental Office for Gender Equality of the Republic of Croatia Helena Štimac Radin attended the ceremony.
In the welcome speech, the President of the Gender Equality in Sport Commission Morana Paliković Gruden gave a short overview of this body’s activities, from the very beginning when its name was the Commission on Care for Women in Sport.
- Even though female and male sports should be equally important for our society, the inequality actually exists and mostly in the management sphere. It is best described by the fact that there are only six women members of the Assembly of the highest sports body in Croatia - the Croatian Olympic Committee...

Zlatko Mateša agreed with this as well, emphasizing the great achievements of female athletes for the Croatian Olympic successes:
- The Croatian Olympic Committee’s Council has two very capable Vice Presidents, but overall, I am totally unhappy with the share of women in our governing bodies. We do not have enough of them and in the world, everything is going in that direction, even in the very sports, more and more mixed couples are preferred even crews in some sports disciplines.

Helena Štimac Radin, the representative of the Governmental Office for Gender Equality, welcomed the attendees and presented a leaflet containing a recommendation by the Committee of male/female Ministers of Europe on gender-responsive politics.
The Secretary of the Croatian Olympic Committee’s Commission Gordana Borko showed through an impressive presentation everything that has been done in the past two decades. After that, the most deserving were presented the certificates of appreciation as follows: Helena Štimac Radin, then all three Presidents in the previous period - Katica Ileš (1997-2000), Iva Gavez (2001-2004) and Morana Paliković Gruden (since 2004), their two Secretaries - Dubravka Lukić and Gordana Borko and two county sports clubs - Karlovac County Sports Club and Bjelovar-Bilogora County Sports Club.

In conversation with Helena Štimac Radin, the President of the Croatian Olympic Committee Zlatko Mateša initiated an interesting proposal on improving the status of women in the governing bodies. In co-operation with the Governmental Office, headed by Štimac Radin, will be requested to include in the draft of the new Sports Act a proposal on the share of women in the governing bodies of clubs and federations, according to the percentage of female athletes therein.

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