Zagreb, October 5, 2017 – In the organization of the Croatian Olympic Committee’s Gender Equality in Sport Commission and Karlovac County Sports Association, the 8th seminar for coordinators from national sports federations was held at the Freshwater Aquarium Aquatica. A seminar titled "Men and Gender Equality in Sports: Aid or Obstacle?" was attended by around 60 male and female attendees, including 35 female coordinators and ten lecturers.

On behalf of the Croatian Olympic Committee, Secretary General Josip Čop addressed the participants of the seminar stressing the importance of women's influence in Croatian sports and the efforts of the Croatian Olympic Committee for their greater involvement in the governing sports bodies.
The President of the Commission, also Vice-President of the Croatian Olympic Committee and member of the EOC’s Gender Equality in Sport Commission Morana Paliković Gruden gave an opening speech entitled "Gender Equality - a True Chance for Male and Female Athletes" and emphasized the efforts to have the "female voice" represented in management and leadership positions in sports organizations at least to the extent of ever growing number of female athletes participating at world competitions such as the Olympic Games.
The possibilities and limitations of women's sports activities were presented by Vice-President of the Croatian Olympic Committee Sanda Čorak and Snježana Boranić Živoder from Tourism Institute, while Ratko Cvetnić from Zagreb Badminton Association and member of the Commission spoke of a female athlete’s corporate environment. The essence of his presentation is summarized in the sentence that corporate environment can be useful for a female athlete while she is actively competing, but as soon as she tries to apply her sports capital in the position of a sports leader, the corporation usually does not appear as an ally.

Branka Matković from the Faculty of Kinesiology of the University of Zagreb and Gordana Borko from the Croatian Olympic Committee and Secretary of the Commission spoke of male coaches’ opinion on women in sports and on the position of male and female coaches based on scientific researches and survey examples. Top Croatian athletes and sports officials Danira Bilić (Croatian Basketball Federation), Nikša Savin (Women's Water Polo Club Bura), Lidija Bojić Ćaćić (Croatian Handball Federation) and Marina Capan (Karlovac County Sports Association) spoke of the cooperation skills in this field, practice and their experiences.

On behalf of the host, the seminar was welcomed by the Deputy Prefect of Karlovac County Vesna Hajsan-Dolinar, President of the Karlovac City Council Marijana Tomičić and President of the Karlovac County Sports Association Želimir Feitl. (hoo/vk/rj)