Gender Equality 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.

Gender Equality in Sport Commission

Zagreb, 2 December 2020 – During 2019 and 2020, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) conducted an extensive research on gender equality in sports. In the published report on results of the survey (Gender Equality Survey Results) and report on examples of good practice from the National Olympic Committees (Good Practice Examples from NOC), the Croatian Olympic Committee (COC) that operates in this field through the work of the Gender Equality in Sport Commission, was highlighted as one of the examples of good practice.

Zagreb, July 4, 2019 - Organized by the Agency for Electronic Media, and under the high auspices of the President of the Republic of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, a Round table "Women in Croatian Society" was held at the Mimara Museum in Zagreb. On this occasion the web portal www.zeneimediji.hr was officially presented and the Agreement on Cooperation between the Agency for Electronic Media and partner institutions and organizations, including the Croatian Olympic Committee (the signee is the SecretaryGeneral Josip Čop) as well.

Zagreb, April 17, 2019 – The sixth session of the present composition of the Croatian NOC’s Gender Equality in Sport Commission  was held in the premises of the Croatian NOC. The members of the Commission congratulated the President of the Commission and Vice President of the Croatian NOC Morana Paliković Gruden on winning the IOC’s Women and Sport Trophy, presented to her in New York at the end of March. In the festive part, it was pointed out that in the time between the two sessions a member of the Commission, Ratko Cvetnić, became the winner of the HAZU Award for the highest literary achievement in the country and the Head of the Croatian NOC’s Publishing, Public Relations and Web Department Radica Jurkin received the was presented the Croatian Sports Journalists Association (HZSN) Award for Promoting Sports in Publishing.