Zagreb, 21. November 2018 - The conference entitled “Good governance and gender equality in sport” was one of many activities recently organised by the Croatian Olympic Committee to promote gender equality in sport and improve good governance. This time, the conference was organised for international representatives of organisations active in the field of science, education and sport with the emphasis on the future of sport. The conference was held on 20 November 2018 in Zagreb, Croatia.

The conference was organised within the GETZ project (Gender Equality Toolkit for generation Z) that is a collaborative partnership – funded by the European Union Erasmus+: Sport programme – consisting of seven organisations: four universities (UK, Norway, Netherlands and Belgium), and three sport organisations (Croatia, Slovenia and Sweden).

The main target group of the GETZ project were students at sport universities from participating countries, born in the period 1995-2009 and widely known as the generation Z. They are expected to enter the sport labour market in the near future. The GETZ project aims to develop an online toolkit to reach the youth and educate them about gender issues in sport. It should help prepare them to prevent, recognise and learn how to react to negative patterns of behaviour in sport organisations. It should also create the potential to help them become the leaders of change in any organisational culture. In the long term, it may contribute to good governance in sport by reducing the gender inequalities for the generations to come.

The conference was divided in two main sessions. During the morning session, speakers reflected on the ongoing issues related to gender inequality in sport and its connection to good governance, access to leadership positions, gender perceptions, and portrayal in media. The NOC Vice Presidents – Morana Palikovic Gruden and Sanda Corak – shared their views on the topic as women involved in the highest leadership roles and governing bodies in the national sport system. Participants had the opportunity to learn about the real cases of discrimination against women in sport and jurisdiction of the Ombudsperson for Gender Equality. Participants were invited to join the Croatian Association of Sport Management for the purpose of networking. The afternoon session was dedicated to the interactive workshop with participants in order to collect and identify ideas that can feed into the development of the six thematic units of the educational toolkit for youth: culture and society, media, governance, participation, events, and commerce in sport.

The GETZ project will benefit from the wealth of ideas and make its progress in the development of the gender equality toolkit for generation Z that will be published in the first quarter of 2019 in its pilot version. To keep track of it or get involved, follow us on www.hoo.hr