Organized by the Center for Women War Victims ROSA and in cooperation with the Gender Equality Committee of the Croatian Parliament today on the 21st of October 2014 an international conference dedicated to the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence has been held. The conference has been held in the building of the Croatian Parliament in Zagreb.

The opening lines were held by Nansi Tireli, president of the Committee for Gender Equality; Nela Pamuković, Coordinator of the Center for Women War Victims ROSA; Gvozden Flego, Head of the Croatian Parliamentary Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe; Josip Leko, president of the Croatian Parliament; and Ivo Josipović, Croatian President.

Upon completion of the opening remarks, Jose Mendes Bota, general Rapporteur for the elimination of violence against women and political coordinator of the Network of Parliamentarians and Parliamentarians entitled “Women free from violence” spoke about the importance of ratification and implementation of the Council of Europe Convention. On the same subject spoke Dubravka Simonovic, member of the UN CEDAW Committee and former co-chairman of the Committee of the Council of Europe CAHVIO and Neva Tolle, president of the Autonomous Women’s House Zagreb. Maja Munivrana Vajda, an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Law, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, presented a study called “The analysis of compatibility between Croatian legislation with Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence “.

In the second part of the conference, a panel discussion focused on the experience in the process of ratification and advocacy for the ratification of the Convention in Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Slovenia and Serbia. The need and importance of as soon as possible ratification of the Convention of the Council of Europe by the Republic of Croatia are highlighted.

This conference was attended by numerous representatives of the state institutions and civil society organizations dealing with the protection and promotion of the rights of women victims of violence.

One-day workshops that last for four hours are intended for women who want to start a business or have just started one, but lack support and advice. They can register and participate in workshops in October at the Center for Education, Counseling and Research – CESI (Nova cesta 4, Zagreb). Topics of the first two workshops will be “Starting your own business and working from home” and “How to increase self-confidence to start a business”.

All interested parties may participate in both or just one workshop and workshop dates will be selected after collecting all of the applications.

Workshops are conducted by the Inova Consultancy from the UK whose trainings CESI coaches have passed. CESI coaches are now are conducting workshops in Croatia through a partnership project BADGE.

BADGE project (Training and education of female entrepreneurs) is designed for female entrepreneurs – beginners, especially in the difficult position of women who had multiple forms of discrimination because of sex, origin, social status, age, disability.

If you’d like to participate, fill out the application, which can be found on this address: CESI – application for training.

Center for Education, Counseling and Research (CESI) and are conducting a one-day training “I write – equality!” about institutions involved in promoting gender equality in the European Union and on the construction of gender in the media.

Education is intended for interested students of journalism and students who are engaged in journalism (25). Those students will hopefully apply the knowledge and experience, based on the education, in practice by writing papers on a given topic then published on the website on gender, sex and democracy After completing the first part of training, a second meeting will be organized and scheduled for late November.

The educators will be M.Sc. Dario Čepo, the author of “Political institutions of the European Union”, M.Sc. Josip Šipić, a subcontractor at the Faculty of Political Science, Ela Naranđa, assistant at the Center for Peace Studies, intern in the European Parliament and Svjetlana Knežević and Ana Brakus, editors of the web portal

One-day training will be held on the 18th of October 2014 from 10 am to 5 pm in the premises of the Green Action, civil society organization (Frankopanska 1, Zagreb).

Interested parties are invited to send their application and CV to the address until 13th of October and address it with “I write – equality!”.

This education is financially supported by the City of Zagreb in the course of the grant for programs / projects of interest to the City of Zagreb in the field of European integration and EU funds from the budget of the City of Zagreb in 2014. is a website focused on providing interested parties relevant, unbiased information about abortion and access to exercise the right to an abortion in the Republic of Croatia. The site is designed as a central point for information on the right to choice in the context of reproductive and sexual rights. The name “Znaj znanje” (Know knowledge) indicates that the right information is the only guideline in making decisions related to sexual behavior.

Considering that so far in Croatia there was no similar website, which included legislative, technical details and other important information needed to make a decision on performing an abortion, the authors of the site decided on creating and launching the same.

The website states that it does not promote abortion, but the practice of the right to choose and the right to information. It is pointed out that the right to an abortion as a right to choose is one of the fundamental human rights. It also states that abortion is not a contraceptive and should not be used as one and also should not be judged. To abort or continue the pregnancy is a decision that should be made based on information, feelings and according to possibilities and consequences, in agreement – within the partnership. However, the site points out, in the framework of the decision to abort or not, the autonomy of women over their bodies is not to be questioned. The website and facebook page “Znaj znanje” will provide information about sexual education, the legal framework, the appeal of consciousness, hospital addresses and other relevant information.

The site was launched within the project “Mlade žene mijenjaju svijet” (“Young women are changing the world”) organized by the Center for Education, Counseling and Research (CESI), financially supported by the Ministry of Social Policy and Youth of the Republic of Croatia.