On the 5th March, the EU Commission has presented a new Gender Equality Strategy for Europe 2020-2025, reports the Office for Gender Equality of Croatian Government.

The Strategy sets out key activities of the European Commission and its attitude that the gender equality perspective should be included in all EU politics. This is the first EU Commission Strategy in this field and it is based on the promise and political guidelines of its President, Ursula von der Leyen, that she will advocate for a Union of Equality. The Strategy holds goals to create significant progress for the gender equal Europe by 2025. The ultimate goal is „Union where women and man, girls and boys, with all their diversity can freely choose their life paths, have the same progress opportunities, equally take part and lead the European society. “

Goals of Strategy are connected to removal of gender-based violence; fighting stereotypes; removal of the gender gap in the labor market; achieving equality in different economic fields; removing the gap between women and men in the nourishing and care and achieving gender equality in decision making and politics. With the leadership of Helena Dalli, commissioner for equality and the support of newly formed Gender Equality Working group, the Strategy will be implemented through two primary ways – by targeted actions and by including a gender equality perspective in every EU politics.

It is expected that EU Commission presents one of the first measurements for implementation of this strategy in the end of 2020 – these are binding measures for the salary transparency. Public consultations about this Bill are opened until 27th July.

This Strategy is in line with European foreign policy in the field of gender equality and women empowerment.


The House of Human Rights Zagreb published the Report Civil rights in Croatia: overview of the status in 2018, which gives an insight into violations, problems, challenges and controversies in the area of protection and promotion of human rights during 2018.

The Report shows that the trend of strong social polarisation between conservative and liberal values was continued in 2018. Rights for reproductive and sexual health of women, rights of LGBTIQ+ persons and rights of national minorities were targeted by negative social tendencies in 2018.

Recommendation on preventing and combating sexism is the first document ever which contains the internationally accepted definition of sexism, and states “that sexism is a manifestation of historically unequal power relations between women and men”, which leads to discrimination “on the grounds of sex and/or gender [which] constitutes a violation of human rights”. It notes that “sexism is linked to violence against women and girls”, and acts of “everyday” sexism create a climate of intimidation and fear.

The Recommendation provides guidelines for preventing and combating sexism and measures for their implementation in the judiciary system, and for the enhancement of awareness of sexism in the society, at the working place, in the education, culture, sports and advertising and media.
It is expected of EU Member States to monitor progress of the implementation of the Recommendation and to inform regularly the Gender Equality Commission of the Council of Europe of the measures taken and progress achieved.

Icelandic women‘s organizations and labor unions are calling for a women‘s strike on October 24th 2018, to protest gender income inequality and violence and harassment in the workplace.

Their demand is Don’t Change Women, Change the World!

In recent months, stories of harassment, violence and injustice women suffer in the workplace have been shared on social media under the hashtag #MeToo. These stories have made it clear that fight for gender equality in the workplace cannot only be about equal pay, but must also be about safety in the workplace.

Women should be safe at work and safe at home. The focus now is to put pressure on companies and the government to change how they deal with misogyny, harassment and violence in the workplace and to make sure all employers have regulations and protocol for when incidents occur.

Women‘s solidarity and women‘s protests in Iceland have driven social change. This is the sixth time that women in Iceland have gone on a strike for gender equality under the banner of Kvennafrí (Women’s Day Off). They walked out in 1975, 1985, 2005, 2010 and 2016. However, even if they have made great gains in the past four decades towards gender equality, they still have not reached full equality.

On Semptember 1, 2018. started the implementation of the european project- „Sexual Violence – Educational and Prevention program“ (SVEP Program).

The project leader is the Women’s Room, while the partner organizations on the project are the Ombudsman for Children of the Republic of Croatia, Blue Phone, Bernadette Frankopan Ogulin High School, Daruvar Economic and Tourism School, Osijek Crafts School, Osijek Medical School, Zagreb Food Technology School and Ivan Svear High School Ivanic grad. The project is being implemented for a period of two years, financed by the European Commission for the Prevention and Suppression of Gender-Based Violence and Violence Against Children, REC-AG-2017/REC-RDAP-GBV-AG-2017.

The project will last 24 months, and will be implemented throughout the Republic of Croatia.

The general aim is to prevent sexual violence against children through educational activities, capacity building and awareness-raising. Specific objectives of the project are: to increase the capacities of relevant stakeholders and experts in the area of prevention of sexual violence against children by increasing the level of knowledge and strengthening multisectoral cooperation; develop, implement and evaluate the impact of the SVEP program, reduce the risk of sexual violence among students; to actively involve children in the prevention of sexual violence and to sensitize and alert the general public to the issue of sexual violence against children.


Coordinator of the Women’s Room – The Center for sexual rights, Maja Mamula, participated in the 22nd ISPCAN “Child Protection in the Changing World” congress, held from 2 to 5 September 2018 in Prague.

A member of the Regional Network, whose co-founder is the Women’s Room, Dušica Popadić, Incest Trauma Center, Belgrade, facilitated the “Child and teen mental health” session first day at the ISPCAN congress and second day at the ISPCAN congress she held a lecture “Childminders concerned with sexual assault issues in Serbia alert about their fundamental right protected as human rights defenders “.

It is our pleasure to invite you to the roundtable as part of the project “Stop Violence and Hate speech on the Internet” conducted by Women’s Room – The Sexual Right Center in partnership with the Primary School  Dr Vinko Žganac, Zagreb and the Primary School Matko Laginja, Zagreb. Project is financially supported by the National Foundation for Civil Society Development.

The round table will be held on June 26, 2018 in Ozaljska 16, Zagreb from 13:00 pm to 15:00 pm.

The purpose of the project is to combat hate speech and sexual violence on the Internet and social networks, and as the most important results of the implementation of the project “Stop Violence and Hate Speech on the Internet”, we would highlight the implementation of the Research and Recommendations and the online campaign which will be presented on the Round Table.

Speakers on the round table are:

  1. Ph.D. Maja Mamula, Women’s Room Coordinator, on Sexual Violence Over and between of Children and Youth
  2. Kristina Mihaljević, member of Women’s Room, presentation of project and project results
  3. Senka Sekulić Rebić, psychologist, Head of the Center for Victims of Sexual Violence, on electronic violence with focus on hate speech and electronic sexual violence
  4. Dubravka Guszak Novosel, social educator at Primary School Dr Vinko Žganac, on the issue of daily work with students and the needs of the educational system
  5. Mia Gonan, Zagreb Pride, on hate speech and Internet violence directed to LGBTIQ people.

The Round Table is intended for all interested representatives and institutions and civil society organizations active in the field of the protection of the rights and interests of children, education and combating hate speech and violence against and among children and young people as well as the wider public. We hope you will respond to our call and work with us to prevent hate speech and violence on the Internet and social networks.

For more information, please contact us via e-mail zenska.soba@zenskasoba.hr .



June 19. marks International day for the elimination of sexual violence in conflict. The United Nations General Assembly declared this day to raise public awareness of the need to end the sexual violence that occurs during armed conflicts and honor victims of sexual violence and to all those who devoted their lives to preventing this kind of violence.

This date was chosen because on the same date in 2008, the UN Security Council in its resolution 1820 condemned sexual assault as a war tactic and proclaimed it an obstacle to peace building.

The term “sexual violence in conflict” refers to rape, sexual slavery, forcible prostitution, forcible pregnancy, forcible abortion, forcible sterilization, forcible marriage or any other similar form of sexual violence to women, men, girls or boys who is directly or indirectly associated with some conflict.

The biggest protest for human rights – The 17th Pride Parade of LGBTIQ People and Families Zagreb Pride gathered on Saturday , June 9, 2018 over 10 000 people. The gathering began at 15:00pm at Roosevelt Square, where later was read this year’s proclamation of Pride Parade.

This year’s procession was held in the wake of the attacks on women, transgender people, families and children, minorities, attacks on all aspects of gender and other diversity, which, according to the organizers, require visibility 365 days a year, now and immediately!

The procession, which was greeted and supported by citizens, arrived at the Ribnjak Park where concert at Sabe and Le Zbora were held, and this was the formal end of the program of this year’s Pride of Pride.


Strategic meeting of national women’s and feminist organizations was held on May 12. and 13. 2018. in organization by Mediterranean Women’s Fund – MedWF in Zagreb.

The purpose of the meeting was to create space for sharing experiences and discussing common strategies and to better connect feminist organizations in the Republic of Croatia.

The meeting attended more than 20 representatives of the Croatian women’s movement, feminists who were well known for their dedicated work and feminist attitudes.

In front of Women’s room coordinator dr.sc. Maja Mamula and mag. paed. soc. Kristina Mihaljević were participated in the meeting.