Public Policies

National Policy for the Promotion of Gender Equality 2006-2010

The National Policy for the Promotion of Gender Equality is the basic strategic document of the Republic of Croatia, adopted in order to eliminate discrimination against women and to establish genuine gender equality by implementing the equal opportunity policy for the period 2006-2010.

The policy of gender equality and the empowerment of women is one of the fundamental principles of the democratic and social order of the Republic of Croatia, and is accepted at the highest state level through decisions by the Government of the Republic of Croatia and the Croatian Parliament, and the adoption of the National Strategic Action Plans in 1997 and 2001. After the first National Policy for the Promotion of Gender Equality, which the Government of the Republic of Croatia adopted in 1997 for the period up to 2000, and the second National Policy for the Promotion of Gender Equality 2001-2005, adopted unanimously in 2001 by the Croatian Parliament, the third National Policy continues the tradition of the previous fundamental commitment and goals, redefining national priorities, the manner of implementation, and taking special measures in line with the altered social and political circumstances and the progress achieved.

National Programme for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights 2008-2011

The governments of the United Nations member states, together with non-governmental organizations and representatives of international organizations, organized the World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna in 1993, at which the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action were adopted. These documents contained a proposal for fundamental guidelines to secure human rights world-wide, particularly at the level of individual state, where the greatest impact on human rights is exerted.

One of the recommendations contained in the Vienna Declaration calls on the United Nations member states to draw up a national programme/action plan for the protection and promotion of human rights, identifying measures whereby the protection of human rights could be guaranteed, as well as the activities for their promotion.

Pursuant to the recommendation contained in the Vienna Declaration, the Republic of Croatia has drafted the National Programme for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights 2008-2011 whereby it clearly focuses its efforts on the improvement of human rights in Croatia and proposes measures to best protect and promote human rights.