Maja Hrgović on the position of women on electoral lists

Maja Hrgović’s text in Novi list, entitled “Women excluded from political life: Majority of parties go into the elections with gender-unbalanced lists,” discusses the principle of gender-balance prescribed by the Gender Equality Act and the positioning of women on electoral lists, that is, the fact that they are still placed at the bottom. In conversation with Tatjana Broz from CESI – Center for Education, Counseling and Research, we learn that if gender-unbalanced lists were penalized, the state budget would be increased by 2,25 million HRK. The text contains an imaginative consideration of the utilization of thus collected money. Source: Novi list.

Josip Šipić on the pre-electoral programs of the Croatian Democratic Union and the Kukuriku coalition

Josip Šipić’s text on the website Libela entitled “The Duplicity of CDU and the Impersonality of the Kukuriku Coalition,” in the photo finish of the pre-election campaign, analyzes several points in the electoral programs of the two most powerful parties, concluding that nothing really happened during this campaign. Text speaks about the issues of gender equality, the status of LGBT persons, the anti-discrimination act, hate speech, and the coalition’s closet.

Euroscepticism with a grain of salt

The extreme right-wing movement “I Love Croatia – No to EU” served in the sports fans’ campaign preceding the EU referendum as a perfect scarecrow for those who are still undecided whether to vote “for” or “against”. The mass media headed by HRT mostly ignore criticism of joining the EU voiced by leftist intellectuals.

Eurosceptics are die-hard rightists filled with irrational fears about the onset of a new Yugoslavia in which the Croatian language, identity, history and holy ground will be left to the mercy of the big EU players. Thus an almost unanimous consensus on joining this supranational entity is disrupted by some mindless, uninformed rightists, while other voices are hardly heard. Partly because they do not exist, and partly because it is not in the interest of the ruling political elite and their pet dog media machinery.

On this occasion Stipe Ćurković, Hrvoje Jurić, Mate Kapović and Boris Postnikov speak for H-Alter.

Apply to the Clinic for the Prevention of Discrimination

The Center for Women’s Studies invites everyone who is interested to apply for the educational program/training called Clinic for the Prevention of Discrimination which is held as part of the project AD ACTE – Anti-discrimination ACtions Towards Equality of women and men.

▼ if you want to learn why sex discrimination is the most common form of discrimination ▼ if you want to learn what is multiple discrimination ▼ if experiential work and volunteering are important in your self-education ▼ if you know little about ethnicity and religion as bases of discrimination▼ if you are interested in the mechanisms for preventing discrimination ▼

▼ if you are interested in learning about the work of non-governmental organizations that promote human rights,

apply for training at the Clinic for the Prevention of Discrimination organized by the Center for Women’s Studies.

Participation requirements:
completed secondary education, a sent application and a letter of motivation, and willingness to participate in the entire program from April to July 2012.

The application should contain:
name, surname, occupation and contact info (address, e-mail and telephone number)
the applicant’s short CV
a letter of motivation (1-2 standard pages) with an explanation why you want to participate in the training

Applications are to be sent by email: by April 9, 2012.

Answers to any of your questions may also be obtained by telephone: +385 (1) 48 72 406. The contact person is Jasminka Pešut. For more about the AD ACTE project, see:


Training/educational program: Clinic for the Prevention of Discrimination

Head: Snježana Vasiljević
Executers: Mario Vinković and Ivana Radačić

Provides an insight into various research issues and perspectives in the field of equality, diversity and anti-discrimination. At the center of the module are different concepts of discrimination and anti-discriminatory public policy measures. The consideration of discrimination will also include multiple discrimination and a special focus will be put on considering sex-, racially-, ethnicity- and religion-based forms of discrimination. The module will pay special attention to feminist approaches to discrimination and to the issue of human rights in the international legal order, as well as insights into non-institutional practices in the protection from discrimination, especially sex or ethnicity based.

The AIM of the training/educational program
To raise the participants’ awareness about the prevalence and harms of discrimination, to introduce them to the laws that are in force and the possibilities of existing legal protection as well as direct protection from discrimination in the framework of civil society organizations. Furthermore, the aim is to encourage critical thinking and linking theoretical issues with personal experiential knowledge, and to provide an insight into the causes of prejudice, stereotypes and discrimination, but also into the different social policy measures in that field (on a global, European and national level), and into the consequences of discrimination on the individual and the community. The participants will acquire knowledge on the causes of discrimination and will be given a chance to connect what they have learned with the basic experiential insights into anti-discriminatory mechanisms and practices.

Thematic sections:
1. Discrimination – the concept, meaning and forms 2. The theories and concepts of equality 3. Feminist approaches to discrimination 4. Women’s rights in the international legal order 5. Discrimination in the labour market 6. Social policies and the labour market (a gender and racial discrimination overview) 7. The concept and meaning of multiple discrimination

Work mode:
The program consists of two interconnected parts, the theoretical and the practical. The theoretical part lasts seven weeks and includes 7 double sessions and 2 workshops. The practical part consists of 20 hours of volunteer work in one of the non-governmental organizations that deal with the protection from discrimination.

Dynamics and intensity
Lectures will be held once a week, Mondays, starting from April 16 2012. The program is free.