Prevention of youth violence and gender equality are issues actualized by the recently introduced health education in Croatian schools. In the midst of the debate about education programs for human rights and democratic citizenship and health education followed by the negative reaction from the part of the public caused by the module "sex / gender equality and sexual responsibility" - presentation of the publication "Za veze bez nasilja/ For Non Violent Relationships" and the round table present a contribution to the promotion of gender equality - one of the fundamental constitutional value.
Presentation on the publication "Za veze bez nasilja/ For Non Violent Relationships" and the round table were held on Thursday, 6th December 2012. in Zagreb.
Exhibition Zoom in Equality was opened in the Town Library Samobor on 28th of December.
CESI in partnership with the Krapina-Zagorje County - the Commission for Gender Equality, a network of associations Zagor, "Naša djeca" from Tuhelj and the Association of Women Humsko srce, and with the support of the Office for Gender Equality of the Government is implementing the project "Equality for all in Krapina-Zagorje ". Part of the project included an exhibition Zoomirajmo ravnopravnost / Zoom in equality held in tri towns in Zagorje – Sutla, Tuhelj and Zabok. Workshop "Ravnopravnost za sve u Krapinsko – zagorskoj županiji"/ "Equality For all in Krapina Zagorje County" was also with the goal to provide information on legislative and institutional framework for the promotion of gender equality in Croatia.
CESI organizes the presentation of the publication "FOR NON VIOLENT RELATIONSHIP" round table to be held on Thursday, December 6th 2012 from 11 a. m. to 1 p. m. at Panorama Hotel.
Publication FOR NON VIOLENT RELATIONSHIP – Research and analysis of policies and programs for prevention of violence in partner relationships of youth created within the project Connected – for non-violent relationships in order to encourage effective implementation of public policies that deal with the prevention of violence in partner relationships of youth and the elimination of gender stereotypes and other causes of gender-based violence.
Due to the multitude of misinformation and flat-rate assessment and interpretation related to the introduction of health education in schools, civil society organizations united around 112 platforms warn that the curriculum of health education is based on scientifically verified information, which promotes responsible behavior, respect for and protection of human rights and the elimination of all forms of discrimination, affecting the overall development of children and youth as a necessary step in the creation of the modern education system.
"Civil society organizations listed in the signature hereby welcome the introduction of health education in primary and secondary schools as well as the content of the curriculum adopted by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports. Health education based on scientifically verified information that promotes responsible behavior, respect for and protection of human rights and the elimination of all forms of discrimination, prejudice to the overall development of children and youth is a necessary step in the creation of the modern education system. Health education should be conducted in a manner that fosters a sense of security, confidence, responsibility, (self) respect and respect for others and different - what are the learning outcomes designed curriculum.
On the occasion of International Day Against Violence to Women CESI is organizing round table "Prevention of gender based violence among youth". Round table will be held on November 30th 2012. In Zabok (Green room) from 10 to 12 a.m. The purpose of round table is to showcase the examples of good practice and work of various organizations and institutions that practice prevention of gender based violence among the youth. Round table is organized as part of the program SOS line for women victims of violence in Krapina – Zagorje County implemented by CESI in cooperation with Krapina – Zagorje Counti - Commission for Gender Equality aimed at reducing the impact of gender-based violence in Krapina – Zagorje County by providing direct support to women victims of violence and raising public awareness of the problem of violence against women.
CESI partnering Krapina – Zagorje County – Commision for gender equality, CSO network Zagor, association "Naša djeca" Tuhelj and woman association Humsko srce and supported by the Office for Gender Equality of the Croatian Government is implementing project: "Equality for all in Krapina - Zagorje County". One of the goals of the project is to introduce the Local community with the mechanism of protection against discrimination and its institutional framework for gender equality in Republic of Croatia.
Women are particularly affected by the discrimination in the labor market. Insufficient housework labor divisions where childcare and family welfare are considered a part of female duties severely influence their labor abilities and represent an obstacle for equal participation on the labor market. For single parent mothers the problem is even more pressing.
Civil society organizations: Cesi, Babe!, Domine, Delfin Pakrac and Centre for civil initiatives Poreč who are mutually cooperating and intensely working on promotion of women in decision making processes in Croatia for years, argue Governments decision regarding local elections 2013. It has been decided that there will be no penalties for political parties who do not showcase gender balanced electoral lists despite prime ministers Milanović prior meeting with the activist of mentioned CSOs in which he offered a completely different commentary on the mentioned law regulations.
On May 22nd 2013 the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Croatia ruled to suspend the implementation of a Health Education (HE) curriculum in elementary and secondary schools. Objections to the curriculum were filed by two faith-based civil society organizations (CSOs), one minor right-wing political party and several citizens, as a part of a fierce Church-led campaign against one of the HE modules entitled Sex/Gender Equality and Responsible Sexual Behavior. This sex education module, together with other three modules (Healthy Living, Prevention of Violent Behavior, and Prevention of Addictions), was introduced to schools in September 2012 as the new HE program. It was the first time in the history of Croatian schooling that comprehensive and systematic teachings about sexuality became an element of official curricula.
The CESI representative Nataša Bijelić participated on 18. September 2012 in a round table debate Prevention of violence in youth relationships which was organised by Zora Association as part of the Youth initiative "Violent relationships" and project "Connected for relationships without violence". The response of experts from schools and other institutions as well as high school students (m/f) was really big; more than 100 participants visited the round table, which indicates a high interest and importance of this subject.
Together with the CURE Foundation an educational material developed within CESI has been adjusted. The material that served as a base for the development of BiH educational package has been designed within DAPHNE project "Raising awareness of gender equality against violence in intimate relationships" where, besides CESI, in the past two years organisations from Greece, Germany and Austria participated.
CESI and Krapinsko-zagorska county - Commission for Gender Equality, Network of organizations Zagor, Society "Naša djeca" Tuhelj and Women`s group Humsko srce, supported by Office for Gender Equality and Care International are launching the project "Equality for all in Krapinsko-zagorska county". Several exhibitions under the title "Let`s zoom the equality" have been organized in Krapinsko-zagorska county. The first exhibition was held on 10th November in Hum na Sutli.
On Tuesday, October 9th, starts SOS telephone for women victims of violence in Krapina-Zagorje County. Line 049 639 281 is open on Tuesdayes and Thursdayes from 4.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. Online counseling will be available daily via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Twelve women volunteers who attended education for SOS telephone counseling this summer will be available on telephone and e-mail.
Special opening ceremony of "Let`s Zoom Gender Equality" exhibition was held on Tuesday, 2 October 2012 at 5 p.m. in Showroom, Galerija Nova, Teslina 7 in Zagreb. Welcome speeches were delivered by Helena Štimac Radin, Head of the Office for Gender Equality of the Government of the Republic of Croatia; Višnja Ljubičić, Ombudswoman for Gender Equality of the Republic of Croatia; Nataša Bijelić from CESI and Ana Opalić, a jury member.