- 1 About Us
- 2 Vision & Mission
- 3 Charter
- 4 History
- 5 Networks and Initiatives
- 6 Awards and Recognitions
- 7 Support CESI
- 8 Contacts
- 9 Donors
- 10 CESI PROGRAMMES
- 11 Library
- 12 Find us online at
The Governing Board consists of five members, and it passes management- and strategy- related decisions. Its members are:
- Amir Hodžić (chairperson)
- Helena Popović
- Josip Šipić
- Vedrana Kobaš
- Maja Gergorić
- Sanja Cesar, coordinator of CESI and coordinator of the Programme “Sex, Gender and Sexual Rights”
- Anamarija Tkalčec, coordinator of the Programme, „Social Justice and Equal Opportunities“
- Sanda Malbaša, financial manager and deputy coordinator of CESI
Associates employed on projects and programs
- Nataša Bijelić, expert associate, Programme “Sex, Gender and Sexual Rights”
- Tena Sambolić Petrišić, associate on the Programme „Social Justice and Equal Opportunities“ (SOS Helpline for Women Victims of Violence in Krapina-Zagorje county)
- Lana Kučer, associate on the Programme „Social Justice and Equal Opportunities“
Libela.org editorial board
Svjetlana Knežević, Tea Stipan, Silvija Jakovljević
Vision & Mission
Republic of Croatia belongs to democratic, socially just societies, in which all persons enjoy equal rights and have equal opportunities for realization of their full potentials, participating in all aspects of social, political, cultural and economic life.
CESI is recognized as center of excellence and source of knowledge and skills that initiate perfection, development and empowerment of all social actors for just society.
CESI is a feminist organization that advocates for advancement of women in our society and realization of gender equality, and for full implementation of all laws and international mechanisms for the protection of human rights. Development of civil society we perceive as important precondition for development of democratic society.
Our goals are based on our mission and values and developed through participatory process of strategic planning which include our members, staff and stakeholders. Strategic plan for the 2018 – 2021 defines strategic priority areas, goals and programs for four years period as well as Fundraising plan.
- To contribute to equal opportunities and the improvement of social and economic status of women with the aim of creating a more just end equal society.
- To improve the protection and promotion of sexual and reproductive rights and health
- To prevent and combat gender-based violence and promote gender equality among youth
- To promote active participation of women and youth in decision-making processes
Activities and methods, we use to achieve our goals
Research and policy advocacy
- Quantitative and qualitative research and policy analysis are the bases for development of educational and advocacy activities and for development of recommendations for improvement of public policies
- Monitoring neoconservative groups and mobilizing and creating a pro-choice opposition
- Position papers, statements
- Advocacy for the adoption and responsible implementation of public policies, with focus on sexual and reproductive health and rights of women, comprehensive sexual education, equal pay for equal work, work-life balance as well as including the gender perspective in policies and programs for young people
Education, information and counselling
- Education of educators for teachers, peer educators and various professionals
- Workshops for youth
- Education and support groups for unemployed women
- Seminars on gender equality for employers coming from private and public sector
- Leadership training for young women, politicians, activists, journalists
- Gender equality training for local and regional governments
- Development of prevention and educational curricula, manuals, brochures
- The web portals: Radnica.org (Workingwoman), SEZAM – Sexual education for youth
- Free legal counselling service that aids women in achieving employment and social rights
- Helpline and counselling service for women victims of violence established in collaboration with the Commission for Gender Equality of Krapina- Zagorje County
Awareness raising and media campaigns
- Revealing the discriminatory position of women in the labor world; raising awareness on gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive health and rights, political participation of women
- Social media campaigns aimed at providing information and sensitizing young people
- The nonprofit news portal on gender, sex and democracy LIBELA (www.libela.org) which is dedicated to monitoring and examining reality, democratic and social practices from a gender perspective, with an emphasis on increasing the visibility of women’s social, political and cultural engagement. An important mission of the portal is to deconstruct gender stereotypes and sexism present in the mainstream media content, as well as to subject media reality to critical enquiry from a feminist perspective. Portal also serves as a learning platform for students and young journalists.
Networking and coalition building
Building networks and coalitions with other organizations and institutions on national and international level, is important path towards gender equality. CESI is part of networks and coalitions that are in line with our work and mission, such as: reproductive health and rights, gender-based violence, labor and social rights, anti-discrimination, gender mainstreaming, gender equality etc.
Gender equality is not a separate woman’s issue, but a condition of achieving social justice and human rights within a self-sustainable, just and developed society.
Discrimination of women and all forms of violence against women are in itself attacks on women’s basic human rights quoted in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. Furthermore, they deprive women of their human dignity and stop them from being fully active in social and economic development. Gender differences have manifested themselves throughout history as domination of men and subordination of women. Domination results from socially conditioned behavior. It is based upon power resulting from undeserved social benefits and domination rights given to men.
We believe that a lot has to be changed and we have decided to act according to the values of non-violence, the latter being a process as well as the final aim. We wish to make our values visible through feminist praxis. For us feminism is a political term that stands for equality of women. In order to make our activities more effective and to inspire others to join us, we will work on empowerment of women, i.e. on improvement of women’s personal power.
Our model of power is defined as awareness of our strength, but also of weaknesses, as well as the ability to act according to our own free will having respect for us and for the others. Empowerment defined in this way is directly linked to self-consciousness and self-knowledge. The real challenge in development of our personal strength is our readiness to recognize power in ourselves, but also to have enough courage to remove everything that obstructs the complete manifestation of that power.
By applying feminist principles within our group, we will develop solidarity and group integrity. We prefer to come to decisions by means of reaching consensus. We will develop and share leadership skills and ensure equal participation and opportunities for all group members. We will approach conflicts as opportunities for our personal development, as well as those of the group. As a group, we stand for advancement of women’s social status and for gender equality. We insist on application of all laws and international instruments for protection of human rights, particularly the Convention on Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). In this sense we will engage in consciousness-raising within communities. We will actively support women, as well as women’s groups and initiatives.
C E S I – Center for Education, Counselling and Research
CESI – Center for Education, Counseling and Research is established on 8th March 1997 – International Women’s Day, in response to problems of the violation of human rights, women’s and minority rights, nationalism, militarization, and the deterioration of economic standards in the post-war period. Members of several women’s and peace initiatives founded it, all of which have many years of professional experience working with women war survivors. Many volunteers and activists contribute to development and achievement of our goals and activities.
We were conducting various activities in Croatia, and particularly we were active in geographically neglected areas affected by war, in local communities. In Western Slavonia we worked on project “Women to Women” and organized activities for women and also initiated establishment of Center for youth in Pakrac. Experiences gained in this work were foundation for further advancement and realization of activities for women and youth.
In 1997 we have started with projects in Okučani and Vojnić with the aim to ensure support to women in local communities and economic empowerment through organizing courses and education, which can increase their chances for employment (typewriting courses, computer skills, English language course) and were attended by 300 participants.
Various lectures were organized for youth: on drug and alcohol abuse, and contraception, and for women on family planning, women’s health, stress, nutrition, hormones and aging.
Women in Vojnić expressed their interest to organize and establish women’s group, and CESI organized workshops on communications skills, organizational development and leadership skills. Later women founded their organization.
Project for women and youth from Roma community was organized in one settlement in Zagreb, and activities were: literacy courses, computer courses and lectures on women’s health, hygiene, contraception and social rights. CESI worked with a group of Roma women to empower them and identify potential Roma leaders who will continue to work on improvement of Roma women’s status in society. In 1999 CESI helped establishment of the first Roma women’s group in Croatia “Better Future”. In cooperation with Roma women’s organization “Better Future” and Open Society Institute international conference “The Rights and Status of Roma Women in Countries in Transition” was held in Zagreb in 2000.
Members of CESI have participated in foundation and empowerment of many local multi-ethnic women’s groups in war devastated areas and economically disadvantaged. Women’s problems were manifold: unemployment, increased domestic violence, and multiethnic turbulence.
Numerous lectures on women’s health were organized for more than 4000 women in Croatia.
Educational project aimed for civil initiatives helped women’s groups in Pakrac, Rijeka, Zagreb, Knin, Karlovac, Vojnić, Vukovar, Gvozd, Sisak, Dvor, Vinkovci, Petrinja, and Benkovac. We have organized workshops on communication skills, conflict-resolution skills, advocacy, organizational development, strategic and operational planning, financial management, leadership skills, teamwork, supervision and consultation.
We have realized different forms of cooperation with local government i.e. working premises and organization and participation in public discussion and workshops.
Psychosocial aid for girls through individual and group counseling was organized in children’s homes.
In March 1999, our first publication was published – educational manual on violence against women and children “No excuse for violence against women”.
CESI TRIBUNELA – our magazine published in 10 issues contained information about our work and work of other organizations, and women’s issues in Croatia (e.g. Women and New Technologies, Right to be Different, Social Rights and Women, Women and Media, Economic Status of Women).
In the implementation of program – training for trainers on gender issues and sexualities, we have cooperated with huge number of secondary schools, state institutions and local government.
We have created and organized educational program aimed at secondary school teachers, for the implementation of the program “Building Gender Awareness”, as well as for young educators. This education was included in the Catalogue of Institute for Education of Republic of Croatia, for the year 2004.
On-line counselling through web page “SEZAM – Sexual Education for Youth” (SEZAM is focused on sexuality, reproductive health and prevention of teen- dating violence). Young people have an opportunity to use on-line counselling service where their e-mails are answered by experts.
In addition, we have conducted numerous lectures, seminars, round tables, forums and conferences for the representatives of various institutions, NGOs, public and private sector.
Along with all this we have been active in the development of our organization, its structure, equipping of library and continuous education of our staff and members. You can find out more about current activities on our web site.
If you are interested to have a closer look at our work, you can find all information about the projects we have implemented in CESI Annual reports:
Networks and Initiatives
ASTRA – Central and Eastern European Women’s Network for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
EuroMed – Euro-Mediterranean Network
Euromed Feminist Initiative-IFE-EFI
SEE-ECN – South East European Educational Cooperation Network
NEWW – Network of East-West Women
WGNRR – Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights
INSTRAW – International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women
ENAWA – European and North American Women Action
Pravo na grad (Right to the City)
- European Pillar of Social Rights Ambassadors https://ec.europa.eu/commission/priorities/deeper-and-fairer-economic-and-monetary-union/european-pillar-social-rights_en#policy-areas
- Platform 112 https://www.gong.hr/en/active-citizens/platform-112/
- CROSOL Croatian Platform for International Citizen Solidarity http://crosol.hr/en/
- Croatian European Year of Citizens Alliance https://www.facebook.com/HAEGG2013
- Coordination for Integration
- GOOD Initiative (Initiative for Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights) http://goo.hr/good-inicijativa/
- Citizens are voting against! http://glasajprotiv.com/
- Civic Coalition Stop high-risk sexual education https://www.libela.org/stoprso/indexen.html
Awards and Recognitions
Among 1300 submitted project proposals from the Central and South-East Europe project Silence is Not Golden, implemented by CESI-Center for Education, Counseling and Research in partnership with O.M. G. – Open Media Group, is one of top ten recipients of 2008 ERSTE Foundation Social Integration Award. The ERSTE Foundation Social Integration Award is part of the ERSTE Foundation programme dedicated to social, human and cultural diversity, integral human development, social and economic justice and individual and collective self-determination. ERSTE Social Integration Award is awarded to innovative projects encouraging stable, safe and fair societies with equal opportunities for all. The project was also selected as one of the examples of good practices in prevention of domestic violence in the European Union.
CESI’s action “Pillar of Shame” has been recognized by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) as an example of good practice in promoting women’s political participation.
The program “Women and Leadership” is included as a model of good practice in the study of active citizenship made by Directorate General Education and Culture of the EU.
At the EMC festival 2002: Media and Health, held under the auspices of Croatian Ministry of Health and organized by School for Public Health Andrija Štampar, CESI’s web site, SeZaM, which was created to respond to adolescents’ questions on sexuality, won the award for “Best Website” among those nominated. The competition was tough and the SeZaM website was acknowledged by the members of the jury as a visually attractive source of positive, clear and correct information on sexuality and relationships for adolescents.
How you can support the work of CESI:
- Advocate for equal distribution of household chores and children care between men and women. Pass on this idea among your friends, family and in your workplace.
- Use gender sensitive language, namely, avoid using restrictive gendered nouns and address genders respectfully: e.g. humanity instead mankind; chairperson instead of chairman etc.
- Support women who pursue political careers or want to hold managerial positions.
- Buy non gender stereotyped toys. Do not purchase dolls exclusively for girls or cars exclusively for boys.
- Support your son if he wishes to become a child-care worker or your daughter if she wishes to become a pilot.
- Respect teenagers as sexual beings who wish to be sexually active and facilitate the responsible living of their sexuality.
- Join LGBTI pride movements and support LGBTI persons in achieving their rights.
- React if you observe gender based violence.
- Volunteer at CESI.
- Donate a book to CESI library.
- Support CESI by donation:
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CESI is a non-profit organization that raises majority of its funds from different sponsors and donors by means of public tenders. As a civil society organization we are primarily focused on non-profit and public benefit work.
Both domestic and foreign donors, institutions and funds participate in financing and sponsorship of CESI. To a smaller degree, funds are also received through donations of small and medium business enterprises and companies from Croatia.
CESI’s financial reports are available to public and can be found in our Annual Reports while independent financial audit is made on a regular basis.
All citizens who wish to financially support the work of CESI – Centre for education, Counselling and Research, can make their donations.
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We thank our donors and supporters:
- Academy for Educational Development
- Agency for Electronic Media
- Balkan Children & Youth Foundation
- Balkan Trust Fund for Democracy
- CARE International,
- Center for Reproductive Rights New York
- City of Velika Gorica
- City of Zagreb
- DELPHI International – STAR Project
- European Commission
- Embassy of Finland
- Embassy of France
- Embassy of Canada
- Embassy of Kingdom of Netherlands
- Embassy of Kingdom of Norway
- Embassy of United States of America
- Embassy of Great Britain
- Global Fund for Women
- International Rescue Committee-IRC
- King Boudouin Foundation
- Krapina-Zagorje County
- Kvinna Till Kvinna,
- Mama Cash
- Mercy Corps/USAID
- Ministry of the Family, Veterans’ Affairs and Intergenerational Solidarity
- Ministry of Health and Social Welfare
- Ministry of Science and Education
- Ministry for Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy
- Ministry of Justice
- National Foundation for Development of Civil Society
- Norwegian People’s Aid
- Office for Gender Equality
- Office for Cooperation with NGOs
- Open Society Institute
- Raiffeisen Bank
- Sigrid Rausing Trust
- The City of Zagreb
- The Olof Palme International Centre
- The State Institute for the Protection of Family, Maternity and Youth
- Westminster Foundation for Democracy
- World bank
- World Health Organisation
- Zagrebačka Bank
CESI is working under three main strategic programmes developed with a goal to achieve mission and vision of CESI. Through our programs we respond to emerging issues and problems in our society and we conduct trend analysis which gives us insight into political, economic, social, technological and legal factors and trends. Programmes have been thoughtfully created and based on research results and designed to address immediate and long-term needs of women.
All the projects and activities are designed and implemented by program teams in cooperation with associates, expert professionals and partner’s organizations and institutions in the country as well in other EU countries.
Programme Social Justice and Equal Opportunities
Within the framework of “Social Justice and Equal Opportunities” program CESI is advocating for socially just society where all people have equal rights and equal opportunities to realize their potential and participate equally in all aspects of social, political, cultural and economic life.
Actions and projects under the programme are:
SOS Help- line and counseling service for women victims of violence in Krapina-Zagorje County is being implemented in cooperation with Krapina-Zagorje County, and the aim is provision of psychosocial assistance to women victims of violence (i.e. legal counselling, emotional support, empowerment, conversation, and information) as well as sensitization and education of society about the issue of violence against women.
“The Network for Support and Cooperation for Victims and Witnesses of Criminal Offenses” aim is provision of support to victims and witnesses of criminal and misdemeanor offenses. For this purpose, the following services are being provided: psychosocial aid, legal aid, emotional support, assistance during visits to the court or other institutions. Beneficiaries may use these services before, during or after the court process.
Empowerment and education of unemployed women aims to improve position of women in labour world through empowerment, education and provision of support to socially deprived, long-term unemployed women in their preparation for labour market as well as in the process of active job search and coping with risks of unemployment.
Gender Equality in the Labour market especially topics of gender pay gap, gender wage gap, reconciliation of private and professional life is focus of our advocacy and awareness raising work under the programme. Educational activities include workshops and trainings for the representatives of employers coming both form private and public sector, representatives of unions as well for high school students in order to sensitize them about position of women and gender equality in the labour market. We also organize trainings for employers on diversity management in the workplace.
Radnica.org www.radnica.org (Workingwoman) web portal and legal counselling is a free legal counselling service which helps women, victims of discrimination in achieving their labour and social rights through online and phone counselling. Web portal “Radnica.org” with its Facebook page aims to raise awareness regarding gender equality in the labor market (https://www.facebook.com/radnica.org/)
Programme „Social Activism and Political Processes“
Within the framework of “Social Activism and Political Processes” program, CESI is promoting active participation of citizens, especially women and young people, in the decision-making processes, as well as responsible creation and implementation of public policies that will incorporate gender perspective.
Libela web portal www.libela.org about gender, sex and democracy (libela.org) is dedicated to monitoring and critical questioning of democratic and social practices from a gender perspective, with an emphasis on raising visibility of social, political and cultural engagement of marginalized social groups that are not represented in the mainstream media.
Women and leadership
From 2003 we work intensely on empowering women trough strengthening their skills and knowledge for leadership roles in the society. Program for education of women leaders, “Women and Leadership”, enabled five generations of attendants coming from political parties, businesses, associations and media in order to strengthen and provide further incentive for active participation in social and political life.
The program “Women and Leadership” developed by CESI is included as a model of good practice in the study of active citizenship made by Directorate General Education and Culture of the EU, which has prompted us to establish the Center for Women’s Leadership as a continuous activity of CESI.
The objectives are:
– Empowerment of women for leadership roles in decision-making positions
– Improvement of activism and supporting initiatives that initiate and facilitate change
– Creating a supporting surrounding with a variety of resources
Topics that are included in the training modules include: concept of women’s human rights, advocacy, community service, leadership styles and power, a review of women’s organizing in Croatia and abroad, the role of the media.
Training includes learning different communication and presentation skills, negotiation skills, writing project proposals and papers, and organizational management. We provide the consultation and mentoring support, as well as access to the library with numerous titles in the relevant areas.
The target groups are institutions, NGOs, political parties, administrative staff, as well as potential candidates for decision making positions.
Programme Sex, gender and sexual rights
CESI programme “Gender, Sex and Sexual Rights” combines research, educational, raising awareness and advocacy activities to prevent and combat gender based violence among youth and protects reproductive and sexual rights.
CESI was the first association in Croatia and in the region, which systematically dealt with raising awareness of young people on gender issues and prevention of intimate partner violence. Using our own experience and theoretical knowledge, we have created programs of education for young people and for education of educators, published manuals aimed at everyone working with young people, using an interactive approach, in schools, universities and outside institutions.
CESI started number of discussions and opening new topics in the society e.g. teen dating violence, access to abortion, refusal of care, sexuality education. Our current practice and programmes have been recognized and used in the region, as good practices. CESI made transference of knowledge and good practices on prevention of gender based violence to the neighboring countries Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and Macedonia.
Education of educators plays an important role in disseminating knowledge, skills and values, and therefore, we have created a program and educated over 500 experts in the region. At the moment, the organization has a network including over 80 educators in institutions of formal education, all over Croatia. Education of educators includes not only adults, but peer-educators, as well. In work with children and youth we use creative techniques and campaigns to change attitudes to violence and promote respect and equality. Our teaching and multimedia materials are widely used in Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, and Bulgaria.
An important achievement is our influence on the development and implementation of specific measures and policies in the area of women’s human rights and gender equality. After years of advocacy, gender equality and prevention of violence in relationships are an integral part of educational system i.e. of Health education and Civic education.
We continually advocate for a comprehensive sex education in schools respecting human rights and pointing out on the lack of information on sexual and reproductive health in the formal educational system. We have designed an experimental program of sexuality education for pupils of secondary schools and produced several manuals for working with young people. Also, we advocate for the opening of youth-friendly clinics and counseling centers for youth. We have created a manual for advocacy in the field of sexual rights of youth “Sex na EX.” Our associates conducted workshops in secondary schools on sexual and reproductive health.
Website “SEZAM – Sexual Education for Youth” (www.sezamweb.net) provides complete and reliable information about the complex issues related to sexuality, dating violence and the protection of youth rights. SEZAM has, at the EMC festival “Media and Health”, held under the auspices of the Ministry of Health, won first prize in 2002.
Our research has been recognized as important, used as references, and as a direction for policy development. The study “Men and Gender Equality” is the first research on attitudes/behaviors of men in Croatia concerning gender equality, and the results represent the basis for the design of public policies and programs that will contribute to the achievement of equality of men and women.
The project “Silence is Not Golden”, aimed at preventing gender-based violence received an international award from ERSTE Bank for social integration and was selected as one of the examples of good practices in prevention of domestic violence in the European Union. The campaign was based on the results of CESI research with the goal of educating the public, especially young people about the different types of violence that constitute gender-based violence. The videos were broadcasted 627 times on Croatian National TV and 116 times on RTL.
CESI prevention and educational programmes have been implemented in many high schools which contribute to sustainability of actions. The training of trainers was completed by approximately 600 experts, and we also have a network of teachers in official educational institutions that work with students. CESI’s prevention programme on teen-dating violence is included in recently adopted government’s „Action plan for the prevention of violence in schools 2020-2024“. The action plan stated that it’s essential to ensure schools to implement programmes aimed at prevention of gender-based violence, i.e. teen-dating violence.
In 2010/2011 CESI implemented international project within DAPHNE III Programme “Gender Equality Awareness Raising against Intimate Partner Violence. In 2015/2016 we were partners on DAPHNE III project entitled “The GEAR against IPV www.gear-ipv.eu/ which aims to contribute to primary & secondary prevention of intimate partner/ sexual violence among teens.
In 2017-2019 we were partners on the project “Play it For Change” that aims to educate youth through audio-visual media and music by encouraging their critical thinking skills and fostering their empowerment to prevent and combat gender-based violence ( http://playitforchange.org/).
In 2017-2019 we were partners on Erasmus+ project ”Love and Respect-Preventing Teen-dating violence II” that developed innovative tools for prevention of TDV (e.g. mobile application quiz) and created platform for cooperation and sharing of experiences and best practices but also increased competencies of youth workers and educators for the prevention work: http://www.love-and-respect.org/site/.
CESI is continuously working on strengthening the capacities of teachers and the development of new methodologies and programs. Together with universities and NGOs from three countries, we work on development and evaluation of an online program which will become part of an official university curriculum. Moreover, we are focused at empowering youth, especially girls, to stand up against cyber sexual and gender-based violence, which will include peer education, media campaign and tools/guide for teachers.
We advocate for development and implementation of gender sensitive youth policy and development of gender sensitive prevention programmes and have initiated advocacy actions and campaigns related to sex education. We initiated the establishment of Citizens Coalition STOP HIGH-RISK SEXUAL EDUCATION by bringing together over 170 organizations and individuals. The coalition managed to stop an unsuccessful public policy for reproductive and sexual health and rights of children and young people that was conducted by the Ministry of Education and Sports.
CESI carried out a social media campaign named “My thing, My Choice – It’s Time to Find Out More” to inform young people and to encourage them to a larger involvement in discussions and activities related to their reproductive and sexual health.
In cooperation with the organization Interights and the Center for Reproductive Rights, CESI filed a collective complaint to the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) against the Republic of Croatia because of support and attempts to impose discriminatory and scientifically inaccurate abstinence sex education program in schools. This is the first time that an international human rights body considered a complaint on the issue of sex education in schools and articulated detailed standards on the obligation of countries to provide scientifically accurate sex education. ECSR found that the Croatian curriculum, which limitedly covers sex education, is discriminatory against persons on grounds of sexual orientation.
We monitor the discourse, actions and tactics of neoconservative initiatives and prepare documentation that provides specific illustrations of their influence and distribute such information to policymakers, media, and the broader public to raise awareness and present evidence-based information. In the light of the neoconservative attacks, CESI conducted research and policy analysis, the capacity building trainings and published a manual “All Hell Breaks Loose“ – Advocating for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Under the Neoconservative Attacks.
Members of CESI have taken part in several events, and are engaged in national and international advocacy to improve sexual and reproductive health and rights and to ensure broader support for a legislative process in Croatia. CESI cooperate with different actors on the development of advocacy strategy and lobby decisions makers to adopt CESI’s proposal of abortion law as well as to prevent the government from imposing barriers to access abortion services. CESI provides support and empower prochoice gynecologists and together with Center for Reproductive Rights from New York conduct international advocacy activities, write shadow letters and reports to UN human rights bodies. The impact of our submission to the UN Human Rights Committee has been that for the first time Croatia has to report on status of reproductive rights.
Departments and Subjects
Our library has over 1000 titles with a wide range of subjects such as: feminism, women’s history, women’s human rights, civil society, sex and gender, women’s health, reproductive health, adolescent sexuality, violence, literature, art, culture, politics, sociology, media, law, psychology, management, sustainable development, etc. Most of these subjects are focused on women’s issues and are written by authors in the fields of human rights and women’s human rights, development of democracy and civil society.
Moreover, our library resources include various handbooks, manuals, brochures and magazines, video and digital materials that can be used exclusively in the library. Editions are in Croatian and English language.A digital data base is available for searching through titles and authors.
CESI library is open from Monday to Friday from 10am till 3pm.