Croatia // Structures

  • Commissions  for gender equality in the counties, towns and municipalities

The Government Office for Gender Equality was created in 2004 and its role was defined in the Gender Equality Act. It is a non-ministerial government agency that serves as an advisory body to the government and to those who execute specific tasks. Other departments or ministries consult the Government Office for Gender Equality when making new policy plans and evaluating policies (in policy fields other than gender equality).

In 2001, the Committee for Gender Equality in the Croatian Parliament was established for gender-mainstreaming purposes. Coordinators for gender equality within each state-administration body (ministries, county state-administration offices, state administrative organisations) have been appointed with specific gender-equality and gender-mainstreaming responsibilities.

In 2003, an independent body (Ombudsman for Gender Equality) was established, and since 2008 its extended mandate includes combating discrimination in the field of gender equality. In 2008, the Anti‑Discrimination Act established additional grounds for the realisation of equal opportunities, and since then the central independent body that monitors the implementation of equal opportunities has become the People’s Ombuds­man, though special ombudsman offices, including the independent body for gender equality, also exist. As the head of a national equality body, the ombudsman/woman is responsible for promoting equality and reporting to parliament.

Commissions for Gender Equality have been established in all 20 counties and in the City of Zagreb and their normative position is regulated by the Gender Equality Act. They work as advisory bodies of county assemblies and the Assembly of the City of Zagreb. The Office for Gender Equality coordinates the work of county Commissions and organizes a regular annual Coordination of County Commissions for Gender Equality, in order to advance the implementation of the National policy for gender equality at the local level.