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Tuesday 6 February 2024 at House of Europe, Augusta Cesarca 4, Zagreb, Croatia

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EU Project on Combating Sexual Violence in the Workplace:
2nd Transnational Project Meeting

On February 6, 2024, an international conference on combating sexual harassment in the workplace was held at the European House of Europe in Zagreb. The conference addressed the issue of sexual harassment, which is a common and serious occurrence that undermines the dignity and safety of workers, particularly women. Many victims hesitate to report such incidents due to fear of job loss, stigmatization, and lack of trust in institutions. Society often downplays or justifies violence, sending discouraging messages to victims.

During the meeting, which took place in Zagreb, representatives from organizations implementing the project in Belgium, Spain, Bulgaria, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, and Croatia decided to continue media campaigns and awareness-raising efforts until the end of the year. Additionally, they plan to create a handbook that explains the reporting systems and mechanisms for addressing workplace sexual harassment.

The “Teamwork 2” project, funded by the European Union through the Rights, Equality, and Citizenship program, focuses on preventing and addressing cases of sexual harassment in the workplace. The project aims to educate and empower victims, employers, trade unions, and civil society organizations to recognize, report, and address violence. It also seeks to improve mechanisms for victim protection and perpetrator accountability.

Thirteen civil society organizations from seven European countries—Croatia, Greece, Italy, Spain, Bulgaria, and Cyprus—participate in the project alongside the Gender Equality Ombudswoman. Together, they aim to establish a functional victim protection system through the “Teamwork 2” initiative.

Nikos Moraitis, from the Industrial and Business Training Institute in Greece, succinctly described the project as follows: raising awareness in companies about the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace, empowering workers to come forward and report incidents of sexual harassment, and assisting companies in improving their mechanisms to combat sexual harassment through workshops and education.

Lovorka Marinović, from the Center for New Initiatives, highlighted a grim reality based on statistical data from the UNDP’s Gender Social Norms Index. Over the past decade, there has been no improvement in attitudes toward women. The research, conducted across 80 countries representing 80% of the world’s population, revealed the following:

  • 49% of respondents believe that men make better politicians than women.
  • Only 27% think that gender equality is crucial for democracy.
  • 46% believe that men have greater rights in the workplace.
  • 25% consider it acceptable for a man to physically harm his partner.

These findings did not surprise Daša Šilović from the Central and East European Network for Gender Issues. She emphasized that this project aims to confront a culture of violence, particularly in our region. The roots of this violence lie in wars, poverty, fear, and hopelessness, which then manifest across various levels. The issue of power dynamics plays a crucial role—those who are stronger and dominant perpetuate violence. Real change requires policy shifts at decision-making levels; merely taking to the streets is insufficient. The problem persists universally, even when laws exist but are not effectively enforced due to political indifference.

Nebojša Paunović, a legal advisor at the Office of the Ombudswoman for Gender Equality, emphasized that they are partners in the project and that the Ombudswoman offers assistance and support to victims of sexual harassment. He highlighted that through education and continuous training, sensitivity to such offenses is developed, and victims are empowered with the help of their surroundings. By reporting incidents, victims understand the purpose of their complaint. He encouraged both women and men to reach out to the Ombudswoman if they experience sexual harassment in the workplace and their employer fails to protect them. He emphasized that the Office will penalize employers who do not provide mechanisms to safeguard workers’ dignity.

As part of Project Teamwork 2, several companies and public institutions in Croatia will undergo training to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. Each of us can take action starting tomorrow by not turning a blind eye to violence but instead assisting victims and standing up against perpetrators.

TeamWork2 – Combat sexual harassment in the workplace

Athens, Greece March 2023

 

CNI/CEE Network for Gender Issues, within a consortium of 13 European NGOs from Bulgaria, Belgium, Greece, Italy, Cyprus, Spain and Croatia, launched a joint project on sexual harassment supported by the European Union today in Athens.

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Korcula School 2022 :: Think Tank Reportage

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Final / Završno 

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Day 2 - Panel 5 - Case Study 

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Day 2 - Panel 4 - Socialdemocracy 

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Day 2 - Panel 3 

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Day 2 - Panel 2 

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Day 2 - Panel 1

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Day 1 - Round Table 4 - Social Justice 

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Day 1 - Round Table 3 - Gender Pay Gap 

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Day 1 - Round Table 2 - Sustainable Development 

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Day 1 - Round Table 1 - Participative Democracy 

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Day 1Opening 

Introductory remarks by the CEE Network for Gender Issues
Chair, Dasa Sasic Silovic at the ProgWeB III module in Sarajevo,
Bosnia and Herzegovina, 17.-23.10.2022.

CEE Network for Gender Issues congratulates the PES Women

Korčulanska škola 2022 - HRT4 najava

Rethinking, retooling and re-energising gender equality post covid-19

“Rethinking, retooling and re-energising gender equality post covid-19” on the current situation of the implementation of gender mainstreaming in social democratic parties in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia, North Macedonia and Serbia. Is gender mainstreaming a reality in this area? Based on the results obtained, the authors provide a set of policy recommendations for social democratic parties. Acknowledging that gender equality is an important challenge for the future, the objective is to raise awareness and, in turn, guarantee the implementation of gender mainstreaming through the work of women’s forums and social democratic parties themselves.

Promišljanje, preoblikovanje i ponovno jačanje rodne ravnopravnosti nakon covida-19

“Promišljanje, preoblikovanje i ponovno jačanje rodne ravnopravnosti nakon covida-19” o trenutnoj situaciji provedbe rodno osviještene politike u socijaldemokratskim strankama u Bosni i Hercegovini, Crnoj Gori, Hrvatskoj, Sjevernoj Makedoniji i Srbiji. Je li gender mainstreaming stvarnost u ovoj regiji? Na temelju dobivenih rezultata autori daju niz preporuka za politiku socijaldemokratskih stranaka. Priznajući da je ravnopravnost spolova važan izazov za budućnost, cilj je podići svijest i zauzvrat jamčiti provedbu rodno osviještene politike kroz rad ženskih foruma i samih socijaldemokratskih stranaka.

2022 Korčula School - PROGRAMME

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ABOUT US

The Central and Eastern European Network for Gender Issues (CEE Gender Network)

was established in 1994 under the auspices of the  European Forum for Democracy and Solidarity (https://www.europeanforum.net/). In 2018 the Network and the European Forum will celebrate 25 years of political and civic engagement in democracy building in Central and Eastern European countries in transition.

The CEE Gender Network as a coalition has a strong base and support of progressive and leftist political parties and civil society, political leaders, and activists from the CEE Region and Europe.
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"Korčula School" think tank

The "Korčula School" has become a recognized regional South Eastern European think tank that focuses on progressive and social democratic policies to promote gender equality.

Initiated in 2012 by the CEE Network for Gender Issues the "Korčula School" is designed to be a unique political, ideological, free thinking space for a substantive and forward-looking exchange of views on critical ideological and political issues on transforming politics to promote gender equality.  

The "Korčula School" brings together women and men political leaders from center left and social democratic parties, experts, political activists, and feminists, especially from South Eastern Europe to discuss gender equality issues.

THE CENTRAL AND EASTER EUROPEAN NETWROK FOR GENDER ISSUES
(CEE Gender Network)

Board Members

Daša Šašić Šilović
Daša Šašić ŠilovićChair
Kalinka Gaber
Kalinka GaberBoard Member
Zita Gurmai
Zita GurmaiBoard Member
Pavle Bogoevski
Pavle BogoevskiBoard Member
Lovorka Marinović
Lovorka MarinovićRegional project Manager
Marta Szigeti Bonifert
Marta Szigeti BonifertBoard Member
Mojca Kleva Kekuš
Mojca Kleva KekušBoard Member
Radmila Šekerinska Jankovska
Radmila Šekerinska Jankovska Board Member
Tamara Tripić
Tamara TripićBoard Member
Emina Abrahamsdotter
Emina AbrahamsdotterBoard Member
Pia Locatelli
Pia LocatelliBoard Member
Lana Prlić
Lana PrlićBoard Member

Support team

Nebojša Martić
Nebojša MartićTeam Assistant
Jelena Pecotić
Jelena PecotićAssistant to the Chair