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Javna akcija „16 dana aktivizma“

Javnom akcijom „16 dana aktivizma“ Domine su se 06. prosinca 2008. u Marmontovoj ulici u Splitu tradicionalno pridružile istoimenoj međunarodnoj kampanji za borbu protiv nasilja nad ženama, koja se već dugi niz godina aktivno provodi između 25. studenog i 10. prosinca
Na otvorenom štandu, uz dijeljenje letaka, brošura, majica, kuhinjskih krpa i drugih promotivnih materijala, „Domine“ su, između ostalog, upozorile na pitanje splitskog skloništa za žene i promovirale svoj projekt „16 gradova – 8 gradonačelnica“.
 

Međunarodna konferencija žene u politici

Na „Međunarodnoj konferenciji: žene u politici“, održanoj u Aleksandriji od 14. do 16. prosinca 2008, među 35 sudionica iz 10 zemalja Srednjeg Istoka, Europske Unije, Balkana i Kavkaza, Hrvatsku su zastupale Mirjana Kučer iz „Domina“ i Vesna Perak Bone, podpresjednica Nacionalnog Odbora SDP-a i zastupnica u Gradskom vijeću Grada Splita.
Razmatrajući ulogu i značenje žena u politici iz rodne perspektive i tražeći alternative za učinkovitiju artikulaciju i ostvarenje ljudskih prava žena, Perak Bone referirala je o položaju političarki i suradnji sa civilnim društvom u Hrvatskoj, dok je Kučer govorila o iskustvima hrvatske „ad hock“ koalicije ženskih civilnih udruga.
 

Dominama“ odobrena sredstva iz „Phare 06"

U okviru predstupnog procesa demokratizacije i ljudskih prava, sukladno programu Europske unije za Hrvatsku „Phare 06“, u Zagrebu je 28.studenog 2008. potpisan jednogodišnji ugovor kojim su „Dominama“ odobrena sredstva za provođenje projekta „Stvaranje novih modela za unaprjeđenje položaja žena u društvu i integraciju rodnih politika u lokalne javne politike u Gradu Splitu“.
Kroz znanstveni pristup u suradnji s Odsjekom za sociologiju Filozofskog fakulteta u Splitu, stručna istraživanja po prvi će nam puta pružiti uvid u stvarno stanje i položaj žene, te potrebe i mogućnosti njezine kvalitetnije integracije u aktualnom političkom životu Grada Splita, kao i ostalim jedinicama lokalne i regionalne samouprave u Hrvatskoj.
 

Prezentacija projekta „Phare 06“ i press konferencija

Medijskom prezentacijom „Domine“ su 18. prosinca u hotelu „Park“ u Splitu predstavile ciljeve i aktivnosti projekta „Stvaranje novih modela za unaprjeđenje položaja žena u društvu i integraciju rodnih politika u lokalne javne politike u Gradu Splitu“, financiranom iz sredstava Europske komisije u sklopu programa „Phare 06“.
Slijedila je organizirana večera i druženje, te press konferencija s najavom triju novih projekata „Domina“ kroz javne akcije, seminare, okrugle stolove, radionice i brojne druge predizborne aktivnosti za predstojeće lokalne izbore u svibnju 2009.
 

Medijski projekt „Mladi na djelu“

Već treću godinu za redom, „Domine“ nastavljaju s medijskim projektom „Građanske inicijative“ u suradnji s Nacionalnom zakladom za razvoj civilnog društva.
Kroz 5 TV emisija, koliko će ih snimiti tijekom 2009. godine, „Mladi na djelu“ bit će predstavljeni kroz njihove udruge i inicijative koje pridonose poboljšanju kvalitete života u lokalnim zajednicama.
Emisije će, kao i do sada, emitirati TV Dalmacija.
 

Može i drugačije

„Može i drugačije“ projekt je prevencije nasilja u adolescentskim vezama, kojeg „Domine“ već treću godinu nastavljaju provoditi s učenicima trećih razreda Ekonomsko- birotehničke škole u Splitu kroz ciklus od 12 radionica.
Projekt financiraju Ured za zdravstvo i socijalnu skrb Grada Splita i Ministarstvo znanosti, obrazovanja i športa Republike Hrvatske.
 

Radionica u Solarisu

Naslov: „FEMINISTIČKI PRINCIPI JAVLJANJA NA TELEFON I IZGRADNJA TIMA“


„Feministički principi javljanja na telefon i izgradnja tima“ naziv je dvodnevne radionice koju su pohodile zaposlenice i suradnice „Domina“ u hotelu „Solaris“ 13. i 14. ožujka ove godine. Radionicu je vodila Lepa Mlađenović iz „Autonomnog ženskog centra“ iz Beograda, facilitirajući osnovne feminističke principe rada na SOS telefonu za žene, uz razmjenu mišljenja i iskustava u osobnim i timskim primjerima.
 

Akcija „Domina“ za Dan žena

U povodu obilježavanja Međunarodnog dana žena, „Domine“ su 07. ožujka u svojim prostorijama u Bosanskoj 4 u Splitu, organizirale „buvljak“ predmeta ženskog asesoara (torbice, pojasevi, šalovi, marame, ukrasi za kosu, nakit i slično).
Prikupljena sredstva uplaćena su u Fond za prevenciju nasilja protiv žena.
U okviru samofinanciranja, „Domine“ namjeravaju provoditi slične aktivnosti različite tematike svake prve subote u mjesecu.

„Domine“ se pridružile Koaliciji za REKOM

Početkom travnja „Domine su se pridružile Koaliciji za REKOM – Regionalnoj komisiji za utvrđivanje činjenica o ratnim zločinima i drugim teškim povredama ljudskih prava u prošlosti.
Koalicija je mreža organizacija, udruga i pojedinaca nastala na osnovu zajedničke volje država nasljednica bivše SFRJ, uz podršku Ujedinjenih naroda i Evropske Unije.
Aktivnosti REKOM-a uključuju i vraćanje dostojanstva žrtvama, uspostavljanje odgovornosti i pravde, izgradnju povijesnog pamćenja na temelju činjenica i sprječavanje ponavljanja zločina u budućnosti.
U tom kontekstu, „Domine“ kao koalicijski partner, preuzele su, između ostaloga, i obavezu sudjelovanja u prikupljanju 1.000.000 potpisa građana u znak podrške osnivanju REKOM-a.
 

V-day u Zagrebu

„Domine“ su se 02. travnja pridružile obilježavanju 10.godišnjice „V-day“-a, globalnog pokreta protiv nasilja nad ženama i djevojčicama, koje je u Zagrebu organizirao Centar za ženske studije u suradnji s Centrom za žene žrtve rata i Ženskom sobom.

Uz predstavu „Vaginini monolozi“, događaju je prisustvovala i sama Eve Ensler, autorica istoimenog romana i feministička aktivistica za promicanje prava žena, ujedno i osnivačica V-day pokreta, koja je održala predavanje/razgovor na temu „From Pain to Power“ – žene mijenjaju paradigmu žrtve.

Prihod od ulaznica ide u Centrov Fond feminističke solidarnosti.

(Eve Ensler, na slici desno)
 

„Kako ući, ostati i opstati u politici“

U okviru projekta „Povećanje uloge žena u politici – nacionalni izbori 2009.“, financiranom od Nacionalne zaklade, „Domine“ su 27. i 28. ožujka u hotelu „Solaris“ održale seminar „Kako ući, ostati i opstati u politici“ na kojem su sudjelovale političarke HNS-a, SDP-a i HDZ-a, aktivne u Omišu, Splitu, Sinju, Trogiru, Kaštelima i drugim mjestima s područja Splitsko-dalmatinske županije.

S ciljem povećanja udjela žena u politici, osobito na lokalnom i područnom nivou, na seminaru su obrađene teme važne za pitanja uravnotežene zastupljenosti žena i muškaraca u politici i uloge žena na lokalnim izborima. Sudionice su također radile i na osnovnim principima i kvalitetama asertivnosti, facilitacije, argumentacije i političke prezentacije, lobiranja i zagovaranja, te definiranja vlastitih ciljeva i izrade osobnog akcijskog plana.
 

Dva projekta za mlade

Do kraja tekuće školske godine „Domine“ provode ciklus od 10 radionica s adolescenticama i adolescentima.

U okviru projekata „Može i drugačije – prevencija nasilja u adolescentskim vezama“ financiranom od Grada Splita i „Znam djelujem, mijenjam – moje pravo na život bez nasilja“ financiranom od Ministarstva znanosti, obrazovanja i športa RH, radionice obuhvaćaju 5 modula sa srednjoškolcima dvaju razreda Ekonomsko-birotehničke škole u Splitu.
 

Buvljak sitnih kućanskih predmeta

U subotu, 18 travnja, „Domine“ su u svojim prostorijama organizirale buvljak na temu „Sitni upotrebni i ukrasni predmeti kućanstva“.

Ovo je druga u nizu samoinicijativnih akcija „Domina“ za prikupljanje sredstava namijenjenih Fondu za pomoć ženama žrtvama nasilja.
 

"Domine" u Brusselexu

 

Predstavnica „Domina“, Mirjana Kučer, zastupala je ženske glasove Hrvatske na radnom sastanku Europske feminističke inicijative s parlametarcima Ujedinjene europske ljevice i predstavnicama „zelene“ ljevice nordijskih zemalja, održanom 16.travnja u Europskom parlamentu u Brusellexu (GUE/NGL).

Europska feministička inicijativa zalaže se za jednakost spolova, sekularizam, demokratsko izjednačavanje političke moći žena i muškaraca, prava i slobode žena u migracijskim procesima.

Zaključci jednodnevnog rada Koordinacijske skupine u proširenom sastavu,  s predstavnicama iz 17 europskih zemalja, sukladni su strateškim ciljevima Inicijative, a naročito je istaknuta potreba za drugačijom i boljom Europom sa više ženskih kandidatkinja na lokalnim izbornim listama.

 

 

Prve konzultacije za REKOM

Kao članice Koalicije za REKOM, „Domine“ su 25. travnja u suradnji s Centrom za mirovne studije, Inicijativom mladih za ljudska prava i Legalisom, organizirale i sudjelovale na prvim Konzultacijama za organizacije mladih i za mlade o procesu suočavanja s prošlošću, te informiranje o načinima pridruživanja Koaliciji za REKOM.
Cilj ove Koalicije je edukacija, informiranje i podizanje svijesti mladih na osnovu činjenica koje predstavljaju uvjet za izgradnju sigurne budućnosti, poštivanja ljudskih prava i uspostavljanja pravde za žrtve. Istaknuto je da mladi nisu odgovorni za prošlost, ali jesu odgovorni za budućnost i načine kako se odnose prema prošlosti
„Domine“ su i medijski popratile ovaj događaj, a snimljeni materijal bit će emitiran ove jeseni na TV Dalmaciji u prvoj od niza emisija „Građanske inicijative – Madi na djelu“ u okviru programa medijske suradnje financiranom od Nacinalne zaklade za razvoj civilnog društva
 

Civilna scena Split - sučeljavanje kandidata

Kandidati za splitskog gradonačelnika i nositelji izbornih lista na lokalnim izborima 2009, odgovarali su 30. travnja u Gradskoj Knjižnici „Marko Marulić“ na pitanja predstavnika civilnih udruga. Kvalitetnoj dvosatnoj javnoj raspravi prisustvovala je i predstavnica „Domina“, no zbog nedostatka vremena, nismo, na žalost, uspjeli dobiti odgovore na slijedeća važna pitanja:

1. KOJE SE ORGANIZACIJE U GRADU SPLITU BAVE ZAŠTITOM ŽENSKIH PRAVA?
2. IMA LI GRAD SPLIT POVJERENSTVO ZA RAVNOPRAVNOST SPOLOVA I KAKO VIDITE ULOGU ISTOGA?
3. NA KOJI NAČIN PLANIRATE PRIMJENJIVATI RODNO OSJETLJIVU POLTIKU I RODNO BUDŽETIRANJE U KREIRANJU I PROVEDBI LOKALNIH JAVNIH POLITIKA?
4. KOJE SU PO VAMA TRI ZNAMENITE SPLIĆANKE KOJE SU ZASLUŽILE SVOJU ULICU ILI TRG U GRADU SPLITU?
5. NABROJITE DVIJE MJERE IZ SVOG IZBORNOG PROGRAMA ZA POBOLJŠANJE POLOŽAJA ŽENA U GRADU SPLITU?
6. IMA LI GRAD SPLIT ADEKVATAN PROGRAM I DOVOLJNO SKLONIŠTA ZA ŽENE KOJE TRPE NASILJE?
7. NA KOJI ĆETE NAČIN PODRŽATI RAD ORGANIZACIJA CIVILNOG DRUŠTVA KOJE PROMIČU RAVNOPRAVNOST SPOLOVA I ZAŠTITU ŽENSKIH LJUDSKIH PRAVA?

Stoga su „Domine“ gore navedena pitanja uputile izravno na adresu svim nositeljima lista i kandidatima za gradonačelnika u Splitu, zajedno s promidžbenim materijalom u kojem tražimo više žena u lokalnoj vlasti. Odgovori će biti objavljeni na našoj web stranici www.domine.hr .
 

Akcija "Domina" - "Stup srama" za političke stranke

Kako bi još jednom upozorile javnost na nepoštivanje Zakona o ravnopravnosti spolova od strane političkih stranaka, u subotu 09. svibnja, s početkom u 11 sati, „Domine“ su na splitskoj Pjaci provele akciju „Stup srama“ kojom su poslale jasnu poruku glasačicama i glasačima o stvarnom položaju žena u našem društvu.
Unatoč pomacima unaprijed, još uvijek postoje gradske i općinske liste u Splitsko-dalmatinskoj županiji na kojima nema niti jedne jedine žene. Tako je „crna lista“ prozvala čak 31 takvu izbornu listu, a konačne analize pokazuju da na 36% lista ima manje od 10% žena.
Slične akcije provele su istovremeno CESI u Zagrebu i Udruga žena u Vukovaru.
 

Istraživanja za projekt Phare programa EU za Hrvatsku

U razdoblju od prosinca 2008. do kraja ožujka ove godine „Domine“ su u partnerstvu s Odjelom za sociologiju Filozofskog fakulteta u Splitu, a u okviru Phare programa EU za Hrvatsku „Omogućavanje aktivnog doprinosa sektora civilnog društva u predpristupnom procesu demokratizacija i ljudska prava“ i projekta „Stvaranje novih modela za unaprjeđenje položaja žena u društvu i integraciju rodnih politika u lokalne javne politike u Gradu Splitu“, provele istraživanje na slučajnom uzorku od 1% žena Grada Splita (982 žene) o društvenim ulogama, položaju i statusu žena.
Na prikupljanju podataka radili su studenti, a obradu podataka napravila je Nikolina Raić. Rezultati istraživanja uskoro će biti objavljeni u publikaciji „Žene – društvene uloge i statusi“.
U tijeku je i istraživanje „Analize integracije rodnih politika u javne politike na području Grada Splita“ koje vodi Ana Vranješ, a rezultati ovog istraživanja bit će objavljeni u publikaciji „Rodna politika u lokalnoj zajednici – politika za promjene“.
 

Rodno osjetljiva politika na djelu - izborni rezultati

Želimo vjerovati da je porast žena zastupnica, ponajviše na državnom i županijskom nivou, u prvom krugu ovogodišnjih izbora, rezultat višegodišnjeg zagovaranja veće političke participacije žena koju provode “Domine“ i druge nevladine organizacije i institucije za promicanje ravnopravnosti spolova.
Na lokalnoj razini, točnije u Gradu Splitu, porast žena zastupnica u Gradskom vijeću iznosi 50% u odnosu na rezultate izbora 2005. godine, dok je u Skupštini Županije splitsko-dalmatinske veći za više od 100% u odnosu na 2005. godinu. Tako je trenutno u Gradu prisutno 32%, dok je u Županiji 19,6% žena.
Nadamo se da bi postotak zastupljenosti žena na gradskoj razini mogao biti i veći, ovisno o rezultatima izbora za gradonačelnika u drugom krugu za 15 dana.
Detaljne analize izbornih rezultata za Splitsko-dalmatinsku županiju objavit ćemo uskoro na našim stranicama.
 

"Uključenost i isključenost - probijanje nevidljivih zidova"

Među 17 predstavnica/predstavnika evropskih nevladinih organizacija, članica „Domina“ Ivana Bakić prisustvovala je edukacijskom seminaru „Uključenost i isključenost – probijanje nevidljivih zidova“ održanom u Kikindi, Srbija, od 08. do 16. svibnja 2009.
Organizirani program „Mladi u akciji" (YiA – Youth in Action), obradio je položaj i problematiku mladih s umanjenim mogućnostima (invaliditet, socijalno i ekonomski ugrožene osobe, pripadnici manjina itd.) i iznalaženje načina za njihovo uključivanje u međunarodne aktivnosti mladih.
Seminar je organizirao Centar za podršku ženama iz Kikinde, a stečena znanja „Domine“ će primijeniti u svom radu.
 

Druge Konzultacije za REKOM u Zagrebu

Druge Konzultacije za REKOM, održane 21.svibnja u hotelu „Dubrovnik“ u Zarebu okupile su 40ak sudionica/sudionika uglavnom iz ženskih organizacija, među njima i dvije predstavnice „Domina“.
Ovim Konzultacijama podržana je inicijativa REKOM-a za prikupljanjem podataka o počinjenim zločinima na području bivših država SFRJ, a zaključci će biti naknadno objavljeni. Gošće Kozultacija Vesna Kesić, novinarka i publicistkinja, Rada Borić, Centar za ženske studije i Staša Zajović, Žene u crnom, Beograd, govorile su o Inicijativi za REKOM, pravdi za žrtve i rodnoj dimenziji u procesima suočavanja s prošlošću. Konzultacije su ujedno bile prilika za još jedno sastajanje pred odlazak na na peti regionalni Forum i za dogovor o osnovnim smjernicama Izvještaja kojeg će Vesna Teršelič, Documenta, predstaviti na Skupštini koalicije u Budvi u Crnoj Gori 28.svibnja.2009.
Konzultacije su u ime Koalicije za REKOM, organizirale Domine, B.a.b.e., Centar za žene žrtve rata ROSA, Koordinacija ženskih grupa SEKA, Lezbijska grupa KONTRA, Centar za građanske inicijative Poreč, Ženska soba, Cesi, Delfin Pakrac i Homo Pula.
Koalicija za REKOM namjerava tijekom 2009. i 2010. godine organizirati najmanje 70 nacionalnih i lokalnih, te 6 regionalnih konzultacija, kao i 4 regionalna foruma za tranzicijsku pravdu.
 

Inkluzija i interkulturalni dijalog u Oradei

„Inkluzija i interkulturalno razumijevanje u multikulturalnim durštvima“ naziv je internacionalnog edukacijskog seminara koji je u Oradei, Rumunjska, od 23-31. svibnja organizirala rumunjska nevladina organizacija „M.T.P",Oradea.
Internacionalni moderatori upoznali su učesnike iz 16 evropskih zemalja s edukacijskim alatima iz područja socijalne inkluzije i interkulturalnog dijaloga koje razvija Vijeće Europe, praktično ih vodeći kroz simuliranu percepciju, interakciju, učenje kroz djelovanje, razvijanje odgovornosti, predanosti, kreativnosti i metodu razmišljanja „outside of the box“.
Uz razmjenu iskustava, stvaranje novih kontakata i ideja za suradnju u budućim projektima, seminar se pokazao vrlo korisnim u refleksiji osobnih i profesionalnih vrijednosti, stavova i ponašanja na lokalnoj, nacionalnoj i europskoj razini.
„Domine“ su u Oradei zastupali Nina Šimunović i Siniša Jović.
 

"Speaking To Everyone, Heard By Few"

''Dominoes“ efforts in informing the public about feminist initiatives in Split, inspired Stefanie Mircovich, student of American Studies, subject in Anthropology and Sociology, at Lafayette College, Pennsylvania, USA, to complete her project „Speaking To Everyone, Heard By Few'', within the program frame of ''Post Conflict Transformation in Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia''.
Stefanie, living permanently in New Yersy, is of Croatian origin by her grandparents coming from the island of Susak.

„Speaking To Everyone, Heard By Few“.... read more

 

The 5th Regional REKOM Forum in Budva

As a member of Coalition for REKOM, constituted of over 200 NGOs and individuals from the region, ''Dominoes'' participated at The 5th Regional REKOM Forum about transitional justice in post Yugoslav countries, that was organized on 29th – 31st of May in Budva, Monte Negro.
The Forum gathered 350 participants from NGOs, associations of victims and their families, lawyers, judges, artists and youth representatives with common goal to create an exact, official and objective notification about war crimes and other violations of human rights comitted on the teritory of ex Yugoslavia.
Including victim's testimonies about their sufferings, REKOM's aims are to prevent manipulation with victim numbers, repetition of crimes and to return dignity to the victims and their families by creating conditions of tolerance and mutual understanding.
 

Seminar about sexual violence in Jezercica

''Dominoes'' representative Ivana Alujevic attended educational seminar about sexual violence, acting procedure in case of sexual vilence and its practical implementation, that was organized by Woman's room, Zagreb, from 28th to 31st of May in Terme Jezercica.
Fascilitators were Lepa Mladjenovic from Autonomic Woman's Centre, Belgrade and Maja Mamula from Woman's room, Zagreb.
Seminar participants forwarded support letter to Panzi Hospital in Kongo to women who survived most difficult kinds of rape and sexual torture.

 

Local elections 2009: Women not equally represented in SD County

According to the results of the Govermental Election Commity, in compare to 2001 and 2005, it is noticable that in the cities and the County itself, women are represented at increase of 6%, while in the Municipalitiy representative bodies women are at decrease of 2%.
For the first time in the SD County there are Councils with women represented with over 30%, while in even 15 of 39 Municipalities there is not even one woman elected.
In the County there are only two female mayors elected, in Komiza and Hvar, and 10 female deputies.
In general, we can conclude that, unfortunatelly, in these elections gender equality and improvement of women's position is not realized.

Local elections 2009 - Election results

Cinderella - The Kitchen and The Ball

Within a two year cycle of painting workshops ''Out of the Being of Colour“, weekly organized in Split by „Dominoes“, Cinderella was the main theme of the two day intensive painting workshop held on 6th and 7th of May in „Seka House“ in Splitska on the island of Brac.
Through colour interpretation of the darkest and the lightest moment in the fairytale, according to the Goethe's Theory of Colour and elements of artistic therapy outlined by Rudolf Steiner for the new approach to painting, 13 participants from Split and Trogir were guided through ''The Kitchen'' and ''The Ball'', by painting teacher Nina Simunovic.

www.paintingworkshopsplit.weebly.com

www.paintingworkshoptrogir.weebly.com

 

Open Letter to Public

"Dominoes" are signing the Open Letter that "Woman's Room", Zagreb, has forwarded to the media and institutions in regard of recent events in Institution for children and youngsters in Osijek, Croatia. In this Letter they give support to complete protection of the girls, questioning the Law that discrimintae victims and protect so called service users.

Open Letter is already signed by 28 NGOs and activists who are protesting against the system that is careless in protection of young girls from the Institution, exposed to sexual violence. Media reporting about the event is also unacceptable.

"Sexual violence is one of the worst kind of violence against women and girls, that is at the same time least recognized and sanctioned. The victim is guilty, stigmatized, rejected and finally forgotten, comitter is protected, while media is hungry of senzationalism.", quotation from the Open Letter.

We consider this case deserves utmost attention of institutions in reviewing their actions. Also this case is calling up for Law changes in regard of criminalisation of comitters and decriminalisation of women who are forced to prostitute themselves and so become victims of sexual and other forms of violence.

http://blog.vecernji.hr/zenska-soba/2009/06/25/

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Obama and Cultural Relativism: A Fatal Bargin

"Dominoes" as members of European Feminist Initiative For A Different Europe  support IFE-EFI's Statement regarding Obama's visit to Cairo on July 04. Initiative's Coordination called Obama up, because of his undergoing speech and cheap bargining over women's rights.

http://www.ife-efi.org/docs/IFE-EFI_

Statement_mr_Obama_and_cultural_relativism_09.pdf

Nawal El Saadawi, one of the most popular egyptian feminists, also commented on Obama's speech. Her work infuenced generations of young women and men over the last four decades. For her open and progressive mind and feminist activism, she was often exposed to threats, persecutions and supression by political and religious authorities.

Nawal El Saadawi, Obama's speech in Cairo, July 04 2009

More about Nawal El Saadawi

Support to Women in Iran

In regard to recent events in Iran and protest of citizens, "Dominoes" join European Feminist Initiative IFE-EFI in solidarity with women in Iran and their efforts in fighting for basic women's rights and against religious and any other kind of repression and restrictions.

Croatian translation of IFE-Efi's Message is just a small contribution and expression of our solidarity.

"Dominoes" are a member of IFE-EFI since 2008.

http://www.ife-efi.org/docs/Solidarity_

Message_to_the_Brave_Women_in_Iran_eng.pdf

Support women in Iraq in their fight for elementary human rights!

Dear Supporters of OWFI,

Please help us stop the execution of nine female prisonners in Iraq.
They are waiting to be hanged in a special prison in Kadhimiya in Baghdad.
They were 11 women last month: One could not stand the fear and died from a heart stroke, while the second was hanged. Please read and sign our online petition. We have also provided Amnesty International with the information so they help us spread the word and increase the pressure.
http://www.petitiononline.com/owfi/petition.html

Yours in struggle

Yanar Mohammed

Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq, president OWF
www.equalityiniraq.com
 

''We are dominoes: when one goes, all go!''

http://www.slobodnadalmacija.hr/Default.aspx?TabId=72&articleType=ArticleView&articleId=65239

Feminae Extravaganza

Feminae Extravaganza is the first Festival of feminine creativity, held in „Aquarium“, Bacvice, in Split, Croatia on August 22nd and 23rd.
This Festival hosted numerous artists and participants, among others, Edita Pecotic, Tihana Jovanic, Tihana Mandulic and Suncica Fradelic as well as the part of Zagreb exhibition ''How much queer work''.
On the first evening, their work presented artists Gloria Oreb, Alemka Divoje, Sanja.... and on the second, Rafaela Drazic, Tanja Lucic and Gabrijela Ivanov. Festival was opened by ''round table'' and discussion about position of womebn on the artistic scene through elaboration by artist Renata Poljak, culturologist Tanja Bresan and ''Dominoes'' representative Nina Simunovic.
Organizers Blanka Roknic and Darko Cop from Association of Cultural Youth Movement Split, Coatiliton of Youth Associations (KUM, Kocka), pointed out Festival's aim to increase visibility of women in art. They hope that this manifestation will grow international and taht next year it will be able to host even more feminists and artists, and continue with further affirmation of Split female artists.

http://www.slobodnadalmacija.hr/Kultura/tabid/81/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/67061/Default.aspx

''Kvinna Till Kvinna" at ''Dominoes''

Representatives of Sweedish NGO „Kvinna Till Kvinna“, Eva Zillën, Katarina Ollson Vlachos and Maja Stajčić paid fiendly and working visit to „Dominoes“ in Split on August 29th. Along with completion of evaluation form, mutual experiences were exchanges about various women empowering projects and new possibilities in future work and cooperation.
During the recent war in ex Yugoslavia, „Kvinna Till Kvinna“ actively carried out various women empowering projects in Croatia (1995-2006). In the period from 2004 until 2006, this NGO was ''Dominoes''  first sponsor, donor and partner. At the moment ''Kvinna Till Kvinna'' is in the process of closing offices in ex Yugoslav republics, Macedonia and Monte Negro.
 

''Dominoes'' makeover

Inspite crises, recession and unbearable August heat, makeover of ''Dominoes'' office at 4 Bosanska street in Split is the result of our own enthusiasm and creativity.
Wishing to refresh and make our premises more pleasant not only  for ourselves, but also our associates, partners, members, beneficiaries and guests... it all happened in only several days with just a few cans of paint and a lot of good wil.
We were told it feels very ''friendly, inviting, welcoming & feminine“... Thanks! This is exactly what we wanted!

In this case, photos speak better than words.
 

Analysis of integration of gender equality principle into public policies in the City of Split

Within the strategy to promote gender equality, EU Phare program for Croatia „Enabling civil society sector for active contribution in the pre-accession process in the area of democratisation and human rights“ and „Dominoes“ project „Creating models for improving women's position and integration of gender equality on local goverment policies in the City of Split“, Mirjana Kucer and Ana Vranjes from „Dominoes“ are continuing with „Analysis of integration of gender policies into public policies in the City of Split“ that should provide realistic insight into actual state of implementation of gender equality on local and regional level.
Following examples of good practice from EU projects, analysis include exsisting policies and all official documents issued after the adoption of the Law of Gender Equality (2003) in the form of half-structured interview with city's Comission for Gender Equality and Deparments for Health, Urbanism and Sports in The City of Split.
Despite the project plans, our newly formed goverment is for already two months not responding on calls for cooperation in implementation of gender equality principles.Also, terminology of the new Law is confusing while vague terminology creates difficulties in it's implementation. Just to mention, when asked for documents about implementation of gender sensitive policies, we got very poor answer with enclosed information about „birth policies“, which clearly indicates indiscrimination of terms of „gender policy“ and „demographic policy“.
Research results will be published in the publication "Gender policies in the local community - policies for change“ and elaborated at the two-day international conference in hotel" Park " in Split at the end of November this year.
 

Croatia now ... "NO" to regression of women's human rights!

European Feminist Initiative (IFE-EFI) finds a new Law on artificial insemination conservative and highly regressive, and fully supports protests of Croatian feminist and their demands for recognition of basic human rights of women by submitting a complaint to the Constitutional Court of Croatia.
In it's statement IFE EFI also emphasizes women's rights in all countries of Europe to be in full control of their bodies and life in general, and calls up women and men in all European countries to come together in organized action to claim their rights and requirements in this regard.
"Dominoes" forwarded this statement to the Ministry of Health and Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor.
http://www.ife-efi.org/eng/informations.html

 

Equally

Equally
"Equally" is the name of the „Dominoes“ program of education that is financialy supported at amount of 40.000,00 kuna by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports in the area of non-institutional care and education of children and young people in the school year 2009/2010.
"Dominoes" will implement this program as a cycle of educational workshops on gender equality issues with the third grade students of Economy and Technical High school in Split.

 

Arts and Culture - EuroMed dialogue

At the preparatory meeting of the "Creativity, Mobility and Dialogue", held in Rhodes, Greece 1 - 4 October, over 50 activists and experts / authors in the field of art, media and culture, including three representatives of the Croatian, Nina Simunovic, "Dominoes" Split, Maja Genc Kalogera, "Center for Synergy of Digital and Visual Arts" Zagreb and Emina Višnić, Clubture "Zagreb, actively participated in defining the guidelines on the roles and promotion of inter-cultural dialogue in 43 countries Euro-Mediterranean region.
Organized by the "Anna Lindh Foundation, Hellenic Foundation for Culture (ALF Head of Network in Greece) and Fam Network ((Pan-Mediterranean Women's Network Creators), the meeting was structured according to the principles of "thinking, sharing & building together and the method of "bottom up, top down thinking" in the form of 5 working groups (arts and education, media, mobility, networking and translation) with the aim of defining and adjusting accurate and quality guidelines for inter-cultural dialogue, development and cooperation of EuroMed region member states.
This is one of the preparatory meetings for the "Anna Lindh Forum" which will bring together over 600 participants / authors in Barcelona in March 2010, whose final conclusions will be sent to representatives of the EU to better define the main guidelines for a unified EU strategy for further development and cooperation in the inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue in the 43 member states of the Euro-Mediterranean (EuroMed) region, according to very specific ideology, religion and culture diversities.
The summary of detailed guidelines of the preparatory meetings of inter-cultural (Rhodes, Greece, October 1 to 4) and inter-religious dialogue (Tirana, Albania, October 26 to 29) will be published on our website after the final conslusion by "Anna Lindh Foundation“.
file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/nina/Desktop/ALF/creativity-mobility-and-dialogue-workshop-promoting-dialogue-through-arts-euro-med-region.htm file: / / / C: / Documents% 20and% 20Settings/nina/Desktop/ALF/creativity-mobility-and-dialogue-workshop-promoting-dialogue-through-arts-euro-med-region.htm

 

Peace and security - Feminist Initiative ANTICO

Representatives of "Dominoes", Mirjana Kučer and Goranka Škoprc participated a two-day (5-6 October) international conference "Peace and Security - Feminist Alternative Antico," which, on the 10th anniversary of the promotion of peace and nonviolence through the social inclusion of women, gathered in Skopje, Macedonia, over 100 women from 43 countries Euro-Mediterranean region.
Special guest of the Conference, the Egyptian feminist Nawal El Saadawi in her speech referred to the situation and the reactivation of feminist movement in the world. Especially interesting were also presentations of women from confict countries in the Middle East.
In her presentation, Mirjana Kučer stressed that women must be equal in the prevention and resolution of conficts, as well as the process of reconciliation and peace building.
"Problems of women, their needs, roles, status... are universal. Conferences like this are very important, because they remind us how much are we similar, as women, and that we are stronger when united. And it is the time right now to unite on a global level. ", concluded M. Kučer.
"Women's Feminist Initiative - Antico" sent appeal to the public which says that the goal of feminists is one world, free of militarism, patriarchal and imperialist domination and religious fundamentalism.
APPEAL from The ANTICO Conference.pdf APPEAL from The ANTICO Conference.pdf
 

„Women of Split and Dalmatia“ in Solin

In colaboration with „Salonitanka“ Solin, an association of women treated from breast diseases, „Dominoes“ set the exhibition „Women of Split anad Dalmatia“, as contribution to month of October, the Month of Fight Agains Breast Cancer.
Exhibition was opened by Solin Mayor, Blazenko Boban on the 14th of October in the new City Library in Solin. At the opening, Zoja Odak, famous actress from Croatian National Theater, read quotes from „Memories of Childhood in Dalmatia“, writen by Vinka Sperac and shared her memories about days spent in Solin.
„Women of Split and Dalmatia“ exhibition presents portraits of 15 famous women from the history of Split and Dalmatia, from Prisca and Valeria to our contemporaries Asja Kisic, Cata Dujsin Ribar, Ana Roje etc.
Mirjana Kucer from „Dominoes“ particulary pointed out two glorious women from the Sperac house; Vinka Sperac, known under pseudonym Bruno Sperani, writer and journalist, still present in Italian literature and Vinka Bulic, one of the leading figures of the feminist movement between World War 1st and 2nd, and also don Frane Bulic co-worker.
During the opening party, guests and visitors were reminded of Zdravka Krstulovic and Asja Kisic, two actresses also presented at the exhibition, by the projection of video clips from the famous TV serial „Malo misto“.
Exhibiton will be set up until 31st of October.
All volontary contributions raised from the sale of appropriate brochures and postcards are directed into „Fund for fighting against violence towards women“ estabilished by „Dominoes“ several years ago.
"Women of Split and Dalmatia" exhibition

http://www.domine.hr/?lang=hr&index=41

International Day of Rural Women – With „soparnik“ into EU

Aiming to raise awareness and sensiblize public about insufficiently recognized role of a woman from the village and her contribution to the community, „Dominoes“ and Women's Forum SDP Omis, organized a number of activities in Omis and Split to mark 15th of October, the International Day of Rural Women.
At 9:30 p.m. in „Dominoes“ premises at Bosanska 4 in Split, activities started with press conference, which was followed by visits to factories „Galeb“ and „Cetina“ in Omis, and lunch at rural house Gata with village tour and exhibition of handicrafts made by women from Poljica who demonstrated old art of weaving and lace knitting. Of course, there was also unavoidable „soparnik“ there (famous local pie), which, unfortunatelly, still cannot be found in stores in Omis, let alone in other parts of Croatia.
Later on, at the House of Culture in Gata, discussion panel was organized about status and perspectives of rural women today, under the tittle of „With soparnik into EU“.
Mirjana Feric Vac, parliament representative and one of the founders of Woman's Forum SDP Omis, elaborated on position of women in the country stressing the lack of analysis of the position and inadequate measures for imroving the position of rural women.
Mirjana Kucer form „Dominoes“ spoke about poor election results and absence of women in politics in the municipalities in Split-Dalmatian County, with 40% municipalities not having one single woman. As a negative example, she mentioned Sestanovac, where there was not one single woman on the election list, so not one woman was elected into political decision-making bodies, and this situation is such for 2 years in a raw.
„While cities and the County in general notice a slight increase in the presence of women in municipalities, in rural areas their presence fell nearly 3%.“, Kucer concluded.
Dragica Jerkov from Split branch of the Association of Business Women „Circle“, encouraged women to estabilish cooperation and use pre-accession EU funds. Also, she offered support on behalf of her Association.
The discussion panel was moderated by Sandra Mitrovic Niksic, president of Woman's Forum SDP Omis.
 

"It's New that I was abused"

On the occasion of World's day against child abuse, 19 October, in the „Golden Gate“ cinema "Dominoes" have organized projection of the film "It's New that I was abused" by Incest Trauma Center in Belgrade. Aiming to increase the visibility of this major public problem, this is the first Serbian documentary film based on the true testimonies of women who were sexualy abused in childhood and turned to the Department for psychological assistance of Incest Trauma Center.
Mirjana Karanovic and her acting team, presented to the audience that sexual violence doesn't happen "somewhere else and to someone else“ and sent a powerful message about the problem of child abuse, its dynamics, consequences and recovery. Unfortunately, statistics show that every third girl and every seventh boy in Serbia survived some form of sexual abuse.
After the projection, guests from Belgrade, Dusica Popadic and Ljiljana Bogavac, answered to viewers questions. In further discussion representatives of Split-Dalmatia County Police Department and the Center for Social Welfare, the Family Center from Split and the association "Dominoes", concluded that sexual violence, as a social problem, is not sufficiently recognized and, therefore, it is not surprising that there is a small number of reported cases of sexual violence, especially towards children.
Entrance was free and voluntary contributions of visitors are deposited into "Fund for fight against violence towards women" from which "Dominoes" assist women victims of violence.

Trailer "The new is that I was abused (link)
 

Incest Trauma Centar (link)
 

Kampanja Incest Trauma Centra (link)
 

Cooperation of "Dominoes" and the City of Split

Within implementation of the EU Phare 06 program for Croatia "Enabling active contribution of civil society sector in the pre-accession process of democratization and human rights" and the project "Creating new models for improving the position of women in society and integration of gender policy in local public policy in the City of Split," „Dominoes“ representatives Mirjana Kucer and Ana Vranjes, met on 20 October with the Mayor Deputy of the City of Split, Andjelka Viskovic and newly elected head of the Administrative Department of Social Welfare, health care and care for war veterans and veteran organizations, Romana Skrabic.
On this occasion Mayor Deputy, Andjelka Viskovic expressed her support, understanding and determination to appoint, as soon as possible, the Commission for Gender Equality, which should ensure implementation of the policy of gender equality in the City of Split. To mutual satisfaction, continuation of cooperation is agreed, as well as formalization of partnership between the City of Split and "Dominoes" in the forthcoming anti-discrimination project within IPA component - a new instrument of EU pre-accession fundings.

http://www.delhrv.ec.europa.eu/?lang=en&content=74

"From local to global - dialogue with the EU"

Swedish Foundation "Kvinna till Kvinna“ within its project "Women Today", together with Helsinki Citizens Assembly, Banja Luka and Association of Women, Banja Luka, organized on 21-23 October in Banja Luka, BiH, a round table "From local to global - dialogue with the EU“ and regional conference of the same tittle with the aim of analyzing and defining common interests of women's NGOs in relation to EU integrations.
Around thirty participants from 5 former Yugoslav countries (Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina), through presentations by women from activist scene of Southeast Europe, provided insight into the challenges in the areas of women's human rights achievements, constraints and capabilities of existing networks, and analyzed position and possibilities of women's NGOs in the process of EU integrations.
On behalf of „Dominoes“, representative Radmila Miletic Borčić participated in discussion and experience exchange.
 

Gender equality in the EuroMed region: From Action plan to Action?

The only representative of the Croatia and the region, Mirjana Kucer from "Dominoes", participated in the final two-day conference on "Gender equality in the EuroMed region: From action plan to action?" held on 24-25 October in Istanbul, Turkey.
More than 130 representatives of feminist and non-governmental civil society organizations, networks, partnerships and institutions for promotion of gender equality and women's human rights from almost all countries of the region, discussed the "shadow report" on women's human rights and the implementation of gender equality in the EuroMed region and worked on preparation of the Statement of regional NGOs for the Ministerial Conference in Morocco, 11-12 November "Strengthening the role of women in society“ which is demanding more energetic implementation of the IPA, Istanbul Action Plan. The conference was attended by representatives of EU Commission, the French Minister of Health, and representatives of government departments for gender equality Egypt, Morocco and Sweden.
Regional governments are requested to stop with compromises and to urgently and comprehensively put respect for women's rights and gender equality as a primary issue in all national and international agenda, programs, documents and mechanisms,
Conference organizers, Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network, Association for Human Rights, Turkey and EuroMed Non-Govermental Platform sent a final version of the Statement to all participants which we here publish in its entirety.


Final statement Final statement


http://en.euromedrights.org/index.php/about_the_network/working_groups/women_rights_gender/3837.html http://en.euromedrights.org/index.php/about_the_network/working_groups/women_rights_gender/3837.html

Gender Equality in the Euro-Med Region: Gender Equality in the Euro-Med Region:
From Plan of Action to Action? From Plan of Action to Action?

 

Dominoes - our first Newsletter!

Wishing to better inform and keep all our members, users, partners, associates, donors and media updated about our activities, from November 2009, we launched our first electronic monthly newsletter.
Newsletter brings an overview of events from the previous month and announces events coming up during next month, as well as review of activities and results of survey  results and press clipping.
First issue for October/November was sent last week to mail addresses of all our members, partners, donors and media.
If you wish to receive our newsletter, please, sign up here. We'll be happy to put you on our mailing list.
 

Jezercica: Empowering women and men - implementation of gender-sensitive politics at the local level

Within the partner-project "Empowerment of women and men - implementation of gender-sensitive politics at the local level," 11 activists from 5 partner women's associations (Cesi, B.a.b.e, Delfin, CGI and Dominoes) gathered on 5-6 November at first educational workshop (ToT) to elaborate models of work, program for workshops and operational plan with the newly elected members of County Commissions for Gender Equality in order to achieve better implementation of gender equality politics on local level.
This project, as a cycle of 5 three-day educational workshops for improvement of knowledge and skills in implementing gender-sensitive politics in local communities, is financed by the Govermental Office for Gender Equality RH (VURS) at the amount of 180,000 kuna, which is, unfortunately, sufficient for the implementation in only 6 of 21 counties in Croatia (Split-Dalmatia, Vukovar-Sirmium, Pozega-Slavonia, Istria, Zagreb County and the City of Zagreb). If possibilities of additional funding for this project  are found, a framework of action will include Commissions for Gender Equality in other RH counties.
 

Citizens' Initiatives: Youth in Action

From Friday, 20 November, TV Dalmacija starts with weekly broadcast of 5 thirty-minutes TV documentaries from the cycle of "Citizens' Initiative: Youth in Action", produced by „Dominoes“ during 2009 as a part of media project funded by the National Foundation for Civil Society, Republic of Croatia.
This is the third year that "Dominoes“ are implementing "Citizens' Initiative" project. During previous two years main issue was processing information and encouraging female citizens on participation in democratic participatory processes and visibility of women's associations with specific entrepreneurial initiatives. This year's objective is youth, youth associations and their initiatives in Dalmatia.
Over the next 5 weeks, Fridays at 17:15 am, you can follow stories about KOREKOM, spring students' protests, street exhibition against violence, Murter initiative for the protection of nature and the unusual initiative of the Youth Association "Arturius“ from Podstrana.


Overview of media projects
 

Phare 06: Cycle of educational workshops about implementation of gender sensitive policies

During November, the cycle of educational workshops for representatives of local authorities in the City of Split, City and public companies, and Commissions for gender equality is completed within Phare 06 project "Creating new models for improving the position of women in society and integration of gender politics in public policies in the City of Split“, which "Dominoes" are implementing with financial support from the EU.
Aiming to present and raise awareness about the implementation of gender policies at the local level, participants could have learned skills of gender analysis, as the model that includes recognition of needs of women and men, making action and operational plan, gender budgeting, monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of gender policy.
Unfortunately, a very poor response from representatives of the local government institutions indicates not only ignorance towards civil society and CSOs, but also low level of consiousness that results in unwillingness to adopt and apply new EU models of gender-conscious policies (gender mainstreaming).
 

''Dominoes'' Press Conference

On Friday, 20 November, "Dominoes" held a press conference for local public media (radio, TV, print) on the occasion of the completion of the cycle of educational workshops within Phare 06 project "Creating new models for improving the position of women in society and integration of gender policies into local public policy in the City of Split“, financed by the EU.
"Dominoes" indicated poor participation of representatives of local government, city's and public enterprises in the cycle of educational workshops within above-mentioned project, and ponited out repeated marginalizing of gender equality by the City of Split's representatives, despite previous agreements, as well as failures to cooperate with other civil society organisationas.


''Dominoes'“: Split has no sympathy for women, Slobodna Dalmacija, 20 November 2009

Dominoes: Split has no sympathy for women, Libela portal, 21 November 2009

 

CORECOM: Operational Planning in Zagreb

As a member of the Coalition for the establishment of a Regional Commission (CORECOM) to determine the facts about war crimes and other serious human rights violations in former Yugoslavia committed in the period 1991-2001 „Dominoes“ participated in operational planning in Zagreb 20-21 November to determine  continuation of the consultation process and guidelines for the activities in 2010
Vesna Terselic and Eugen Jakovcic (Documenta, Zagreb – Center for dealing with the past, CORECOM Coordinator for Croatia, www.documenta.hr), reviewed and analyzed activities in the consultation process in Croatia during 2009 and briefed participants about regional consultations with scientists, local consultations with youth organizations and organizations for the protection of human rights, associations of victims and families of victims of casualties and missing persons, women's organizations and groups, veterans, religious communities, local authorities, aa well as the regional Forum on transitional justice and work of CORECOM Assembly. Fifteen representatives of the Croatian Coalition member organisations determined guidelines and resources for the media activities of the Coalition in Croatia and the region, public campaign to collect signatures in Croatia for REKOM estabilishment and strategy to approach political parties and institutions in 2010.

Overall objectives of the RECOM Initiative in 2010 is creation of space for victims and representatives of civil society to present their needs in relation to the injustices committed in the past and, through the consultation process, to restore dignity of victims, establish responisibility, justice and historical memory on the basis of the objective facts recordings to prevent repetition of crimes in future and acceptance and support in all countries by citizens and governments to establish a RECOM mandate - national, independent, impartial official Commission with a mandate of research, verification and public presentation of the facts about war crimes and other serious human rights violations in former Yugoslavia, including missing persons on the basis of the common will of the Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Kosovo and Slovenia Goverments, with the support of the UN and the EU.

More about CORECOM activities...

International Conference: Integration of gender equality into local public policies - good examples from the EU

Within Phare 06 EU program for Croatia, in Hotel „Park“ in Split, from 26-28 November "Dominoes" organize an international conference "Implementation of the principle of gender equality into local public policies - good examples from the EU."
Conference will be attended by around 50 representatives of local authorities, local and regional Commissions for gender equality, political parties and civil society organizations that promote women's rights, as well as guests from EU countries, Magali Giovanneli, Deputy Mayor of Aubagne, France, The president of an international network to promote gender equality and Ph.D. Irena Ateljević, researcher and lecturer at the University of Wageningen, The Netherlands. In addition to the foreign, the conference will also gather Croatian experts on gender equality, Ph.D. Anci Leburic, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Philosophy, Split; Gordana Sobol, President of the Committee for Gender Equality of the Parliament RH; MS Suzana Kunac, B.a.b.e, Zagreb. Vesna Pusic will elaborate on "Croatia on its way of approaching the EU - the importance of the implementation of gender policies at the local level“, while the welcome speech to the conference participants will be given by Andjelka Viskovic, Deputy Mayor of the City of Split.

With parallel sessions and workshops, the conference will also include presentation of the results of socio-empyrical research conducted by the Department of Sociology, Faculty in Split, on a random sample of 982 women from the City of Split, as well as gender analysis in public policies in the City of Split , which will provide relevant insight into the actual state of implementation of the principle of gender equality at the local and regional level.
This two-day international conference is part of the project "Creating new models for improving the position of women in society and the integration of gender policy in local public policies in the City of Split," which "Dominoes" is implementing in 2008/2009 as a part of Phare 06 Program for Croatia, "Enabling active contribution of sectors of civil society in the pre-accession process of democratization and human rights. "

Conference Program
 

16 days of activism against violence against women

"16 days of activism against violence against women" is an international campaign that was initiated in 1991 by Women's Global Leadership (Global Center for Women's leadership), USA, and is globaly supported by over 2000 different organizations in over 150 countries worldwide through a variety of public, street actions and promotions, debates, educational and creative workshops, etc.
In order to symbolically link human rights and violence based on gender and race, and stress that violence against women is actually a violation of human rights, the campaign runs each year from 25 November, International Day against violence against women until 10 December, International Human Rights Day.


Since its estabilishment, "Dominoes" actively participates in this international campaign and this year "16 Days of Activism" will be marked by the following activities:

25 November, in cooperation with the association "Mirta" and the Women's Forum GO SDP Kastela, in City Hall, City of Kastela, Brace Radic 1, Castle Sucurac, starting at 11:30 am, "Dominoes" organize a round table on "Abuse in the Family" with special reference to the situation in the City of Kastela.
 

30 November, organized by the "Dominoes" and the Women's Forum GO SDP Omiš, a round table on "Mistress of Her Body " beginning at 11:00 am in the hall SDP Omis, Frederika Benkovica 1, Omis, with special reference to the situation in the City of Omis.
 

05 December, in Marmontova street in Split at the open stand, "Dominoes" inform citizens about its activities and projects,.along with sharing flyers, brochures, T-shirts, kitchen towells and other promotional materials. Voluntary contributions of citizens will be deposited to the Fund against violence against women that "Dominoes" estabilished to help women victims of violence.
 

10 December, at the premises of the organization, "Dominoes" organize a public debate to mark 30th anniversary of CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women) Report, "the shadow report" on the state of women's human rights and the implementation of gender equality.

 

City of Split: Establishment of the Commission for Gender Equality

DISCLAIMER: The city is financing a shelter for women, Slobodna Dalmacija, 24 November 2009


"Dominoes" welcomes publicly confirmed intention of the City of Split to establish the Commission for Gender Equality as necessary institutional mechanism for implementation of gender policies as it is determined by the Law on Gender Equality.
Also, "Dominoes" welcomes readiness of the local authorities to cooperate and support the continuation of the activities within the framework of future projects with the aim of further implemetation of gender policy into public policies in the City of Split.
 

Gender equality – on local and global level

A two-day international conference "Integration of gender equality into local public policies - good examples from the EU" on 26-28 November gathered in Split in Hotel „Park“ around 50 representatives of local authorities, Commissions for gender equality, political parties and civil society organizations that promote women's rights, as well as guests from EU countries, Magali Giovannangeli, Deputy Mayor of Aubagne, France, and Prof.PhD Irena Ateljević, University of Wageningen, The Netherlands.

After welcome speech by Andjelka Viskovic, Deputy Mayor of the City of Split, about gender equality issues spoke Gordana Sobol, president of the Committee for Gender Equality in Goverment RH, MSc Suzana Kunac, B.a.b.e., Zagreb and RH Parliament representative, Vesna Pusic. Magali Giovannangeli and Irena Ateljevic elaborated on experiences in the field of gender equality and women's human rights at the global level. On this occasion, „Dominoes“ and project partner Prof.PhD Anci Leburic from Department of Sociology, University of Split, presented results of sociological research and analysis on gender politics in the City of Split, which were recently realized within the project framework.
On the second day of the conference, parallel workshop sessions, led by Irena Ateljevic, Magali Giovannangeli, Valerija Barada (Department of Sociology, Faculty of Philosophy, Zadar) and Mirjana Kucer ("Dominoes", project manager) covered issues of women in the local community as bearers of sustainable development; tradition, culture and awareness of others, as well as integration of the gender eqaulity principles into public policies – on local and global level.
International Conference "Integration of gender equality into local public policies - good examples from the EU" is a part of the project "Creating new models for improving position of women in society and integration of gender policy into local public policies in the City of Split," which "Dominoes" are realising in 2008/2009 within Phare 06 Program for Croatia, "Enabling active contribution of civil society sector in the pre-accession process of democratization and human rights", financed by the EU.

Article, Slobodna Dalmacija, 30 November 2009

 

 

Round table: Her body's mistress

Within the international campaign "16 days of activism against violence against women" Women's Forum SDP Omis, "Dominoes" and association "Myrtle", on 30 November organized in Omis round table „Her body's mistress“ that was attedned by representatives of Center for Social Welfare Omis, PU Split-Dalmatia County police station Omis, elementary school "Josip Pupacic" Omis and Community of Women HDZ "Katarina Zrinski Omis.
How aware are we of violence and legal mechanisms of prevention, protection of victims, which, unfortunately, are mostly women, as well as procedures in case of violence and sanctions for those who committ violence, once again on this occassion was confirmed by recent "black" statistics presented by representatives of social services, police, judicial practices and organizations that help women victims of violence.
Thus the association "Mirta" reported on the reactivation of the shelter for women victims of violence, although it offers only 7 beds for women and 3 for children in the City of Split, which is, by the legal provisions, insufficient capacity. According to the population of SD County shelter should accept at least 20 users.

"Dominoes" pointed out the need for recognition of all forms of violence against women, not just physical, and the need of changing  stereotype attitudes about violence, especially among young people, as it is transparent from our research and researches by other NGOs (Cesi, Zagreb, 2004 Research in secondary schools in Croatia). „Dominoes“ also shared own experiences in working with students from several secondary schools in Split through a cycle of workshops "Violence in Adolescent Relationships."

The conclusion of this round table was to forward an appeal to the Mayor and City Council of the City of Omis to establish Family counseling in the City of Omis, which, along with educational-prevention work on the problem of violence with children and young people, should contribute to improving the current situation.
 

Local Partnerships for Employment - Phase 3

On 21-22. December „Dominoes“ participated in a workshop for the preparation and development of EU projects and presentation of the call  "Local Partnerships for Employment - Phase 3" organized in Split by the Croatian Employment Service and the German partner Gesselshaft für Versicherungwissenschaft und Gestaltung eV (GVG).

In addition to group work on individual components of the project proposal (application form, a logical matrix, budget statements), participants presented research on the labor market situation in Croatia and examples of good practice in so far realized projects on this topic. So „Dominoes“ representative Mirjana Kucer, presented partner project PHARE 05 "Women on the labor market" that "Dominoes" realized in 2008 in partnership with CESI, Zagreb. Results and experiences of this project were used as the basis for a new proposal in partnership with CES and CEA-om-om the call this year's "Women on the labor market," IPA - Component IV.

Results of rthe ecent research on the labor market in the Split-Dalmatia and Sibenik-Knin County were presented by Renato Jeroncic, CES, Split.
Workshop was attended by 30 representatives from the governmental and non-governmental civil society organizations from Split-Dalmatia and Sibenik-Knin County.

 

"Dominoes“ annual Assembly meeting

At its regular annual election Assembly, held on 28 October, "Dominoes" adopted changes in administrative and executive structure of the association. So, after a two-year statute specified mandate, newly elected managing coordinator is Afrodita Suton and Mirjana Kucer is elected at the function of the new executive coordinator. Persons authorized to represent the association are Ivana Alujevic and Mirjana Kucer. These changes came into force in accordance with the Decision on registration of changes in the Register of Croatian associations on 17 November 2009.
 

Best wishes for 2010

Working reception that „Dominoes“ organized in hotel "Park" on 17 December brought together members and around twenty representatives of the City of Split and SD counties, political parties and civil society organizations, with which "Dominoes" successfully cooperated in 2009.
After the introduction of the new managing coordinator Afrodita Suton and new executive coordinator Mirjana Kucer and a brief review and summary of the activities in 2009, in an informal discussion the readiness and opportunities for future cooperation in 2010 were mutualy confirmed
."Dominoes" sent New Year greetings with a desire for continued cooperation and new joint activities and projects in order to further promote gender equality and the "feminine" principles., necessary for the development of civil society as a whole.

Where we were, what we did in 2009


New Year Greetings "Out of the being color ... be all"
 

Slobodna Dalmacija: Interview with Irena Ateljevic

"Men were always raised to be strong and show no emotion ... emotion is not a weakness, but strength - says Ateljević", Slobodna Dalmacija, 20 December 2009.

Wake feminine principle in people, Slobodna Dalmacija, 20 December 2009

Retrospective Exhibition: Out of the being the color

On Tuesday, 22nd December in the "Dominoes" premises an opening of the anual retrospective exhibition took place, of the works of the painting workshop "Out of the being the color.
In socializing and cheerful atmosphere, paintings were presented from two full years in the weekly rhythm of regularly held painting workshops at "Dominoes".
Special two-hour program included a number of thematic video projections of painting exercises and intensive weekend workshops, individual performances, singing, lottery, messages from the „box of dreams "and, of course, greetings and good wishes for the coming year.
The exhibition will be open for visitors until end of January 2010.


Retrospective 2009: Trees and moods of nature
 

Retrospective 2009: Animals
 

Retrospective 2009: Figure
 

Intensive weekend: Cinderella
 

Intensive  weekend:: The Birth of Venus
 

New Year Greetings 2010
 

Publications in 2009

During 2009 "Dominoes" published 4 brochures, 2 leaflets / brochures, and occasional New Year calendars.
Within EU project Phare 06, we published the brochure "Gender sensitive policies," "Women - roles, positions, statuses," a guide for the local Commission for Gender Equality (tool kit), and leaflet / brochure for the International Conference "Implementation of the principle of gender equality into local public policy - good examples from the EU."
We also published two leaflets / brochures within the projects "Women - Local Elections 2009" and "16 Cities, 8 Female Mayors".
Within the project on the prevention of violence in teenage relationships, with the support of the City of Split, we released booklet "Love me, love me not ...". From our own funds we issued "Annual Report 2008", and two occasional calendars for the year 2010.
 

Happy New Year 2010!

Where we were, what we did in 2009 and what we plan in the next 2010... Read our short nonformal report or see short video "Where, what... in 2009 ...".


On this occasion, we thank to everyone and for everything in 2009 and, once again, to all of our associates, users, partners, donors and members "Dominoes" wish a Happy New Year 2010!!!

... along with a few little gifts:

Video clip New Year Greetings "Out of the being of colout... be all"

Calender 2010,  "Women of Split and Dalmatia"

Calender 2010, "Feminine principle"

Video clip "Go", inspired by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, "Women who are running with wolves"
 

Slobodna Dalmacija: Interview with Magali Giovannangeli

Magali Giovannangeli, Aubagne vice major, visitied Split recently and participated in international conference organized by "Dominoes", association for development of the civil society and improvement of women's rights. As progressive, emancipated and strongly left oriented, Giovannangeli from her own perspective and experience, expressed her views on feminism in Croatia, France and in the world..." (Slobodna Dalmacija, interview)

Magali Giovannangeli: Women, get involved into politics, Slobodna Dalmacija, 03 January 2010

Meeting of Croatian Women's Network Coordination

Coordinator and representative of "Dominoes", Mirjana Kucer.attended on 18 January in Zagreb meeting of extended Croatian Women's Network Coordination. At the meeting drafting CEDAW "shadow report" was agreed as well as marking of the 8th March, International Women's Day. The goal of public action on this occasion is to point to "the unfinished story of women in Croatia," such as reproductive and sexual rights of women (the Law on medically supported fertilization and the rights of sexual minorities), women on the labor market (unemployment and labor rights of women) and violence against women (funding shelters for women, victims of violence).
Also, Bojana Genov was proposed to represent Croatian Women's Network's at the Council for Development of Civil Society in the Republic of Croatia Office for Cooperation with NGOs, and Maja Mamula as her deputy.
 

Partnerships in YiA projects

"Youth in Action", YiA, is the largest EU program for young people (age 13-30), youth organizations and associations and all those involved in working with young people, which offers numerous possibilities for mobility and non-formal learning by promoting intercultural dialogue through projects such as youth exchanges, voluntary service, education, networking and building new partnerships in European countries.
In 2009 Program and Partner countries of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Mediterranean was associated with a group of countries of Southeastern Europe (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia), so it became possible for Croatia to apply on calls for proposals through Croatian Agency for Mobility. (http://www.mobilnost.hr/index.php).
In the end of January, "Dominoes" signed partnership statements for 7 projects with 3 NGOs, applicants from the countries of the Mediterranean and Southeast Europe (Greece, Macedonia, Serbia).
Projects in partnership with "Center for support of women“, Kikinda, Serbia, are " Youth policy and youth work in transition: Vojvodina as a multicultural challenge, "Combating youth unemployment through entrepreneurship, education and empowerment," and "Byzantine Blue - 2nd edition" .
With „Inese Priedite“, Skopje, Macedonia, the partnership should be realized in projects "Art Inclusive ", " Up to the Challenge" and "Shortcut to Happiness.".
INARE (Institute of Sustainable Development and Management of Natural Ressources), Athens, Greece, is the the applicant is a partnership proposal for the project "Climate Change and Youth's European Action“. If approved by EU and financially supported, projects presented in this call, will be realised by the end of this year.
 

Gaza: One year later

"Militarism and violence feed violence! Today, one yaer after, the civilians in Gaza are left alone in the middle of mass destruction, in terrible and unhuman situation, without electricity, medicine and communication with the world. "
"Gaza is still a prison for over 1.5 million people who have no way to meet the basic needs for daily survival."
With these words a year ago, the European Feminist Initiative for a different Europe (IFE EFI) appealed for urgent ending of war and violence in Gaza. Today, one year later, in its new statement IFE EFI again raises the voice against the violence and is again calling up the citizens of Europe for solidarity with the people of Palestine.
"Dominoes," as a member of IFE EFI, joins this appeal, warning of violence and calling for the demilitarization and end to the conflict byfinding permanent peaceful solutions.


Appeal IFE EFI, January 2009.
 

Women's rights in Europe: New democratic challenges

International seminar "Women's rights in Europe: New democratic challenges " in Sisak, Croatia, gathered on 02-03 February participants from 9 European countries (Portugal, France, Cyprus, Germany, Austria, Italy, Belgium, Macedonia and Croatia) who exchanged experiences in the field of work, politics, and sexuality.
The seminar was opened by the Head of the Croatian Office for Gender Equality , Helena Stimac. On the first day of the seminar Lilian Halls-French, president of the IFE EFI (European Feminist Initiative) elaborated on European feminist initiative; Mirjana Kucer from "Dominoes" gave presentation on women on Croatian labor market in relation to the rights of women on the labor market in the EU. In continuation, Sanja Juras from "Kontra" and "Croatian Women's Network" talked about regression of female reproductive rights in regard to the current Law on medically supported pregnancy; Giuner Nebiu from „Antico“, Skopje, presented a program aiming to increase the political participation of women in Macedonia.
On the second day of the seminar elected representatives and guests from the European institutions exposed on the rights of female citizens, among others, Gordana Lukac Koritnik, the Croatian State ombudsman for gender equality and Francis Wurtz, honored member of the European Parliament.
This international seminar was organized by REALPE (European network of progressive local authorities and councillors), IFE EFI (European Feminist Initiative) and ALD (Agency of Local Democracy), Sisak, within the European Commission program "Europe for Citizens" and the project "Feel Europe".


http://www.lda-sisak.hr/index.php?&page=announce&article_id=317
 

Zadar: Workshops for the Commissions for Gender Equality

In cooperation of the Commission for Gender Equality of Zadar County  and CESI Zagreb, on 03-04 February in Zadar Community hall a two-day educational workshop was organized for representatives from County and City Commissions for Gender Equality of Zadar County.
With a good response of participants, issues and gender analysis of roles and needs of women and men in the local community, the workshop were financialy supported by Zadar County and moderated by Ani Gospocic, CESI, Zagreb, and Mirjana Kucer, Dominoes.

 

SD county: Empowering women and men - implementation of gender-sensitive policies at the local level

Within the partnership project "Empowerment of women and men - implementation of gender-sensitive policies at the local level", carried by 5 partner women's NGOs (CESI, Babe, Delfin, CGI and Dominoes), with financial support from the Office for Gender Equality, Republic of Croatia and Split-Dalmatia County, a 3day educational workshop for representatives from County and City Commissions for Gender Equality of Split-Dalmatia County was organized in Zadar Community hall from 05-07 February.

With the presence of the Croatian Ombudsman for Gender Equality, Gordana Lukac Koritnik, participants of this three-day workshop were members of the County and City Commissions for Gender Equality of the City of Split, Omis, Stari Grad and Kastela. The workshop was moderated by Suzana Kunac, B.a.b.e., Zagreb, and Mirjana Kucer, Dominoes.
 

www.slobodnadalmacija.hr/Split

 

"Hope for healing"

In the month of carnivals, on 12 February "Dominoes" attended humanitarian masquerade ball "Hope for healing“organized by the Association of leukemia and lymphoma - Split (ULL) on 12 Fenruary in Villa Dalmatia in Split.
Along with entertainment program, selection of the best individual and group masks, dinner and a lottery, around 100 participants from Split NGOs in this way support ed the ULL action raising funds to help Hospital Center in Split, with the aim of improving conditions of treatment for people with malignant diseases - leukemia and lymphoma.
Association of leukemia and lymphoma was established in 1998 in Split with an aim of contributing to improvement of treatment conditions for patients suffering from leukemia and lymphoma, who are treated by various medical programs, including the transplantation of blood-forming stem cells. ULL is well known by many humanitarian actions that helped Hospital in Split in equipping various diagnostic laboratories.
 

Coalition for REKOM: Continuation of Consultations

Regional Commission (REKOM) to determine the facts about war crimes and other serious human rights violations in former Yugoslavia, committed in the period from 1991 to 2001 set guidelines for the process and continuation of activities in 2010 and 2011, according to which "Dominoes" as a member KOREKOM (Coalition for REKOM), is involved in the activities of advocacy group.
Accordingly, plan activities in 2010/11, in February include Regional consultations with political and camps prisoners in Dubrovnik (19 February); National consultations with the judiciary in Zagreb (26 February), and Consultations for young people in Daruvar (27 February).


Action plan 2010/2011


http://www.korekom.org/webpage/80
 

SOKNO Workshop

On 16 February „Dominoes“ attended the introductory workshop to the Quality Assurance System for Non-Profit Organizations (SOKNO) that is organized by the National Foundation for Development of Civil Society for organizations of civil society, beneficiaries of institutional support in order to develop understanding of importance of introduction of quality systems into their daily practice.
Through the work on 3 levels and 13 areas of action, SOKNO offers to its users long-term installation and maintenance of quality and regular conduction of self evaluation and self-assessment activities to ensure quality work and successfully maintain a system of good practice on appropriate standard level.
In cooperation with the National Foundation, this workshop was organised and moderated by Sladjana Novota and Gordana Forcic from Civil Society Association "Smart", Rijeka, within the frame of Agreement on development of cooperation and systematic investment in the development of civil society. Civil society organizations that his year decide to implement SOKNO in their business are offered a two months free mentoring by "Smart" SOKNO mentors.
 

Multimedia manifestation: Women's Days in Golden Gate

On the occasion of 8th March, International Women's Day, "Dominoes" and "Open University", POUS, Split organize in the "Golden Gate" a multimedia event which will through exhibitions, film screenings, book promotions, concert, lectures and round tables from 08 -22 March present a number of topics, issues, activities and problems of women in Split and Dalmatia, as well as women's human rights, entrepreneurship, women at labor market, culture, arts, history and women's activism.


Invitation/Program Brochure
 

Exhibition: Goddesses in every woman

Within Multimedia event Women's Days in Golden Gate, an exhibition „Goddesses in every woman“ was set at the lodge of POUS in Split, Dioklecijanova 7, presenting work of the painting workshop "Out of the being of colour". Through 22 exhibited aquarels of a total of 55 works created through the last 3 months in the painting workshop, which is for three years regularly being held at "Dominoes", 7 major Greek goddess archetypes - Hestia, Artemis, Athena, Aphrodite, Here, Demeter and Persephone - are interpreted and apprehended through colour. The opening ceremony was attended by workshop participants and numerous visitors. The exhibition will be set until 22 March.
The organizers of exhibition and Multimedia events Women's Days in Golden Gate are "Dominoes" and POUS, with financial support of the City of Split and Split-Dalmatia County.


Painting Cycle: Goddesses in every woman (paintings review)
 

Painting Workshop "Out of the being of color"
 

ALF Forum Barcelona 2010

"Dominoes" as a member of ALF Croatian national network for the promotion of intercultural dialogue in the Euro-Mediterranean, participated and presented Croatia at Anna Lindh Forum 2010, which was held from 04 to 07 March in Barcelona and gathered around 800 representatives of civil society organizations from 43 Euro-Mediterranean countries.
Forum in Barcelona, at the time of Spanish EU presidency, is sending a strong message of the importance of dialogue between cultures, which in the current social, political and cultural context is more nesessary than ever. Also, the aim of Barcelona Forum 2010 is to promote civil society organizations as key factors in creating the "politics" in the field of intercultural dialogue.
"Dominoes" representative, Nina Simunovic, at the Forum participated in the drafting of recommendations for development of cooperation in the Euro-Mediterranean (AGORA), and presented "Domine" at the intercultural fair and within exchange of good practice (Medina) by presentation of the project "Her Life Story" Trans-generation Photo Collection "Daugters, Mothers, Grandmothers," resulting from cooperation between women's organizations network from 10 Euro-Med countries.

Anna Lindh 2010 Forum info

Trans-generation Photo Collection "Daughters, Mothers, Grandmothers"
 

Book promotion: "Women: social roles and statuses"

Within Multimedia event Women's Days in Golden Gate, on Wednesday 10 March, the scientific book "Women: social roles and statuses" was promoted by the authors Anci Leburic, Mirjana Kucer and Nikolina Raic.
Written on the basis of empirical and sociological research within the project "Creating new models for the improvement and integration of gender policy into local public policy in the City of Split“ in partnership of the Association for promotion of women's rights and civil society development, Dominoes, and prof. Anci Leburic from the Department of Sociology, Split University, the book represents a significant contribution as scientific content relevant for understanding gender politics and sociology of gender.
Recezents Rada Boric and Sandi Mrsic - Basta emphasize the importance of the book and the ways how it displays integrity of the Croatian legislation in the field of protection of the rights of women and the regulation of specific "gender" relations, as well as given insight into everyday life of women, their gender roles and social position based on the qualitative interpretation of empirical -sociological research conducted on a sample of 982 women from the City of Split at the age of 18-69.
."This is the first empirical research on women in Split at the end of the first decade of the twenty-first century. We hope that we managed to get a valuable and important results that will serve as data base for further analysis of women, gender relations and the development of gender policies. Ultimately, these results aim to contribute to the development of Split as a city by its citizens and synergy in local government and administration, civil society, science, politics and business to consciously and responsibly work on sustainable community development.“, explains one of the author, Mirjana Kučer, from "Dominoes".
The book "Women: social roles and statuses" in is available on www.domine.hr (croatian version only).
 

Article: Women: social roles and status, Libela portal, 12.03.2010.
 

Roundtables: Women at the labor market and Female entrepreneurship

At two round tables on 08 and 15 March within Multimedia event "Women's Day at the Golden Gate" participants discusses the position of women at the labor market and situation in women's entrepreneurship.
According to data from loacl CES in Split, the situation on the labor market in Split-Dalmatia County during last few months has reached alarming figures (Renato Jeroncic, CES), which also confirm basic discrimination against women at the labor market (Mirjana Kucer, Dominoes). Women's entrepreneurship also shows evidence of unsatisfactory and unbalanced position of women entrepreneurs, especially in actual serious local and global economic crisis (Dragica Jerkov, Krug). In order to meet needs in applying principles of gender equality, involvement of political structures in creating the conditions for implementing the policy of equal opportunities is necessary (Ivanka Luetić Boban, the Commission for Gender Equality of Split-Dalmatia County, Sandra Mitrovic Niksic, Forum of Women SDP, Omis), as well as joint action of all stakeholders - employers, unions and civil society organizations - to find new ways for employment and faster entry of women into labor market (Vesna Ivic - Simetin, CEA). NGOs and civil society organizations, communication, networking, cooperation and coordination of activities with the goal of empowerment of women, awareness and involvement and education of all stakeholders, are indispensable factors in the development of effective civil society, including the labor market (Ivanka Buzov, Dominoes ).
Mutual exchange of knowledge and experience, as well as support on local and global level, particularly under existing economic-political and social circumstances, are necessary for the effective implementation of new models on the labor market, such as self-employment and self-financing and social entrepreneurship which promotes women's feminine principles within (self-) sustainable development.
 

CES data on unemployment

"How does a wife, a mother, a misstres look like?"

- The authors of paintings are women that who are not professional painters. Painting workshop started three years ago, based on color Goethe's Colour Theory. These paintings are not illustrations, but colour interpretations of forces that exist in these Greek goddesses - said the workshop leaderNina Simunovic.
- The following what we are planning are workshops about  "Gods in every man," a book by the same author as "Goddesses in every woman" by Jean Shinoda Bolen, to make the story equal and complementary. After that we shall continue with interpretation of the book "Women who run with Wolves" by Clarisa Pinkola Estes, because the stories in this book are excellent for colour interpretation  - announces Simunovic.

Exhibition 'Goddesses in every woman'
How does a wife, a mother, a misstres look like?, Article Slobodna Dalmacija, 18.03.2010.


Paintings o
verview: Goddesses in every woman, video clip

Goddesses in every woman, video clip
 

Book promotion: Gender mainstreaming - policies for changes

On Wednesday, 17 March, in the Golden Gate, the book "Gender mainstreaming - policies for changes" was officially promoted as one of three publications within partnership project "Dominoes" and Prof. Anci Leburic, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Philosophy in Split, "Creating new models for improving the position of women in society and the integration of gender policy into local public policy in Split", financed by the EU.
The authors of the book, Mirjana Kucer Ana Vranjes on 70 pages are analyzing gender politics from a global-national perspective, providing insight into the actual state of implementation of the principle of gender equality in the City of Split, at the local and regional level.
Following the good examples of the EU practices, analytical methods include existing policies and all official documents issued after the adoption of the Law on Gender Equality in 2003 ,in the form of half structures interviews with the City Commission for Gender Equality and Offices for health, urban planning and sports in the City of Split.
The book points out many concrete examples of the lack of practical use of gender sensitive language, insufficiency of gender evidence as well as concrete measures to eliminate gender gaps in order to achieve balance position of women and men in the City of Split.
"We believe that the gender dimension of public policy can stimulate significant changes on the benefit of the community and conceptual couple" man / woman ". We are inviting other local governments to create a gender analysis. Meeting the specific needs of women and men at the origin of social relations in local communities, is one of the basic assumptions for the overall welfare and development of the society as a whole", the authors are pointing out.
"Gender mainstreaming – policies for changes" (Croatian version only) is available at www.domine.hr

Gender mainstreaming – policies for changes, Libela portal, 19.03.2010.

Women of Split – Past and Present

Women's history of Split and Dalmatia is the main topic of lecture given by the "Dominoes" along with the performance of female singing group "Dalmatinke", on 19 March within Multimedia event "Women's Days at the Golden Gate".
With special reference to the women's movement between the two world wars, Mirjana Kucer, Dominoes, presented old Split through a series of archival photographs and excerpts from documents (National women's cooperatives) and the press (New Age), emphasizing the first-known Split's feminists Vinka Sperac, Vinka Bulic, Jelka Peric and other female writers, sociologists, doctors and activists, that were not behind the rest of the world in promoting women's rights and moving powerful boundaries of tradition and patriarchy. Although the view into the history of Split and Dalmatia testifies in favor of "invisibility" of women, they had their courage, persistence, indomitable spirit and distinctive Split "caprice" in negotiations for the right to vote, education, performing tasks and carrying out activities that women of Split enjoy today and further develop witihin the framework of our time.
The affirmation of the great historical women of Split and Dalmatia "Dominoes" started within the research program (2006-2010) financially supported by the City of Split. This year „Dominoes“ intend, with support from the City, County and other sponsors, to present abundant collected material in the form of a documentary film "Women of Split – Past and Present“. With this film „Dominoes“ want to, clearly and responsibly, in a modern and interesting way , sensitize the general public about the role, progress and contribution of women to the history and present time in Split, and also to motivate all stakeholders, individuas, organizations and social structures, on further research and affirmation of status and equality of women in order to improve society as a whole.

Lecture "Splićanke used today, Libela portal, 22.03.2010.
 

Gata: The initiative for women's cooperative

"Dominoes" supported the initiative of Women's Forum SDP Omis and Split associations of women entrepreneurs "Circle", and 22nd March attended the initial meeting to establish a women's cooperative in Gata.

The objective of the cooperative association is the woman in the production, placement and protection soparnik, unique culinary specialties Poljičke Republic. Although soparnik already in the list of the Croatian national treasure and heritage, formation of cooperatives is a necessary step to guarantee the preservation of authentic tradition and quality, equitable access and successful market entry and survival soparnik in the EU.

The meeting was attended by representatives of cooperatives, "Fork," which shared the experience on the establishment and activities of their three-year cooperative in Hvar.

Support to women of Gata "Dominoes" will ensure by providing educational workshops, informing and presenting exmaples of good practices and experiences of women's cooperatives in Croatia and the EU.

Gata: The initiative to establish women's cooperatives, Dugi Rat Online, 23/03/2010.
 

Project: Climate change and Youth's European action

"Dominoes" are partners in the project "Climate Change and Youth's European in Action" approved by European Commission within the "Youth in Action" program. Lead mannager of the project is Inare, Institute of sustainable development and natural resources management, Athens, Greece. Activities will be conducted from 28 August to 05 September in Athens and the island of Kythnos, Greece. Educators and other partners (22 in total) are coming from 10 European countries (Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Poland, Albania, Greece Cyprus, Turkey, Scotland).

 

 

Days of sociology in Zadar: Social Movements

At "Days of Sociology: Social Movements", organized by Sociology Students' Club "Antifjaka" at the student club "Bozo Lerotić" in Zadar from 29 March until 01 April,  lectures on the feminist movement were given on 30 March by Biljana Kasic, Department of Sociology, University of Zagreb, Rada Boric, Center for Women's Studies, Zagreb, Mirjana Kucer, "Dominoes," Split and Stasa Zajovic, "Women in Black, Belgrade. Presentation on "Feminist disobedience, action and borderlines", "Feminism in Practice", "Ethics of Feminists from „Women in Black"“ and how "Feminist movements can change the paradigm" was followed by numerous questions and dialogue about feminism with students of the University of Zadar.
A day earlier, "Concepts and overview of social movements" was elaborated by Milan Mesic, Department of sociology, Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb, while the last day student and labor movements were presented by Mislav Zitko, Hajrudin Hromadzic and Dean Duda from Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb and Sven Marcelic from University in Zadar, ending by the final panel discussion and screenings of short films "Short Activist stories" by various authors and the "Meeting" by Igor Bezinovic.

Days of Sociology: Social Movements, a poster / program
 

Death of Isabela Jaruga-Nowacka

The plane crash that on 10 April occurred near Smolensk Russian airport, killed 96 persons, among whom were President and 35 Polish government officials.
In this unfortunate event was killed and Izabela Jaruga-Nowacka, Polish feminists and left oriented politician, IFE-EFI collaborator, committed to gender equality, women's and LGBT rights and social justice, active on national and international level in the EU parliament.
"Dominoes," as a member of the European Feminist Initiative, join the statement of condolences that IFE-EFI announced on the occasion of the death of Polish feminst Isabela Jaruga-Nowacka.

IFE-EFI condolences

About Izabela Jaruga-Nowacka
 

Critics on promotional video by HTZ

In the statement for Croatian radio, Goranka Škoprc from "Dominoes" criticized controversial promotional video clip by Croatian National Tourist Board (Hrvatska turisticka zajednica, HTZ) as sexistic, non-creative and boring and welcomed Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor sensitivity on this issue.
"Focusing on woman's buttocks is at least gender unequality. Why not man's butt as well?!“, says Skoprc and concludes, "Although many other countries use similar marketing models, generally we condemn display and use of human body as a commodity for marketing and promotional purposes, regardless of gender."
 

City of Split is funding two projects

According to the Conclusion of the Mayor of Split, from 02 April, on the proposal of the Commission for evaluation of projects and actions in the field of psychosocial and health care, "Dominoes" was granted financial support from the Budget of the City of Split in 2010 for two project proposals. In the area of psychosocial care of women and families, the contract was signed for the project "Employed woman - independent woman" and in the framework of prevention and suppression of violent behavior contracted project is "Love me, love me not...".
Compared to previous years, this year financing will be realized as quarterly installment financing. Also, under point 4 of the Conclusion on the acceptance of projects by the City of Split, the City reserves the right to withhold funding to all associations in proportion to revenue budget.
 

Assembly of the Croatian Women's Network

Members of Women's Network Croatia (WNC) met on 12 April in Zagreb at Annual Assembly Meeting.
Given that there was a sudden reversal of WNC by the competent authorities, the Assembly had, among other issues, the obligation to re-establish a legal Network status. The Statute was adopted and decision on the registration of Network was delegated. At the position of Head Coordinator Bojana Genov (Women's Group Losinj) was elected as well as another 4 members of the Coordinating Committee (Djurdjica Kolarec, Nela Pamukovic, Sanja Juras and Mirjana Kucer). Network application was signed by 17 representatives from all present organizations. WNC continues with activities in European networks such as European Women's Lobby, the European Feminist Initiative and the Women's Network of IANSA.

Croatian Women's Network
 

NO to the lynching of women; NO to national amnesty!

On 15 April European Feminist Initiative (EFI IFE) announced declaration that is condemning repeated attacks of fundamental Islamists and crimes against women in the area "El Haishu" in Hassi-Mossaoudu in southern Algeria.
Algerian women are for over 20 years without success demonstrating against the law that in 1984 proclaimed women as „minority" in spite of Article 29 of the same law under which "all citizens are equal before the law regardless of birth, race, gender, orientation and other differences arising from personal or social circumstances."
"Dominoes", as a member of IFE EFI, supports the declaration and women in Algeria urging all democratic forces in solidarity and condemnation of the Algerian authorities, who quietly protect the aggressors rather than victims, and see those crimes as banal incidents with no relevant details and evidence.
The European Feminist Initiative IFE-EFI stands by the side of algerian feminists to call all democratic forces to demonstrate their solidarity with the women of Hassi-Messaoud and claim :
• The end of the climate of terror against women in Hassi-Messaoud and all the abuses ,
• The setting of an exceptional and immediate protection to guarantee the security, the physical integrity of these women and their right to work ,
• The public acknowledgement of local and territory authorities, of the terrorist acts they are victims of,
• The setting of legal actions against all those who were recognised responsible of crimes against them,
• The implementation of a judicial procedure to stop the impunity of barbarian and terrorist acts.

Declaration IFE EFI, 15 April
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100415/wl_africa_afp/algeriawomencrime
 

Delayed seminar in Alexandria

Due to the spread of volcanic ash clouds from Iceland and delayed flights in Europe, the Swedish Institute in Alexandria and Swedish organization „Kvinna till Kvinna" delayed until further notice international seminar "Women in politics: Is debate on women's rights possible in the sphere of poltics?" that intented to bring together in Alexandria from 20-22 April feminists MPs and politicians from national governments and activists from civil society organizations from 10 countries of Middle East, EU, Balkans and Caucasus.
Croatian representatives in Alexandria were supposed to be parliamentary representative (SDP) Karolina Leaković and Mirjana Kucer (Dominoes).
New seminar date will be announced by the Swedish Institute in Alexandria on www.swedenabroad.com.
 

Greek goddesses – tools for integrity

In collaboration with Social Democratic Women's Forum SDP Omis, in the premises of the SDP, Omis, on 21 April "Dominoes" held an introductory lecture from the series of introspective-meditative and painting-therapy workshops, "Goddesses in every woman".
Inspired by the presentation of greek goddesses archetypes, as a model and a valuable tool for raising awareness, personal integration, transformation, achievement of integrity and improving quality of life, attendees had numerous questions and comments, and expressed great interest in attending workshops .
Lectures were held by Goranka Skoprc, leader of the cycle of introspective workshops and Nina Simunovic, leader of painting-therapy workshops.
Detailed information about the commencement of workshop cycles in "Dominoes" will be announced in May.
 

"Feminism after utopia"

On 24 April in Zagreb International Conference "Feminism after utopia" was organized to mark 15th Anniversary of activities of the Center for Women's Studies in Zagreb.
Moderated by Rada Boric, Sandra Grgic and Iva Prlenda, lectures are held by 22 feminsts from former Yugoslavia, Hungary and Italy. The program continued by "Movement, voice and sound" at the Zagreb Dolac Market with performance of Study designs for contemporary dance, Le Zbor and Kenkedenki, followed by promotion of the book "Privileging the edges" in the Marija Juric Zagorka Memorial house and "post festum" gathering in the Club Gjuro2.
Organized by the Center for Women's Studies with financial support Friderich Ebert Stiftung, Global Fund for Women, Kvinna till Kvinna the House of Journalists, the conference hosted over 60 guests. "Dominoes" were represented by Mirjana Kucer and Vesna Matijas Rakonjac.

International Conference "Feminism after utopia", program

Center for Women's Studies, Zagreb

http://www.tportal.hr/kultura/kulturmiks/65051/Hrvatska-sveucilista-i-dalje-bez-zenskih-studija.html
 

Cycle of educational workshops in highschools

Within the project "Equally", "Dominoes" will during May conduct the cycle of 10 educational workshops with students from two third grade classes in Economy Highschool in Split about gender equality, human rights and preventing violence among youngsters.
Ministry of Science, Education and Sports in the area of non-institutional education of children and young people in school year 2009/2010 for this program of education approved financial support in the amount of 40,000 kuna. With financial support from the City of Split in the amount of 20,000 kn, „Dominoes“ will continue with educational workshops in the school year 2010/2011.
 

Meeting of the Croatian EuroMed Network

As a member of the Croatian network for cooperation on EuroMediterranean (ALF), "Dominoes" on 30 April attended the regular meeting organized by the coordinator of Croatian EuroMed Network, National Fondation for development of civil society.

In accordance with the plan of development and operations for the first half of the 2010, the meeting included a review of activities, especially ALF Forum in Barcelona, as well as information on future planned activities, opening of calls for cooperation and detailed instructions regarding submission of proposals and upcoming seminars and other activities within the ALF network.

The meeting was held in the French Library - Mediateka in Preradoviceva street in Zagreb, where is placed a part of the exhibition "Faces of the Mediterranean", opened in Warsaw street in Zagreb on 24 April, organized by the National Fondation within EuroMed partner projects with organizations from Bulgaria, Cyprus, Montenegro, Greece and Lebanon.

"Faces of the Mediterranean" is an exhibition of photographs of persons, scenes from everyday life, landscapes, monuments and traditions of the common Mediterranean heritage, which seeks to encourage visitors to review own perception of the Mediterranean and accepted stereotypes, and interactive report of their own questioning and possible changes in perception. Authors of photographs from all five countries are anonymous, and Croatian photographs are signed by Croatian Photo Union. Exhibition will simulaneously be staged in the capitals of partner countries, and subsequently in 10 Croatian cities.
 

Project: Employed woman - independent woman

In May, "Domine" start with implementation of the project "Employed woman - independent woman," financially supported by Department of Social Welfare of the City of Split in the area of improving the quality of family life and women victims of violence in 2010.
In cooperation with the Split NGOs working with women victims of violence, agencies and Employment Service (CES), employers and professional associates, through educational workshops, individual counseling and support groups for 40 beneficiaries, the project aims to raise the knowledge and skills of women victims of violence in job search and support for individual problem in solving unemployment, emotionally and mentally empowering women to leave a situation in which they are suffering from violence, as well as educate women about their rights and obligations of competent authorities for their protection.
Part of the project activities is also aimed at raising awareness and informing the public and target groups of the need for specific treatment of women victims of violence as extremely vulnerable and discriminated social group.
 

Lesbian desire is human right

Interview with Charlotte Bunch, founding director of the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, women’s studies professor, Rutgers University, New Jersey USA, activist for global feminism, for SLOBODNA DALMACIJA, Split, May 2010

 

1. During 70-ies you have been in the radical lesbian group FURIES believing in the lesbian separatism in relation to heterosexual feminists – and in the meantime you became great advocate in mainstreaming feminist politics in international institutions? Can you explain to us this change - does it mean that feminism is house where there is place for all of us?

Yes, the feminist movement is a big house, palace with open garden, with a place for many perspectives. For me personally the transition from radical feminist lesbian to global feminism is an effort to keep building broader coalitions of feminist ideas that includes space for all feminists including lesbian feminism. My work in global feminism includes finding space for our ideas in any institution, using spaces like the United Nations to advance the thinking of feminist ideas and lesbian rights. In that regard, I see lesbians becoming more openly leaders in many social movements as part of the advancing of women's human rights.


2. What do you see as the main change for lesbians in USA, and how much the conditions for lesbians have changed from 60-ties up to now?


There is enormous change for lesbians in the US – part of the change is the possibility of living openly in all spaces, private, public and political for lesbians to be open about who they are and to be working on any issue they care about. For example, we have a lesbian, Rachel Maddow who is a major news commentator on the national TV news, we have Martina Navratilova who is not only a tennis player but also an activist for gay and lesbian rights, we have Ellen Degeneres who leads one of the most popular TV shows, we have a number of openly lesbian politicians like Annise Parker the mayor of Houston Texas – the biggest city in a conservative state - an open lesbian mayor.

In USA the social conditions to live a lesbian life are definitely advancing — but still many lesbians live in fear and isolation especially in small towns, and many of our feminist politics are not yet accepted. In the last few years the fight for abortion has become more difficult even than the struggle for lesbian and gay marriage. The changes in society are uneven and always shifting – it was different just ten years ago, when lesbian and gay marriage was still a radical and scandalous issue.

I also want to say that lesbians with less privilege, multi-discriminated lesbians, like Afro American, Muslim, Roma, disabled lesbians-- their life is more difficult. When other aspects of their identity are under social pressure, it greatly affects their ability to live freely as lesbians.


3. After 15 years of Beijing Declaration and its platform for action, in the aim of advancing the position of women on the global level - how would you say what are the achievements and what the new challenges in relation to this historic document?

The biggest achievement is the articulation, the recognition of many of the issues that affect women's lives, the women's movement has succeeded in putting these on the global agenda over the years. For example, the women's movement is raising issues like violence against women, poverty and war affecting women, and articulating it inside the UN documents like the Beijing Platform.

What is important for me is that we use the space of the UN to make awareness like this Declaration and we have as a consequence many successes, for example big international organisations are campaigning on violence against women, like UN, Amnesty International etc.


The challenge in spite of this rise of awareness is that we still have too much violence against women in the world -- the change we imagine we have not yet achieved. In some places there is also a backlash against women's rights. In the US it is focused against reproductive and especially abortion rights; in countries under Muslim laws it is focused on violence against women done in the name of culture, like killing women in the name of honor.

 

4. In the last years in Croatia there is much discussion on the issue of quotas for women in political parties. We in Croatia as well finally have a woman a Prime Minister. One question is: is the advancement of societies possible with women in politics who hold conservative political standpoint (for example: Sarah Palin)? What do you think about the demand for women's quotas in political parties? Is it a good political mechanism?

I believe quotas are a good political mechanism, YES it is a good political tool. I support that tool – but it is only a tool and not the answer, not the final goal. For example, when you have quotas in political parties you will have also conservative women in politics, this happens, conservative women rise as well with quotas. This means we have to keep working to have more women who are feminists in all spheres of public and political life.

Getting women in politics is not the answer -- but I think it is a very important part of the process. For example, personally, I support the idea of quotas, but I will not vote for women who do not share my social justice politics, I will oppose conservative politics from women like Sarah Palin. This means I sometimes vote a man over a woman, but if they are equal in politics, I vote for the woman. In principle, there should be more women in politics as a matter of democracy and justice – whatever politics they hold.


5. For your long work on advocating women's human rights and among them for the rights of lesbians, you have received among others, human rights award "Eleanor Roosevelt" from Bill Clinton. What does it mean for one of the ex-furies this award?

It means – women like me who are open lesbians can now work on women's human rights and get an award from a president – it was not possible 25 years ago for an open lesbian to get any award! Eleanor Roosevelt was working on human rights but was never able to talk openly about her lesbian relationship. And historians in the world today do not want to acknowledge that! That means that suppression of lesbian history is not over yet. I can give a very concrete example: the American feminist historian Blanche Cook is researching and writing in the last fifteen years a biography of Eleanor Roosevelt and is including in her biography her lesbian relationship. But Blanche Cook is attacked by some historians very viciously because many of them do not want this history to be known, they want to preserve the myth of the image of Eleanor Roosevelt without her lesbian relationship, they do not want lesbian love to be part of the public history of such an important woman.

For me what was important about the Bill Clinton award, in addition to the lesbian part, was a recognition on the presidential level of a global campaign that women's rights are human rights. This meant that we have succeeded to put women's rights on the human rights agenda!

 

 

6. When you think of your life as a lesbian , how would you summarize that feeling? If you have been born again and would have been able to choose your sexual orientation, would have you chosen again the experience of lesbian love?

Yes, yes I would choose again to be a lesbian. I feel that I chose it this time and I would choose it again. I would choose the experience of lesbian life but I would not choose the homophobia and discrimination that comes with it. I think sexuality is a wide space for more options then what the culture restricts for us.

In patriarchal system we have a situation that men are given a role to control women's sexuality in all its aspects. Lesbophobia can be seen as such – one aspect of men's control of women's sexual life. There are still people who are killed because of their lesbian, gay and trans identity and/or activism, and we know how many Pride Parades in Europe ended in violence in the last years.

As long as patriarchal and male domination defines heterosexual relationships as a compulsive relation of two people of unequal social powers, we have two major issues. One is that people end up in heterosexual relationships, not necessarily as their own choice. Second, lesbian relationships give women a better chance for equality in the relationship and more freedom because the society does not define and treat them us unequal. It certainly is the case in my life. It is important that we repeat that lesbian love is often a very positive choice for women who live under patriarchy. Lesbian desire is a human right.

Written by Sinisa Jovic, Slobodna Dalmacija, May 2010

Slobodna Dalmacija, interview, 15 may 2010

International Conference: Discrimination against lesbians in public and political life - personal conditioned by public?

On the occasion of 17th May, International Day Against Homophobia, "Dominoes" and Lesbian group „Kontra“ from Zagreb, in Split are organising from 15 May to 15 June month-long campaign to promote the rights of lesbians and persons with bisexual orientation.
On 20 May in "Dominoes" was held press conferences and international panel discussion in hotel "Park" on the topic "Discrimination against lesbians in public and political life - personal conditioned by public?".
On that occasion, a guest from the USA, Charlotte Bunch, he world-renowned activist for women's, human and sexual rights, stressed that the rights of lesbians are vital part of women's human rights, as well as the human right to body security, which means that because of sexual orientation, no one should be subjected to discrimination, especially physical violence.
Guest from Belgrade, Lepa Mladjenović, psychologist, feminist, peace activist and activist in the fight for the rights of lesbians and women's rights, said that patriarchy forbids lesbianism and stressed that there is the need for free sexual orientation and organization of homosexual persons.
Zagreb activist for the rights of LGBT and Q persons, Sanja Juras, coordinator of the Lesbian group „Kontra" pointed to the homophobia that is present in textbooks for primary schools in religion subject "With Christ into life", which is in contradiction with the Croatian and international laws.
Rada Boric, Centre for Women Studies, Zagreb, and Mirjana Kucer, "Dominoes", supported the guests and pointed out that women have the absolute right to their bodies and sexual freedom, and that it is the responsibility of all of us to prevent discrimination and express solidarity, understanding and support to all who have less power to exercise their basic human rights. Also, it is necessary to speak publicly about invisibility of lesbian and bisexual persons, as well as the double discrimination of women with homosexual or bisexual orientation.
In the Month of combating homophobia, "Dominoes" and "Kontra" are on the 29 May organizing a public campaign to share information and promotional materials against double discrimination and violence against LGBT people. Also, in the premises of the "Dominoes" from June there will be estabilished counseling for homosexuals in which they are offered legal and psychological support.


Vecernji list, "Women who love women; for the first time in Split discussion about lesbian discrimination Sanja and I are happy and proud lesbians in Serbia and Croatia ", 21 May 2010.


Slobodna Dalmacija, In Split openning of counseling for homosexual persons ", 20 May 2010.


057 info, Counseling for homosexuals 21 May 2010.
 

Research: Protecting the rights and support for victims and witnesses of family violence

In the frame of "Protection of Rights and supporting victims / witnesses of family violence", research conducted by the Croatian Office for Gender Equality of the Government of Croatia and "Women's Room", Zagreb, "Dominoes" are involved in collecting data for Split and Split- Dalmatian county.
The study includes witness / witnesses of violence: medical doctors, State Attorney, judges, centers for social welfare, civil society organizations working with women victims of violence and the women victims of violence.
Completing the questionnaire is completely anonymous and data collected in research findings will be used as guidelines in creating law and providing support to women and witnesses of domestic violence.
 

Workshop: Emotional Literacy

On 17 and 18 May workshop in Split, "Dominoes" team participated "Emotional Literacy" workshop led by Lepa Mladjenovic, "Autonomous Women's Center, Belgrade, a psychologist with extensive experience working with women victims of violence, feminisit, peace activist and a longtime activist in the struggle for women's rights.

As part of team building, this workshop uses the emotional development of emotional literacy through recognizing connection of thoughts, feelings and behavior to strengthen self-confidence and self-esteem and respect in all relationships. In addition to building consciousness and tolerance to uncomfortable feelings, it helps to develop skills of free expression and compassion towards self and others and contributes to a better understanding and acceptance of basic human rights as well as reduction of negative criticism and self-criticism in favor of constructive self-criticism, thus developing a value system that highly values self-responsibility and provides better and more open communication.
 

Sibenik: Workshop for the Commission for Gender Equality

In cooperation of the Commission for Gender Equality of Sibenik-Knin County, CESI, Zagreb and "Dominoes", on 28 and 19 May in Sibenik was organized a two-day educational workshop on the role of local committees for gender equality and the implementation of mainstream gender equality policies on the local level.
Themes of gender analysis, the role and needs of women and men in the local community in the premises of Sibenik-Knin County, were moderated by the Ani Gospocic, CESI, Zagreb, and Mirjana Kucer, Dominoes.
 

IFE-EFI: Beyond human boundries of acceptance again!

Regrading the attack by the Israeli authorities on international humanitarian aid convoy in Gaza international waters, "Dominoes" as members of the European feminist initiative IFE-EFI, join the appeal of European feminist initiative addressed to international leaders and entire international community:


IFE-EFI ife@efi-europa.org

 

GAZA, May 31st 2010

BEYOND HUMAN BOUNDARIES OF ACCEPTANCE AGAIN!

For almost three years the Israeli blockade of Gaza condemns the civilian population to live in a disastrous and inhuman situation. Today Gaza remains a jail for almost 1 500 000 people who have no access to basic needs.

Even if the governments are trying to make invisible the protests of the peace and feminist movements, the resistance of the civilians of the world is growing. A flotilla organized by Free Gaza Movement gathering hundreds of activists internationally including several members of European Parliament and carrying 10 000 tons of humanitarian aid and medical supplies aimed to reach Gaza. On the morning of 31st May, the aid convoy was attacked in international waters, 65 km off the Gaza coast by the Israeli forces. According to the last news, 9 activists were killed and more than 35 wounded.

European Feminist Initiative IFE-EFI questions anew the European Governments:

Will they continue to close their eyes for the violations of international and humanitarian law by the Israeli authorities? Close their eyes for the "collective punishment" imposed on the population of Gaza by this blockade? Will the process of upgrading relations of cooperation between the European Union and Israeli government go on normally, in spite of the constant Israeli violations of international law and after another massacre, this time of international civilians?

European Feminist Initiative IFE-EFI calls anew on all people of Europe:

To strengthen the solidarity with the Palestinian people and join the protests against this new act of piracy and barbarism of Israeli government and to demand the immediate end of the economic blockade of Gaza, the urgent implementation and respect of The UN Resolutions regarding the dismantling of the settlements and the withdrawal of Israel from the Palestinian occupied territories including East Jerusalem.

European Feminist Initiative IFE-EFI calls anew on all international leaders and the whole international community:

To immediately take actions to end the ongoing violations of human rights and the threat to international peace by Israeli authorities. To strongly demand that the Israeli police release the arrested civilians and ensure their safety. To put to International Criminal Court all responsible for this new crime.

European Coordination,

European Feminist Initiative IFE-EFI

Paris, 31/05 2010

IFE-EFI, Gaza Statement fr.

IFE.EFI, Gaza Statement eng.

Coalition for RECOM: Not to forget, not to manipulate, not to be repeated ...

As a member of the Coalition for RECOM, on 1 June in Zagreb, „Dominoes“ participated at the presentation of a media campaign "Why RECOM", consultations and discussions about the draft of Statute for RECOM.
Promotion of media campaigns by RECOM initiative on 1 June is running simultaneously in six cities in post-Yugoslav countries: Sarajevo and Banja Luka (BiH), Belgrade (Serbia), Podgorica (Montenegro), Pristina (Kosovo) and Zagreb (Croatia). The six video spots, "Why RECOM?" will be broadcasted by public TV stations in the region. Allso web site www.zarekom.org of promotional character is published to provide collecting of signatures to join the Coalition for RECOM that contains a link to a website www.korekom.org containing all documents and materials in connection with the work so far and the process of RECOM.
In the presence of Coalition members, participants of a media campaign and representatives of embassies in Croatia, a speech was given by Vesna Terselic, a member of the Coalition Coordination and by victims, Mirko Kovacic and Marica Seatovic, as well as Sara Lalic on behalf of young members of the Coalition.
The event was followed by HRT TV, Nova TV and RTL and daily newspaper "Jutarnji list", "Večernji list", "Novi list" i weekly magazine "Novost.
Media campaign entitled "FACTS ABOUT ALL WAR VICTIMS 1991-2001 on the territory of the former SFRJ“ will be simulatnously implemented in all countries of the region. HRT will provide free video broadcast, "Novi list "and the weekly magazine "News" will publish ads during June in Saturday's editions free of charge, "Jutarnji list" will during June publish and dispatch free inserter, Nova TV provided great discounts for release of videos. Negotiations with local radio and TV stations are currently under procedure.


RECOM video spot
 

Split: Presentation of the National Foundation for Civil Society Development

As a beneficiary of funds from the National Foundation for Civil Society Development, on 11 June in „Marko Marulic“ library in Split, "Dominoes" attended regional presentation of the National Foundation for Civil Society Development about the Calendar of dates for call for proposals and cooperation in 2010.
The aim of the regional public presentation is to inform civil society organizations calls for proposals and conditions as well as procedures, criteria, requirements and priorities of each year's public competition and call for cooperation.
According to the director of National Foundation, Mrs. Cvjetana Plavsa-Matic and program coordinator for grants and regional development, Marija Boltek, public presentation of contests and call for proposals is an opportunity to offer accurate introduction into this year 's programs and related system of granting financial support by National Foundation and directly communicate with representatives of the National Foundation in order to facilitate planning and preparation of application forms and calls for expressions of interest.
Detailed Plan of dates for call for proposals will be available on the website of the National Foundation www. zaklada.civilnodrustvo.hr from Tuesday, 15 June.
 

Working women - independent women: Educational workshops

Within the project " Working women - independent woman" which is financially supported by Department of Social Welfare of the City of Split in the area of improving the quality of family life and women victims of violence in year 2010, on 16 and 17 June at its premises „Dominoes“ held two half-day educational workshops on "Self-esteem", "Communication skills", "Application for Employment , CV and Job Interview“.
In cooperation with the Split NGOs working with women victims of violence, agencies and Employment Service (CES), employers and professional associates, through educational workshops, individual counseling and support groups for the beneficiaries, the project aims to raise the knowledge and skills of women victims of violence in job search and support individual problems in solving unemployment, while emotionally and mentally empowering women to leave the situation where they are suffering from violence, as well as providing education about the rights and obligations of competent authorities in their care.
During June and July , "Dominoes" continue with project implementation through support groups and individual counseling.
 

Painting intensive workshop: Self-portrait from the of being color

On 19 and 20 June in „Dominoes“ was held a weekend intensive painting workshop entitled "Self-portrait from the being a color".
Based on Goethe's Colour Theory and elements of painting therapy according to guidelines given by of Rudolf Steiner, this painting workshop is continuously running at „Dominoes“ in a weekly rhythm for three years now,. This painting intensive weekend workshop is one of two regular annual intensive workshops in the cycle lead by Nina Simunovic .
Due to expressed interest of new participants, formation of new group, that should start in September, is in the process. All participants interested are kindly asked to contact at mob. 091 5060709 for further information.

Self-portrait from the being of colour - video clip

Painting workshop „Out of the being of colour“ ... read more
 

„Dominoes“ Annual Assembly

At their Annual Assembly, in the end of April, "Dominoes" have adopted changes in management structure and elected a new leadership of the association. By majority vote, new administrative coordinator is now Vesna Matijas Rakonjac and new members of the Board are Valeria Barada and Ana Vranjes. The newly elected responsible person authorized to represent the association is Vesna Matijas Rakonjac
„Dominoes“ .also adopted a regular annual report for 2009 and revision report by authorized revisor Ivanka Klaric, which, along with 15 from a total of 17 regular „Domioes“ members, also attended the Assembly.

Annual Report for 2009

IFE EFI: European Feminist Initiative for a different Europe

In Utamara Center in Ohlenberg, Germany, on 05 and 06 June European Feminist Initiative IFE-EFI.organised its Annual Assembly Meeting. "Dominoes," as members and representatives of the IFE-EFI in Croatia, on this occasion forwared to the Assembly a report on the status and activities in Croatia in the field of women's human rights, labor market, public policies, democracy and peace initiatives as wll as  participation in international conferences and collaboration with international organizations and feminist networks.
"Dominoes", as representatives of IFE-EFI in Croatia, will continue with cooperation, support and correspondence between European feminist networks and Croatian women's organizations.

Dominoes, report EFI IFE
 

Brussels: Report on the women and LGBT human rights in Croatia

Representatives of Croatian associations and civil society organisations on 24 June submitted Progress Report for 2009 to the European Commission in Brussels in the field of human rights in Croatia. Mirjana Kucer, Dominoes, as representative of the Croatian Women's Network, presented the situation in the field of women's human rights; Sanja Juras, Kontra, Zagreb, reported on the situation of human rights of LGBT oriented people, while other representatives spoke about rights of persons with disabilities and ethnic minorities in Croatia.
On this occasion, their reports also submitted representatives of Turkey, Iceland and Makeodonia, which are also at the process of pre-accession negotiations for membership in the European Union.
For their presentation in Brussels, Croatian representatives were financially support by Swedish women's organization „Kvinna till Kvinna“.
 

„Dominoes“ Strategic Planning

In the end of July, Dominoes conducted strategic planning for the next three year period (2011-2013) in which emphasis is placed on further development of media projects, particularly multi-media research project "Women of Split and Dalmatia“, educational work with young people and women and developing research projects related to public policies, gender equality and women's position in the community. Special emphasis is placed on the importance of finding more efficient model of self-financing as well as continuation of international collaboration and networking
Changes are also planned in management structure, under which the work of the „Dominoes“ Executive Committee, instead of the Management Board, will be supervised by the management body composed of „Dominoes“ non-member associates and supporters.
This strategic plan represents a continuation of work and further development of „Dominoes“ activities in accordance with Statut defined goals and guidelines of the previous strategic plan adopted in 2008.
 

Documentary film "Women of Split in the past and today"

Croatian Government's Office for Gender Equality approved financial support to „Dominoes“ project  for recording a 10-minutes segment of the documentary film "Women of Split in the past and today“", which will be realized until end of 2010.

This documentary, which in its entirety should take 60 minutes, is based on a few years-long „Dominoes“ research about the history of women of Split and Dalmatia". It aims to affirm a number of great women of Split, as well as to inform, raise awareness and sensitize the general public about their role and contribution to the history of City of Split and, as well, compare women from the past  with the position and roles of women of Split today. Lookng back, the history testifies in favor of changing roles and women's activities and rights and, in accordance with National policies to promote gender equality (2006-2010), promotes the theme of gender equality and the need to achieve a more balanced position of women and men in order to benefit society and community as a whole.

This 10-minutes film segment is dealing with the feminist movement in Split between two World Wars (1st and 2nd), and will be premiered at the Cinematheque "Golden Gate" at the end of the year. Completion of the entire 60 min of this documentary film depends entirely on prodiving further financial support (a total of about 250,000 kn). Department for Culture of the City of Split. also supported this project with symbolic amount of 10,000 kn for this year.
 

Partner project „Art Inclusive“

"Dominoes" is the partner organization on the project "Art inclusive" for which the Macedonian oragnisation "Volunteers Centre Skopje“ is granted financial support by the European Commission (EACEA) within the "Youth in Action" program.
The project, which includes the principles of experimental and non-formal learning and creative thinking in order to improve the social impact of art in youth employment, from 16-24 October on the Lake Ohrid in Macedonia, will bring together 30 representatives from a number of European countries with above-average rate of youth unemployment (Spain, Latvia, Slovakia, Poland, Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, Kosovo, Albania and Croatia).
"Dominoes" and Croatia will be presented in Macedonia by two participants.

"Art Inclusive" program
 

Educational workshops with young people: Loves me, loves me not ...

Within the project "Loves me, loves me not ...", from September „Dominoes“ continue with the cycles of educational workshops to prevent and combat violence among young people with 3rd grade students in two Highschools schools in Split, on the topic of gender equality, human rights and prevention of violence.

For this educational program, which is a continuation of a few previous similar projects and cooperation with young people in Secondary schools in Split, financial support was approved by the City of Split.
 

Coalition for RECOM: Local Consultations in Knin

"Dominoes", as a member of the Coalition for RECOM, participated at Local RECOM Consultations on the draft Statute of the Regional Commission for the establishment and the public presentation of the facts about war crimes and other serious violations of human rights in former Yugoslavia in the 1991-2001 period, which were organised in Knin on 02 September,
These Consultations were attended by 30 representatives of organizations for protection of human rights, associations of victims and families of victims injured or missing, youth organizations, women's groups, professional associations and religious communities from the town of Knin, Sibenik-Knin County and Zagreb and Belgrade.
In a brief review, representatives of the REKOM Initiative, Vesna Terselic and Eugen Jakovcic, Documenta, Zagreb, particularly stressed the support to the establishment of the Regional Commission given by Croatian President Ivo Josipovic and Serbian President Boris Tadic.

Press release from the Office of Croatian President
Statement from the Office of the President of the Republic of Serbia

In its further activities, RECOM announced VII Regional Forum of transitional justice that will be held from 15 to 17 October in Zagreb, which will be attended by Croatian President Ivo Josipovic.

Consultation RECOM Invitation Letter
RECOM Consultation Agenda
Draft of the RECOM Statute
VII Regional Forum on Transitional Justice
Why RECOM
RECOM Initiative does not define the relationship of the aggressor and the victim: In wars in former Yugoslavia 16 252 people missing, Slobodna Dalmacija 30 August 2010
 

Seminar in Greece: Women, Youth and Climate Changes

"Dominoes", as partner organization, participated in the project "Climate Changes and European Youth in Action", which from 28 August - 05 September in Athens and the island of Kythnos, Greece, brought together 22 representatives of partner organizations from 10 European countries (Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Poland, Albania, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Scotland, Croatia).
Activities within this 7day seminar were mainly educational (TOT). "Dominoes" presented Croatia with special emphasis on the status of women and youth in society, their role and contribution to sustainable development, and how climate changes affect these social groups and generational trends.
Leader organisation of this project is Inare, Institute of sustainable development and natural resource management, Athens Financial support for the project was provided by the European Commission within the Youth in Action (YiA) Programme.
 

CSO Forum of SD County: Election Assembly

On 10 September in the Info zone premises in Split, Election Assembly of Civil Society Organisations Forum of Split-Dalmatia County, was attended by 14 representatives of the Forum member organisations. On this occasion new members of the Council and the Supervisory Board of the Forum were elected as follows:
Forum Council: Paula Podrug, Sunce; Goran Bilicic, Most; Marina Elez, Mirta; Marina Bogdanovic, Association of dialysis and transplantation; Mirjana Kucer, Dominoes; Ivan Medic, Info Zone; Nives Ivelja, Mi
Forum Supervisory Board: Zeljana Buntić Pejakovic, Cenzura; Snjezanka Jadrijevic, Srma, Sinj; Slavko Peljic, Multiple Sclerosis Society, Split
At this Assembly, two new associations (My child, association of parents of children with developmental disabilities, Solin, and Life, association for environmental protection and improvement of life, Sveti Kajo, Solin) joined Forum's 42 current members.
Civil Society Organisations Forum of Split-Dalmatia County was estabilished in 2006 for the purpose of networking and mutual cooperation between CSOs, creating conditions for strengthening the overall position of NGOs and building broad community support for ideas that will be presented, as well as negotiating and lobbying in the bodies of local authorities to find a better solution for improving inter-sectoral cooperation at local level (Forum Statute ). Due to the role that Forum can play in the development and cooperation of civil society organizations, other NGOs were invited to join the Forum and its bodies.
 

Stop violence against women!

On the occasion of 22 September, National Day Against Violence Against Women, "Vrgorac Gazette“ and Radio Biokovo organized on 17 September in Vrgorac public panel "Wake up! Stop violence against women ".
This debate was held in the light of the recent tragedy in Glina and the rapid rise  of number of women killed by their family member, that in Croatia this year grew to as many as 20 women. Representatives of associations of women, sheltter for women, police, social services and justice deparment in this way once again highlighted the false security of our society trying to contribute to awareness and sensitizing the population on gender,equality, status, rights, discrimination and vulnerability of women in society, particularly in smaller communities.
"Violence against women is not "women's problem", but problem of society as a whole and all relevant institutions," said Mirjana Kucer, Dominoes, in a statement for Radio Bikovo.
 

Slobodna Dalmacija: "Help women victims of violence to find a job"

Slobodna Dalmacija, Help women victims of violence to find a job,  21 September 2010

On the occasion of 22 September, National Day Against Violence Against Women, an article on the activities in the framework of two current „Dominoes“ projects, published in „Slobodna Dalmacija“
 

Media campaign: "They call them different names. You Call 060 9004."

"Dominoes" is joining the national campaign of the Autonomous Women's House (AWH) Zagreb and Avon entittled "They call them different names. You Call 060 9004.“.

Main activity of AWH Zagreb is to provide a safe and secret shelter for women victims of partner violence. After 20 years, due to reduced funding, AWH is threatened with closure, so the goal of the campaign is to raise funds for sustainability of shelter for women and also raise awareness of the problem of violence against women and contribute to the mission of empowerment of women.

www.azkz.net
Promotional video clip
 

Split: The initiative for one more shelter for women

At its 2nd regular meeting held on 17 September, the City of Split Commission for Gender Equality adopted an annual working program for the Commission.
The program includes the education of members of the Commission, cooperation with NGOs, launching of Commission's website within the website of the City of Split, and support to the initiative of the president of the County Commission for Gender Equality, Ivanka Luetić Boban, to open another shelter for women victims of domestic violence, as well as introduction of the award "Split Woman of the year".
Meeting was led by the President of the Commission for Gender Equality of the City of Split, Lidija Bekavac, and was attended by 9 out of 11 members / members of the Commission, including Mirjana Kucera, Domine, with guests Ivanka Luetic Boban, president of the SD County Commission for Gender Equality and her deputy Vesna Alac.
 

Seminar in Alexandria: No equality without equity and justice

At the invitation of the Swedish Foreign Service of the Swedish Institute in Alexandria and the Swedish women's organization „Kvinna till Kvinna", "Dominoes" participated in seminar ”Women in Politics: Are women’s rights possible to debate in the political sphere?” that from 20-22 April gathered in Alexandria feminists, MPs and politicians from national governments and civil society activists from 10 countries of the Middle East, EU and Balkans.
This year's seminar is actually a continuation of work on the guidelines and recommendations of previous seminar in Alexandria, 14-15 December 2008, "Women in Politics: A Space for Social Changes" with an aim of countinuation of making room for further discussion about opportunities and barriers for women in politics through exchange of experience and knowledge on regional and international level, as well as the elaboration of possible strategies for encouraging these debates in public and political space from the perspective of politicians and representatives of civil society, strengthening cooperation between politicians at the local, national and international level in order to create unity in achieving significant change. Also, this seminar should identify practical steps for the successful implementation in further action.
Croatia was represented in Alexandria by Mirela Holy, MP and member of Committee for Gender Equality, Government of rhe Republic of Crotia and Mirjana Kucer, "Dominoes".

Sweedesh Institute in Alexandria

Coalition for RECOM: Seventh Regional Forum on Transitional Justice and RECOM Annual Assembly

VII Regional Forum on Transitional Justice was organised on 16 - 17 October in Zagreb, by Documenta - Centre for Dealing with the past, Zagreb, on behalf of the Coalition for RECOM.
Establishment of Regional Commission during the Forum was supported by the Croatian president, Dr. Ivo Josipovic, who said that without the voices of the victims no reconciliation in the region is possible and stressed that the future operations of the Regional Commission for establishing the facts about war crimes and other serious violations of human rights in the former Yugoslavia ( RECOM) must be based on its independence, voluntary and compulsory statements of victims, and that this initiative represents a significant share in the efforts to heal things that are done wrongs and that victims receive satisfaction. The initiative, along with Croatian Vice Prime Minister, Slobodan Uzelac, was also supported by the Slovenian representative in the European Parliament, Tanja Fajon. Political support for the initiative earlier was expressed by the President of the Republic of Serbia, Boris Tadic, Montenegro Parliament, the European Commission and European Parliament. Forum was attended by representatives of the Croatian Parliament and the Parliament of Montenegro, as well as former Croatian president, Stjepan Mesic.
On the first day of the Zagreb forum on war crimes in Vukovar, Osijek, Varivode, Medak and Gospic witnessed some of the victims and witnesses of war crimes - Marija Lovric, Ivan Psenica, Ivan Beric, Ljiljana Alvir, Dragan Pjevac and Vesna Levar.
Director of Documenta, Vesna Terselic, said the region has no future if they are no cleared facts of the wars in the nineties. "Facts about all crimes are our way toward the future, without fear that they will be repeated", emphasized Terselic, and that in the region is still more than 15,000 people missing, and in war is killed more than 120,000 people . The joint assessment is more than 200 participants to the Forum is our common responsibility to establish the facts about all the victims of wars, with the assessment that it has more political will to form RECOM then in moments of starting the initiative in 2007. Our duty and our solidarity with the victims and future generations is the garantie that the crimes would not be repeated.
During the second day of the Forum, participants were presented with reports of the about working groups which discussed the draft Statute of the future Commission, as well as advocacy of the Initiative.
The campaign to collect one million signatures supporting the Initiative for RECOM will be one of the important activities of the Coalition in 2011 with the aim to strengthen the moment in which the initiative will be presented to the parliaments of the successor states of former Yugoslavia.
Consultation process RECOM Initiative continues in the coming months. Eighth Regional Forum on Transitional Justice will be held in Sarajevo in February 2011.
Prior to the Forum, on 15 October was held the third Assembly of the Coalition for REKOM, which was attended by about 100 representatives of member organizations from all countries in the region. At the Assembly were elected new members of the Coordination Council and adopted the proposals and amendments to the Statute RECOM and financial report for 2009 were adopted.
As a member of the Coalition for REKOM, "Dominoes" were at the Assembly and Forum represented Mirjana Kucer and Nina Simunovic.

VII Regional Forum for Transitional Justice, 16 -17. October 2010. invitation letter

VII Regional Forum for Transitional Justice, 16 -17. October 2010. program

III Assembly of the Coalition for RECOM 15th October 2010. invitation letter

III Assembly of the Coalition for RECOM 15th October 2010. agenda

Statute of the Coalition for RECOM

www.zarekom.org

Cycle of workshops "Goddesses or slaves?!"

On Thursday, 21 October at 17:00, in "Dominoes," Bosanska 4, Split, was held the first introductory workshop in the cycle of 9 workshops "Goddesses or slaves?!". In order to raise awareness of feminine aspects, gain insight into the positive/negative patterns of behavior and adopt of integrative methods of behavior, this cycle is based on interactive methods of psychodrama and meditation.
Workshop will be held every Thursday from17:00 to 20:30. Workshop leader is Goranka Skoprc.

Introductory Workshop, "Goddesses or slaves - a choice or a fate?!" pdf

IFE EFI: A Shameful Council of Europe Resolution against the sexual and reproductive rights of women in Europe

As a member and Croatian representative of the European Feminist Initiative (IFE-EFI), "Dominoes" invites all feminist and democratic forces to protest against anti-democratic Resolution 1763 (2010) by Council of Europe, which represents an attack on sexual and reproductive rights of women in Europe.
European Feminist Initiative IFE-EFI strongly condemns this serious attacks against the sexual and reproductive rights of women, which women painstakingly achieved fighting for decades. We bring a IFE EFI letter of protest which shows how the dispute Resolution proves that the Council of Europe does not approach women's rights as human rights!

A Shameful COUNCIL OF EUROPE RESOLUTION AGAINST
The Sexual and Reproductive RIGHTS OF WOMEN IN EUROPE eng

 

"La Loba" as "desert flower"

From September, at "Dominoes" are regularly in the weekly rhythm running painting art therapy workshops. During October was workshop attenders interpreted the first of 14 stories from the series "Women who run with Wolves" by Clarissa Pinkola Estes.
Thus the ancient story of "La Loba" found its analogy in the form of "desert flower" and the process, which on the level of the soul, unites our search for the feminine source and primal force neccesary to survive in difficult conditions and become free and creative in changing ourselves and the world around us through overcoming basic animal instints and becoming integrated, healthy and productive human being.
"A flower in the desert," which defies the ruthless conditions of existence, testifies about strength of the soul, not only to survive, but also to grow and blossom magnificently in "soul-spiritual desert" of our civilization, growing above our usual rhythms, routines  and "values" of our times that consume and destroy us on a daily basis on all levels of our existance.
Once found, the seeds, just like the bones, represent the potential for growth and transformation from inside out as a courageous, creative and conscious liberation of the "feminine“ in the outer ruthless „musculine“ world.

"Dominoes" blog, Nina ... desert flower
 

Support to journalists and reporters of "Glas Istre"

"Dominoes" join o the support tjournalists and reporters of "Glas Istre" (daily newspaper „Voice of Istria“), who gathered around their trade union organization in fighting for their workers' rights and jobs, journalistic freedom and professional standards. „Dominoes“ forwarded support letter to redakcija@glasistre.hr.
Unfortunately, the situation of employees in "Glas Istre" is just another example of increasingly frequent instances of financial manipulation by the governing structures through violations of workers' rights. The new owner, retailer "Puljanka", and its representative, one of the owners and member of the Board, the Istrian tycoon Albert Faggian, actually took over the company takeover and got for one dollar. As well he proved not to obey the laws about workers rights. From 1 March 2010, salaris was reduced up to 40 percent, a unilateral decision overturned a collective bargaining agreement and gave workers new contracts, which are also not adhered to the actual laws. One hundred workers of "Glas Istre" filed a lawsuit, and the first verdict of the Municipal Court in Pula for the first group of workers has undoubtedly established the illegality of the conduct of the employer. Nevertheless, the employer continues to violate the law, paying wages as it pleases his own interests, reduces them without any criteria and explanations, while his decisions from month to month degrade the professional status of employees.
More details about the reasons for strike you can see www.hnd.hr, and you can also forward your support letter at redakcija@glasistre.hr.
 

Social politic is buying social peace?!

In the framework of the project „Employed woman - independent woman ", supported by the Administrative Department of Social Welfare of the City of Split in improving the quality of life for families and women victims of violence in 2010. year, "Dominoes" on 04 November organized a panel discussion "Working women - independent women" in order to find effective ways to promote employment of women victims of violence, as double discriminated category of unemployed women.
On this occasion, participants of the panel discussion (Vedrana Zdero and Marina Elez, association "Mirta"; Dordana Barbaric and Fabjan Jelaska, NGO "Most"; Vesna Podlipecand Dragana Jerkov, association "Circle"; Margi Lacić, CES; Gordana Vrdoljak, Department of Health and Welfare, City of Split; Sandra Mitrovic - Niksic, Women's Forum of the SDP, Omis), forwarded the following Public Statement:

Panel discussion
"Working women - independent women"

PUBLIC STATEMENT
"Economic independence is a prerequisite for women's independence and the foundation of healthy social, economic and political life in the community. The problem of women as a special category of unemployed, has been recognized for many years in official statistics.
Unfortunately, the percentage of 59% unemployed women in the structure is still higher by the respective proportions in comparison to men and increasing, according to the most recent data by CES. At the end of the last year and early this year for the first time the tendency of growth slightly stopped. However, it is still 2.2% more than in August 2010 and 3.5% in comparison compared to September 2009. The reason for more women in the structure of unemployment is a growing crisis and layoffs. According to CES data 78.4 % of the total of 3679 persons newly reported to the Department, has work experience.
Women are definitely less employable than men, although they are easier to accept and find a job. The situation is alarmant and the number of women on the verge of poverty is increasing.
Furthermore, out of work and the basic existential sources of income hits not only single men or women, but also the entire families. This creates a new social category of poor people, homeless on various grounds, women victims of violence, unemployed women older than 45 years, young women with no work experience who are long-term unemployed, etc. The society has no efficiant answer and a general impression that it is not able to find it, due to the fact that there is no effective social policy (employment policy), which does not recognize social capital.
The legal frameworks, incentives, incentive funds, the potential and capacity exist, but they are scattered like loose puzzle pieces and have only limited effect.
It seems as if the social policy and its mechanisms have become the means to buy social peace. Social awareness, social responsibility, community sensibility and solidarity, networking and social partnerships of institutions, associations, official policy, local community, social entrepreneurship ... All this sometimes sounds like mere phraseology or unattainable ideals.
How much more should the situation deteriorate in order to truly embrace and organize all elements of this puzzle into an effective mechanism, necessary for healing and transformation of Croatian society? "

Split, 04 November 2010
 

International Conference: Women in politics - a strategy for achieving gender equality

In order to stimulate discussion on participatory democracy, improving and encouraging the participation of women in positions of decision-making, especially in politics in the context of upcoming elections, CESI, Center for Education Research and Consulting, on the 05 November organized in Zagreb international conference "Women in Politics: Strategies for achieving gender equality".
The conference was opened by French Ambassador in Croatia, Jerome Pasquier, Senator and Chairperson of the Delegation for Women's Rights in the French Senate, Michèle André, and Croatian President Adviser for Social Services, Zrinka Vrabec Mojzes and Sanja Cesar, CESI.
The conference was attended by over 100 participants, female representatives of national and local politics and civil society organizations, activists, officials and politicians from Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and France.
According to Ani Gospocic, CESI, this conference particularly underlined the need for bringing the policy down the local level, with clearly defined measures to ensure budgetary funds, while the main conclusion of the conference was organizing joint campaigns in the upcoming parliamentary elections. There was a high degree of satisfaction of all the participants and the organizers. The conference was realized with the full support of the Embassy of France, as well as guests from France, who generously shared their experience in their work on civil and political scene. The organizers are especially grateful to Mrs. Michèle André, Senator, President of the delegation for women's rights and equal opportunities between men and women and the group leader French-Croatian friendship in the Senate. Interview with Mrs. André you can read on http://www.libela.org/libelin-interview/1695-svaki-dan-mi-na-pamet-padne-jedna-feministicka-ideja/.
This conference represents a continuation of the previous partnership project by CESI, "Dominoes", "B.a.b.e.", CGI, and "Delfin". "Dominoes" was in Zagren on this occasion represented by Mirjana Kucer.

Conference Program
 

Women on the Labour Market: Problem or opportunity

On 16 November „Dominoes“ attended the presentation and signing ceremony of the contract for the grant from the EU pre-accession funds "Women in the labor market", IPA component IV Human Resources Development , which was attended by Ankica Paun Jarallah, CES, Croatian contractor for EU (CES DFC), Jadranka Kosor, president of the Croaian Government, Djuro Popijac, Minister of Economy, Labour and Entrepreneurship, and Ambassador Paul Vandoren, Head of EU delegation in Croatia.

Dnevnik.hr, Nova TV

Government HR / news

Speaking points of HE Mr. Paul Vandoren, at the presentation of the IPA Project "Women on the Labour Market", 16/11/2010 at 10:00 hrs

This one-year „Dominoes“ project titled "Women in the Labor Market: Problem or opportunity“, is the only project from Split-Dalmatia County of totally 18 projects granted in this call for proposals to 5 NGOs (Women's group Karlovac "KORAK“; Association for Peace and Human Rights „Baranja“; association "DESA" Dubrovnik and CESI, Zagreb), institutions, development agencies and regional and local governmental bodies (cities and counties) in Croatia, at amounts between € 100,000 to 150,000 €.

The main objective of the program "Women in the labor market“ is increasing of employability of women and helping them to enter labor market through the efficient implementation of active employment policy and specifically designed methods for women as disadvantaged category on the labor market, respecting the principle of gender mainstreaming.

Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance) is a new EU instrument for the 2007-2013 period, which replaces the previous CARDS, PHARE, ISPA and SAPARD, with the aim of helping candidates and potential candidates countries in the pre-accession period and implementing EU standards, as well as prepearing for Structural Funds.

IPA component IV supports the priorities and measures aimed at stimulating employment, education, training and social inclusion, defined by the Operational Programme "Human Resources".

IPA IV - Grant Program "Women on the Labour Market"

In collaboration with project partners CES Split and CEA Split, "Dominoes will implement this project during the next year in Split-Dalmatia County through a series of activities (training, acquisition of new knowledge and skills, research , radio shows, online support, etc.).

EU Delegation in Croatia

Croatian Employment Service, Department for Finance and Contracting of the European Union (CES DFC)

 

Implemention workshops IPA IV CES grant scheme

Grants program from the EU pre-accession funds "Women in the labor market“, part IV of the IPA Programme "Human Resources", "Dominoes" attended implementation workshop for the beneficiaries of IPA IV CES grant scheme, held in Zagreb on 19 November at the premises of the Department of Finance and Contracting of the EU, the Croatian Employment Service (CES DFC), which is responsible for contracting and financing of EU programs in Croatia.
The workshop was attended by over 50 representatives of civil society organizations, institutions, development agencies and regional and local governmental bodies, comprising 18 proposals that received financial support within this Call for proposals. By the workshop leader, and independent consultant Ana Fresl, participants were informed about basic guidelines and instructions for implementation of projects.


IPA IV - Human Resources Development Program of the European Union in Croatia, grant scheme "Women in the labor market"

Implementation workshops IPA IV CES grant scheme, program

No excuse for violence!

"There is never any excuse for violence! Discard all patriarchal and traditional myths and excuses about the justification of violence, such as lack of money, love, guilt, sacrifice, various addictions ...", this is one of the key messages of the panel discussion on the occasion of 25th November the International Day Against Violence Against Women organized by the Gender Equality Commission of the City of Split.

This year's "black" statistics about 16 women and 2 girls killed in Croatia, was presented by Antonio Saric, Inspector for domestic violence PU Split-Dalmatia County, along with statistics of 700 reported cases of domestic violence in SD county in 2010, of which 375 cases are of violence against women, 180 cases of violence against wives.

A representative from the Family Center, Maja Jelinovic, stressed the need of sanctionating and isolating the perpetrators of violence, particularly against women and children, and efficient implementation of measures such as psycho-social treatment, the treatment of addiction, restriction of approach.

From the experiences of NGOs dealing with women victims of violence, the representative of "Dominoes," Nina Simunovic, emphasized the need for efficient cooperation of all relevant stakeholders in domestic violence cases, institutions and non-governmental organizations, as precisely defined in the legislative framework and strategies. Along with measures prescribed for perpetrators of violence, it is necessary simultaneously support victims of violence through economic and psychological empowerment, legal counseling, education, informing and working to prevent violence, the continuous sensitization and awareness raising in the community about this problem and the need for overcoming the rejection of traditional hard and patriarchal beliefs about the role, status and rights of women, because in cases of violence are, especially in smaller communities, still very present such as stigmatization of women and support women and children victims of domestic violence. instead to break and leave the cycle of violence. No less important is our work with young people in order to raise awareness of youth on gender equality and prevention of violence.

Due to the existing opportunities in the labor market, Aida Batarelo indicated the increasing presence of violence in the workplace, mobbing, whose victims in this case are mostly women.

Moderator of the panel discussion, Lidija Bekavac, president of the Commission, informed the participants about the conclusions of the recently held meeting of the Commission for Gender Equality: establishing a link of the Commission for Gender Equality on the website of the City of Split, the initiative to open another women's shelter in Split and SD County, and the establishment of Foundation and the annual "The Best Woman of Split" and "The Best Woman of SD County“.

President of the County Commission for Gender Equality, Ivanka Luetic Boban, announced a media campaign on TV Dalmatia and Radio Split in the form of weekly programs on gender equality within the "County panorama“ and video clip „I think“ - Hajduk and Torcida against violence against women.

http://www.slobodnadalmacija.hr/Mozaik/tabid/80/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/121793/Default.aspx
 

Research: Protecting rights and support for victims and witnesses of domestic violence

On the occasion of International Day Against Violence Against Women in Zagreb on 23 November was published and presented the survey "Protecting the rights and supporting victims / witnesses of family violence," which in the first half of 2010 was conducted by the Office for Gender Equality, Republic of Croatia and Women's Room, Zagreb.

In gathering data for the Split-Dalmatia County, "Dominoes" and "Mirta" participated as non-govermental organisations. Research was anonymous and witnesses of violence involved were medical doctors, attornies, judges, social welfare centers and civil society organizations that work with women victims of violence.

Research was aimnig to establish the existing level of protection of the rights of victims / witnesses of family violence and the real need to provide support and assistance to victims / witnesses of domestic violence in Croatia, and determining guidelines for possible improvement of the protection of victims and providing assistance and support to victims and witnesses of violence in the family.


Research Summary

Civil society organizations that provide specialized services for women victims of violence as key actors in the process of democratization of society, pdf
 

Beirut: The International Conference "The structure of patriarchal violence against women: en-gendering peace and human security"

Lebanese organization Najdeh, AISHA, Arab Women's Forum and the European Feminist Initiative, IFE EFI, are organizers of the international conference "The structures of patriarchal violence against women: en-gendering peace and human security“. On 23 and 24 November in Beirut, Lebanon, the Conference brought together over 70 representatives of the Euro-Mediterranean region and the Caucasus.

The conference was opened by a representative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Ziad Baroud, and presentations were given by the individual activists, feminists, human rights experts and media representatives in the field of violence against women in the Euro-Mediterranean zone. The conference panel discussions and working groups analyzed and exchanged views and expertise opinions on women's positions in society, and discussed possibilities of strengthening women's rights in the Euro-Med region within the Istanbul Action Plan.

In its conclusions, the Beirut conference is demanding greater presence of women in politics and processes of building peace and preventing conflicts, as well as respecting of existing laws, and creation of new legal conditions to protect women from violence in war and peace in countries where such protection is not provided by law. Conclusions of the conference will be submitted to national governments and the United Nations.

As the only representative of Croatia, Mirjana Kucer, Dominoes, in Beirutu gave a presentation entitled "Women and daily security - changing reality".

Conference in Beirut was the first event organized by the United Network of countries in the region, IFE EFI and AISHA, which at their meeting at the end of the Conference, considered further joint initiatives and activities in future.
 

International Conference "The structure of patriarchal violence against women: en-gendering peace and human security", invitation letter
 

Presentation "Women and daily security - changing reality"
 

Video clip "Women in War and Peace: Sisterhood in the neighborhood"

Completed cycle of workshops with young people "Love me, love me not ..."

In the end of November was completed a cycle of „Dominoes“ workshops to prevent violence and violent behavior among youth with students of two third grades at Economic secondary school in Split on the topic of gender equality, human rights and violence prevention, which is within the project "Love me, love me not.." financially supported by the City of Split, Department of Social Welfare Split in improving the quality of life for families and women victims of violence in 2010.

The cycle of five modules on the topics of "Types of violence", "Qualitative relationships", "Gender and Sex", "Human Rights", "A review and evaluation", included a total of 10 workshops attended by over 50 high school students. According to statistics and questionnaires, more than 50% of them actively participated in the work.

Project Manager, Ivana Bakic, is pleased with cooperation of students and expressed interest for further work and other topics, such as sexual rights, sexual diseases and similar topics that could be implemented in future projects to prevent violence, as a continuity of multi-year programe that „Dominoes“ adopted in working with young people.
 

"Beyond the boundary of fear"

"Beyond the boundary of fear" is the name of the program for which "Dominoes" got financial support at the amount of 30,000 kuna from Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Republic of Croatia.
In order to provide effective support to victims of domestic violence, in the frame of which is primary support, education and raising awareness of victims of violence and the community as a whole, "Dominoes" will in December implement a number of different activities such as educational workshops, team building for "Dominoes" team in the field of support to the beneficiaries, panel discussion on the occasion of the 10 December, International Human Rights Day, and the street action as a contribution to the international campaign "16 days of activism against violence against women".
 

Campaign "I think" - Hajduk and Torcida against violence against women

Since 25 November, the first day of the international campaign "16 days of activism against violence against women" tarted broadcasting of video clip "I think" in which football players of Hajduk, Split and their fan club Torcida gave their support in the fight against violence against women. Their appeals will be broadcasted on Radio Split and TV Dalmatia during the campaign, until 10 December.

Ideological founder of this initiative is Ivanka Luetic Boban, President of the Commission for Gender Equality of Split-Dalmatia County, who is for years pointing out  the problem of violence against women. According to her statement, after Hajduk and Torcida, other athletes, singers, actors and other public persons outside of SD County.will also participate in action.

„Dominoes“ is joining appeals of Split footballers and their fans, and promotes their video clip "I think" – Hajduk and Torcida against violence against women, which can be viewed on the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v = RWWJRJwWk-0.
 

Donation "Your Post for good deeds"

On 09 December „Dominoes“ was formally handed a donation of 1000 envelopes within the initiative "Your Post for good deed" by the the "Croatian Post" aiming to support nonprofit activities of local communities and organizations in humanitarian and related projects, whether they need to communicate or to collect fundings.

The project "Your Post for good deeds" is a donation of envelopes with paid postage (weight of 50 grams, measuring 114 x 229 mm) in the total value of 1 million kuna and it includes beneficiaries, such as nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, charities, associations of disabled persons, local associations, athletic associations, student and healthcare organizations. The donation applies only to the envelopes with paid postage and monetary donations through this project are not possible.

In the framework of the call for donations, "Croatian Post" has received 313 applications requesting 934.798 envelopes with paid postage. Since the donation is one million kuna in envelopes with paid postage, or 322.580 envelopes, "Croatian Post" in cooperation with county boards and in accordance with the terms of the competition, decided to help as many registered associations, institutions, clubs and institutions as possible. Therefore, the 307 project applications received 322.580 envelopes of the requested 934.798 envelopes.

Envelopes will be sent in the period from 01 January to 31 December 2011 and will be delivered from the counters of post offices by an individual agreement of each beneficiary.

List of donation recipients


 

"Challenges for everyday safety of women and violence against women"

On the occasion of International Human Rights Day, on 10 December "Dominoes" organised panel discussion and a presentation about human rights of women in Croatia and in the world today.

As an introduction to discussion of the real rights of women today and how much and in which way aro those fundamental rights and freedoms of women respected and garantied in daily life and practice in the so-called. civil states, Mirjana Kucher, Dominoes held presentation entitled "Challenges for everyday safety of women and violence against women".

The debate has once again proved that, despite the fact that in the last 15 years a series of laws, measures, strategies and protocols on gender equality, quotas, domestic violence, gender politics were adopted, everyday life still gives evidence of the numerous examples of discrimination and frequent denial of women's human rights through different forms of violence, from subtle, emotional and economic violence, such as political, sexual, media, open to the open family of physical abuse and violence against women.

This happening is organised in the framework of the program "Beyond the boundaries of fear" which is supported by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Republic of Croatia.
 

From the presentation:

"On this day, 62 years ago, the UN adopted the Universal Declaration of Human and Civil Rights, thanking to the 15 female members of the Commission on the Status of Women, when the term "all men "or" is replaced by the term" all human beings ", which actually confirms the recognition of civil and human rights of women. Although the Declaration guarantees the equality of liberties and civil rights, even after 62 years, these rights and freedoms are not equal for men and women. In the social inequalities based on patriarchal values, gender-based violence and gender discrimination are still problems of pandemic proportions ..."

"According to UN figures, more than half the murederd women were victims of their partners in developed countries and developing countries. One of three women around the world at least once during their lifetime were beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused, usually by well-known abusers. For women aged 15-44 years, violence is a major cause of death and disability. In addition to various forms of psychological abuse, intimidation and harassment, often is present economic abuse and discrimination, which puts women into the most numerous group of unemployed, socially excluded and poor. According to the same data, over 130 million women in Africa and the Middle East are victims of genital mutilation, rape and forced marriages. Women are also major victims of AIDS; among the victims of modern wars during the nineties, up to 500,000 women were raped in Rwanda and up to 50,000 in Bosnia-Herzegovina ..."

"Even after a number of other relevant international legal acts, such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW 1979), the Beijing Platform (1995), Millennium Goals (2000), Resolution 1325 (2000), after 10 years only 20 States adopted the National Action Plan for implementation and enforcement of Resolution 1325. Croatia, unfortunately, is not among them ... "
 

Presentation: Contemporary Women and Women's Human Rights

On the occasion of the annual Assembly of the Women's Forum of the SDP, (Social Democratc Party), Solin, in the Culture House in Solin on 18 December was held presentation on women's human rights or "How modern women recognize and use their human rights."

An opening statement was forearded to the guest, representatives of the County Women's Forum SDP, by Andrea Vrgoc. Among others, presentation about women's human rights was held by "Dominoes" representative, lawyer Sandi Mrsic Basta.

After the lecture, a festive reception was arranged. The event was attended by over 100 women from Solin, Split and surrounding areas.
 

Info-workshop IPA IV "Women in the labor market: problem or opportunity"

In the first meeting of the project team, in the Split Regional Office of the Croatian Employment Service, on the 20 December was organised informative workshop by "Dominoes" as the project leading organisation aiming to present details of the project "Women in the labor market: problem or opportunity" financed by EU in Croatia, "Women in the labor market" in the IPA component IV "Development Human Resources“ to the project partners.

The workshop included a detailed presentation of the project with an overview of all activities, expected results, the structure of user groups, rules of communication and visibility, as well as individual roles, responsibilities and duties of all members of the project team. On this occasion they agreed on precise tasks and plan activities in the first three-month period of project implementation.

The meeting was attended by Nina Simunovic, Mirjana Kucer, Ani Bubic and Ivan Bakic (Dominoes), representatives of partner organizations Renato Jeroncic, Zlata Marovic and Mariza Javor (CES, Regional Office Split) and Vesna Ivic Simetin and Zana Plazibat (CEA, Regional Office Split ).

In collaboration with project partners, "Dominoes" will implement the project "Women in the labor market: problem or opportunity" during the next year in Split-Dalmatia County  through various activities such as training, education, acquisition of new knowledge and skills, research, publications, radio shows, online support, international conferences, etc.

EU Delegation in Croatia
 

Festive reception by "Dominoes"

On Wednesday, 22 December, at festive reception in the hotel „Park“ in Split, "Dominoes" gathered its friends and partners. With welcome and gratitude words and greetings, „Dominoes“ executive coordinator , Mirjana Kucer, looked back over the past year and handed certificates of gratitude for the outstanding contribution and selfless assistance to "Dominoes" in 2010 to associates and members, and wished everyone a Happy 2011th Year:

Certificates of gratitude were handed to:
Ana Vranjes, lawyer and „Dominoes“ member since 2008, member of the Management Board for her work on EU projects and cooperation in the particularly difficult 2010;

Sandi Mrsic Basta, lawyer who worked for several years with "Dominoes" and has often freely received and provided support to women faced with unfamiliar legal system barriers;

Djordana Barbaric, executive director of the "Most" association, Split, from which emerged a number of volunteers, a woman who, with her selfless work to ensured a place in the history of the women of Split ;

Vesna Podlipec, a longtime collaborator and supporter of "Dominoes", from the times when she was the director of public company "Parks and Orchards“, until today, when as an associated member of "Dominoes" shares our vision and the feminist vision of strong women in politics;

Blanka Roknic, a student of the 5th year of sociology, volunteer of "Dominoes" for the second year, radical feminists, who recognizes the vision and mission of "Dominoes" and collaborates on several programs and projects;

Helena Petrinovic, our friend and supporter, co-organizer of multimedia manifestation "Women's days in Golden Gate" in 2010;

Nina Simunovic, a member and employee of "Dominoes," who started painting-therapy workshops in "Dominoes" 3 years ago, to the present writing of the scenario and directing a documentary film „Women Split in the past and now“, for her selfless work and dissemination of feminist ideas of "Dominoes" through regular editing of our web page and a monthly e-newsletter;

Rada Boric, director of the Center for Women's Studies, Zagreb, our friend and supporter and the teacher, who is always there when we need her;

Larisa Serbo, art historian, great-grandchild of Vinka Bulic, without whose generous support our film "Women of Split in the past and now“ would look very different, and without who we would remain deprived of an important historical documentary and archive materials;

Vesna Matijas Rakonjac, feminist and one of the founders of "Dominoes", for her commitment to help and bring calm in the worst moments for the organization;

Valerija Barada, for her feminist solidarity and support to the mission, vision and goals of "Dominoes";

CESI , feministss, our friends and colleagues with whom we have passed through many things over the past years, who have collaborated on several projects; we recognize each other as well as similar organizations.

 

At the reception was shown a short video review on activities in 2010, which you can see the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z97J2zJB4XA.

At this occation we also premierely projeted just finished part of the documentary film "Women of Split in the past and today“" from our own production.
 

Premiere of documentary "Women of Split in the past and today“

"Women of Split in the past and today“ is the title of a documentary movie produced by "Dominoes" about women's history of Split in the period between the two World wars. An 18 minutes part of this movie was premierely projected at the festive reception by "Dominoes", on 22 December at the Hotel Park in Split.

This documentary, which in its entirety should take 60 minutes, is based on years of „Dominoes“ research about the "History of Women of Split and Dalmatia", aiming to affirm a number of great women of Split, and to inform, raise awareness and sensitize the general public about their role and contribution to the history of Split and compare those women with the position and roles of women of Split today.

History testifies in favor of changing roles and advancement of women and women's rights, in accordance with the national policy to promote gender equality (2006-2010) and the need to achieve a more balanced position of women and men for the benefit of society and communities as a whole.

This 18-minute segment deals with the activities of "National Women's Cooperative“ and the feminist movement in Split between two wars, with special emphasis on Vinka Bulic, one of the most important women in the history of Split and Dalmatia from those times, whose article under titled "Women of Split" was published in 1927in the journal "New Europe". We bring it on the link http://domine.hr/cms/clients/4/uploads/315.pdf .

Interlocutors in this part of the film are Mirjana Kucer, executive coordinator of "Dominoes"; Djordana Barbaric, executive director of the "Most" association, Split, and Larisa Serbo, Vinka Bulic?s great-grandchild. The author of the scenario and movie directory is Nina Simunovic, with the assistance of Mirjana Kucer on the script, recording and editing by Vojan Koceic.

Completion of the film depends entirely on providing further financial support (in total about 250,000 kuna). In this year, "Dominoes" was approved financial support by the Office for Gender Equality, Republic of Croatia, at the amount of 26.000 kuna and Cultural Office of the City of Split, at the amount of 10.000 kuna. .

Video "Splicanke nekad i danas", 1 part

Video "Splicanke nekad i danas", 2 part
 

Educational program "16 Cities - 16 Commissions"

In continuation of successful cooperation with the Commission for Gender Equality of the County of Split-Dalmatia, "Dominoes" on 27 December signed a Cooperation Agreement with the County Commission and the County of Split-Dalmatia, by which was agreed to implement training programs for local Commissions for gender equality in all cities of SD County, entittled "16 Cities - 16 Commissions“.

In cooperation with the President of the County Commission, Ivanka Luetic Boban, "Dominoes" will over the next 6 months implement education for members of the county and local Commissions to increase the level of knowledge and the effectiveness of Commissions in their local communities. Through a 2-day and 4-5 day workshops themes "Gender and Sex", "Institutional mechanisms for the implementation of gender mainstreaming", "Gender analysis", "Analysis and development of gender sensitive budgets" and "Development of Operational and Action plan of action." will be handled

The total value of the implementation of this educational program is 25.000 kuna and the first one-day workshop is planned for the second half of January in Sinj, with representatives of the Commissions from towns of Trilj and Vrlika.
 

Retrospective exhibition "Out of the being of color"

On 29 December at "Dominoes" is set and opened the first retrospective exhibition of new student group of painting workshop "Out of the being of color".

On the occasion of the opening of the exhibition, there was an occasional free entertainment program by the workshop attenders and gathering of the "old" and "new" painting group, as well as the delivery of gratitudes and a certificates for attending the three-year painting students of the workshop. Their works will next year in March, for the second time, be publicly exhibited in a gallery of the Open University in Split, within the multimedia manifestation "Women's Days in Golden Gate". After the last cycle of the „Goddess in every woman", a new exhibition in March will be a thematic interpretation inspired by stories from the book" Women who run with Wolves ".

In a cheerful mood, with greetings and good wishes for the coming year, painting-therapy workshops in "Dominoes" continue with regular work every Tuesday and Wednesday in 2011.

Our exhibition "Out of the being of color" / "The wife, the mother, the queen", video clip

"Painting school" by Bise
 

Happy New 2011 Year!!!

Once again, thank you all for everything in the past 2010 ...!

To all our friends and partners, donors, collaborates and associates, beneficiaries and members, "Dominoes" wishes a Happy New 2011 Year!
 

Global Conference "Women and 21 Century: Feminist Alternatives "

From 16 to 18 December, Global Conference "Women and 21 Century: Feminist Alternatives" in Cairo, brought together over 100 women from 24 countries of the Balkans, the Middle East, Europe and the United States.

On behalf of the organizing committee, the introductory words tothe participants forwarded Lillian Halls-French, with a special greeting to the guest, Nawall El Sadawi. According to the planned program, participants, feminists, peace activists, researchers and representatives of civil society organizations exchanged a number of different generational and cultural knowledge and experiences.

Based on feminist criticism and analysis of international development and policy, Global Conference in Cairo is a continuation of the International Conference „Peace and Security: Feminist Alternatives", held in Skopje in October last year. In the spirit of Beijing and the Millennium Declaration, Global Conference in Cairo continued to create space for the promotion of feminist and secular alternatives with the aim of creating global peace, security and stability.

In addition to conclusions about ways of further actions within international feminist process, members of the conference sent a protest to the Government of Sudan and the United Nations, in which they expressed deep concern over the practice of lashing Sudanse women by the police because of "inappropriate" clothing. All conference participiants convicted discriminatory law and degrading attitude towards women and expressed solidarity with the activists who were peacefully protesting against the lashing of women.

The Declaration Sudan is demanding from the Sudanese government to immediately stop the physical punishment of women and ensure basic human rights and human dignity of women of Sudan. Declaration UN is refering to Secretary-General of the UN, Ban Ki-Moon and his deputy Michael Bachellt to use their mandates to protect women whose basic human rights are brutally violated.

The next step of the global feminist initiative is a Strategic conference "21 Century - Feminisitičke Initiative" which will be organised in 2012.

Despite very limited financial resources, the conference organizers Europen Feminist Initiative (IFE-EFI); ANTICO, Macedonia; Arab Women's Solidarity Association (AWSA), Egypt;; Organisation for Women's Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Appropriate Communication Techniques for Development (ACT), Egypt, and HEYA Foundation for Women, Egypt, are very satisfied with the results achieved, particularly with visibility and credibility on the international level.

The conference was attended by representatives of "Dominoes", Mirjana Kucer and Ana Vranjes. "Dominoes", as a signatory of the declaration and all conclusions of the Conference, forwarded a protest to the Sudanese diplomatic representative body in Croatia.
 

Global Conference Cairo 2010, invitation

Global Conference Cairo 2010, info

Global Conference Cairo, final program

Global Conference Cairo, conclusions

Global Conference Cairo, Declaration Sudan

Global Conference Cairo, Declaration UN
 

Press conference: Announced first "Gay Pride" in Split

On 13 January, at „Dominoes“ was held a press conference of the Lesbian group Kontra, Zagreb, Center for the rights of sexual and gender minorities, "Iskorak", Zagreb, and "Dominoes" at which occasion was announced the first "Gay Pride" in Split in June this year.

Because of the interests and needs of the LGBT community in Split, "Iskorak", "Kontra" and "Dominoes", as co-organizer, along with organising the first Split „Pride“, decided to organize a series of supporting activities aimed at empowering the community, as well as informing the general public about rights of persons with LGBT orientation.

The main theme of this year's "Pride" is the right to protect family life of the same-sex couples. In Split, on the 11th of each the month, various informative and educational workshops and presentations will be coducted until 11 June, when "LGBT Pride“ event is supposed to happen.

Slobodna Dalmacija, SPLIT U LIPNJU DOMAĆIN GAY PRIDEA

RTL televizija, Gay Pride u Splitu 11. lipnja

Jutarnji list, U Splitu gay parada, Kerum: Neka svatko radi što želi

www.danas.net.hr, U Splitu će se 11. lipnja održati gay pride

Večernji list, Već i najava gay pridea uzburkala je strasti u Dalmaciji

24 sata, Ove godine u lipnju u Splitu će se organizirati Gay Pride

Glas Istre, U Splitu gay parada 11. lipnja?

Radio Sarajevo, 11. juna gay parada u Splitu

Radio Slobodna Europa, 11 juna u Splitu Gay parada

Croatian Women's Network (CWN) meeting

At the Center for Women ROSA, Zagreb, on 15 January was held a meeting of members of “Croatian Women's Network”, at which were agreed details and organization of the event to mark the 08 March, International Women's Day, which this year will also include a trade union women's sections.

In addition to issues related to the regular functioning of the CWN, at the meeting members also agreed about the preparation and submission of the "shadow report" on the topic of domestic violence, trafficking of women, rights of sexual minorities, and women's reproductive rights, with case studies, based on the recommendations of the CEDAW Committee given to Croatia.

The meeting was attended by 12 representatives of women's CWN member organizations, Nela Pamukovic, Autonomous Women's House; Djurđdjca Kolarec, Center for Women Rosa; Mira Licina Jovanovic, Women's Initiative SDF; Nevenka Fiket, SOS Women's Help Now, Rada Boric, Center for women’s studies, Zagreb; Visnja Stanisic, NHS; Katarina Perkovic, HUS; Bozica Zilic and Jasna Petrovic, SSSH, and "Dominoes" representative, Mirjana Kucer.
 

Geraldine Doyle: We Can Do It!

Created with the purpose of "raisning the spirit and morality" of women during World War II, when women took over jobs previously reserved exclusively for men, the famous poster "We Can Do It!" became worldwide known only 80-ies. Since then, it strongly advocates women's equality in the labor market by a powerful female figure o of Geraldine Doyle, known as legendary "Rosie the Riveter".

Icon of the World War II, American Geraldine Doyle died on 26 December 2010 at the age of 86. In memoriam to Geraldine, "Dominoes" put the character of "Rosie the Riveter" on its Calendar for 2011 with the Croatian translation of the legendary message "We Can Do It!".

.Calendar can be downloaded here.
 

Interview with Drude Dalerup: "Women, vote for women!"

In the year of possible parliamentary elections, we are bringung an interview with world's famous feminist, Drude Dalerup, professor of political science at the University of Stockholm, Department of Political Science.

Professor Dalerup is the leader of many important projects aimed at promoting gender equality in the political sphere. One of them is particularly interesting project and it deals with the electoral quotas. According to professor Dalerup, on the world political scene today, women comprise only 19% of all parliaments, which shows the male domination in politics.

Quotas are the way to change this situation relatively quickly. The quota system emphasizes that there must be a candidate, but not to have to vote for them. Professor Dalerup emphasizes that women should vote for women and that's the only way that the various and different women sit in parliaments. Dalerup specifically rejects prejudices about qualifications of women in politics and points out that, in fact, there's the need to change the historical view of women. More about the project you can see at www.quotaproject.org.

Interview with Drude dalerup was realised by Ana Vranjes, a member of "Dominoes" and participant of the Global Conference "Women and 21st century: Feminist Alternatives" held in Cairo from 16 to 18 December 2010.

Interview with Drude Dalerup, the original audio recording

Drude Dalerup, biography

Caroline Brac de la Perriere: Women must appreciate and get paid for their work!

Caroline Brac de la Perriere, originally from Algeria, is our next respondent in the series of interviews with world famous feminists, that were realised in December 2010. by Ana Vranjes, representative of "Dominoes" and participant of the Global Conference in Cairo, "Women and 21th century – Feminist's Alternatives".

In today's world, full of dangers which threaten us on physical and psychological level, we must find a way to strengthen ourselves to build a world of peace and equality, says Caroline. Women's feminist organizations are generally poor, because women who fight for their rights often volunteer and don't ask for money, which indicates a low level of self-evaluation and self-esteem. Women's organizations generally don't „think big" and don't have high goals, and often are focused on short-term solutions and just one single problem. That is why it is difficult for them to reach important positions, and if they succeed in it, they will often not take advantage of all benefits available to them.

Female funds exist to strengthen the links between women's organizations and encourage women to donate for women and programs to promote gender equality, not just to donate for children, environment or ,for example, breast cancer.

"Mediterranean Women's Fund", in which Caroline Brac de la Perriere is at the position of executive director, identifies and funds projects and programs dealing with women and which are designed for women, with the primary aim of strengthening women's organizations to promote gender equality. The Call for Proposals is open over the whole year. Conditions and basic guidelines for the competition can be viewed at http://www.medwomensfund.org/en/index.html .

Interview with Caroline Brac de la Perriere, original audio version

Caroline Brac de la Perriere, biography

 

Zadar: Education for the Commissions for Gender Equality in SD County

At the invitation of the Commission for Gender Equality of the County of Split-Dalmatia, from 21 to 23 January "Dominoes" organized in Zadar a two-day workshop for members of local Commissions for gender equality. The workshop was attended by 10 members of Commisions of Cities of Solin, Split and Trilj, Commission in the establishment of Vrlika, and President of the Commission for Gender Equality SD County, Ivanka Luetic Boban.

Topics of this extremely successful workshop was gender analysis and planning. One of the outcomes was agreement for a joint campaign of Commisions prior to upcoming elections for the Parliament to increase the representation of women politicians from the County and whole Dalmatia in the Croatian Parliament.

In fact, in recent years, total number of deputies representing the County Split, or 9th and 10th constituency unit, , only 7 representatives were from SD County, which is far below 10% of the total number of deputies in the 6th session of Parliament since 1990.

On this occasion, the workshop participants have also set up Facebook group "We can do it" aiming to bring together all those who seek greater equality and visibility of women in politics.

Education program for the local Commissions for gender equality in all cities of SD County, entittled "16 Cities - 16 Commissions“, financial support was provided by the County Commission for Gender Equality of Split-Dalmatia County.

Facebook group "We can do it"
 

IFE EFI: Feminist support to democracy in Tunisia

European Feminist Initiative (EFI IFE) strongly condemns the violent repression in Tunisia and supports democratic movement for economic, political and social justice, as well as complete ending of the corrupt and authoritarian regime.

"Dominoes," as members and representatives of the IFE EFI in Croatia, joins the support to feminist organizations in Tunisia, which are for decades struggling to preserve and enhance rights of women. Herewith we are bringing IFE EFI statement released on 25 January in its entirety on the link bellow.

IFE EFI Statement, Tunisia, the original English version
 

Split Pride: Press Release

At a meeting of the Organising Committee of Split Pride with representatives of the City of Split and the Police of Split-Dalmatia County, held on 04 February, agreement was achieved regarding details related to the realisation of the announced Split Pride. Pride will be held on 11 June with starting at 11:00 hours.


Details in the press release Split Pride

 

IFE EFI: Feminist Solidarity with the Egyptian rising

European Feminist Initiative (EFI IFE) in its statement on 30 January strongly and fully supports the Egyptian people in their movement and struggle for social justice, freedom and human dignity and profound solidarity with the feminist movement as one of the main forces of the democratic movement for change.

"Dominoes," as IFE EFI representative for Croatia and member of IFE EFI, joins the support of the people of Egypt, especially to women of Egypt in the realization of democracy, which includes gender equality, justice and freedom, without religious interference in political and public life, as well as appeal addressed to the European Union for urgent condemnation of violence and brutality in Egypt.

President of the European Feminist Initiative, Lilian Halls French, will handle IFE EFI Statements for Egypt and Tunisia, to the President of the Committee for Women's Rights and Gender Equality in the EU, Eva Britt Svensson, at the meeting in Brussels with representatives of a European Parliament, scheduled for 01 February

IFE EFI Statement, Egypt, original English version

Egyptian women, gallery

Interview with Nawal El Saadawi, Nawal El Saadawi: I attend the demonstrations in the streets every day! , Feministiskt Perspectives, 30 January 2011.

Brinda Mehta: War, cancer and female body

Professor of literature at „Mills College“, Oakland, California, and literary critic, Brinda Mehta, Indian by origin, is our next guest in the cycle of interviews with world famous feminists. This interview is realised in December 2010 during the Global Cairo Conference "Women and 21st Century: Feminist Alternatives" by Ana Vranjes, Dominoes.

Brinda Mehta is the author of numerous books, various publications and presentations dealing with women, their position in society and literature. On this occasion Brinda Mehta, in an interesting way, associated war, cancer and female body. In a feminist perspective she inter-linked and compared breast cancer and medical treatments with the position of women in society and the current political situation.

"Cancer is the product of toxic environment and woman's body is poisoned by those toxins, just like the environment," says Brinda Mehta. "The irony is that the chemotherapy is actually injecting even larger amount of poison then it already exists in the human body. Such treatment of modern medicine against cancer is just another a kind of violence against woman's body."

"Women's testimonies can help women in finding a cure for breast cancer, without succumbing to the present medical system, which is actually a form of patriarchal system. Therefore, all women, please, go out and tell your story about cancer! Do not stand on the side and be afraid, do not be silent and do not let yourselves be silenced!", says Brinda in her interview.
 

Interview with Brinda Mehta, the original audio recording

Press Conference: Women in the labor market - problem or opportunity

At the premises of CEA Split in Split on 11 February was held a press conference at which "Dominoes" as the project leader organisation of the "Women in the labor market - problem or an opportunity“, together with project partners, CEA (Croatia Employers' Association, Regional office Split) and CES (Croatian Employment Service, Regional office Split), presented to the press and public a detailed project and ongoing project activities in the first quarter of project implementation.

On this occasion was announced publication info leaflet and website www.zeneposao.com, and the numerous questions about the current situation, problems and possible solutions for improving the situation of women in the labor market in Split and Split-Dalmatia County, were answered to the reporters by Nina Simunovic and Mirjana Kucer (Dominoes), Vesna Ivic Simetin (CEA) and Renato Jeroncic (CES). They also announced further project activities such as the cycles of educational workshops for unemployed women and employers, work practice, socio-emiprical research on the status and position of women in the labor market in rural areas of SD county, as well as a serial of thematic broadcasts on local radio stations.

The project "Women in the labor market - problem or opportunity" was financed by the EU Program for Croatia, as a part of IPA IV Program "Human Resources". This project, as the only one of this kind in SD County, drew unexpectedly large public interest and willingness to participate especially by the target group of unemployed women, whose number in the current economic conditions increases daily.

Info leaflet "Women in the labor market - problem or opportunity"

www.zeneposao.com


Slobodna Dalmacija, article published on 12 February 2011

danas.hr, the article published 15 February 2011

portaloko.hr, article published on 15 February 2011

croportal.net, article

ezadar.hr, article published on 14 February 2011

 

Delegacija EU u Hrvatskoj

 

Education of „Dominoes“ coaching team

In the frame of the project "Women in the labor market - problem or opportunity", last weekend (11 – 13 February ) at "Dominoes" premises was held an educational workshop for „Dominoes“ coaching team.

The workshop included modules on gender equality in the labor market, the basics of job-searching skills and possibilities of self-employment, individual and group support and monitoring (individual coach, online support) of project beneficiaries in the process of job searching, and team building.

The workshop involved project manager and project coordinator and office manager, "Dominoes", and external experts on the project, professional educator and psychologists. In addition to education and a detailed implementation plan, they agreed upon the specific tasks of coaching team in accordance with the envisaged project activities.

The project "Women in the labor market - problem or opportunity" is financed by the EU Program for Croatia, as a part of IPA IV Programme "Human Resources".
 

EU Delegation in Croatia
 

Info workshop for unemployed women

At the premises of CES Split, on 14 February was held informative workshop for unemployed women as a part of the project "Women in the labor market - problem or opportunity" which "Dominoes" is implementing in partnership with the Split branch office of the Croatian Employment Service (CES) and the Croatian Association of Employers (CEA).

The purpose of the workshop was detailed informing of the target group of women (women over 40 years, long-term unemployed, single mothers) from the records of the Split CES, about the aims, project activities and their involvement in education, work practices, focus groups and online support groups in the process of a job searching.

The workshop was attended by 30 women who have shown great interest and willingness to participate in a project whose main goal is to increase employability of women and create conditions for equal opportunities in the labor market through the creation of new models and development of new and more efficient employment policies.

Given the difficult economic situation and continuous unfavorable trends of increased number of unemployed women and the increasingly difficult job opportunities, potential beneficiaries are highly motivated to acquire new skills and knowledge in job searching process or self-employment, which, along with information and activity in the labor market and institutional and inter-sectoral collaboration of civil society organizations, employment services and employers, is the key to solving the unemployment problem.

The project "Women in the labor market - problem or opportunity" is financed by the EU Program for Croatia, in part of IPA IV Program "Human Resources".

EU Delegation in Croatia
 

Thematic meeting: Women's Magazines

At its regular weekly meeting, on Monday, February 14th, "Dominoes" exchanged ideas about how women's  journals and magazines should look like.

What are the existing magazines, what we want to read, browse ...?
In which form - online or print ...?
In what edition - weekly, monthly, quarterly ...?
What kind of design should it be? What kind of structure, content ...?
How to run them and ensure their sustainability ...?

A variety of opinions, wishes and ideas, along with cookies and snacks ... But one thing is certain ... We want something new, different, in a better structural content and shape and we ready to engagie in the implementation of a magazine  which n Croatia at the moment is definitely not there!

Still we just need to find sponozors and donors .. .-)

 

IPA IV: Info workshop for employers

At the premises of CEA Split, on 18 February was held a half-day info workshop for employers who will participate in the project "Women in the labor market - problem or opportunity" which "Dominoes" is implementing in partnership with the Split branch office of the Croatian Employment Service (CES) and the Croatian Association of Employers (CEA).

The purpose of the workshop was the detailed informing of the target group of employers in the area of Split and Split-Dalmatia County who are ready to accept, in the first cycle of work practice, the unemployed women from the target group of women (women over 40 years, long-term unemployed, single mothers) from the records of the Split CES, who are the direct beneficiaries of the project. On this occasion, employers were also informed about gender equality in the labor market, and the goals and activities, as well as their precise role in the inclusion in education, work practices, focus groups and support the process of finding a job.

The workshop was attended by 6 employers, private entrepreneurs, who had shown the great interest and willingness to participate in the project, whose main goal is to increase employability of women and create conditions for equal opportunities in the labor market through the creation of new models of work and developing new and more efficient employment policies. In the first cycle of work practices by employers are, according to the profile of their work, expressed the need for profiles / professions such as nurses, administrators, lawyesr, pastry chef and economists.

The project "Women in the labor market - problem or opportunity" is financed by the EU Program for Croatia, in part of IPA IV Program "Human Resources".
 

EU Delegation in Croatia
 

Makarska Forum "Women in the labor market"

Organized by the City Commission for Gender Equality Makarska and the County Committee of the Croatian National Women's Party (HNS), on 17 February in Makraska is held Forum "Women in the labor market" at which "Dominoes", as a guest, presented the project "Women in the labor market - problem or opportunity", financed from EU pre-accession funds (IPA IV), which is implemented in Split- Dalmatia Split in partnership with the regional offices of the CES and CEA.

Fifty participants were welcomed by Zlatko Lalic, president of Makarska subsidiary of HNS, and in his opening speech he presented data on the 340 000 unemployed at the national level and an increase of 14,000 unemployed in the period from December until today, which corresponds to the total number of Makarska inhabitants. Meri Butiric (HNS, Split) pointed out that gender inequality is confirmed on the labor market, because, according to the CES, the currently unemployed in Makarska is 1800, 950 of them women.

Presentation of the project "Women in the labor market - problem or opportunity", was accompanied by a number of issues present, on the basis of which it is not difficult to conclude that there is great need and interest for similar projects, which would be helful for better and more effective employment of women in Makraske .
 

Slobodna Dalmacija, Article 19 February 2011

"Associative graphic image" for the new beginning

On Thursday, 17 February, in the Info Zone premises, Jerina 1, in Split, an exhibition of paintings by Davorka Čavar "Associative graphic image“.was officially opened

Davorka Cavar, who uses the services of Shelters for the homeless, run by „Most“ we had a chance to meet through the collaboration of our organization, "Dominoes" and „Most“, where Davorka readily joined the research activities of women victims of violence and participated in the project "Employed woman - independent woman" and showed a great interest for inclusion in the work of our creative workshops.

The exhibition was opened by Josko Lelas and Djordana Barbaric, association "Most". Accompanying words of support were sent on that occasion to Davorka aa well as invitation sent to the attendees to support Davorka by Blanka Roknic, Dominoes., on behalf of Nina Simunovic, Dominoes.

Davorka Čavar was born in 1969. in Sarajevo, where she attended elementary and high school; in 1990 she enrolled the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo (the graphics department). Due to the war situation, she left her studies in Sarajevo until 1996. She continued studies and graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Siroki Brijeg, BiH After graduating, she enrolled a master's degree in Sarajevo and at the same time worked at the Art School "Gabriel Jurkovic" in Mostar.

About her work, Davorka Čavar says:
With the cycle of prints entitled "Associative graphic image" I wanted to move away from concrete images of any shape that surrounds us. I wanted to present the experience of the world in this way, reduced forms of nature on the basic elements of graphic images with respect to graphic technique of intaglio printing using all its capabilities. I am particularly interested in drypoint, because in combination with aquatint,it offers great possibilities for my work. "

The exhibition is of selling character, and all income is intended to help Davorka's new beginning and will be opened for 10 days.


Slobodna Dalmacija, "I have no home, but I believe in myself", 17 February 2011

Opening speech, Dominoes
 

Evaluation and planning of the RECOM Coalition for Croatia

"Dominoes", as a member of the Coalition for the river, took part in the evaluation and planning activities of the Coalition for RECOM in Croatia in 2011. year, which was held on 18 and 19 February on Sljeme, near Zagreb

Following the report of the consultation process in Croatia and the region, a meeting of the Coordination Council and reviews the current media coverage, media content and planned public events, participants have submitted reports on advocacy initiatives by politicians, the campaign to collect one million signatures and communicating with organizations/associations of victims, religious communities and war veterans and veterans' associations.

In addition to the presentation of the final version of the Working Group of the Statute of the Regional Commission for the establishment and public disclosure of facts about war crimes and other serious violations of human rights in former Yugoslavia in the period from 1991 to 2001, in small groups was evaluated the current work of the Coalition.

During the second day of evaluation and planning, the participants discussed the social and political context of RECOM in Croatia and the region, and further planning of advocacy through communication with politicians, political parties and politicians, artists and scientists, associations of victims and victims' families, religious communities, youth organizations, veterans' associations, the media and the organizers of the festival and related public events. Based on the discussion, the operational plan was adopted for the further implementation of activity of RECOM until the end of 2011.

Draft Statute RECOM

Why RECOM?

RECOM News, February 2011

www.zarekom.org
 

Solin Forum "Goddess in every woman"

Organized by the Women's Forum of the SDP, Solin, in the City Library in Solin, "Dominoes" on Friday, 4 March, held a panel discussion "Goddess in every woman".

The attendees were welcomed Andrea Vrgoc, Women's Forum of the SDP, Solin, and a presentation on the archetypes of the Greek goddess and the various ways in which they can be used as a tool to work on ourselves, self-awareness raising and self-empowerment, was held by Nina Simunovic, Dominoes. The theme was very interested to around 30 women from Solin, who during the two-hour discussion exchanged a number of questions and comments and expressed great interest in a deeper and more detailed elaboration of this theme.

On this occasion "Dominoes" announced the upcoming multimedia event "Women?s Days in Golden Gate" at the Open University of Split, which will take place from 07 to 18 March
 

"100 years later - working and social rights of women in the Republic of Croatia"

On the occasion of 08 March, International Women's Day, representatives of the "Dominoes", Mirjana Kucer and Blanka Roknic-Cop, participated in the thematic session of the Committee for Gender Equality of the Croatian Parliament "100 years later - working and social rights of women in the Republic of Croatia", which was held on Friday, 04 March 2011, starting in Zagreb at 10:00.

The speaker was Katarina Perkovic, president of the Co-ordination of women Croatian Trade Union Association, who in her presentation pointed out the plight of women on the labor market and high rate of women of 54% in the proportion of the unemployed.

Exactly 100 years ago, women for the first time in the world marked International Women's Day, demonstrating on the streets of Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. As years have passed since, women all over Europe and the world were loudly sayng „no“ in being slaves on the labour market and proclaimed the right of their voice.

The meeting war attended by representatives of state institutions, trade union women's groups, NGOs, and Commissions for gender equality at local level.
 

Formal Session by Split Commission for Gender Equality

On the occasion of 08 March, International Women's Day, City of Split Commission for Gender Equality organised on 07 March formal session to mark this event. President of the Commission, Lidjia Bekavac, in the opening words recalled the beginnings of women fighting for their rights as Clara Zetkin proposed the celebration of this day 100 years ago at the First Socialist International in Copenhagen in 1910. On behalf of the Commission, on this occasion she also congratulated their holiday to all women of Split.

In many areas of life and work, the position of women is far from equal, as evidenced by numerous statistical indicators. As a particularly difficult and unsatisfactory is highlighted the current position of women in the labor market, which is specifically pointed out by members of the Commission, Mitjana Kucer, Dominoes, and Vesna Ivic Simetin, Croatian Employers' Association, who warned of the legal solutions that often go against women, reducing their competitiveness in the labor market. Milica Cipci, the City Commission for gender equality, stated that, unfortunately, women are the first victims of the crisis, and in the last twenty years female workers' haven't acquire equal rights and financial security.

The general conclusion of the session is that problems of women, except the right to vote, are nearly the same as 100 years ago. The Commission calls upon all political parties in election year to encourage women in political participation and to respect the electoral quotas of 40% of women on electoral lists, as an obligation according to the Law on Gender Equality and the recommendations of the European Union.
 

Multimedia event "Women's Days in Golden Gate"

On the occasion of 08t March, International Women's Day and the 100 anniversary of the international struggle for the rights of women, from 07 to 18 March, "Dominoes" and Open University in Split, POUS, and this year organized, the second multimedia event "Women's Days in Golden Gate".

The event is opened by the exhibition of painting workshop "Out of being of color", Dominoes, entitled "Women who run with Wolves" and "Little Fairy", which will be open to visitors until the closing event, 18 March. Two-week program includes a presentation of female films at "Golden Gate", round tables, lectures, debates and poetry evening according to the next scheduled program:

Monday, 07 March
19:00 pm Exhibition "Women who run with Wolves"

Tuesday, 08 March
18:00 pm "WOMEN OG SPLIT IN THE PAST AND TODAY" a documentary film,
Directed by Nina Simunovic, production of "Dominoes", 2010,
duration 19 min., Cinematheque POUS
20:00 pm "FREE WOMAN", a film directed by Paul Mazursky, 1978;
duration 124 min, Cinematheque POUS

Wednesday, 09 March
19:00 PM "RED", directed by Sonja Tarokić, 2009,
duration 24 min, Cinematheque POUS
20:00 pm "GRBAVICA" directed by Jasmila Zbanic, 2006,
duration 107 min, Cinematheque POUS

Monday, 14 March
17:00 pm Round table: „Life of women in Split between two wars "

Tuesday, 15 March
18:00 poetry evening

Thursday, the 17 March
DEBATE "Women's labor and civil rights - 100 years later"

Friday, 18 March
18:00 PM closing of exhibition and event
 

Exhibition "Women who run with Wolves" and "Little Fairy"

The exhibition of aquarels entitled "Women who run with Wolves" and "Little Fairy", a collection of paintings by women attending painting workshop "Out of the being a color", which id being conducted at "Dominoes" for more then 3 years, was opened on 07 March within the multimedia event "Women's Days in Golden Gate 2011" at the Open University of Split.

With over thirty paintings, 8 women were publicaly presented by their artistic interpretation of four stories from the book "Women who run with Wolves" written by Clarisa Pinkola Estaz and folk story "Little Fairy" in the triptych of three scenes. After greetings by Helena Petrinovic, POUS and Mirjana Kucer, Domine and performance by female singing group "Dalmatinke", exhibition was opened by the workshop leader, Nina Simunovic, Dominoes.

Exhibited aquarels, based on Goethe's Colour theory according to Rudolf Steiner's guidelines for a new approach to art, are the result of research of male and female forces ("feminine" and "musculine" principle) through the image and power in the legend, fairy tale and folk tale, and their balancing and raised awareness with the help of color as a tool, which is only at the very end brought to form.

The exhibition will be open every day until the closing event, 18 March.

Overview of exhibited aquarels "Women who run with Wolves"

Preview of aquarels "Little Fairy"
 

Action of Croatian Women's Network and Trade Union groups: Women's Day in Zagreb

On International Women's Day, Croatian Women's Network, in collaboration with women's Union groups, trade unions, women's sections of the Alliance of Independent Croatian Unions, the Committee of Women of Independent Croatian Unions and coordination Women Croatian Trade Union Association in Zagreb, on 08th March organized joint actions with regard to women's labor rights.

Instead of celebrating, Croatian Women's Network has decided to celebrate International Women's Day by the protest march, which passed thrpugh the very center of Zagreb. The reason for this could be inferred from the name of the parade ''Unrealised women's rights - government debt' to women“.

Croatian Women's Network activists and women's Trade Union groups around 11:00 have submitted requests to the Government of Croatia on St. Mark's Square in Zagreb. After that they read requests at the Ban Jelacic Square, and at 12.00 am they let balloons in the air, in hoping that all requirements will only end up - in the air. Women activists also shared pamphlets to the gathered citizens with the listed requirements and explained the requirements related to women's labor rights and unemployment, job insecurity and under valued position and salaries of women in the labor market.
 

Leaflet WNC and women's trade union groups

Women's Day on the Square: Government Requirements and balloons at noon over Zagreb, www.dalje.com

 

Happy 08 March - International Women's Day!

Women's rights - 100 years later!
This year we celebrate a century of the International Women's Day – on 19 March 1911 was for the first time marked International Women's Day in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, and in 1977 United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution calling on Member States to their countries to mark the 08 March as Women's Day and International Peace.

Over the past 100 years we, women and society as a whole, have experienced many changes and progress, starting from the recognition of the right to vote and other civil, status and labor rights, openning doors of universities, national parliaments, big companies and corporations to women. We achieved success in the field of education, sports, science, economics, culture, art, politics ... Throughout history we have left and still leaving an indelible mark of progress and development.

Today we celebrate your achievements and victories, but also we are reminding of the unfinished struggle for full recognition of rights and equality of women and men in private and public life. We celebrate, but do not forget that we are still far from equality, and as women we bear the burden of multiple families and communities and often are victims of discrimination by the fact that we are women. The world we live in will be just only when we stop noticing the injustices and inequalities of patriarchy.

The modern concept of gender mainstreaming is almost nowhere to come to life, at least in the labor market, which is the area of basic and serious discrimination against women. Because, let's not forget, only employment and fair pay for the work done by woman, brings the opportunity to realize our full independence and equality. Women's rights are still too much dealed only from the occasion to occasion, thus creating the illusion of change. Therefore, NGOs Croatian Women's Network, including the Dominoes together with women's groups, trade unions signed 13 requests to the Croatian Government and seek to urgently take all necessary precautions to stop the discrimination against women in the labor market and create preconditions for safe, creative and productive work place!

Women's Network, Women's Section UATUC woman NHS Board and Co-ordination of women HUS representatives will deliver their claims today to the Government on the St. Mark's Square.

Congratulations to all the women on one hundred years of struggle for recognition of women's rights!

Happy 08 March - Women's Day!

Dominoes

 

Croatian Women's Network, Women's Section of Independent Croatian Unions, the Committee of Women of Independent Croatian Unions and the Coordination of Women Croatian Association of Unions, leaflet
 

IPA IV: Cycle of training workshops on "Job Search"

As part of the IPA IV "Women in the labor market - problem or opportunity", funded by EU funds, from 03 to 14 March, at the premises of the "Dominoes" Bosanska 4, Split, was held the first cycle of workshops to gain knowledge and skills in job searching, for project beneficiaries of unemployed women.

Along with ractical exercises and interaction, training program included several thematic modules, which are processed through the basic knowledge and skills in job searching, such as job applications, CV, job interview by employer.

Cycle Workshop "Seeking work", along with legal support, was led by Sandi Mršic Basta, and the knowledge and skills in the process of job search workshops included a total of 19 unemployed women, the direct beneficiary of the project, two of which got employed during the cycle of workshops.

EU Delegation in Croatia
 

Women's Days in Aubagne

At the invitation of Deputy Mayor of the French City of Aubagne, Magali Giovannangeli, "Dominoes" from the 10 to 12 March, as guests, participated in a traditional event to mark International Women's Day "LES FEMMES ET L'EUROPE, TOUT UN MONDE A entender", which was from 02 to 20 March organized under the sponsorship by the City of Augabne.

Augabne is a town of 50,000 inhabitants in the south of France and is the leader of the global network to promote gender equality and human rights. As one of the leading cities of the network, known for its social awareness, particularly regarding gender equality and persons with dissablities. Some of these practical examples such as free public transport for all citizens and access to all public institutions, spaces and public areas to persons with disabilities, are imediatelly noticable. It is also interesting to note that the City Committee for Women's Issues and Gender Equality completely operate on a voluntary basis.

Within the above mentioned event and in the frame of cooperation between European Feminist Initiative, IFE EFI, organisations, on 11 March was organized debate on the status of women in society, entitled "Are women in Europe more privileged than women in other parts of the world?" at which was discussed whether Europe is a place of equality for women. On this occasion were presented good examples of legislative solutions in EU, such as instances of divorce in Spain, sex education in Denmark, abortion in Poland and the criminalization of prostitution in Sweden, in order that these examples become part of a single EU legislation.

Representatives of "Dominoes", Mirjana Kucer and Ana Vranjes, at the debate spoke about their experiences working with women, the situation on the labor market, women's representation in governing bodies, with special emphasis on economic and political status and rights of women in Croatia as a candidate country for entering the EU.

The debate was moderated by journalist AJJ, Sofie Pehaut-Bourheois. A special guest from Paris was Monique Dental, a sociologist and a representative of feminist networks "Ruptures", and the Deputy Mayor of the City of Aubagne, Magali Giovananngeli, answered many questions of arounf 70 debate participants, citizens of Aubagne.

The conclusions of this two-hour debate is that examples in different countries should be unique, and that the EU does not pay enough attention to gender equality and women's rights. As for the Croatian, after only one such debate, we concluded that the Croatia is still heading a long way in developing gender equality and decentralization of local democracy.

In gratitude for this invitation, "Dominoes" handeled a gift to the City of Aubagne and Magali Giovananngeli, a painting "Daughters, mothers, grandmothers", by the painter Nina Simunovic, Dominoes. After the debate, all participants gathered at the party and the performance of young musicians.

Leaflet VDM Femmes 2011

Subsides and co-financing of entrepreneurship, employment and self employment

"Projects under the Operational Plan to encourage small and medium enterpremeurship (grant schema)" by the Government of Croatia for 2011 and "Encouraging and employment subsidies for entrepreneurs in 2011 by the Croatian Employment Service" and " Fund for the development of agriculture and agro tourism in Split-Dalmatia County" are the themes of presentations by "CEPOS“,Center for promotion of entrepreneurship and crafts, Split; and Croatian Employment Service, Regional Office Split, organized in Split on 17 March at the Hotel Dalmina.

Two-hour presentation, which was given by Ana Vincent-Sepic, Head of Department at the Directorate of Small Businesses of the Ministry of Economy, Labour and Entrepreneurship, Tomislav Kovacevic, president of CASB, Croatian Agency for Small Business and Miroslav Delic, head of the Split branch of the Croatian Employment Service, was attended by over 100 interested entrepreneurs and business owners, representatives of NGOs and civil society organizations and media.

After exposure of the operating plan for the promotion of SMEs in the framework of national strategies for different areas of activity, measures, subsidiary amounts, co-financing and support, the National Plan for the promotion and employment and self employment as a measure of the competence of the Croatian Employment Service, and the opportunities and lending criteria entrepreneurs with financial interest, was followed by a number of questions present.

Although the presentation offered a large amount of information about the various competitions and news, conditions and documentation necessary, given the existing conditions and the lack of specific radical measures for the overall economic recovery, this package of assistance may be somewhat easier for employers business, but will certainly not stop the negative trends in economy and on the labor market.

Dominoes also attended the presentation, since these information can additionally be used to help empowering women on the labour market, especially in the implementation of the project IPA IV "Women in the labor market - problem or opportunity", which aims to find new models of employment in cooperation with the Split branch CES and CEA.

CEPOS, Centre for the promotion of entrepreneurship and craftsmanship, Split

CES, the National Plan for Employment for 2011 and 2012

Ministry of Economy, Labour and Government, projects to encourage small and medium enterprises

CASB, Current open competition for grant aid

Split-Dalmatia County, the Fund for the development of agriculture and agro-tourism
 

Adopted RECOM Statute Draft

"Dominoes", as a member of the Coalition for RECOM, that represents and promotes Initiative for RECOM, attended the Fourth General Assembly of the Coalition on 26 March at Belgrade, at which Draft of RECOM Statute was adopted.

The mandate of regional and independent commission (RECOM) is to establish and publicly presents the facts about war crimes and other serious violations of human rights, as well to shed light on the fate of missing persons in wars on the teritory of the former Yugoslavia in the period 1991-2001.

In addition to the adoption of the Draft Statute RECOM-a, at the Assembly, in accordance with planned agenda, was submitted a report on activities within the consultation process, media campaigns, advocacy campaigns and collecting signatures to support Initiative for RECOM and results of research on public opinion about the Initiative for RECOM in all countries of former Yugoslavia. Assembly members also considered and adopted the Operational Plan for public advocacy, media campaigns, campaigns to collect signatures and the initiative to start the procedure for concluding international agreements on the establishment of Regional Commission (RECOM).

Assembly in Belgrade was attended by over 100 individuals and representatives of member organizations of the Coalition. Draft of the Statute, as well as all other materials with the actuality of the Coalition of the importance for the Initiative can be found on the website www.zarekom.org with a possibility of joining the Coalition, expressing support for Initiative and participation in discussions at the Forum of the Coalition.

On the occasion of the adoption of the RECOM Draft Statute, the Coalition for RECOM has issued the following press release:

"The regional network of civil society organizations and individuals who advocate and affirm the Initiative for RECOM , at the Fourth General Assembly, held in Belgrade on 26 March 2011 adopted the Draft Statute of the RECOM.

Regional and independent Commission is mandated to establish and publicly presents the facts about war crimes and other serious violations of human rights and to shed light on the fate of missing persons in the wars since 1991 until 2001 in the former Yugoslavia.
Adoption of the Statute of the RECOM brought the end to a wide public debate on the text, and has grown into a final draft proposal. In this form it will be submitted for adoption to all parliaments of the successor states of former Yugoslavia.

Initiative for RECOM gathers more than a thousand civil society organizations and individuals, including war victims' associations, human rights organizations, former prisoners, veterans' associations, youth organizations, women's organizations, historians, journalists and artists from all parts of former Yugoslavia, who share an awareness for the need of existence of a precise record of the past.

In April 2011, the Coalition intends to start a regional campaign to collect signatures in support of citizens throughout the region, that are supporting the establishment of a RECOM.

Upon completion of the campaign, the signatures will be handed to all parliaments in the region, along with the proposal of the Statute of the RECOM, applying to all countries in the region to jointly undertake the task of estabilishing the Rregional Commission.

The text of the Draft Statute and all other materials with the actuality of the Coalition of the importance for the Initiative can be found on the website of the Coalition, www.zarekom.org . On that page there is the possibility of joining the Coalition to express support for the Initiative and participation in discussions at the Forum of the Coalition".


www.zarekom.org
 

Brussels: Study visit „Defending women's rights“

Within the „People 2 People“ Programme, as one of the three strands of the Civil Society Facility of the Directorate General Enlargement of the European Commission, „Dominoes“ representative, Blanka Roknic Cop , from 21-24 March in Brussels attended the study tour along with 35 participants from Turkey, Island, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Albania.

The aim of this study tour was to give participants the opportunity to familiarise with international and European policies and activities in the field of women's rights and offer participants exchange and networking opportunities in a respectful atmosphere among themselves on the European-level as well as Member State-based civil society organisations active in this field.

With the aim of assistance, „Defending women's rights“, TAIEX, as the main study visit subject, was particularly elaborated in the fields of Social policy and employment and Judiciary and fundamental rights.

The form of study visit is open for the participation of several representatives of civil society organisations active in this field from each of the candidate and potential candidate countries and territories to EU enlargement. It also intends to offer organisations from the beneficiary countries and territories the possibility to visit EU institutions, as well as relevant EU platform organisations, or whenever relevant for the topic of the study visits, also other European, international or national organisations in order to familiarise themselves with EU structures, policy making process, programmes, policies and good practices.

The Technical Assistance and Information Exchange (TAIEX) is an institution building instrument for short-term assignments. TAIEX channels requests for assistance in the fields of approximation, implementation and enforcement of Community legislation in beneficiary countries. It consists of: the secondment of experts; study visits; seminars and workshops; training; monitoring and analysis of progress and situations; database and information products; and the translation of legislation. TAIEX assistance is targeted towards candidate countries, acceding countries, the ten new Member States, Western Balkan countries, countries involved in the European Neighbouring Policy and Russia.

http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/taiex/dyn/taiex-events/library/detail_en.jsp?EventID=44479
 

Interview with Gjuner Nebiu: Never same and equal

Gjuner Nebiu, president of the Women Citizens' Initiative ANTIKO, Skopje, Macedonia, is our next guest in the cycle of interviews with world famous feminists, who were interviewed by Ana Vranjes, Domineos, in December 2010 during the Global Conference "Women and 21 Century - Feminist Alternatives" i n Cairo.

Women's Civic Initiative ANTIKO in October 2009. organized an international conference in Skopje, which was attended by 165 women from 23 countries from around the world. Women from political parties, feminists, peace activists and women from institutions that promote gender equality in all participating countries, and women who for many years working within the global network for peace and women's rights, including Nawal el Saddawi, as one of Honorary guest, on this occasion sent a joint appeal to women around the world and civil society to unite around issues that are aimed at preserving peace and security of women throughout the world. The conference in Skopje, organized by the ANTIKO entitled "Women Peace and Security - feminist alternatives“, has resulted in this conference in Cairo, which is actually a continuation of the conference in Skopje.

Gjuner reminds us how important it is to work on common problems and ignore the differences that are not essential and which we are moving us away from each other unnecessarily.

"This is our approach in Macedonia. We have 18 women's groups in all ethnicities: Macedonian, Albanian, Roma, Turkish, Serbian. However, for 11 years we all work together to achieve common goals. We work because we want to bridge differences. Only united, as women, we can achieve the power to change, we persevere in our journey and mission. Women are all over the world more or less unequal, but never the same and equal, and that is what we have in common ", says Gjuner.
 

Croatian Translation of interview with Gjuner Nebiu

Interview with Gjuner Nebiu, the original audio recording
 

Croatian President Ivo Josipovic at "Dominoes"

Croatian President Ivo Josipovic visited on 30 March association "Dominoes" to express support for the organization of "Split Pride 2011". President was welcomed by the Coordinators of the feminist organization "Dominoes", Split, lesbian group "Kontra" and "Iskorak" from Zagreb. Along with the President and his team, at the meeting participated 30 members, associates, colleagues, supporters and volunteers, and volunteers of "Dominoes" and "Split Pride" organizers.

"It was my pleasure to come to the association "Dominoes "and support the organization of " Split Gay Pride 2011", as these activists are doing valuable work in promoting human rights. In this way, Split is about to establish itself as a place of tolerance towards minorities, who need our support and protection", said the Croatian President Ivo Josipovic at "Dominoes". The President, who stayed with the the activists an hour or much longer than previously established by the protocol, was interested in the progress of preparation, and Mirjana Kucer, executive coordinator of "Dominoes", with much optimism, announced that this will be the best Pride ever organized.

"People are fed up of primitivism and our city yearns to reach of hihger levels of civilization. Therefore, your support is very important to us. This event will be of great importance not only for LGBT people, but also for human rights, not only in Split, but also throughout the region. Unfortunately, in our city there is no LGBT organization, so our association helped to organize this event, along with associations of "Kontra" and "Iskorak" from Zagreb., explained Kucer to the President Josipovic, who also inquired about other activities of "Dominoes", such as protection of abused women, improvement of the position of women on the labor market, increasing women's political participation, the position of women in Croatia in relation to European countries, etc.

Josipovic announced that he will send support letter to the organization of the „Split Pride", because prevented from attending the parade scheduled for 11 June due to his already agreed obligations. So, his support letter will be publicly read on the occasion of „Split Pride“. The „Pride“ will be entitled „Different families - equal rights“ and in this context, Sanja Juras, from lesbian group „Kontra“, filed a modified proposal of the Family Code which does not require recognition of rights of the classic marriage or adoption of children, but only attempts to ensure equal rights and obligations of civil union, as well as rights to health insurance or pension or the right of inheritance.

Mirjana Kucer and Sanja Juras, in front of the Croatian Women's Network, also expressed their protest and asked for support, because of termination of the Office of the Ombudsperson for Gender Equality.

"It took us many years to establish the Office and its work, and now the government wants to abolish it, although it was the only one able to respond to some of the needs of women and discriminated LGBT population", said Kucer said to the President, and thanked him for the visit with the invitation to come more often. The next move is, of course, on behalf of the President.

http://www.slobodnadalmacija.hr/Hrvatska/tabid/66/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/133737/Default.aspx

http://www.index.hr/vijesti/clanak/predsjednik-josipovic-podrzao-splitski-gay-pride-zao-mi-je-sto-necu-doci/544870.aspx

http://www.croportal.net/novosti/GAY_PRIDE_U_SPLITU_Josipovic_kod_Domina_
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http://www.dalmacijanews.com/Hrvatska/View/tabid/77/ID/51843/Josipovic-u-Splitu-Nazalost-ja-ne-mogu-doci-na-Gay-Pride-FOTO.aspx
 

IPA IV: Support groups for unemployed women

As part of the IPA IV "Women in the labor market - a problem or opportunity" on February 23 at "Dominoes" started support groups for the empowerment of women, the direct project beneficiaries, in the process of finding a job.

In accordance with the implementation of planned project activities, support groups are led by external expert, a psychologist-psychotherapist Dina Veronika, with work experience in this area. Beneficiaries are also offered on-line support via the website www.zeneposao.com, which is designed and published to meet the needs of the project.
The number of beneficiaries in support groups is limited. The group meets regularly once a week every Wednesday for two hours. Hereafter, workshops with specific thematic content will be organised, if necessary, as well as individual interviews and counseling.

The project "Women in the labor market - a problem or opportunity" is financed from the EU for Croatia, as a part of the IPA IV Programme "Human Resources".

www.zeneposao.com, Online Support

EU Delegation in Croatia
 

"Vagina Monologues" for women with disabilities

And this year "Dominoes" participate in the "V Day" campaign and the global movement to stop violence against women and girls inspired by the theatrical play "Vagina Monologues" by writer and activist Eve Ensler.

Thus, in collaboration with a network of associations of persons with disabilities, this year the play "Vagina Monologues" was held on Saturday, 02 April, for 70 visitors at the "Golden Gate" of the Open University in Split, Diklecijanova 7, beginning at 18:00 hours, and was performed by women with disabilities, the City Youth Theatre actress, writers and journalists.

Since its launch until now, the main goal of the international V-Day organization and the campaign is collecting funds to help women victims of violence and sexual abuse. In the vision of "V Day" the world should be the place where women live safely and freely, as an organized movement in response to violence against women and is demanding that the rape, incest and sexual slavery is currently stopped. "V Day" believes that women should live their lives creatively and fully realised, instead of fighting for survival and recovery from sexual assault and the consequences thereof.

After the show, at 19:00, in the loggia POUS's, there was a party. Proceeds from the tickets for this year's "Vagina monologues" will be forwarded to women with disabilities.

Photos by Maja Prgomet
 

www.vday.org

Slobodna Dalmacija, V-day: Split will become a vagina friendly city

Tirana: Kvinna till Kvinna - Networking and advocacy

In organization of Swedish women's organization „Kvinna till Kvinna" from 07 to 09 April in Tirana was held a regional meeting on networking and advocacy, which was attended by representatives of women's organizations, feminists and activists from 7 countries in the Western Balkans and Sweden.

In order to strengthen cooperation, communication and networking in the region, sustainability of organizations and initiatives, presentations were held by (KtK) Isabelle Nilsson, Jenny Sundberg, Eva Zillen, Sefete Beqiri, Anna and Maja Lindstrom Stajcic. Particularly interesting was the presentation by the guest Josephine Liebl (EPLO) on lobbying in the EU accession process and the submission of the EU Progress Report in Brussels in May this year.

Three-day meeting in Tirana, which has significantly contributed to better mutual acquaintance, exchange of experiences and possibilities for future cooperation, was attended by two representatives of "Dominoes", Mirjana Kucer and Blanka Rokni Cop.
 

Program
 

The exhibition "Different families, same love"

In the frame of event of "Split Pride 2011" in the Info zona in Split, on 12 April was opened an exhibition of posters "Different families, same love“ which is derived from the campaign organized by ILGA - Europe (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and intersex Association), which consists of the posters distributed across Europe in 2008 and 2009. The posters are showing portraits of 12 different families who shared one same thing and that is love.

From 2010 the exhibition travels to the European countries to further raise awareness of the need for equal rights in family life, regardless of one's sexual orientation or gender identity. It is also the central message of this exhibition.

However, in many European countries, these families remain unidentified or are discriminated against the law. The aim of this exhibition is to reveal aspects of discrimination and show circumstances these families are facing and thus question the social acceptance of the situation.

ILGA - Europe hopes the exhibition will contribute to discussions on discrimination by experiencing different families, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people. The exhibition has so far been presented in Poland, Slovakia and Cyprus.

The exhibition was opened by Sanja Juras from Lesbian group „Kontra " and will be opened until Friday, 22 April. Setting up the exhibition and the organization of this year's "Split Pride" was welcomed by the representative of the European Parliament, Ulrike Lunacek, via the video message

 

http://vimeo.com/ilgaeurope/ulrike-lunacek-split
 

http://www.slobodnadalmacija.hr/Split/tabid/72/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/135585/Default.aspx

 

CWN: We'll never go back!

Representatives of the Croatian Women's Network, together with women's groups, trade unions representatives (Women's section of the Alliance of Independent Croatian Unions, the Committee of Women of Independent Croatian Unions and the Coordination of Women of Croatian Association of Trade Unions) submitted on 13 April at the St. Mark's Square protest letter to Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor with arguments against the abolition of the Office of the Ombudsperson for Gender Equality. Letter to the Office of the President of the Government was handed over by Neva Tole, supported by activists from the Women's Network and women's trade union groups with the action entitled „We'll never go back".

Members of the Croatian Women's Network are embittered by the announcement of the abolition of the Office of the Ombudsperson for Gender Equality, as well as two other special ombudsman for children and people with disabilities, which would be the adoption of the new law that should be attached to the Office of the Ombudsman.

Specifically, the Government wants to quickly conclude the chapter on the judiciary, and one of the criteria is to strengthen the role of the Ombudsman, apparently at the expense of three Democratic Institutes, which were established to protect the rights of vulnerable groups of society and give them aid in combating discrimination.
 

http://www.vecernji.hr/vijesti/briga-zene-invalide-djecu-jednom-uredu-clanak-276190

Workshops for the Commission for Gender Equality of SD County

From 15 to 17 April in Zadar „Dominoes“ held workshops for members of Commissions for Gender Equalty of Split-Dalmatia County to discuss the upcoming parliamentary elections in 2011. Participants of the workshop will also draft the operational plan aimed at increasing women's participation in politics and on electoral lists for elections for Parliament in 2011.

After 20 years of democracy in Croatia, only 7 women entered the Parliament from SD County and only 1.7% of women were involved in political parties according to the function of the parties. Campaign for more women in politics, in cooperation „Dominoes“ and Commissions, will consist of various campaigns, round tables, educating political female liders, politicians and media promotion of spots aiming to educate female politicians for a greater extent of incorporation on the electoral lists, respecting the law and national policy on quotas.

Workshop participants made an action plan in which they elaborated in detail the measures, activities and the implementation deadline for the campaign. Holders of the campaign are "Dominoes" and the Commission for Gender Equality of Split-Dalmatia County.
 

Ljubljana: Social entrepreneurship - a vector of changes in the EU

Organized by the European Liberal Forum and the Slovenian Institute Novum, with support Cat Dem EU, in Ljubljana on 15 and 16 April was organised International Conference on "Social Enterprise: A vector of changes in the EU", which brought together the key social entrepreneurs and researchers, representatives of institutions and NGOs from Slovenia, the EU and the countries of Southeast Europe.

In accordance with the attached program, the goal of the conference was to elaborate solutions that contribute to socially and environmentally sustainable development as a long-term possibilities for new ways of employment and development, and position of social entrepreneurship and innovative social programs through good practices, and open discussion about the concept of social entrepreneurship at the highest political and professional levels, in parallel with that support to regional networking initiatives of social entrepreneurship in South-Eastern Europe.

The two-day work of over 150 participants of the conference is summarized in a joint statement about the concept of regional cooperation of all stakeholders in social entrepreneurship.

Conference in Ljubljana was attended by two representatives of "Dominoes".


Conference Program

Statement on the concept of cooperation

Novum Institute, Ljubljana
 

Local Partenrships for Employment of SD County

On the 06 April, at hotel "President" in Split, was held inaugural meeting of the Local Partnerships for Employment of Split-Dalmatia County, as the most appropriate body to prepare a strategy for human resources at the county level between stakeholders in Split-Dalmatia County, Croatian Employment Service, Regional Office Split and Regional Development Agency of Split-Dalmatia County.

Prior approval for the signing of a partnership statement of the Local Partnerships for Employment gave the County Assembly at its session, held on the 03 March this year.

The task of the Local Partnerships for Employment, as an advisory body to the project supported by the European program LPE 3 (Local Partnerships for Employment - Phase 3), IPA 2007-2009, is the recognition of problems, ideas, economic, social trends and all other issues of employment policy and coordination and mobilization of all resources based on the needs of the County.

The session was led by Miroslav Delic, head of the Croatian Employment Service, Regional Office Split. Meeting was attended by 24 members and guests; among them prefect Ante Sanader, the Mayor of the City of Solin Blazenko Boban, deputy mayor of City of Split Anđelka Viskovic and General Counsel of the EU project LPE3 Cleofe Guradigli.

After presenting the project LPE3, participants approached the signing of a partnership statement of all members present, which amies to subsequent constitution of Partnership Council for the labor market and human resources development. Also was selected Working Committee (V. Haladic, Split-Dalmatia County, Miroslav Delic, CES and Vesna Ivic Simetin,CEA, and verifier A. Franetovic).

At the session were also adopted Rules of Procedure of Partnership Council, and was elected Executive Committee of 13 members, including 4 representatives of civil society organizations ("Split zdravi grad", the Network of Associations of Persons with Disabilities, "ANGST 1700" and "Dominoes"), and the Managing Committee of 3 members (Visco Haladic, president, Miroslav Delic and Vesna Ivic Simetin, vice-presidents). At the end of the inaugural session LPE3 appointed the Technical Secretariat of the Partnership Council, composed of: Renato Jeroncic, Marina Mladineo Bartulovic and Ana Franetovic.


http://www.dalmacija.hr/O% C5% BDupaniji/Novosti/tabid/70/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/1485/Odrzana-osnivacka-sjednica-Lokalnog-partnerstva-za-zaposljavanje-Splitsko-dalmatinske-zupanije. aspx
 

IPA IV: Training for self-employment and "home office"

Within the IPA IV "Women in the labor market - a problem or opportunity", on 29 and 30 April, was held educational training workshop on self-employment and "home office" for beneficiaries, unemployed women over 40 years of age, long-term unemployed, single mothers.

The workshop was led by an expert mg. Dasa Dragnic and 13 women are trained on practical examples and exercises, opportunities to start their own businesses. In addition to developing a personal plan to develop business ideas and opportunities of realization of the same, workshop participants gained basic knowledge about the characteristics and forms of business, legal and legislative framework, and the possibilities and ways of working from „home office“.

The project "Women in the labor market - a problem or opportunity" is financed from the EU preassesion funds for Croatia, in part IPA IV Programme "Human Resources".

EU Delegation in Croatia
 

Meeting of the Civil Society Forum of SD County

On 27 April in Split was held the first meeting of the Council Forum of civil society organizations of Split-Dalmatia County in which was analyzed the situation and circumstances of the Forum of civil society organizations in the City of Split and Split-Dalmatia County. At this occasssion, the Council also agreed an action plan.

Among other things, participants agreed to the proposals for the Draft Agreement with the County, subject to agreement with the City, and analysis of the situation in the city which includes the problem of definition of social services and the concept of civil society at the city level, as there is an evident threat to the sustainability of civil society organisations in the city of Split, which resulted in discontinuity of cooperation between the City of Split and CSOs. In this sense, it was decided to start drafting a questionnaire / survey on civil society cooperation with the city that is based on the collected data. Also it is agreed to organise debate / public forum at the level of cities and counties which will be determined by the achievements so far, and the continuity and further action of civil society organisations according to the national strategy for the development of civil society.

The Forum was attended by representatives of associations "Dominoes", "Most", „Mi“, Info zone and the president of the Forum, Nives Ivelja.
 

http://forum.udruga-mi.hr
 

Nova TV News: "Women in the labor market - a problem or opportunity"

Nova TV News, on 06 May broadcasted report on the unemployed women, beneficiaries of educational workshops for job searching, held in "Dominoes" in the framework of IPA IV "Women in the labor market - a problem or opportunity."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckZXCn_P_zo
 

Forum "Nothing Cons Split Pride"

At "Europe House" in Split on 11 May was organised a debate "Nothing Cons Split Pride," about upcoming social events in Split, with special emphasis on the first LGBT Pride, with prominent speakers, society representatives from the public life of Split.

Patricipants of the Forum were Boris Dezulovic, journalist; PhD Nikola Viskovic, a retired professor at the University of Split; Blazeny Radas, member of Cultural Council at City Hall Split; PhD Antonija Primorac, Philosophy, University of Split; Damir Pilic, sociologist; Barbara Matejcic, journalist; Aleksandar Antic, musician; Predrag Lucic, writer; PhD Inga Tomic Koludrović, University of Zadar.

The forum "Nothing Cons Split Pride" discussed the issues of openness and tolerance of City of Split on the issue of human rights of LGBT persons and possibilities that open through the prism of realising Split LGBT events. Panel was moderated by Sandra Brumen, Lesbian group Kontra and Edo Bulić, Iskorak, Zagreb.

http://www.slobodnadalmacija.hr/Crna-kronika/tabid/70/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/137581/Default.aspx

http://www.dalmacijanews.com/Hrvatska/View/tabid/77/ID/55792/Tribina-povodom-Gay-Pride-au-Splitu-Treba-angazirati-i-Torcidu.aspx

http://cro.time.mk/read/a71d4f7e39/479995edd0/index.html
 

Have you signed for RECOM?

As part of a campaign to collect one million signatures, "Dominoes", as a member of the Coalition for RECOM, is inviting you to give their signature to support the establishment of the Regional Commission for colletcing facts about all the victims of war crimes and other human rights violations committed on the territory of former Yugoslavia in the period from 1991 – 2001. The link to give signature is http://support.zarekom.org/index.php.

Coalition for RECOM has more than 1500 civil society organizations and individuals from all countries of former Yugoslavia. Among them are the associations of parents and families of missing persons, veterans, representatives of minority ethnic communities and organizations for the protection of human rights and others. The Coalition advocates estabilishment of RECOM, the Regional Commission for collecting facts about all the victims of war crimes and other serious violations of human rights violations committed on the territory of former Yugoslavia in the period from the 1991 to 2001.


support.zarekom.org / index.php
 

Panel discussion: A woman among motherhood, family and career - should she choose?

On the occasion of the Family day, women of SDF SDP SD County and SDF SDP Split, on 14 May, in the SDP premises in Split, organized a panel discussion on the theme "A woman between motherhood, family and career - should she choose?".

The round table was moderated by Gordana Sobol, president of the Parliamentary Committee for Gender Equality and president of Women's SDF SDP Croatia, and panel discussion participants were MSc Zoran Malek, sociologist; Mirjana Kucer, Dominoe; Andrea Vrgoc, president of Women's SDF SDP SD County and Batarelo Aida, president of Women's SDF SDP Split.

With their active participation, work and quality of the panel discussion was contributed by cca 30 participants, mostly women. Conclusions are that, despite the statistics presented on progress and improving women's status in society and the increasing number of their participation in various professions and management structures, gender equality in many aspects of life are not yet achieved and women are still forced to "choose" in their lives and submit themselves to a number of traditional and patriarchal values and a strong presence of stereotypical patterns in society and family.
 

IPA IV: The second cycle of educational workshops "Job Search"

In the frame of the project "Women in the labor market - a problem or opportunity" (IPA IV), financed from EU pre-accession funds, which in City of Split and Split-Dalmatia County from 17.11.2010. to 16.11.2011. is implemented by association "Dominoes", in partnership with the Croatian Employment Service, Regional Office Split and the Croatian Association of Employers, Split Office, from 05 to 16 May in the premises of "Dominoes", Bosanska 4, Split, was held the second cycle of workshops for gaining knowledge and skills in job search, intended for second target group of unemployed women.

After completing training, there is a possibility of work practices with the employer and a fee for up to 2 months of vononteering and the possibility of employment in occupations such as lawyers, economists, nurses and cooks, and the inclusion into the group support and education on self-employment.

The project "Women in the labor market - a problem or opportunity" is reseraching new models of employment for the target group of hard to employ women as women over 40 years of age, long-term unemployed and single mothers. According to a program of project implementation, the cycle of educational workshops for job searching is led by Sandi Mrsic Basta.


More about the IPA IV "Women in the labor market - a problem or an opportunity"

EU Delegation in Croatia
 

CSO Report and consultation in Brussels

Representatives of the Croatian Women's Network, Mirjana Kucer, "Dominoes", and Sanja Juras, "Kontra", Zagreb, on 11 May participated in consultations of delegation for Enlargement of the European Union and representatives of international and nongovernmental organizations in Brussels.

On that occassion, representatives of CWN (Croatian Women's Network) submitted a progress report on to the European Commission on human rights, women's rights, children's rights and human trafficking, mental health, sexual orientation etc. The consultation were also attended by representatives of Turkey, Macedonia, Iceland, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Serbia and Kosovo, and were organized by the Swedish women's organization „Kvinna till Kvinna" within the project of empowerment of women.
 

Training on gender mainstreaming

In the frame of IPA component IV Human Resources Development and the project "Women in the labor market", implemented by WYG International in a consortium with YTKO and partnership with the Croatian Employment Service, "Dominoes" participated in training, "Implementation of gender-sensitive policies on the labor market", held on 18 and 19 May in Split.

The training was attended by 15 representatives of regional offices of the CES from Split, Sibenik and Zadar, and representatives of labor unions in the Split shipyard and Dalmacijavino Company, and the Commission for Gender Equality of Zadar County. Themes of gender theory, the concept of intervention tools and methods for the reconstruction of gender roles in the structures, with examples of good practices and research results in Austria and Slovenia, were presented by educators and Eva Janusch and Heide Cortolezis from the organization "Nowa", Graz, Austria.

The overall objective of the project "Women in the labor market“ is increasing the employability of vulnerable groups of women and support for their re-entering on the labour market through supporting the development of more effective labor market policies as a precondition for social inclusion and access to labor market for vulnerable groups of women.

Women in the labor market, IPA Component IV - Human Resources - The European Union in Croatia

Info flyer "Women on the labor market"

http://www.nowa.at/

CWN: Open letter to Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor

Croatian Women's Network sent to Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor open letter of protest for closing the Office of Ombudsperson for Gender Equality, which "Dominoes“, as a member of CWN fully supported and signed ...

CROATIAN WOMEN'S NETWORK
Tel: +385 1 4551 142
e-mail: koordinatorica@zenska-mreza.hr
www.zenska-mreza.hr
Zagreb, 23 May 2011

attn/
Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor
St. Mark's Square 2
Zagreb


SUBJECT: Elimination of the Office of Ombudsperson for Gender Equality

Dear Madam President,

We address you in this public call, not only as president of the Croatian Government, but also as a woman who is carrying out public functions and who has so far demonstrated a significant level of gender awareness, to prevent the certain intention of the Ministry of Justice for the abolition of office of the ombudsman for gender equality and other special attorney 's offices.

Croatian Women's Network, as an umbrella association of dozens of women's NGOs, trade union and three female groups (SSSH, NHS and HUS), considers that the abolition of the office of the ombudsman for gender equality as an independent body to combat discrimination in the field of gender equality - that is prescribed by the Law on Gender Equality - direct departure from the proclaimed European policies to promote gender equality and undeniable step backward for women's rights in the Republic of Croatia.

Also, the elimination of such an independent institute shreads a negative light and the international reputation of Croatia, which due to the existence of these institutions, received a number of good ratings from the European Union and the United Nations. Confirmed that the letter from Members of the European Parliament, who warned a month ago the EU Commissioner for Enlargement Štefana Füle, that such "structural changes lead to a weakening of understanding anti-discrimination and reduction activities in the fight for equality at the national level, and ultimately undermine recent progress and impede Croatian application of the acquis communautaire during the accession negotiations or immediately after their completion. The intention of the abolition of the Office of Ombudsperson for Gender Equality is particularly negative deed, and contributes to the negative international reputation of the Republic of Croatia. For example, recently, in the negotiations for Chapter 19 (Labour Market and Social Affairs), the EU has sought to strengthen the Office of the Ombudsperson for Gender Equality, UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against women and has sent to Croatia a message to praise the work of the Ombudsperson for Gender Equality, and the like are almost always heard in international meetings about Croatia.

Why, then, the Ministry wants to abolish this important institute? Interpretation that it promised the EU within the closure section 23, which is required staffing and strengthening of the Office of the Ombudsman, is frivolous and irresponsible, because it certainly can not achieve the "swallowing" of the personnel office of special attorney. In addition, due to lack of practice, interests and qualifications of the current Office of the Ombudsman, it is essential not to reduce focus on women's human rights, but also the rights of children and people with disabilities, three particularly vulnerable groups in all societies.

We wish to emphasize that the Office of the Ombudsperson for Gender Equality deals with specific protection on the basis of gender and sexual orientation, and within that, non-discrimination, prevention, and establishing gender equality in all spheres of life in the first place, along with research, analysis, survey and work on individual cases. Although the current Ombudsperson's mandate is expiring soon, we are confident that the newly elected ombudsman for gender equality, will just as responsibly and effectively perform its task.

It's hard to believe that the ombudsman, who by nature of its functions has other priorities, just as vigorously continue with a number of specific tasks of the Ombudsman. The Ombudsman, as it could give impression, do not even recognize violence against women as a form of discrimination, and so far has not shown even the knowledge of gender-conscious speech, which is evident from his statements.

However, it is absolutely tragic that a special ombudsman institute is terminated behind the closed doors of the Ministry of Justice, without a broad public debate on proposed amendments to the Ombudsman, and other related laws, without consistent application of the Code consultation with the interested public in the processes of passing laws, regulations and acts, and - which is inconceivable in a democratic procedure - without the involvement, consulting or even informing about relevant special ombudsman representatives of civil society.

Remember that women organized in non-governmental organizations advocated and influenced the establishment of the Office of the Ombudsman for Gender Equality, because they are painfully aware of the fact that women are systematically, directly and indirectly, discriminated in the Croatian society, and to certain aspects of such discrimination you are personally exposed , Madam President of the Croatian Government. This is the reason why we expect from you to stop playing with women's human rights and violations of the Code consultation with the interested public, in order to continue combating discrimination against vulnerable groups in society and enable their participation.

Sincerely,

For the Croatian Women's Network:

Mirjana Kucer
Djurdjica Kolarec
Bojana Genov
Sanja Juras
Nela Pamukovic
Rada Boric

Coordinator of women's trade union group
Jasna A. Petrovic

 

Elections 2011: What women want?

Five female, feminist organizations - CESI, B.a.b.e., Dominoes, Delfin and CGI are preparing a platform for women's parliamentary elections in elestion year 2011. We want the politicians and female politicians to hear and acknowledge women's voices and women's interests in the creation of their election programs. We ask that the next government in its policy incorporates a gender perspective and gender mainstreaming as a fundamental principle of planning and implementation of government programs.

What women want from the next government elections, herewith, we ask them all and all the so-called. ordinary citizen, experts, activists. We want to hear everyone's voice and the voices of women included into a platform that will deliver in September leaders of political parties whom we all ask to take into account the wishes and needs of 52% of the population.

Your ideas, suggestions and requests you can send to us at izbori@libela.org

Let them hear a female voice!
 

Exhibition of aquarells at the "Cultural heritage"

The oldest participant of the painting workshop, "Out of the being of colour“, that is for 4 years running weekly at "Dominoes", 80-year-old Mrs. Sonja Bjelancic, presented on Wednesday, 01 June her watercolour paintings aat the "Association of Friends of Cultural Heritage", Split.

With a small party and verses by the poet Sonja Senjanovic, a retired engineer of Radiology, which has never before been engaged in painting, with great and undisguised pleasure shared with her friends and visitors her artistic achievements through four years of attending workshops by presenting exhibiting from the series "Goddesses in every woman, "" Seasons of the Year" and "Little Fairy ".

Congratulations to Mrs. Bjenacic! We wish her many more artistic achievements, successful new works and future exhibitions!
 

IPA IV: Focus groups for unemployed women

On Monday, 6 June at "Dominoes" was held focus group attended by seven of unemployed women, the direct beneficiary of the IPA IV "Women in the labor market - a problem or opportunity", that is implemented by association, "Dominoes"  in Split-Dalmatia County since October  2010. in partnership with the Croatian Employment Service, Regional Office Split and the Croatian Employers' Association, Regional Office Split.

Participants of the focus group, unemployed women from the category of hard to employ women over age 40, long term unemployed, single mothers, with expert facilitation expressed on this occasion theor thoughts, opinions and comments about individual experiences, roles, needs, opportunities and expectations, as well as obstacles faced in re-entry  or return on  the labor market.

After analyzing and processing the results of focus group results, conclusions  will be published in the "Job searching - experiences of women" along with the results of focus groups with employers and a joint  focus groups of employers and unemployed women, which will be held during July at  "Dominoes ".

The project "Women in the labor market - a problem or opportunity" is funded by  EU pre-accession funds for Croatia in the frame of  IPA component IV Human Resources Development.

EU Delegation in Croatia

"What women want? Female voices in parliamentary elections in 2011"

In Zagreb is on 07 June launched a partnership project "What women want? Female voices in parliamentary elections in 2011 ', which is implemented by five feminist organizations - CESI, B.a.b.e., Zagreb, Dominoes, Split, CGI, Porec, and Delfin, Pakrac.

The project aims to promote equal participation of women and men in the election race through sensitization of policy makers, as well as open public space to express the interests and needs of women in order to integrate a gender perspective and the real needs of women in party election programs and public policy.

Project activities are "Women's Manifesto - What women want from the future government", advocating the public and political parties, national media campaign and gender election analysis. The expected results are enhanced women's participation in the electoral race by opening opportunities for dialogue with potential stakeholders of the government and thereby decision and policy makers, with the opening of the public space for expression and visibility of the interests and needs of women, with respect of gender perspective and its implementation into political parties in the creation of party programs and public policies.

Duration of the project is 12 months, with financial support from the Government Office for Gender Equality, Republic of Croatia.
 

http://www.libela.org/vijesti/2083-kampanja-za-vise-zena-u-saboru/
 

Split Pride 2011

The first Split Pride was held in Split, on Saturday, 11 June, in organisation of "Dominoes" Lesbian group "Kontra"and "Iskorak". Inspite a strong police security, over 200 participants of the parade were exposed to violent attacks and incidents by some citizens, but still they managed to pass the planned route from the City park to the waterfront, where was held an abbreviated special program. Pride was joined by many members of the academic and political community of Split, journalists and guests from the Netherlands, Serbia, Slovenia, Montenegro, USA, Canada and Australia.

In Friday, 10 June, the day before "Split Pride 2011," at hotel "Park" in Split, was held an international conference entitled "The right to protection of family life of same sex couples". In addition to representatives of the organizers of "Split Pride", the conference was attended by Gordana Lukac Koritnik, Ombudsperson for Gender Equality, Republic of Croatia; Linda Freimane, ILGA-Europe (International Lesbian and Gay Association); PhD. Kojicic Jovan, Lund University, Monte Negro; Sime Lucin, the Committee for Human Rights and National Minorities of the Croatian Parliament; Dragan Todorovic, the Institute for Gender Equality, Serbia and other guests from Slovenia and Serbia. Prior to the conference was organized press conference for media representatives.

Conference Programme

First Split "Pride" was noticed by almost all Croatian and numerous foreign media.

 

http://www.index.hr/tag/234311/split-pride.aspx

http://www.libela.org/kolumne/2097-split-najbolja-reklama-za-zagreb/

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.156034894464617.38381.122263441175096

http://www.tportal.hr/vijesti/hrvatska/133106/Split-Pride-mora-ici-dalje.html

http://www.slobodnadalmacija.hr/Hrvatska/tabid/66/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/140425/Default.aspx

http://www.zamirzine.net/spip.php?article10766

http://www.tportal.hr/vijesti/hrvatska/133106/Split-Pride-mora-ici-dalje.html

http://www.facebook.com/mobileprotection #! / media / set /? set = a.1747540093668.2087463.1393771693 & closeTheater = 1

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/stone-throwing-extremists-disrupt-gay-pride-march-in-croatias-coastal-town-of-split/2011/06/11/AGBkZXQH_story.html? wprss = rss_world

http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2011/06/13/Antigay_Attacks_Mar_Croatian_Pride_Event/

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110611/ap_on_re_eu/eu_croatia_gay_pride_1

http://www.b92.net/eng/news/region-article.php?yyyy=2011&mm=06&dd=12&nav_id=74876

http://www.dailypress.com/news/national/sns-ap-eu-croatia-gay-pride, 0.2439054. story? track = rss & utm_source = feedburner & utm_medium = feed & utm_campaign = Feed% 3A + hrdailypress% 2Fnews% 2Fnationworld +% 28Daily + Press + - + National% 2FWorld + News% 29

http://www.amnesty.org/en/for-media/press-releases/amnesty-international-reaction-violence-against-croatia-pride-march-2011-06

http://www.lgbt-ep.eu/press-releases/unsafe-pride-event-in-croatia-casts-shadow-over-accession-prospects/


 

Roundtable: IPA IV Women in the labor market

As part of the IPA IV "Women in the labor market" project that is since September 2010. implemnted by Consortium WYG International Ltd.as the leeding organisation in partnership with Croatian Employment Service as a beneficiary institution of the project, on 16 June at the "Atruim" in Split, „Dominoes“ participated in the Panel discussion about results of research of women's position in the labor market conducted in this project.

The project team leader, Angela Taylor, presented the IPA project, WLM, , and results of the labor survey and research conducted on unemployed women in Croatia. Sanja Crnkovic-Pozaić presented results of research on women's entrepreneurship, and Roma women and women from rural areas resarch results were presented by Vanja Hazle After presentations participants discussed the conclusions and recommendations.

The overall objectiveof IPA IV „Women on the labout market“ is to increase the employability of disadvantaged women on the labor market and facilitate their better access to the labor market. The project purpose is to support the development of more efficient and effective labor market policies as a precondition for social inclusion and access of the disadvantaged women to the labour market. Same panel discussions.were organized in Zagreb (13 June) and Osijek (14 June).
 

Zagreb Pride 2011

"Zagreb Pride" was organized on Saturday, 18 June on the tenth anniversary of Zagreb Pride, the largest ever parade of LGBT and queer people, and those who support the struggle for their rights. With a very strong police security, about 2,000 people walked through the center of Zagreb in a good mood and attracted attention to the problem of inequality and the fear of a diversoty in the society.

Citizens of Zagreb and many people from the political and Croatian public life, joined the parade and supported the right to diversity and the rights of LGBTQ people and thus opposed the backwardness of homophobia, discrimination and mindless violence.

After the Split Pride, Zagreb parade joined and supported Zagreb Pride a few members of "Dominoes".

http://www.nacional.hr/clanak/110557/foto-zagreb-pride-uz-jako-osiguranje-prstao-od-boja-i-dobrog-raspolozenja

http://www.nacional.hr/clanak/110537/povorka-krece-u-15-sati-podrsku-dosle-dati-i-osobe-iz-javnog-zivota

http://www.nacional.hr/clanak/110541/britanski-veleposlanik-pride-je-izraz-tolerancije-raznolikosti-i-postavanja-prava

http://www.nacional.hr/clanak/110521/nova-kusnja-tolerancije-u-hrvatskoj

http://www.nacional.hr/clanak/110485/proglas-zagreb-pridea-psi-laju-a-prajdovi-prolaze-i-buducnost-je-nasa
 

IPA IV WLM: Evaluation of active labor market measures

Within the IPA IV "Women in the labor market" and research from September 2010, led by ConsortiumWYG International Ltd.. and the Croatian Employment Service as implementing partner, conducted activities and evaluation of active labor market, institution policies and projects financed under the grant scheme CARDS, PHARE and IPA by CSOs, which involve sensitive target groups are hard to employ women. Thus, Angela Taylor, team leader of IPA IV WLM and Vanja Hazl, expert on the labur market, on 17 June,in the form of unstructured interview evaluated "Dominoes" as the leeding organization of IPA IV "Women in the labor market - problem or opportunity" about the results achieved so far in implementing the project.

Information about the project results achieved so far, was given by the „Dominoes“ project manager, representatives of partner organizations CEA, Regional Office, Split, and several women, direct beneficiaries of the project. The information collected is one of the basic data required for the evaluation report in the period 2007-2010., which will be available on the project website www.wlmcroatia.eu.

Primary research, that was was conducted last year, also included "Dominoes" along with 90 civil society organizations that provide services to disadvantaged women on the labor market.

The overall objective of the WLM project is to increase the employability of disadvantaged women on the labor market and facilitate their access to the labor market. The project's purpose is to support the development of more efficient and effective labor market policies as a precondition for social inclusion and access of the disadvantaged women to the labour market.
 

Workshop for Potential Applicants for EU projects

In Sibenik, on the 27 and 28 June was organized a workshop for potential project applicants for the Call for proposals for grant funding under the IPA Konponente IV - Human Resources entitled "Establishment of support in social integration and employment of disadvantaged and marginalized groups".

The workshop was attended by 30 representatives of CSOs, local government and institutions from Split-Dalmatia and Sibenik-Knin County, as one of the leading County of the population with a constant help to the counties, according to the MHSA for 2010. year.
Workshop goal was to increase awareness about the aims and priorities of the IPA component, as well as increasing levels of awareness and knowledge about the Call for the grant proposals and the knowledge and skills for the development and execution of projects and project concepts.

Technical assistance for the implementation of the workshop was provided by CfBT Education Trust, as holder of a consortium of service providers, with moderation of Mladen Vojkovic.

"Dominoes" attended a workshop in Sibenik, and will also attend the workshop in Dubrovnik on 07 and 08 July 2011 for the Call for proposals on the theme "Expanding the network of social services in the community."

Detailed information on the published schedule of Cals for proposals and workshops for the preparation of proposals in other cities can be found at the following links:

http://www.hzz.hr/dfc/default.aspx?id=373

http://www.hzz.hr/dfc/userdocsimages/Poziv 20na%%% 20informativne 20radionice-131 454% 28GS% 29.pdf

http://www.hzz.hr/dfc/userdocsimages/POZIV 20na%%% 20INFORMATIVNE 20RADIONICE_131524.pdf
 

SEFOR: social entrepreneurship and sustainability

In the framework of social entrepreneurship and project SEFOR and ESENSEE, supported by European Commission EU and implemented by the Association for Creative Development "Slap", Osijek, in cooperation with "Healthy City", Split, and other partners,oin 04July in Split was held the first in a series of workshops of the initial course Social entrepreneurship and sustainability.

The workshop addressed a topic area of defining entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship, with practical application of social enterpreneurship in solving problems that lead to sustainable solutions and create social change.

"Dominoes" have joined the education program to strengthen the capacity of social entrepreneurs, which is primarily focused on civil society organisations, youth co-operatives and social enterprises, and individuals who want to start a social entrepreneurial initiative, and thus achieve sustainability in their efforts to create of social contributions and changes.

In addition to understanding the concept, practice and deveop leadership capacity for social entrepreneurship (SE), after the introductory training will be organized and advanced training for practitioners and managers of SE enterprise and SE consultants and trainers.

At the end of the educational program, ideas and discuss possibilities of eco-social enterprise clusters will be presented, which will be organized as a cooperative service development for the region of Dalmatia and Lika which is in the process of gathering information about the interests of building such a development system. Members / Subcontractors of that cluster would be associations, cooperatives, local and reginal administration, social enterprises, eco-family enterprises and eco-tourism economy.
 

http://www.delhrv.ec.europa.eu/?lang=hr&content=3208

http://www.zdravigrad.hr/hr/essense.php
 

Jezercica: Female Court - feminist approach to justice

In Jezerčica is from 01 until 03 July organised seminar "Female Court - a feminist approach to justice," by organization "Women in Black" from Belgrade, as a leader of program activities and coordinator of the Initiative Committee of a joint initiative for organizing the Female Courtl in former Yugoslavia.

Late in 2010, members of the Initiative Committee: Women to Women, Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Center for Women and Peace Education, Anima from Kotor (Montenegro), Center for Women's Studies and the Center for Women War Victims, from Zagreb (Croatia), Women's network of Kosovo, Women's Studies and Women in Black, Belgrade, launched a joint initiative to organize the Female Courtl in the former Jugoslavia as an instrument which will make possible to collect information about violations of human rights on national, regional and international levels in line with the feminist approach to justice and creating new models of justice. Existing examples of establishment Female Courts of in the world are examples of how by getting together in knowledge and experience is possible to create a space for women and find new paths to justice that will restore the dignity of women.

"Dominoes" supports the initiative for the Female Court in former Yugoslavia, as the first Female Court in Europe. „Dominoes“ attended educational seminar in Jezercica, together with representatives of several women's organizations from the Croatian and the Women's Group Split. The next seminar will be organized in September 2011.

Seminar program
 

IPA IV: Partnership evaluation meeting

"Dominoes" and partners in the project IPA IV "Women in the labor market - a problem or opportunity," Branch office Split CES and CEA, Regional Office Split, on 15 September in the premises of "Dominoes" participated in the evaluation meeting with the aim of reviewing previous and actual activities and further improve co-operation to implement the project.

Partner collaboration on the project, whiich is implemented from 17 October 2010. until 16 November 2011 is evaluated as satisfactory. Partners marked as are especially effective the implementation and effectiveness of the model of voluntary work practices, but they also recognize and disadvantages, such as lack of cooperation on behalve of CES, cooperation with individual employers and the need for increasing of CEA's human resources.

Even now, after the implementation of the third quarter of the project, it is already possible to see positive results and effects of implementing this project, hence the need for further activities and development of new models that would enhance employment difficult to employ categories of unemployed women. This evaluation meeting in "Dominoes" has confirmed that all partners agree and are ready to continue cooperation and participation in the similar future projects.

EU Delegation in Croatia

 

IPA IV: Focus groups with employers

Within the project IPA IV "Women in the labor market - a problem or opportunity", in the CEA Regional office, Split, on 21 September was held focus groups with employers who were this year involved on the project implementation.

The aim of the focus groups, which participated four employers, was to examine the attitudes of employers about the opportunities for difficult to employ women on the labor market and their conclusions on the implementation of the project.

Employers generally recognized as a problem of the Croatian Employment Service stating that their job is not done professionally. They have no prejudices against women in regard to age. Employers as well. highlight the problem of excessive length and parental leave, that bothers them in employing young women..Work practices for employers is acceptable, because it gives them the opportunity to meet and get more familiar with workers potential employees.. They also strongly emphasized the problem of local and global economic crisis.

After analyzing and processing the results of focus group, results and conclusions will be published in the brochure "Finding a job - the experience of women" along with the results of focus groups with unemployed women, held in July, and a common focus groups of employers and unemployed women, that will soon be held at "Dominoes".

The project "Women in the labor market - a problem or opportunity" is financially supported from EU pre-accession funds for Croatia under the IPA IV component - Human Resources Development.


EU Delegation in Croatia
 

Roundtable: Gender-based violence among young people

On the occasion of the 22 September, National Day Against Violence Against Women, at "Dominoes" was organized roundtable panel discussion on "Gender-based violence among young people".

In addition to representatives from organizations working with youth, to prevent and protect such forms of violence, the roundtable was attended by representatives of the police and the Center for Social Welfare in Split.

Participants šraised the work of the police, but stressed that without the joint work of all NGOs, institutions and the police, prevention is not effective, as well as the reduction of violence. It is necessary to carry out continuous pressure on the State Ombudsman Office and the Government itself in order to create and implement better and more systematic policy, as well as the education of youth, but also informing and educating society on the whole. All of these activities are of crucial importance for the reduction of violence in society.

Participants agreed that, despite the formal laws, strategies and guidelines, violence has increased and generally we live in a violent society. Also, the need for systematic financing of non-formal education to prevent violence is highlighted. Young people need to be active stakeholders in the implementation of projects, not just passive recipients of messages.

Associations proposed a joint campaign to open shelters for women victims of violence, which in Split has not yet been opened, after closing the "Mirta" shelters. Also, one of the conclusions was the need for networking of present associations in continuous implementation of actions aimed at preventing violence.

Djordana Barbaric, from the "Most" associatiom, proposed a monthly action by each organization on gender-based violence among young people, starting from September this year. Round table participants forwarded the invitation to all of Split associations dealing with these issues to join the initiative against violence and to respond at a common list of calls for joint action.

Roundtable"Gender-based violence among young people" was moderated by Blanka Roknic Cop and Tatjana Radmilo Marjanovic (Dominoes), with a foreword by Mirajna Kucer (Dominoes), and the guests were, among others, Stipe Jagnjic, Esmeralda Sunko, Djordana Barbaric and others.
 

http://prezi.com/x8wzvesvj4an/xxx/
 

IPA 2010: Workshops for potential applicants

On 23 September "Dominoes" in Split participated in workshop for potential applicants, at which were presented two new calls for proposals in the frame of IPA 2010 to support efforts of civil society in prevention of violence among young people and children and to foster volunteerism among young people (worth 1 MEUR) and IPA 2010 for supporting civil society organizations in developing, implementing, promoting and monitoring the implementation of sustainable development and environmental protection (worth 0.6 MEUR), as support of the European Union and the Government to civil society and strengthening the contribution of civil society in the EU accession process.

This workshop is organized by the Office for CSOs of the Croatian Government for potential applicants. Simillar workshops are also organized were in Zagreb, Osijek and Rijeka.

http://www.uzuvrh.hr/vijest.aspx?pageID=1&newsID=1442
 

Zagreb: Presentation of Women's platform 2011

"Women's Platform 2011" emerged as a result of conversations with women across 10 counties and 10 cities in Croatia which are very important to us especially where women belong to minority groups - such as women belonging to ethnic minorities and women with disabilities who are in especially difficult position in society", said Mirjana Kucer, "Dominoes", on 27 September in Zagreb at the presentation of women's campaigns to improve women's participation in elections, implemented by five feminist organizations Center for Women's Studies and CESI - Center for Education, Counselling and Research, together with partner organizations, B.a.b.e., Dominoes, Delfin and CGI.

Women's platform represents the demands of women to political parties prior to parliamentary elections 2011 and is the result of consultations with women activists conducted around Croatia by all partner organizations.

"Women's platform" is part of the project "What do women want? Female voices in the parliamentary elections 2011" aimed at promoting equal participation of women and men in the election race through sensitization of policy makers, as well as creating open public space for expression of interests and needs of women to include gender perspective and the real needs of women in party election programs and public policy.

Project activities are "Women's Manifesto - What do women want from the future government“, advocating the public and political parties, national media campaign and election. Gender analysis. The expected results are enhanced women's participation in the electoral race by opening opportunities for dialogue with potential stakeholders in the government and thereby to decision makers and policies, with the opening of public space for expression and visibility of the interests and needs of women, and respecting of gender perspective in political parties in the creation of party programs and public policies.

Duration of the project is 12 months, with financial support from the Government Office for Gender Equality of the Republic of Croatia.

Women's Platform
 

Read more about Presentation of Women's platform on the following links

http://www.libela.org/vijesti/2213-zene-na-liste-zenske-zahtjeve-u-programe/

http://www.libela.org/korisno/sto-zene-zele-296/


 

Split: "Women's Platform - Female voices in parliamentary elections 2011"

After Zagreb, in Split "Dominoes" on 06 October presented "Women's Platform - Female voices in parliamentary elections 2011" as a result of conversations with women in Croatia (10 counties and 10 cities) by feminist activists of from 5 women's NGOs, Center for Women's Studies, CESI - Center for Education, Counselling and Research, B.a.b.e., Dominoes (Split), Delfin and the Center for Civic Initiative, in the frame of the project "What women want? Female voices in parliamentary elections 2011".

On this occasion, the premiere of the video clip produced by Vox from Zagreb was organized and also it was announced a campaign to improve women's participation in the elections which will, in addition to visiting head office parties, include public actions and roundtables through the next two months, until elections in December.

Despite invitations to all the Commissions for gender equality in Zadar, Split-Dalmatia and Sibenik-Knin County and all political parties, presentation of "Women's Platform 2011" was attended by only representatives of the SDP, HNS, HSLS and representatives of the local media.

At the press conference, "Dominoes" pointed out that women clearly see their position in society, but no concern is reported about high withdrawal and distrust in politicians. Generally, women all over the Croatia do not believe in change, or at least do not believe that those who create it, or pretend to create apolicy, such changes can actually make. It was also noted that neither party presented the programs and do not promote a policy of balanced representation of women and men in politics and equality between women and men in private and public life.
 

Video clip "What do women want? Female voices in the parliamentary elections 2011th years ".
 

Split: Consultation of the National Foundation for development of Civil Society

After completing an online consultation, the National Foundation fordevelopment of Civil Society conducted a series of direct consultations on the development of new strategies of action from 2012 until 2015. After Zagreb, on 11 October counseling with National Foundation was held in Split, which was attended by "Dominoes", as a multi-year associate and beneficiary of the National Foundation for projects in the fields of democratization of civil society, media cooperation and institutional support.

At a public consultatin in Split, the National Foundation presented the results of an online consultation which was open from 5 September to 19 September 2011 , with the aim to evaluate the current implementation of the Action Strategy of the National Foundation for the period from 2008-2011 and propose new strategic goals and improvements for the next four-year period, from 2012 until 2015 .

According to the Director of the National Foundation, Cvjetana Plavsa-Matic, a public consultation is an opportunity to representatives of interested public representatives to discuss all priorities and measures for development of civil society in the next, for civil society important period, in which Croatia will join the European Union, which will open up new financial opportunities.

In addition to Split and Zagreb, in October the National Foundation otganizes Consultations in Rijeka and Osijek.

http://zaklada.civilnodrustvo.hr/category/101/subcategory/111/1502
 

"Women in Black" celebrated 20th birthday

"Women in Black", anti-militarist peace organization, on the 09 October celebrated in Belgrade twentieth anniversary of its work Big celebration was held in the Resource Centre for Cultural Decontamination in presence of numerous guests from the entire region and representatives from the so-called "other Serbia". This event was attended by the representative of "Dominoes". On this occasion, among many other things, was presented the book "The Ethics of courage" and "Coalesce - Homage of anti-military fight" and opened exhibition "Always disobedience - we leave a trail“ about the 20-year of actionof "Women in Black".

The NGO „Women in Black“ was founded on 9 October 1991 as a response of engaged citizens to start wars in the Balkans, modeled by the organization "Women in Black" in Israel, which stands for peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The organization "Women in Black" is still active in the struggle against nationalism, sexism, militarism and calls for recognition of crimes in the recent wars and reconciliation among peoples.

They call themselves feminist women's peace group of antimilitary orientatin and on 9 October was 20 years since the "Women in Black" first came out to the streets. They remain on the streets and continue working for the same ethical principles and political ideas. The spectrum of their action is great. The last action of a few days ago referred to the ban on Pride Parade by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Serbia. On this occasion, they declared: "Prohibition of the Parade undressed the state policy of Serbia: Government will not allow Pride and would not respect its own Constitution". The very next day they went to Potocari, where at the Memorial Centre attended the funeral - the burial of the remains of victims of genocide in Srebrenica.

Over 20 years they stood in the center of Belgrade, dressed in black, with banners, which were protesting against war, violence, fascism and homophobia, promoting peace, solidarity and feminism. Often in the Milosevic era they were physically attacked and after 2000. Their meetings are often guarded by police. Their statements are without mincing words, their commitment and activities, have been by no means everywhere in Serbia readily seen.

They see themselves as to remain restive, to refuse obedience to patriarchal power, as a responsible citizens, autonomous women as free thinking beings. In all major cities in Serbia they have their own network and in its ranks, welcoming women and men of all ages and religions. They are associated with women's pacifist world networks, working closely with the Mothers of Srebrenica and the Israeli organization Bat Shalom.

"Women in Black" have won many awards, but most important is the „Millennium Peace Prize“ in 2001 received at the United Nations in New York. They were nominated for an alternative Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 and in 2001 and 2003 they were nominated for the official Nobel Peace Prize.

http://www.zeneucrnom.org/
 

Consultations with the Ombudsman in Split

With the support of the UN Agency for Development (UNDP), within the project "Strengthening the capacity of the institution of the Ombudsman", Office of the Ombudsman, as the central authority for combating discrimination, organizes visits and consultations in the cities and counties, to allow direct contact and access to the institution and citizens outside of Zagreb. Thus, the Deputy Ombudsman, Dejan Palic, in the SD County of Split, on 11 October, responded to the questions of the NGO and trade unions representatives about implementation of the Law against discrimination .in the form of public hearings.

Although the call was sent to 120 representatives of civil society organizations, representatives of local government, trade unions and the media, Deputy Ombudsman complained to the poor response, as only about 20 representatives responded to the consultation of.

The representative of "Dominoes", Blanka Roknic, complained about the closure and non-functioning of shelters for women victims of violence and Deputy Ombudsman replied that it was a violation of human rights by local government. As a violation of human rights issues in the case of the "Split Pride" he commented as there was a lack of monitoring of judicial authorities after "Pride"-a.


Call of the Office of the Ombudsman's Government

http://www.ombudsman.hr/hr/pucki-pravobranitelj.html
 

IPA IV: support groups for unemployed women

As part of the IPA IV "Women in the labor market - a problem or an opportunity", "Dominoes" is continuing to implement support groups aimed at the empowerment of women, the direct project beneficiaries, in the process of finding a job.

In accordance to the implementation of planned project activities, support groups, led by an expert, a psychologist with experience working in this area, defektologist-psychotherapist Dina Veronica, beneficiaries can contact by on-line support via the website www.zeneposao.com, which is designed and published for the aims of the project.

Number of participants in the group is limited and the group meets regularly once a week every Wednesday. In addition, workshops with specific thematic content will be organised, if needed, as well as individual interviews and counseling.

The project "Women in the labor market - a problem or an opportunity" is financed from the EU pre-accestion funds for Croatiafor, in part IV of the IPA Programme "Human Resources".


www.zeneposao.com, Online Support

The EU Delegation in Croatia

Projection of documentary film about the first Split Pride

On 10 October, in Split at the "Golden Gate" cinema, Open University Split, was projected the 70-minute documentary film entitled „11 June - First Split Pride" by Tomislav Ladisic.

The documentary is the work of Tomislav Ladisic, student of the second year of film and video department at the Art Academy in Split. The film began as a short work for the Academy, that grew into something much bigger and more important than the work itself for review. This work is a personal experience of the author who followed all the events related to the organization and the events themselves of the first Split Pride, and the personal experience of experiencing the whole situation and dealing with the public as a "coming out of the closet".

Split Pride showed people that they should not be invisible - Libela blog

Split: Premiere of "11 June - First Split Pride" (PHOTO)> Dalmatia News

http://www.tportal.hr/kultura/kulturmiks/153433/Prikazan-film-o-prvom-splitskom-Gay-prideu.html

http://web1.slobodnadalmacija.hr/Kultura/tabid/81/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/151625/Default.aspx
 

IFE EFI: freedom, human dignity and social justice can not be imposed with guns and bombs

European Feminist Initiative (IFE EFI) in its Declaration entitled "Palestine, Libya, Syria ... Feminists more than ever for Peace and Democracy" expresses its solidarity with the women of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and once again give support to the struggle for democratic changes in Libya, Syria and Palestine, requiring adherence to the principle of gender equality as a prerequisite for democracy.

The declaration will be sent to the nearest diplomatic representative of Libya, Syria, Israel and Palestinian states. IFE-EFI has previously supported democratic changes and revolution in Tunisia.

"Dominoes", as a member and representative of IFE EFI in Croatia, joines the initiative and brings the full declaration which declares that freedom, human dignity and social justice can not be imposed with guns and bombs, that democracy necessarily means a recognition of women's rights as universal human rights and democracy and that peace activists around the world closely follow what happens in the Middle East.

IFE EFI Declaration
PALESTINE, LIBYA, SYRIA ...
MORE THAN EVER feminists FOR PEACE AND DEMOCRACY

IFE EFI Declaration
PALESTINE, LYBI, SYRIA ....
FEMINISTES plus que jamais POUR LA PAIX ET LA Democratia

 

Female Court: Education for public presentations

After the seminar "Women's Court - a feminist approach to justice" in Jezercica, in July this year, the organization "Women in Black" from Belgrade, as leader of program activities and coordinator of the Initiative Committee for organizing a joint initiative of the Female Court in the former Yugoslavia, "Women in Black" have prepared, extensive training for public presentations, which was held on 22 October at the premises of the Centre for Women's Studies in Zagreb, with the aim to educate participants for public presentations of the female court and discuss the feminist codex. Education led Maria Perkovic and Nela Pamukovic.

"Dominoes" supports the initiative of the Female Court in the former Yugoslavia as the first female court in Europe and hope to present the experience of women's courts in Split in the coming months. Education in Zagreb attended "Dominoes" representative, Mirjana Kucer.

In the late 2010 , members of the Initiative Committee composed of: Women to Women, Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Center for Women and Peace Education Anima from Kotor (Montenegro), the Center for Women's Studies and the Center for Women War Victims, from Zagreb (Croatia), Women Network of Kosovo Women's Studies and Women in Black from Belgrade, launched a joint initiative to organize the Female Court n the former Yugoslavia, as an instrument which will make possible to gather information about violations of human rights at the national, regional and international levels in line with the feminist approach to justice and creating new models of justice. Existing examples of establishing Women's courts in the world are examples of how together, with their „know how“ and experience women can create a space for women to find new paths to justice, which will restore the dignity of women.

Female courts, arising within civil society and social movements, provide space for women, not only the opportunity to testify about the everyday experience of injustice, but also to create new concepts of justice and peace.

Female courts have space for the voices of women, the testimony of women, but also take responsibility for justice, creating a feminist model of justice, encouraging the feminist ethic of responsibility and care, strengthening solidarity and joint construction of a just peace.

Previous activities
 

WLM: Training for designing, monitoring and evaluation of active employment policy

Within the IPA IV "Women in the labor market", which is from September 2010 carried out by a consortium of partners led by WYG International Ltd. and Croatian Employment Service as an project customer institution, in Sibenik on 27 and 28 October was organized training for designing, monitoring and evaluation of active employment policy and measures.

At the training the participants became familiar with the principles and techniques of project cycle management, with a focus on the design of the project, the tools of social analysis and techniques for planning, monitoring and evaluation, and how to the use of case studies in the field of employment.

Also, they were informed about the European strategy for growth and jobs 2020, European Guidelines 2020, as well as the principles and priorities of the European Social Fund.

The overall objective of the project "Women in the labor market" is to increase the employability of disadvantaged women on the labor market and their access to the labor market. The project purpose is to support the development of more efficient labor market policies as a precondition for social inclusion and access of disadvantaged women.

Trainings are also held in Opatija, Zagreb and Ilok. Training in Sibenik was attended by two representatives of "Dominoes" .

Training invitation

Training Agenda

http://www.wlmcroatia.eu/
 

REDaktura: Transyugoslav feminism - Women's Heritage Revisited

Center for Women's Studies organized from 13 to 16 October in Zagreb Conference entittled "REDaktura: trans-yugoslav feminism and female inheritance" (REDaktura: Transyugoslav feminism - Women's Heritage Revisited"), with additional events such as Living Archive.

Conference on was conceived as a trans-meeting of feminist theorists, activists, artists, teachers and students from the countries of former Yugoslavia to participate in the analysis and discussion of the common past and critically articulate women's position / location in the modern the world. The debate has sparked a series of controversies among feminists, because of the fact that until now, there has been no meaningful analysis of the feminist movement of the 70s and 80s of the last century, which opened a large space for discussion.

Conference in Zagreb was attended by two representatives of "Dominoes".

REDaktura program booklet

REDaktura program

http://h-alter.org/vijesti/kultura/kad-utopijske-oaze-presuse

http://www.zamirzine.net/spip.php?article11036
 

Cairo: The promotion of common programs for equality between women and men through Istanbul process

“Dignity, social justice and full implementation of women's rights as universal human rights, are prerequisites of democracy", this was highlighted at the first regional meeting of the Euro-Med NGO Coalition representatives of civil society organizations from six Arab countries in the MENA region and the European Feminist Initiative (EFI IFE), held from 01 until 03 October in Cairo, where it presented a program of the project "Promotion of common programs for equality between women and men through Istanbulprocess“. This project is funded by the European Commission.

Task of the three-day workshops was to develop a common methodology for capacity building for implementation of activities of the Istanbul process in the region, in the context of the Arab uprisal and the transition to democracy.

„Equality first!" is the central message of Euro-Med regional campaigns in the framework of this project with the aim of promoting equality and women's rights, as the supreme priority in political agendas and issues of crucial importance for sustainable democracy, peace and development.

In addition to raising awareness and networking of NGOs into political spheres, agreed are values and tools to be used on the international and regional level aimed at empowering women and their role in the Euro-Mediterranean region.

Equality First
 

Cairo: Coordination meeting IFE EFI and AISHA

European Feminist Initiative (IFE EFI) and AISHA Arab Women Forum held the 3 October in Cairo, its structural regular meeting. At the meeting were submitted reports on various activities, and it was concluded that the joint achievements are beyond expectations and that these two networks must continue building on, with effective monitoring and evaluation activities, with the aim of overcoming obstacles and possible gaps.

Dialogue between women from Arab and European countries is of utmost importance and the two networks will continue to implement it in the future.

It was also concluded that it is necessary to establish a common database of the results which will be realized in future activities and continue to organize joint conferences, publish joint statements and work on developing the analysis of structures of oppression, discrimination and violence against women in war and peace.

Report Coordination meeting IFE EFI / AISHA 03 October 2011
 

Consultations of civil society and the Office of the Ombudsman on the program of combating discrimination

Organized by the Center for Peace Studies, in Zagreb on 21 October was held a second meeting with civil society and representatives of the Office of the Ombudsman, "The Anti-discrimination", under the project "Strengthening of civil society organizations for effective monitoring and enforcement of anti-discrimination policy in Croatia".

Center for Peace Studies is an association of citizens that advocates social change on the principles of nonviolence, peace building and respect for human rights, linking education, research, activism and work in public policy.

This meeting allowed the resumption of talks on linking the activities in this field and establishing an informal network of anti-discrimination NGOs in Croatia, which was joined by numerous associations and „Dominoes“.

The meeting discussed the cooperation and communication, CSO, dealing with discrimination with the Office of the Ombudsman, and moderated mailing lists as the best solution to the mutual communication of CSOs.

Previous meeting with a special attorney's offices spawned a new form to track cases in the courts (criminal, civil misdemeanor), which would be looked at 01 January 2012.

Latest data show that the largest number of cases of discrimination based on race / ethnicity / skin color, is of ethnicity and national or social origin.
Contract was signed is for further cooperation in the field of detection and prevention of discrimination and agreed are concrete actions such as roundtables, education, systematization of work within the office (database of court cases), development of recommendations and preparation of forms by the Ombudsman to the CSO.

Consultations in Zagreb was attended by a member of "Dominoes", Slavica Bartulovic Barac.
 

Humanitarian Action by „Most“: And where are you?

"Dominoes" invites you to support humanitarian action by „Most“ associstion aimed at collecting and sharing support for their beneficiaries, users of the Shelters for the homeless and 200 socially vulnerable individuals and families in the wider area of the City of Split.
Herewith, we bring their call for action:


Dear colleagues and friends,
We started with the 11th implementation of the Humanitarian Action: AND WHERE ARE YOU?

The main goal of our action and campaign this year is the collection and distribution of aid for beneficiaries of the Shelters for homeless 200 socially most vulnerable individuals and families in the wider area of the City of Split.

During November, we collect items for the biggest and best flea market, and occasional sale, which will take place on Saturday 03 December 2011.

We collect a flea market stuff such as CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, books, comics, souvenirs, paintings, jewelry, Christmas ornaments, hats, promotional T-shirts, school supplies .....

Your items can be delivered to the following addresses:
- INFO ZONA, Jerina 1 (Sperun ) every weekday from 09:00 to 20:00 hours
- Association „Most“, Zvonimirova 7, every day from 9:00 to 13:00 and 17:00 to 20:00 hours
- Shelter for homeless, Zlodrina Poljana 4, every day after 19.00 hours
For further information please contact us on association's telephone:
021 483 680, Mobile: 099 483 6802 (Mladen) or via email address:
info@most.hr info@most.hr

THANK YOU !!!!!!!
Association „Most“

http://slobodnadalmacija.hr/Split/tabid/72/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/154382/Default.aspx
 

Application of gender-sensitive language

Association "Dominoes" sent a letter to 10 municipalities and cities of Split-Dalmatia County, which is pointing at irregularities in the use of gender-sensitive language when highlighting a function of local government workers and businesses owned by local governments. The same letter was sent to the County Commission for Gender Equality of Split-Dalmatia County, the Office for Gender Equality of the Croatian Government and the Office of the Ombudsman for Gender Equality.

On their internet sites, we noticed that the reference to women using the names of functions they perform in the masculine gender is in the sharp contrast to the Gender Equality Act (NN 85/08), the National Classification of Occupations (NN 147/2010), Council of Europe Recommendations and the Regulation on job titles (NN 116/07).

Very quickly we received responses from 6 units of local government. We received letters from the City Sinj and municipality of Brelale and announced changes in Hvar and Baska Voda. Also, current irregularities were corrected in Split and Podstrana.

Gender-sensitive language is an important part of the implementation of the Law on Gender Equality and implementation of national policy to promote gender equality. Unarticulated gendered use of language perpetuates patriarchal codes on a symbolic level, the invisibility of women in public discourse, but also leads to discrimination against women in social reality. Croatian language has a system of equal visibility of equality, that has extensions to the feminine, so unless it is justified and grammatically, the use of gender-sensitive language is an important social issue, which results in greater visibility of women and women's work.

Regulation on job titles NN116.07

A gender-sensitive language (translation of parts of the relevant recommendations)

Report of the Ombudsman - the project "Gender perspectives in public and official communication

INSTITUTE FOR CROATIAN Language and Linguistics 33 (2007)
 

IPA IV: Conference on "Prospects for women on the labor market in Croatia - new approaches and models of employment"

In hotel "Park" in Split, on 10 November, "Dominoes" organized a one day conference on "Prospects for women on the labor market in Croatia - new approaches and models of employment", within the framework of IPA IV "Women in the labor market - a problem or opportunity",  financed by the EU, which "Dominoes" is implementing in SD County in partnership with the CES Local Office, Split, and the CEA Regional Office, Split .

The conference was attended by more than 70 visitor / guests from the City of Split, SD County and the entire Croatia. On behalf of the participating CD county, participants were greeted by Ivan Udovicic from the Administrative Department for the Economy, Development and European Integration, and on behalf of the City of Split, Vesna Maksimovic from the Department of Health, Social Affairs and cooperation with war veterans and veterans' associations.

The conference was primarily aimed at project users, unemployed women and employers, as well as representatives of relevant institutions, such as CES and the Chamber of Commerce. On this occasion, were presented the results of the project "Women in the labor market - a problem or an opportunity" in the project duration from 17 November 2010 until 16 November 2011. In the project, through various forms of training and support, more than 100 women were included, of whom 15 women received learning in job searching and ability to access employers. With this model, three women are employed and 10 women found job.

In the introductory remarks of „Dominoes“ representatives and partner organizations, highest results are achieved through involvement of employers in the implementation of the project and bridging the differences between the employers and the unemployed through the model of working practice. How important is communication and education was elaborated in a very dynamic discussion in which employers presented their experiences in implementing the project.

The conference also presented the results of surveys conducted during the project. An important part of the project is certainly an individual approach, as in her speech emphasized the project external expert, educator Sandi Mrsic Basta and psycho-analyst Linda Dina Veronica, who emphasized the importance of psychological support, and the benefits of on-line consultation, which over 9 months used almost 150 women and men.

In the second part, their experiences in the field of self-interest are presented by guests who have proven themselves in the fields of crafts, trade, cooperatives, etc. The atmosphere was great, the discussion content. Along with the findings, supporting women, educating employers, developing cross-sectoral partnership, particularly impressive was presentation by Milena Hasan, project beneficiary, who spoke about her experiences in job search and experiences in implementing the project.

As a guest, conference joined Vedrana Rudan, with which it is a very interesting conversation in the evening, led journalist Ana Jerkovic. With mutual support "women to women" in his own style, but also a feminist, Vedrana Rudan told the conference participants that women will be happy only when they realize that life is possible without men!

On the second day of the conference was held a meeting of associations with experience in implementing projects related to the advancement of women in the labor market. On that occasion, representatives of CESI, "Delfin" and "Dominoes," mutualy exchanged experiences and discussed opportunities for further development of programs to encourage employment of women as women's economic empowerment.

The conference was well publicized and the media statements gave representatives of partner organizations at the outset of the conference (Radio Split, Dalmatia and Zadar, Dalmacija TV, Radio KL, Kanal 5 and Slobodna Dalmacija).

Conference agenda

Fesearch results

EU Delegation in Croatia

CWN: Statement on the unconstitutional enactment of the Ombudsman

On the occasion of the unconstitutional enactment of the Ombudsman, or the abolition of the Office of the Ombudsman for Gender Equality of the Republic of Croatia, Croatian Women's Network issued on 17 November following statement, which "Dominoes", as a member of WNC supports and publishes in its entirety:

 

PUBLIC STATEMENT

On the occasion of enactment of the Ombudsman in the Croatian Parliament, we want to draw attention to the fact that the particular Act has not passed a sufficient majority of votes. Namely, since it is the organic law, it required a majority vote of all members (77 votes), and this law was passed with 76 votes.

Earlier, we have repeatedly warned of the dangers of abolishing the Office of the Ombudsman for Gender Equality as an independent body to combat discrimination in the area of gender equality by protecting the human rights of women.

This nullifies the positive long-term efforts to achieve gender equality, and imposes a huge step backwards in achieving women's rights, which never reached a satisfactory level in the society. The abolition of the institution of gender equality will only reinforce dominant patriarchal forms that stand in the way of equality and full social recognition of women.

From this fact arises the necessity of continuing of the Office of the Ombudsman for Gender Equality as an independent body. Because of this, and unconstitutional ways in adopting the Ombudsman Act, we ask that the law is repealed, and that the Office of the Ombudsman for Gender Equality continues its work.

Croatian Women's Network will submit the petition to the Constitutional Court of Croatia.

For the Croatian Women's Network

Mirjana Kucer
Djurdjica Kolarec
Bojana Genov
Sanja Juras
Nela Pamukovic
 

IFE EFI: Violence against civilian protesters in Egypt must stop!

"In these days of highly symbolic international mobilization against violence against women, the European Feminist Initiative IFE EFI strongly condemns the brutal violence by the military regime in Egypt and expresses its feminist solidarity and support to the people of Egypt, who are continuing their fight for democracy and freedom.", states European Feminist Initiative IFE EFI in its last statement that "Dominoes", as a member and representative of IFE EFI in Croatia, brings in its entirety:


The violence against the civil protesters in Egypt must stop! The Military Council must listen to the voice of the people and leave.

On these highly symbolic days of international mobilisation against violence against women, European Feminist Initiative IFE-EFI strongly condemns the brutal violence by the military regime in Egypt and expresses our feminist solidarity and support with the Egyptian people who now continue to fight for democracy and freedom.
Our Egyptian friends, activists for democracy declared last January: “The people of Egypt won’t leave the streets, won’t give up until Mubarak leaves!”, when the security forces were exercising a violent repression against the protesters. Today they affirm that Egyptian people won’t leave until the Military Council leaves. There is no bargain for dignity, freedom and justice.
Egyptian popular uprising enters a new phase: protection of the fruits of the revolution, for freedom and true social justice, for non-interference of the military, army and security forces and towards the building of a civil and secular democratic state, for a life free of violence and persecution.
European Feminist Initiative (IFE-EFI) strongly denounces and condemns the killings of civilian protesters and the violence of the military and armed forces against the Egyptian people. The police and the army ruthlessly attack and beat civilians, killing on the spot and use live bullets, arms and poisonous gas, in spite of the statements the Military Council issued. This shows that The Military Council supports the conservative forces against the will of their own people.
The EU and all the European governments keep a deafening silence about the violence used against civilians in Egypt while they are subjugating the peoples of Europe to more and more severe limitations of their economic, civic and social rights and their freedoms. European Feminist Initiative calls to mobilisation to oblige the European leaders to put an immediate end to their support to the Military Council and to condemn clearly its crimes.
We support the demands of the Egyptian people for the departure of the Military Council and for forming of a civil government of national unity to lead the country through the transition towards building a democratic state ensuring human dignity, social justice and the fundamental rights for women and men without distinction of sex, origin or religion.
In these days when the elections so crucial for the future of the country are beginning, we reiterate our solidarity with the Egyptian feminist movement as a major force of the democratic movement for the implementation of women’s rights as universal human rights. We anew express our support to achieve a democracy free of any kind of religious interference in the State affairs.
We salute the courage of the feminist activists. Our hearts and minds continue to be with them until the achievement of the changes that they aspire.

European Coordination IFE-EFI
November 2011


IFE EFI Egypte Nov 2011 fr

 

Workshop "Self-sustained woman for sustainable world"

At "Dominoes" on 25 November was held one-day workshop "Self-sustained woman for sustainable world" led by PhD Irena Ateljevic , visiting professor at Wageningen University,Netherlands.

‘The old story is over, and the myth of the heroic quest has taken a new turn on the evolutionary spiral. The quest for the ‘other’, for title, attainment, acclaim, and riches, for one’s fifteen seconds of fame in the news is no longer germane. That misguided quest has taken too much of a toll on the body/soul of women and the cellular structure of the Earth. Today’s heroine must utilize the sword of discernment to cut away the ego bonds that hold her to the past and to find out what serves her soul’s purpose. She must release resentment toward the mother, put aside blame and idolization of the father, and find the courage to face her own darkness. Her shadow is hers to name and embrace. Woman illumines these dark, shadowy spaces within her through her practice of meditation, art, poetry, play, ritual, relationship, and digging in the earth…As each one of us heals our own feminine and masculine nature we change the consciousness on the planet from addiction, suffering, conflict and domination to a consciousness that recognizes the need for affiliation, healing, balance and inter-being. Women need to breathe more knowledge, more prajna, into the world to restore the balance’ (1990:184-185).

This workshop is the first in the series of workshops and represents a sort of introduction to a cycle of workshops for empowering women, which will continue in spring, according to the needs of different user groups ...

More about workshop

More about Irena Ateljević

http://www.slobodnadalmacija.hr/Prilozi/LinijaX/LinijaX/tabid/243/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/157085/Default.aspx
 

Protest against funding the erotic fair in Zagreb

The Autonomous Women's House Zagreb, Croatian Women's Network and PETRA, Network for prevention and elimination of Trafficking of women and children, on 02 December, the Day of the fight against slavery, organized at the Zagreb Trade Fair, beginning at 12 hours, a protest by which they want to focus attention on a problem that will probably, like last year, pass unnoticed. Specifically, the Zagreb Holding Company is co-organising and maintaining erotic fair in Zagreb, with a total of 155,000.00 kuna and it even published a tender requesting "sexy" girls to fight in the mud.

We consider totally unacceptable that the Zagreb Holding Company, which is 100% owned by the City of Zagreb, co-organizes pornographic show, which is in complete contradiction with the proclaimed urban policy for the achievement of gender equality and protect women's human rights.

On this occasion, the Autonomous Women's House Zagreb, Croatian Women's Network and PETRA, Network for prevention and elimination of trafficking of women and children, issued press release on the occasion of the eroticfair funded by the Zagreb Hoding, that "Dominoes", as a member of CWN, bring in its entirety.

PRESS RELEASE 

http://www.libela.org/vijesti/2356-zagrebacki-holding-nasim-novcem-sufinancira-sajam-erotike/

CWN: What Croatia wants – women workers or slaves?

MESSAGE to the future government
What Croatiawants: Women workers or slaves?

Today, on the International Day for the abolition of slavery, Croatian Women's Network, which represents numerous women's organizations, requires from the future Croatian Government to reconsider the requirements that were repeated in March of this year, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of international women's struggle and the first celebration of International Women's Day by the Croatian Women's Network and the trade union group of the Association of Independent Croatian Unions, the Independent Croatian Trade Unions and the Croatian Union of  trade. On requests we got 22 pages responses from various ministries and governmental institutions, namely - 22 pages of denial and bureaucratic lying.

Future government will have to answer our basic question - whether the Croatian women are workers or slaves - but also urgently solve important issues that hinder the economic, demographic and social development of the country.

Will the new government to act as ex-government? Croatian Women's Network and trade union groups are expecting more than a bureaucratic response. It is expected that Croatian female workers are not slaves.

For the Croatian Women's Network:

Mirjana Kucer
Đurđica Kolarec
Bojana Genov
Sanja Juras
Nela Pamukovic

Zagreb, 2 December 2011

 

Complete message to the future government

http://www.libela.org/vijesti/2355-radnice-a-ne-robinje/
 

Sanja Sarnavka and Mirjana Kucer: "Jadranka Kosor marked the 2011 "

What is the situation of women's rights in Croatia, have we made some positive steps in recent years and did we actually go a few steps backwards, can be done in 2012 in the field of women's rights , corresponding to Mirjana Kucer, President of the Association Dominoes, Split, and Sanja Sarnavka, activist of NGO B.a.b.e.


An article published on web page Queer.hr, 16 January 2012.
http://queer.hr/16274/sanja-sarnavka-i-mirjana-kucer-jadranka-kosor-obiljezila-je-2011-godinu/

Open letter regarding the appointment of observers at the European Parliament

Within the program "Women and Politics", female feminist organizations CESI - Center for Education, Counselling and Research, B.a.b.e., Dominoes - feminist organization for promoting women's rights and development of civil society, and DOLPHIN Center for Civic Initiatives Porec - CGI, sent on 04 January open letter on the occasion of the appointment of an observers at the European Parliament, which resemble the Croatian Parliament and political parties in terms of gender equality and balanced representation of men and women when appointing members at principal diplomatic representative offices, boards, commissions and delegations representing the Republic of Croatia on international level.

 

Open letter regarding the appointment of observers at the European Parliament

The Republic of Croatia sends 12 female observers to the European Parliament / who are chosen among the MPs following the election results. We take this opportunity to remind the Croatian Parliament and political parties of the provisions of the Act on Gender Equality in Article 12 which says that "The appointment of members of diplomatic missions, members of committees, commissions and delegations representing the Republic of Croatia at the international level, national authorities shall take into account a balanced representation of women and men.". Balanced representation in turn means that there must be at least 40% of the unde-rrepresented sex. In the case of appointment of Croatian observers at the European Parliament it would mean that the Croatian delegation should comprise at least 5 women and 5 men.
Without the equal participation of women and men in the exercise of power can not be expected nor equality in other areas of life, and thus no actual realization of gender equality. As it is known, Croatia after the recent parliamentary elections, went a step backwards in women's representation in the Croatian Parliament and is based on election results in the Parliament elected of only 19.8% of women. At the European Parliament, participation of women in 2011 was 34.8% and, in contrast to the Croatian Parliament, the proportion of women in the European Parliament is continuously growing.

Gender equality is one of the fundamental values of the European Union, as well as the fundamental social values written in the Croatian Constitution. The Republic of Croatia has made significant efforts to adopt anti-discrimination legislation. It is time for holders of government and political parties to respect the law to be enacted and enforced.

An open letter signed by feminist women's organizations:
CESI - Center for Education, Counselling and Research
B.a.b.e.! (Be Active. Be emancipated).
DOMINOES - feminist organization promoting women's rights and civil society development
Center for Support and Development of Civil Society DOLPHIN
Center for Civic Initiatives Porec - CGI
 

A cycle of radio broadcasts: Women in the labor market - a problem or opportunity (IPA IV)

Within the IPA IV "Women in the labor market - a problem or opportunity", financed by the EU, "Dominoes" in November 2011. produced a cycle of 12 ten minutes radio broadcasts that were aired on Radio Split with the aim to better inform the general public about the main objectives, results and experiences in implementing this project and new models of employment and labor market opportunities, especially for the category of hard to employ women.

The author and interlocutor of broadcasts is Ana Vranjes and her guests are, among others, Mirjana Kucer, Dominoes; Renato Jeroncic, CES, Vesna Ivic Simetin, CEA; Mira Hajdic, employer; Milena Hasan and Slavica Bartulovic Barac, beneficiaries of the project; Dina Veronica, psychologist etc.

Replays of broadcasts cycle is in progress, and you can follow them every Monday morning on the Radio Split or on the link http://www.zeneposao.com/?lang=hr&index=33 .
The project "Women in the labor market - a problem or opportunity" was financed by the EU program for Croatia, as part IV of IPA Programme "Human Resources" and "Dominoes" it implemented it in SD County from November 2010 to November 2011 in partnership with the CES, Regional Office Split and CEA, Regional Office, Split ..

www.zeneposao.com

EU Delegation in Croatia
 

Conference: "Local Partnerships for Employment - the future of the new financial perspectives"

Conference on "Local Partnerships for Employment - the future of the new financial perspectives", held on 17 January in Zagreb, presented the results of the successful completion of the project "Local Partnerships for Employment - Phase 3", Operational Programme Human Resources Development Grant Scheme and the new "Local initiatives to encourage Employment "(2010 - 2011), financed by 1.87 million euros. The conference was organized within the project "Support to the operating structure for the Operational Programme Human Resources related information, publicity and visibility."

The conference was opened by Minister of Labor and Pension System, Ph.D. Mirando Mrsic.

The project "Local Partnerships for Employment - Phase 3" has been successfully implemented and resulted in the establishment of local parnterships for employment in all Croatian counties. Each local partnership for employment is developed and adopted by the county strategy for human resources development.

Together with representatives of the Ministry of Labour and Croatian Employment Service, representatives of each local partnership for employment presented examples of good practice and project ideas, talked about the problems and implementing human resources development strategies, and responded to questions from the participants.

Representatives of the Ministry of Social Policy and Ministry of Science, Education and Sports presented their sectoral approaches in the areas of social inclusion and education, which contributed to the development strategy of human resources. Special attention was paid to sectoral links between projects "Local Partnerships for Employment - Phase 3", "Regional network of local parnerships" which is the sectoral responsibility of the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports, and "Encouraging the intensive involvement of people with disabilities into the labor market" , which is in the sectoral responsibilities of the Ministry of Social Policy.


Conference in Zagreb was attended by the representative of "Dominoes", which is a member of Local Employment Partnerships for employment in SD County.
 

Ellen Pence: The circle of power and control of domestic violence

Ellen Pence (1948-2012), a passionate researcher and feminist activist, whose entire life is dedicated to reducing violence against women, died of cancer on 06 January 2012, surrounded with her family, partner and son and a few loyal friends.

Ellen Pence is primarily an activist for institutional changes in the area of violence against women and co-founder of the Duluth model of intervention in cases of child abuse (Duluth Domestic Abuse Intervention Project) since 1980. where she developed a model of inter-institutional collaboration that is applied in the U.S. and in 17 countries worldwide. Also, it is attributed to the design Duluth model called coordinated community response (Coordinated Community Response), which uses inter-institutional cooperation between the police, judiciary, prosecutors, health and social work. It is a model that the Autonomous Women's Center is trying to develop in Serbia since 2002

Ellen Pence in 1980 guided a group work with women survivors of violence from which it was designed CIRCLE OF POWER AND CONTROL OF VIOLENCE IN THE FAMILY. This historical schema is created by the gathered women from shelters responded to the question: How to live with the abuser? All experiences shared are summarized by the violent tactics and used to maintain power and control over women.

Ellen Pence has a PhD in sociology in Toronto 1996, using the idea of institutional ethnography as a method for organizing community groups to analyze the problems arising from institutional interventions to families in situations of violence against women.

Also in 1998 she founded Praxis International (http://www.praxisinternational.org) nonprofit research and educational institute with the goal of the elimination of violence against women and children, in a way to reduce the huge gap between what the institution offers and what women who suffer violence should be. She was director of the Institute and worked in the expert team, led by the program "Learning representation of women who suffer domestic violence" to deepen and collect different methods and skills of advocacy, needs and desires of women and translate it into institutional framework. She is the co-author of two books on community coordinated response by the method of Duluth.

What has Ellen Pence brought to all of us is especially the feminist approach to women survivors of violence, facing the institutions through a simple point: we need to hear what women need and what institutions should give her. So, Ellen began a tremendous job (because no institution has not listened to a woman of the eighties), and that is encouraging of feminist organizations, who only hear the women to lobby institutions to open their eyes and ears for women, to be mutually agreed upon and respond to the needs of women . Therefore, the term that it introduces a "representation requirements" and the Duluth model, began to spread everywhere. Ellen Pence's colleague, Duluth project lawyer Marie Asmus, said: "Before Ellen, Justice did not intervene in cases of domestic violence, police had not arrested and courts didn't prosecute, anywhere in the U.S.. Now everything is different and it is behind these changes, she is the mother of coordinated action in the community. ".

Adjusted text by Lepa Mladjenovic, Belgrade

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellen_Pence

More on Duluth Project

Video - Ellen Pence, creator of the Circle of power and control of domestic violence

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmx1qV0GHMI&feature=player_embedded
 

Statement of the Initiative for Female court in the former Yugoslavia and the CWN

Prompted by public testimony of women survivors of war rape in Vukovar, organizations involved in the Initiative for Female Court and the Croatian Women's Network, expressed concern about non-processing of these serious crimes and marginalization, denial and relativization experiences of women victims of war.

As in Croatia until now there is no statistics that would indicate the number of women victims of rape and sexual abuse or a law that would enable them to obtain the status of civilian war victims and the rights of that status, the Initiative for Female court in the former Yugoslavia and the WNC published on 16 January declaration inviting the public and Croatian state institutions to create conditions for the application of the legal protection of women who survived the war crime of rape.

Public statement - Initiative for Female court and Croatian Women's Network
 

Position of women in labour market

Without economical independence there will be no equal position of women and men in society. Economically dependent woman is deprived from the start and doomed to exclusion to her private sphere. Croatian labour market does not take into consideration unequal position of women and is not aware of the concept of gender mainstreaming. The story about equal position of women and men is not even a story in some sectors, particularly in private sector which is dominated by values of modern neoliberalistic system that destroyed dignity of workers in the first place and threaded on all acquired workers' rights in a state that was a developer of idealistic system of workers' self-management during 70-ies and 80-ies of the last century. Therefore it is not surprising that it is hard to get used to the new conditions in labour market and that workers, female and male alike, feel helpless because their voice loses its strength in majority of the cases and is left without answers. The previous year, 2011, was marked by the symbolic coming to an end of the textile industry and going downhill of two textile factories, one in the north (Kamenski Zagreb) and the other (Uzor Split) in the south of Croatia. Women are represented by the share of 80% in this sector. Labour market in Croatia is in the process of restructuring and preparation for new, mostly servile professions. They are less paid and intended mostly for women. Responsibility for job searching is shifted exclusively to women and it is expected of them to set up small and medium enterprises and find other ways of self-employment. After all this is recommended in the new EU Strategy for equality between women and men 2010-2015 and Croatian labour market policies and strategies. However, in times of economic crisis and wind down of many small and medožium entreprises these recommendations seem to be of no use and unrealistic.
Women are not equal in Croatian labour market and measures for stimulation of women employment are only cosmetics that do solve the existential matter of their unemployment. Furthermore, contribution of the existing measures and policies is questionable considering unsatisfactory, subordinated position of women in Croatian labour market. This position of women in labour market is not determined exclusively by their share in overall employment or unemployment. It is determined by social context marked by dominant patriarchal relations and value systems. It is easy to sum up all indicators of inequality: unequal pay for equal work or even more expressed smaller pensions of women in relation to men, use of maternity (parental) leave that is taken by mothers or women in 90% of the cases. Women are a majority in the black market as well, and sign Work Contracts for a definite period of time in more than 60% of the cases which means that they will be deprived of many rights and privileges that workers employed for an indefinite time are entitled to. Educational system is out of date, burdened with gender stereotypes and does not match labour market needs. The consequences of such system are professional segregation and underrepresentation of women in technical professions. Limitations in career of women in labour market are typically described with so called glass ceiling. In teaching profession it is characterized by great number of women teachers, and then almost all headmasters are men. Furthermore, women sign less than 10% of managerial contracts. Currently when we have only 20% of female parliamentary representatives, discussion on introduction of managerial quotas sounds like science fiction. Most often we talk about coordination of private and professional life of women because of inertion and considering the actual situation in the country. Typical Croatian family needs a wife, mother and a housewife. Father is still not expected to play these roles and society has other expectations for him. He is perceived as bread winner. That is why it is easier to fire women first. It is a hypocritical presumption that woman is being granted a favour since she can stay at home now and devote herself to motherhood and raising children. In times of economic crisis and situation in labour market in Croatia for the last twenty years at least, women are forced to look for additional sources of income and most often these are found on the black market. This was proven by the experience through project Women in Labour Market – problem or opportunity, that we were implementing last year. During implementation of the project we tried to test new possibilities for solution of unemployment problem and for providing opportunities for long-term unemployed women in labour market. Hard-to-employ women are women who look for a job for longer than six months, women older than 40, and in reality they are older than 30, women who did not finish their education (this is a big group), and women single parents. Our work with these women throughout the project implementation confirmed to us that many of them have some source of income, and that grey economy area or black market are huge so that a number of ways for realization of income remains unregistered. In many cases our beneficiaries do not recognize themselves as bread winners, that is, as those who bring the money into the family (they are owners or co-owners of tourist apartments, family farms, etc.). Position of women in labour market will not change without economic development and creation of favourable social conditions for equal progress of women and men in the fields of labour and economy. Social conditions mean change of school curricula and reform of educational system, introduction of classes in one shift and full day school, obligatory kindergarden for children from 3 years of age, enough places in kindergardens, improvement of traffic infrastructure, development of system of social and family support, increased share of women among political decision makers…which cannot be the responsibility of an individuals, that is, women themselves.

Mirjana Kučer
 

What have we got after parliamentary elections in December 2011?

What have we got after parliamentary elections in December 2011?
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What can women expect from new government?


After parliamentary elections in the end of the last year we have less women representatives in Croatian Parliament and the second worst result since representation electoral system was introduced in 2000. It is a consequence of inconsistent implementation of regulations that have as the objective to ensure respecting of the principle of gender equality in politics and of not seriously taking into consideration participatory democracy. And finally, it is a consequence of the relation of power in politics which men are reluctantly letting go of. We know that participation of women in political decision making is a precondition for implementation of any public policy that contributes to change of inequal position of women and men in society and is capable of responding to the needs of the women in the community. Gender Equality Act envisages quotas and even prescribes fines if there are less than 40% of women or men on the political lists. This Law adopted for the second time in 2008 (Gender Equality Act was adopted for the first time in 2003, but without qualified majority, since it was a primary law elaborating constitutional values) envisages that in three mandates relation of women representatives in political decision making authorities on local, regional or national levels has to adequately represent the overall number of women population which is 52% of the Croatian population. These provisions look almost ideal at first look and that is probably the reason why nobody considers them seriously, there were no sanctions untill now and electoral committee has not returned a single list since the Law was adopted. So, we can ask why do we have Gender Equality Law and provisions on quotas. Furthermore, this means that we need amendment on Political Parties Law because parties need to undergo the process of democratization and Electoral Law that clearly needs to prescribe how the quotas are to be applied. There are elections for EU Parliament ahead of us and we need to know about the experiences of our colleagues from other EU member states since it is a realistic threat that not one women will be elected among 12 Croatian representatives to EU Parliament. Electoral quotas for women in politics are beyond dispute, except for female politicians that do not have enough experience and have never been engaged in the process of creation of electoral lists and distribution of party and state functions during their political career. Parliamentary elections in 2007 and 2011, and local elections in 2009 showed that politics are still a desired place of social power belonging to men. In the meantime Croatia had a woman Prime Minister. Jadranka Kosor was not elected, but placed by former Prime Minister who resigned. Vesna Pusić had the best programme and a very prominent position in the last presidential elections. That is why it is even more interesting that the position of women in politics, and in society as a whole, has not changed for the better. On the contrary, we can talk about the regression and not stagnation of women's rights (closing down of the safe house and counselling centre for women vitims of violence, cancelling the programme for self-employment of women as particularly vulnerable group, adoption of the Assisted Reproduction Law, underrepresentation of women in the Parliament, etc.)
New coalition government was formed by so called left centre in the end of December in which there are only 4 women among 22 ministers. Milanka Opačić is a vice-president of the government and Minister of Social Policy and Youth. Other three female ministers are: Vesna Pusić, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Mirela Holy, Minister of Environment and Nature Protection, and Andrea Zlatar Violić, Minister of Culture. It is interesting that all three ministers, doctors of sciences, are known in public as declared feminists and collaborators on many projects and activities of feminist organizations.
Mirela Holy advocates for the values of eco-feminism and participated together with Domoinoes and other members of European Feminist Initiative at the seminar in Alexandria „Women and Politics: Is Debate on Women's Rights Possible in Sphere of Politics?“ in September 2010, in organization of Swedish Institute in Alexandria and Swedish feminist organization Kvinna till Kvinna.

Feminist organizations and women politicians and women members of political partoes in Croatia are facing the challenge of returning the issue of women's rights to political agendas and preventing suppressing women from political scene again by using cheap phrases such as there are no quality female politicians and women are not interested in politics. No matter how gender sensitive are men in politics they can hardly represent women that are in subordinate position in all public and private spheres in Croatia. In a difficult economic situation gender equality and women's rights are secondary and irrelevant political issues. Serious politicians resolve serious socio – economic problems. Women can always find their spot in the kitchens, homes, in social and family care. Unless they decide that politics interest them! Because women learned their lesson long time ago - only they can secure their rights!

Mirjana Kučer
 

The reaction of female organizations on media coverage of the murder of Mina Hodic

Triggered by the text in „Jutarnji List“, „Experts have not for a long time seen a similar scene of human brutality: beating her for hours, cut her hair to the bald and then left dead on the bed of her son (14)" (24 January 2012), female organizations have reacted on an unprofessional and inappropriate way daily newspaper wrote about this tragic event... They believe that it is necessary that the public reacts to such a shameful writing about violence against women, because not responding to these articles and appearances, we all become complicit in the acts of violence and participate in its justification, and thus existence.

 

The reaction of female organizations on the media coverage of the murder of Mina Hodic

Mina Hodic was extremely brutally killed by her husband. Unfortunately, another woman's death and unfortunately and inappropriately another repeated media coverage of the event.

Triggered by the text in „Jutarnji List“, „Experts have not for a long time seen a similar scene of human brutality: beating her for hours, cut her hair to the bald and then left dead on the bed of her son (14)" (24 January 2012). This is unprofessional and inappropriate way daily newspaper wrote about this tragic event First of all, daily newspaper did not, anywhere in the text, singled out the role and responsibility of the competent institution, which Mrs. Hodić repeatedly appealed and asked for help and protection for herself and his son (14 years). Despite the existence of the necessary legislation (Act on Protection against Domestic Violence), the Protocol, as well as other positive progress made by Croatia in the field of combating violence against women and domestic violence in the past ten years, again the whole system failed.

Furthermore, despite the fact that in Croatia egsist many experts of different professions that might berelevant to talk about this terrible event, „Jutarnji list“ selected to take a statement from Dr. Gruden, the person who comments on any area, including those who are not concerned. Also talking about a man who has many times violated professional ethical standards of his profession, giving comments, opinions and diagnoses, no familiarity with the actual facts of the case. Giving space to do it again, the newspaper called into question the professional and ethical standards of their own journalistic profession.

We appeal the professional public to respond to this case and judge whether the response of Mr. Gruden about this brutal act is appropriate. Blaming the victims of violence ("masochist and his wife") and thus justifying the violence, with the suggestion that it has a good purpose, leading to more violence and so acceptable to reduce the accountability of perpetrators. Murdered woman several times reported the perpetrators of domestic violence, we remind that this is not the first time in many years of violence, it was fatal for the woman, despite the fact that institutions were familiar with the case.

Violence against women is not a personal problem, but rather a social problem and underlying causes and consequences of inequality of women, and such statements and opinions are justifying that it is not being reduced. We also urge the public to judge whether the provision of space of such unethical and unprofessional statements is really in the interest of informing the public or is it some other interest.

We believe that it is necessary for the public to react and put an end to such shameful writing about violence against women because they are not responding to these texts and statements, we all become complicit in the acts of violence and participate in its justification.

Organizations:
Women's Room
Center for Women's Studies
Dominoes
Women's Group Karlovac "Korak"
Helpline - call for help Virovitica
Center for Civic Initiatives Porec
CESI
Center for Support and Development of Civil Society - Dolphin
 

Public Hearing: Partnership for open government

Domine on 31 January in Zagreb participated in the public debate entitled "Partnership for Open Government" organized by the governmental Office for NGOs in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and the Embassy of the United States, with the financial assistance of the European Union within the framework of IPA 2009 project "Strengthening capacity of the Government Office for NGOs to build effective partnerships with civil society in the fight against corruption“, conducted by Particip GmbH.

Joining a new global initiative "Partnership for Open Government" in September 2011, Republic of Croatia has undertaken development of national action plan for a period of two years and to present it to the other countries participating in the Initiative's at the annual meeting in April 2012. This is a "living document" that will need to be adopted as necessary in accordance with new circumstances and contribution of civil society organizations and the general public, and implement the daily work of public authorities at all levels in the interest of improving the quality of life of Croatian citizens. The main objective of the global international initiative "Partnership for open government" is to ensure concrete progress in the area of transparency and openness of public authorities, inclusion and empowerment of citizens and civil society, the fight against corruption and the use of new technologies to improve the quality of public administration services provided to citizens .

The debate on the priority of the Action Plan for implementing the initiative "Partnership for open government in the Republic", was attended by Ms. Ivana Jakir - Bajo from the Ministry of Finance, Mr Tomislav Vracic from the Ministry of Administration, Mr. Hrvoje Vindakijevic from the Agency for Data Protection, Ms. Katarina Ott, director of the Institute of Public Finance, Mr Marko Rakar, IT expert and Mrs. Vanja Skoric, Legal Advisor, GONG.
Participants agreed that it is important that there is the existence of political will for citizen involvement and that it is necessary to provide funds for this purpose (opportunities in the EU funds), and clearly specify who is responsible for which of the measures envisaged to be achieved and to make information to citizens simple and attractive, and include them in the early stages of preparation of documents, laws, regulations and discussion about public policy.

More information about the initiative "Partnership for open government," read at http://www.uzuvrh.hr/stranica.aspx?pageID=198

http://www.uzuvrh.hr/vijest.aspx?pageID=1&newsID=1644
 

Round tables: New working methods and new measures of employment policy

Domine on 30 January attended the roundtable which was held in Zagreb in the frame of IPA IV technical assistance project "Women in the labor market", financed from EU funds.

The first roundtable presented new working methods of the Croatian Employment Service and the Centers for Social Welfare in working with women service users of both institutions, while the other presented new measures of active policy of employment of disadvantaged women on the labor market.

The new measures are based on the conclusions and recommendations of the study "The position of women on the labor market" and the conclusions and recommendations of the report "Evaluation of an active policy of employment of disadvantaged women on the labor market" and the analysis of European and Croatian examples of good practice

Measures are classified into five programs as follows:

Program A - Luminus
Measure A1 Strengthening the capacity for employment in the CES
Measure A2 Capacity building of local partnerships for employment for the economy and the need for harmonization of educational programs at the county level
Measure A3 Co-financing education for known employer

Program B Opening of new jobs
Measure Co-financing employment of long-term unemployed women in the social economy

Program C Self-employment
The measure of self-employment of unemployed and inactive women

Program D - General support activation of a woman
Measure D1 Support for child care during the period of education and employment
Measure D2 The certification Family Friendly Employer for employers


http://www.wlmcroatia.eu/index.php/article/read/okrugli-stolovi-30-sijecnja-2012
 

President Ivo Josipovic visited Domine

Ivo Josipovic, President of Croatia Republic, has visited Domine where he held the meeting with representatives of Domine, Kontra and Iskorak and the other volunteers in order to support organization of the second Split's Gay Pride.
„ I would say that, no matter how personal relationship someone has with the LGBT partnership, we must to accept people as equal. Pride is a test of our democracy and our willing that we look every person as equal. I think that this test we all can and must past”. Josipovic said.
Regardless some opinion that pride should be move from Riva to some other location, even out of the town, because of pressure of homophobic people and groups against pride, president don’t believe that it would be realized. „ I don’t believe that something like that would be happened. We know that the right of peaceful gathering is constitutional right. After all, Ministry of Internal Affairs will bring adequate decisions”. The President pointed out.
 

Announcement of The Second Gay Pride in Split

The Second Gay Pride in Split was announced on press conference in Domine. On conference attended Mirjana Kučer, Domine, Sanja Juras, Kontra and Marije Cornelissen, member of the Committee of Women's Rights and Gender Equality and Committee on Employment and Social Affairs in European Parliament. Member of European Green Party, Marije Cornelissen said that her last experience in Split was even worse than her experience on Gay Pride in Belgrade and Budapest.
„I think that the last year extremes took the moral victory because they managed to end Pride by injured some people. Because of that we had to come this year to give our respond to their violence“. Cornelissen said, adding that Pride isn't condition for Croatia to access EU, but that Croatia must ensure the right of peaceful gathering, fight against discrimination and protection of citizens.

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Letter of support to The Second Gay Pride in Split from President Ivo Josipovic

After he visited Domine President Ivo Josipovic, 05/31/2012., sent letter of support to organizers and participants of The Second Gay Pride in Split.
„As a President of Croatia Republic I consider that the fight for human rights and the fight against all kinds of discrimination is one of the most important tasks of mine. Every citizen of Croatia, not only by declaration, but in reality, should have the right for free expression of sexual orientation and gender identity, without risk to be humiliated, insulted, expose to violence or excluded from social and public life.
I am strongly against discrimination of samesex families, on which you want to warn on this year's meeting. I except that the question of registered partnership, as it already existed in many European countries, soon will be regulated in Croatian law. I am certain that most citizens of Croatia understand how fight for improvement of position homosexual families does not jeopardize the rights of heterosexual couples and their family life“. President said.
The whole letter on Croatian language you can see here:

www.split-pride.net/2012/05/31/predsjednikovo-pismo-podrske-split-pride-u-2012/
 

Supports to The Second Gay Pride in Split

On the occasion of The Second Gay Pride in Split organizers get supports from or Royal Danish Embassy, Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium, Delegation of European Union, Amnesty International, Social Democratic Forum of Women SDP Croatia, County Commission for Gender Equality, different association and individuals.
Some of them in Croatian language you can find on this links:

www.split-pride.net/2012/06/07/pismo-podrske-veleposlanstva-kraljevine-danske/

www.split-pride.net/2012/06/07/pismo-podrske-socijaldemokratskog-foruma-zena-sdp-a-hrvatske/

www.index.hr/vijesti/clanak/delegacija-eu-podrzala-pride-quotzabrinuti-smo-zbog-homofobije-splitskih-vlastiquot/619077.aspx

www.dalmacijanews.com/Hrvatska/View/tabid/77/ID/90646/Zupanijsko-povjerenstvo-za-ravnopravnost-spolova-podrzava-Split-Pride.aspx

Equal for Sustainable Community Development

Project to promote gender equality and empower women in rural areas

The Office for Gender Equality has approved financing of nongovernmental organizations to promote gender equality and empower women in rural areas. Domine and the Women's Group Donji Lapac, as holders of the project, will work with women in the region of Lika and Dalmatia, with the aim of empowering women to an equal contribution to sustainable community development. Approved project cost is 22 000 kuna.

"Equal in front of the Low" Successfully held the second Gay Pride in Split

As announced , on Saturday 09/06/2012. starting at 15.00. was successfully held the second Gay Pride in Split. Gathering the parade began in Strossmayer park, known as Đardin in 13.00.Despite city government and reactions of certain initiatives of citizens ,the parade ended as originally scheduled on Riva, agreed route from Đardin through the streets of King Tomislav and Marmont , reached the middle of Riva, in front of the the British Consulate, where it held a special program.
Under the program said: Mirjana Kucer, representative Domina, Sanja Juras, representative Lesbian group Kontra, Zoran Dominković Iskorak representative, Maria Cornelissen, Member of the European Parliament, Višnja Ljubicic, Ombudsperson for Gender Equality, Lazar Pavlovic, representing GSA - Belgrade, Chris Cimbaljević, representative of the LGBT Forum Progress - Podgorica, Nina Hudej, representative of Ljubljana Pride, Dragan Todorovic, a representative of the Institute for Gender equality of Vojvodina - Novi Sad. LeZbor, Dora Benc and Mima Simic were performed to the delight of those present.
The significance of the importance of this year's Gay Pride testifies the presence of high positioned politicians, representatives of foreign diplomats, famous actors, professors, journalists, singers, renowned intellectuals and activists , both international and from Split and Zagreb. We are most happy by response from citizens of Split, many of which came with a desire to show a picture of different Split, more open, more tolerant and non-violent place, where differences are welcome.
Ministers Arsen Bauk, Predrag Matic Fred, Ivan Vrdoljak, Minister Pusic are supported by their arrival Split Pride, and also the Minister of Police, Ranko Ostojic, who stayed until the very end of the event. Invitation to provide support to Split Pride of political parties responded to the members of SDP, HNS, Labor Party ,Green Party and Young Socialists.
This year's Pride has passed without incident, the procession was guarded by 900 police officers detained the 40-odd people for safety reasons.
We thank all participants and all who have written, or otherwise support the organization of the second Split Pride and thus contributed to the visibility of LGBT people and fight for that right despite the differences in front of the law that we are all equal.
See you at Pride Split 2013th year!

www.balkaninsight.com/en/article/gay-pride-prises-open-split-s-closet-door

www.dalmacijanews.com/Hrvatska/View/tabid/77/ID/90638/Kontra-Vesna-Pusic-odbila-govoriti-na-Split-Prideu.aspx

www.slobodnadalmacija.hr/Dalmacija/Split/tabid/72/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/176472/Default.aspx

www.index.hr/vijesti/clanak/900-policajaca-osigurava-splitski-gay-pride-antigay-skup-jos-nije-prijavljen/619306.aspx

www.jutarnji.hr/policija-povecala-snage--jednog-sudionika-gay-parade-osiguravat-ce-tri-policajca--jos-se-ne-zna-trosak/1033363/

www.e-novine.com/drustvo/66168-Nek-cila-Riva-zna-Bracanina-dva.htm

libela.org/sa-stavom/2700-i-policajci-su-pederi/

www.slobodnadalmacija.hr/Hrvatska/tabid/66/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/177403/Default.aspx

www.slobodnadalmacija.hr/Hrvatska/tabid/66/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/177332/Default.aspx

www.jutarnji.hr/nasa-istina-o-nasem-homofobnom-gradu/1033618/

www.dalmacijanews.com/Hrvatska/View/tabid/77/ID/90704/Split-U-Ulici-slobode-podignuta-zastava-duginih-boja-FOTO.aspx

www.h-alter.org/vijesti/uvodnik/korak-ka-slobodnijem-drustvu

www.crol.hr/portal/aktivizam-politika/dogaaji/4410-split-pride-bio-je-prava-feta-ali-uz-neviene-mjere-osiguranja.html

www.novilist.hr/Vijesti/Hrvatska/Split-Pride-mirno-uz-jake-mjere-osiguranja queer.hr/22065/splitprideuzivo/

www.vecernji.hr/vijesti/bez-incidenata-zavrsio-je-2-split-pride-galerija-418225

www.index.hr/vijesti/clanak/quotsplit-je-novim-licem-tolerancije-prihvacanja-i-ljubavi-odgovorio-na-proslogodisnje-divljastvoquot/619842.aspx

www.slobodnadalmacija.hr/Split/tabid/72/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/176740/Default.aspx

www.vecernji.hr/regije/split-pride-uhicene-73-osobe-slijede-prijave-govor-mrznje-clanak-418335 dnevnik.hr/vijesti/hrvatska/ai-pozdravio-sto-je-split-pride-protekao-mirno-i-sigurno.html

w www.dalmacijanews.com/Vijesti/View/tabid/74/ID/90702/Split-Pride-UZIVO-Povorka-bez-ikakvih-problema-dosla-na-Rivu-FOTO.aspx

ww.rtl.hr/vijesti/novosti/397084/split-polozio-popravni-gay-pride-prosao-bez-incidenata/

www.zadarskilist.hr/clanci/10062012/split-pride-prosao-bez-izgreda

www.glasistre.hr/hrvatska/vijest/354078

www.glasistre.hr/hrvatska/vijest/354037

www.nacional.hr/clanak/131208/split-pride-nece-nastetiti-turizm

u www.tportal.hr/vijesti/hrvatska/198494/Zasto-su-ministri-dosli-u-splitsku-Povorku-ponosa.html

www.tportal.hr/vijesti/hrvatska/198519/Povorka-ponosa-gradom-pod-Marjanom-prosla-bez-nasilja.html

www.tportal.hr/vijesti/hrvatska/198526/Kerum-pao-na-popravnom-ispitu-on-slavi-nezainteresirane-Splicane.html

www.tportal.hr/vijesti/svijet/198550/Snazno-osiguranje-u-utvrdi-konzervativnih-nacionalista.html

www.tportal.hr/vijesti/hrvatska/198565/Uhicene-73-osobe-protiv-60-podnijete-prekrsajne-prijave.html

www.tportal.hr/komentari/komentatori/199659/Split-nekoliko-dana-kasnije.html

www.tportal.hr/vijesti/hrvatska/198207/Gay-paradu-u-Splitu-osigurava-900-policajaca-i-helikopter.html

www.tportal.hr/vijesti/hrvatska/198167/Za-osiguranje-mirnog-Pridea-ceslja-se-i-Facebook.html

www.tportal.hr/vijesti/hrvatska/198078/Dosta-je-smijesnih-kazni-za-zlocine-iz-mrznje.html

www.tportal.hr/vijesti/svijet/197987/EU-zabrinut-zbog-homofobne-splitske-vlasti.html

www.tportal.hr/vijesti/hrvatska/197986/Podrug-Ministar-Ostojic-zeli-nasilje-na-Paradi.html

www.tportal.hr/vijesti/hrvatska/197986/Podrug-Ministar-Ostojic-zeli-nasilje-na-Paradi.html


 

The reaction of Croatian Women's Network on Violence against girls in Bacvice

Croatian Women's Network (CWN) has claimed that police had not acted in accordance with applicable laws in the case of an attack on a group of girls by a group of young men because of the assumption that it is about lesbians on the beach Bacvice Split, which occurred in the early morning of 17th June 2012.
"Every day we witness violence in all segments of the private and public life in which, despite existing state laws, strategies and protocols is not an adequate response. Moreover, the latest case of violence and brutal treatment of a group of girls in Split, the presumed sexual orientation, shows that violence is accepted and encouraged inappropriate behavior by the institutions of state, in this case the police. "

"Once again we warn of the the alarming presence of violence in society and an unresponsive system. We express support for privacy rights and all other victims of this case. We condemn the behavior of the police, which we believe directly accountable and seek appropriate response authorities. "
"We are also looking for systematic training and sensitization of police, judicial authorities and the public and remind the urgent introduction of civic education in schools to the education system encouraged young people to accept diversity, respect for minorities and nonviolent behavior." - Said in a release note Nela Pamuković, Biserka Momcinovic, Mirjana Kučer, Đurđica Kolarec, Sanja Juras, and the Croatian Women's Network.


Statement in its entirety can be found at the following links:

www.index.hr/vijesti/clanak/zenska-mreza-hrvatske-policija-je-direktno-odgovorna-za-napad-na-bacvicama/621478.aspx

slobodnadalmacija.hr/Crna-kronika/tabid/70/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/178301/Default.aspx

www.jutarnji.hr/zenska-mreza-hrvatske--policija-nije-reagirala-po-zakonu/1036179/
 

Annual General Meeting of Local Employment Partnerships Split-Dalmatia County

Local Employment Partnerships Split-Dalmatian County held Annual general meeting on 20th June 2012 in Split on which are presented new opportunities for local development and employment promotion through intersectoral collaboration and synergistic approach to grant the EU,Croatia and other donors for development and employment.

Introduction to the formal part of the Assembly was the presentation of "Together for local development and full employment" on the possibilities of local partnerships in the pre-accession and structural funds for the optimal local development and employment. After the introductory presentation, a report was presented to the Working Group LPZ SDŽ, Strategic Framework and Action Plan LPZ SDŽ the proposed restructuring LPZ SDŽ stemming from the work of the Task Force LPZ SDŽ, and was presented and discussed at meetings of the Executive Board of the LPZ SDŽ where and conclusive findings for restructuring. The proposal of restructuring involves the restructuring of the Executive Committee (OC) in the Board of Directors (BoD) LPZ SDŽ with 13 members who would gather regularly 2-4 times a year. Reorganizing Technical Secretariat LPE in a way that is rotated among current holders (HZZ Split, public institution RERA S.D. and Split-Dalmatia County), these functions but on an annual basis. The function of the technical secretariat also took the first public institution RERA S.D. for coordination and development SDŽ.
The Assembly unanimously adopted the proposed model of restructuring. The proposal of the Working Group LPZ on the establishment of clusters for the development of human potential, presented after that. Cluster would act as an independent body for human resource development, promoting employment and self employment, and directing the development of EU funding for local projects aimed at employment. Existing Working Group LPZ development projects would be the core for the development of clusters together with other interested members of LPZ and to continue to develop projects in accordance with the priorities of the HRD Strategy and Action Plans.

Assembly was attended by Mirjana Kucer, Domine, as a board member.

www.rera.hr/Novosti/tabid/86/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/386/ODRZANA-REDOVNA-GODISNJA-SKUPSTINA-LOKALNOG-PARTNERSTVA-ZA-ZAPOSLJAVANJE-SDZ.aspx

The prize "Gong to civic activism and the development of democracy" was assigned to Split Pride

"Citizen activism is still quite endemic in Croatia, and civic courage is a virtue that few of us have" emphasized Nives Miosic, Head of Research Center GONG, 06/28/2012.on award ceremony of Council of the GONG,on the Faculty of Political Sciences, which is traditionally given for the third year as a stimulus to the development of democratic values.

The "Gong to civic activism and the development of democracy" was given to civil society organizations Domine, Iskorak and Kontra of Split Pride 2011th
The organization of the first Split Pride 2011th under the slogan "Different families, equal rights" was motivated by discrimination of same-sex couples in everyday life, family life, as to encourage public debate about the need to update the legislative framework which discriminates same-sex families in Croatia.

"We didn´t use to live in a multicultural society and a society where there are different groups with different values. Therefore, the most important argument for the award of this prize is the courage and perseverance in the defense of minority rights. Said Nenad Zakošek, as a member of the Council of GONG and Dean of the Faculty of Political Science, with a prize laureates wishes it to be an incentive for the organization of Pride and the following year.

www.gong.hr/news.aspx

www.split-pride.net/2012/06/28/gong-za-gradanski-aktivizam-i-razvoj-demokracije-split-pride-u-2011/

www.slobodnadalmacija.hr/Hrvatska/tabid/66/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/179156/Default.aspx

www.h-alter.org/vijesti/hrvatska/gong-ova-nagrada-za-split-pride
 

Forum "The position of women in Split-Dalmatia County"

Young Socialists organized ,06/28/2012, a tribune titled "The position of women in the Split-Dalmatia County" at the premises of the European Movement. Special guest lecturer wasMirjana Kucher, member of Domine. The panel discussed the subject for the social problems, such as discrimination against women in the family, the labor market, as in other spheres of social life.

“The key change is the education and the will. Unfortunately, the process is lengthy and is not yet finished, and now women have won many fields of discrimination, but before them, as in Greek mythology, constantly set new obstacles.... “- said Mirjana Kučer.
“Although is the 21st century, called “The century of women", in our country still feels a strong patriarchal stamp “- a general conclusion it stands, as emphasized at the outset Mirjana Kučer.

www.mladisocijalistist.bloger.hr/post/clanak-iz-slobodne-dalmacije-o-odrzanoj-tribini/17728650.aspx

www.h-alter.org/vijesti/pritisak-odozdo/tribina-polozaj-zena-u-splitsko-dalmatinskoj-zupaniji
 

Reply of County Attorney's Office in Split on response to Zenska mreza, Zenska soba and Domine

Prompted by allegations in the media about the case of multiple rape of a minor, Zenska mreza, Zenska soba and  Domine, decided to have a fuller picture of events and to clarify doubts and investigate the charges imposed on the public, direct response and look for the manifestation of the County Attorney's Office in Split.
Outraged by the case, we asked that, given the above indications, initiate investigations and for other rape cases referred to in the text, which was allegedly committed suspect in this case. According to the media, it is a minor and therefore that all these elements demanded thoroughly and prompt investigation. According to information available to the public, it did not happen, but just the opposite. Instead of the procedure is performed correctly, that the victim receives adequate protection, and the institutions justify the trust of citizens, it remains the impression that everything is done contrary. There remains the fact that according to what we know rapist committed more rapes, walking freely, which may mean that it will continue to rape. This procedure, which leaves open a number of concerns and issues, institutions do not inspire confidence, and thus prolongs the problem. We expressed our concern that this case "do not forget" because it damages so far the victim and her family, and the damage will be inflicted on the entire public.
County Attorney's Office in Split sent us his opinion, in which we were informed that after learning about new relevant circumstances in this criminal case, again involved in criminal proceedings and the investigating judge of the County Court in Split requested amendment of the criminal proceedings in order to fully clarify the circumstances would be sufficient for a finding of a reasonable suspicion that a criminal offense of rape against a minor.

We are sincerely hoped that this case will be fully investigated and we will continue to monitor the work and the investigation of the County Attorney's Office in Split.
 

"Feminism? What have I to do with it? The personal is political! "

The representatives of Domine, M. Kučer and Valerija Barada, 07/14/2012., held lecture on "Feminism? What have I to do with it? The personal is political! "for the participants of political academy ˝from A to Z - a program of political education for women's activism˝, organized by the Social Democratic Women's Forum SDP Croatian, in the premises of the Croatian SDP, Iblerov Square 9, Zagreb.

Participants of Political Academy were members of Kukuriku coalition, nongovernmental organizations and unions from all over Croatian.
The discussion was about the fundamental matters that promote women's issues in politics, in order to reach a position in the politics from which to discuss this topic and which are actually female threads. Through the dialogic form of a three-hour workshops were processed whole definition of personal as political issues, a quotation presence of women in the public sphere, a review of ways of achieving this presence, affirmative action issues housework and women's bodies and beauty as a political issue.

With regard to the satisfaction of participating by lecture, we hope that such forms of cooperation will continue.
 

 

„The situation of LGBTIQ rights on the Balkans level“

The ECOSY Summer Camp held in Savudrija, 19.07.2012., M. Kučer, Domine, held together with lecturers who foresaw ECOSY, which respectively come from the relevant political parties and nongovernmental organizations throughout Europe, a short lecture on "The situation of LGBT rights on the Balkans level "after which opened discussions with the participants of the camp.
ECOSY (Young European Socialists) is the farrow of PES (Party of European Socialists) and the Socialist Group in the European Parliament, and gathers the political youth wings of the socialist and social democratic orientation from the member countries of the European Union, Central and Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean area countries.

ECOSY Summer camp is a central event of this organization, and is characterized by a combination of politics, activism and education. This year the camp attended by about 1600 young socialists and social democrats from all over Europe, and a political program based on socialist and social democratic values​​, so every day is dedicated to one of them: equality, solidarity, freedom, participation, democracy and inclusion.

Mirjana Kucer talked about experiences of the first and second Pride in Split, where she pointed out that this was the beginning of the struggle for LGBT community, but also for a different, more civilized, modern Split, which is, unfortunately, began to lose its contours.

"If we talk about the LGBT community in the city, it is definitely strengthen, connected and become more active. After last year's Gay Pride, the association "Queer Split Sport" was established, and soon it is likely to be able to establish the first Split association to promote the rights of this population.Although many people say that maybe there are other ways and means to achieving LGBT rights, such as various education, advocacy, pasting posters and the similar things ,we have witnessed none of this did not give results as Pride. Many are still wondering why do we organize this event. Among other things, that we encourage all people who hide their identity for fear of community reaction, make them proud to be able to admit their family and environment and who they are. If only one person did it, Pride has succeded ", she said.


 

Croatian Women's Network Statement on the occasion of the anniversary of Operation Oluja

Croatian Women's Network, 08/03/2012. in their statement on the occasion 17.  military-police operation Storm, pointed out the need for all victims, regardless of ethnicity, should have the same treatment. The statement was stimulated by the need to create conditions for the return of the local population in the desolate area.

Below you can read the whole interview.

Zagreb, 03.08.2012.

IZJAVA ŽENSKE MREŽE HRVATSKE
u povodu 17 godina od vojno-policijske akcije Oluja


Ženska mreža Hrvatske podsjeća da su u vojno-policijskoj akciji Oluja, i neposredno nakon nje, pripadnici hrvatskih vojnih i paravojnih formacija lišili života više od 800 civila, uglavnom staraca i starica. Ova je vojno-policijska akcija dovela do masovnog protjerivanja srpskog stanovništva s područja tzv. Republike Srpske Krajine. Tokom i nakon akcije učinjeni su različiti zločini protiv civilnog stanovništva. Nakon akcije uništeni su stambeni i drugi objekti (uglavnom osoba srpske nacionalnosti), spomenici žrtvama fašizma te poslovni prostori, pogoni, hoteli i drugi objekti koji su mogli poslužiti za nastavak proizvodnje i života.

U nizu ratnih zločina koji obilježavaju ratove u bivšoj Jugoslaviji Oluji pripada istaknuto mjesto. Odgovornost snose ne samo neposredni izvršioci, nego prije svega tadašnji vojno-politički vrh Hrvatske, koji nije skrivao svoje namjere da po svaku cijenu etnički očisti taj prostor. Na žalost, ključni protagonisti, a to su u prvom redu Franjo Tuđman sa svojim suradnicima, kao i njegov saveznik Slobodan Milošević, nisu dočekali suočavanje s pravdom. Ostaje da pravda bude zadovoljena na Međunarodnom kazenom sudu za bivšu Jugoslaviju u Hagu gdje se privodi proces nekima od neposrednih zapovjednika akcije, na čelu s Antom Gotovinom.

Navedeno područje Hrvatske do danas je ostalo najvećim dijelom bez svog stanovništva. Nepregledne kolone izbjeglica i odlazak svojih građana Hrvatska ne smije smatrati uspjehom. Nadamo se će pokazati da zna prihvatiti odgovornost za počinjene zločne kao i brigu za civilne žrtve rata, bez obzira na njihovu etničku pripadnost.

Godinama o zločinima i uništavanju imovine državni organi su šutjeli. Procesuriranje počinitelja zločina nad srpskim stanovništvom je tek u zadnje vrijeme dobile zadovoljavajuće sudske epiloge.

Neposredno nakon akcije Oluja donijet je i Zakon o privremenom raspolaganju određenom imovinom – koji se je odnosio na imovinu izbjeglih građana srpske nacionalnosti, čime je država otvorila prostor za dodjelu tuđe imovine drugim osobama (uglavnom izbjeglim iz drugih dijelova bivše države).
Ove aktivnosti oduzimanja prava na dom nastavljene su godinama iza akcije Oluja pa je otpor prema povratku autohtonog stanovništva postao sastavnim dijelom stalne politike prema izbjeglicama.

 

Equal for Sustainable Community Development

At the premises of women’s group Donji Lapac, 08/08/2012., was held the meeting on the occasion of the "Equal to sustainable development" in the Split-Dalmatia County and Lika-Senj County. Project conducted Women's group Donji Lapac in partnership with the Association of Domine from Split, which was represented at the meeting by Mirjana Kucer.
Our goal is in these two counties, through workshops and meetings with the women, and the organization of roundtables and media promotion policy, approach to promote gender equality at the local level in the smaller communities, and promote the status of women in rural areas.
This project is financially supported by the Government Office for Gender Equality, the amount of 22,000 kuna. At the meeting, was concluded an agreement on cooperation in the implementation of the partnership between the two organizations, and agreed further actions and their implementation.
 

Jagoda Sablic in Domine

During the August on the initiative of Jagoda Sablic, the independent representative of Sibenik, in Domine were held several thematic meetings. The first of these was held at 08/18 and it was agreed further actions in order to strengthening cooperation with NGOs. As the main task was highlighted promotion of gender equality and rights of ethnic, gender and sexual minorities.
Namely, independent town representative wanted in this way to contribute to the affirmation of civil society, particularly in the City of Sibenik, and beyond, since it is at the local level, only with good intersectoral collaboration we can identify real problems and work together on a better life in the community. At the meeting held on 08/22, covered the topic of LGBT rights and experiences of Split Pride organization presented to councilor. It was agreed maintenance of a round table in Sibenik during the month of October with the aim of increasing the visibility of LGBT people in Dalmatia.
The third thematic meeting was held on Saturday, 25th August. With regard to the issue of women in the labor market and discrimination by daily they are suffering through unequal working conditions and unequal pay for equal work, the councilor were presented experiences and results of the project "Women in the labor market - a problem or an opportunity," which was carried out by Domine during 2010-2011, in partnership with regional branches of CEA and CES Split. In another part of the meeting, an independent councilor, Jagoda Sablic, presented the citizens' questions regarding the duplication of mandates and discussed the possibility of a joint approach with the NGO on the urgent amendments to the election law, and before the next local elections.

 

Alison L. Boden along with students visited DOMINE

Dean of religious life, of Princeton University, Alison L. Boden and director of Global Exchange Organization in San Francisco Malia Everett, along with 20 students, after Belgrade, Novi Sad, Sarajevo, Mostar, Dubrovnik, visited 09/02 Domine also. Mirjana Kucer showed them hospitality and introduced to the work of the association.
At the joint meeting the film of Split Pride was shown. Students, as a very committed young people have shown great interest in the position of women in society, religious freedom, and the process of reconciliation after the war in our country.
After a pleasant and inspirational meeting, they continued their journey to Zagreb.
 

Regional Initiative for Women's Court

In Zagreb, in the Center for Women's Studies, 09/03 held on the 5th consecutive meeting of regional consultation for the Women's Initiative court. The meeting was coordinated by representatives of Zena u crnom, Stasa Zajovic, Ivana Vitas and Marijana Stojcic.
At the meeting, the documentary film "Women's Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia-feminist approach to justice," and "Women's Court-international experience", produced for the video activist group Zene u crnom. In accordance with the Code of the feminist organization Women's Tribunal on the former Yugoslavia, which requires the sharing of knowledge and common deliberation process, these meetings are part of the democratic process, and as such assist in defining the future steps in the process of understanding and justice from a feminist point of view. Following meetings held in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia, and now, Zene u crnom at the end of September on the schedule has a visit to Kosovo.
 

www.zenskisud.org/

"Local Initiatives to encourage employment"

The Working Group of Local Employment Partnerships, after meetings at the Croatian Association of Employers in Split, met 09/04 in Domine. Work on the preparation of project proposals extensively flowed, accepted the concept note for local partnerships for employment, and if the project is approved, it would be financed by the SD County, started in the spring of the following year.
Project is focused on review existing strategies for human resource development of SDZ, capacity building of local partnerships for employment of LPE SDZ, the promotion of the general public and the preparation of a common cluster.

www.rera.hr/Novosti/tabid/86/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/394/Odrzan-4-sastanak-Zupanijskog-partnerskog-vijeca-ZPVa.aspx
 

"Preparation of local projects in the assisted areas"

On Wednesday, 05 September in hall of the County Assembly on Zenta was held 4th County Partnership Council meeting regarding the implementation of the Program of preparation and implementation of development projects acceptable for financing from EU funds in 2012. year. Domine is represented by Ana Vranjes.
County Partnership Council has an important role in the selection of projects from subroutine MRRFEU "Preparation of local projects in the assisted areas" and that the co-development of design documents in the fields of business, tourism and cultural infrastructure development and human resource management, energy efficiency, environmental protection and conservation of protected areas. Upon invitation to propose projects of the 16 cities and municipalities that belong to I. and II. categories, 5 of them were applied in a competition with the project proposals. County Partnership Council has supported all 5 projects submitted. The total grant amount is 773,000.00 kuna.

www.rera.hr/Novosti/tabid/86/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/386/ODRZANA-REDOVNA-GODISNJA-SKUPSTINA-LOKALNOG-PARTNERSTVA-ZA-ZAPOSLJAVANJE-SDZ.aspx
 

Local Partnerships for Employment

In the area of Split-Dalmatia County, 09/11, the Board of Directors of Local Employment Partnerships was held a meeting. Domine was represented by Mirjana Kucer. Theme of the meeting was the preparation of the Assembly, which is scheduled for 24th September, and a presentation of current activities LPE.
At the last annual general meeting LPE SDZ, held on 20 June, were presented new opportunities for local development and employment promotion through intersectional collaboration and synergistic approach to grant of the EU, Croatia and other donors for development and employment. Member of Executive Board, Mr. Ranko Milic presented the Report of the Working Group LPE SDZ, Strategic Framework and Action Plan LPE SDZ and a proposal for restructuring of the LPE SDZ which has emerged from the work of the Working Group LPE SDZ, the Assembly unanimously adopted. A public institution Rera SD Coordination and Development has undertaken the function SDZ Technical Secretariat.

www.rera.hr/Novosti/tabid/86/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/386/ODRZANA-REDOVNA-GODISNJA-SKUPSTINA-LOKALNOG-PARTNERSTVA-ZA-ZAPOSLJAVANJE-SDZ.aspx

A new cycle of painting workshops in Domine

From Tuesday, 10/02/2012, has been started the autumn cycle of painting workshop "Iz bica boje." Participants are painting watercolor technique by Goethe theory of color. Workshop is held, as before, weekly, by two groups of participants, the advanced group on Tuesdays and the beginners on Wednesdays, from 5:00-7:00 pm.
All interested can contact the Domine on the phone 021 344 688, email: domine@domine.hr, or directly to the workshop leader Nina Simunovic on cell: 091 50 60 709.

 

"Equal to Sustainable Development"

In Splitska, Brac, in the "Kuca Seka" from the 18th to 20th of September, a workshop and partner's meeting were held on the implementation of the project "Equal to sustainable development", which in rural areas of Split-Dalmatia and Lika-Senj County jointly implemented by the Domine and Women's group Donji Lapac.
At the workshop agreed activities of the project and worked out a plan of implementation workshop with the project beneficiaries - women in rural areas of Lika and Dalmatia. The project is funded by the Office for Gender Equality of the Government RH.
 

Regular Meeting of LPE

In Split, on Zenta, 09/24/2012, a Regular Meeting of LPE SDZ was held, where the new capabilities of local development and employment promotion through a synergistic approach to grant the EU, Croatia and other donors for development and employment were promoted.
After introductory point’s board member, Mirjana Kucer, presented the possibility of financing through EU funds for human resources at the local level, and stimulation of sustainable local employment partnerships.
Board member Ranko Milic, approached, in an interesting presentation, those present the concept of clusters which would operate as an independent body for human resource development, promotion of employment and self-employment.
The members of the Assembly are familiar with the work of thematic working group and current plans for the future. They are also invited to get in involved in the work of thematic working groups as much as possible.
 

"Women's Court" in Domine

In Domine, on 11th October, was held presentation of the initiative to organize the Women's Court, in cooperation with the Association of Women's group Split implemented in Split-Dalmatia County. At the lecture was shown the documentary film "Women's Court-feminist approach to justice," produced by the video activist group Women in Black.
At the presentation, there was also talk of the international experience in organizing the Women's Court, the reasons for and the importance of the formation of the Women's Court, the similarities and differences with the women's tribunals, institutional and people's courts, etc.
In accordance with the Code of feminist organization Women's Tribunal of the former Yugoslavia, which requires the sharing of knowledge and common deliberation process, these meetings are part of the democratic process, and as such assist in defining the future steps in the process of understanding and justice from a feminist point of view .
 

DOMINE in Sibenik

12th October, in the area of the City Library Juraj Sizgoric, Sibenik hosted Domine, as organizer of the Initiative for Women's Court-feminist approach to justice. As in Split, on the presentation was shown the documentary film "Women's courts."
Female courts arise within civil society and social movements and provide space to women not only to testify everyday experience of injustice, but also to create new concepts of justice and peace.
Female courts are space for testimonies of women, as well as taking responsibility for justice, the introduction of a feminist model of justice, to encourage responsibility and feminist ethics of care, strengthening networks of solidarity and joint construction of a just peace.
Members of the Initiative Committee composed of: Women to Women, Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), the Center for Women and Peace Education Anima from Kotor (Montenegro), Center for Women's Studies and the Center for Women War Victims-ROSA, Zagreb (Croatia), Women's Network of Kosovo, Women’s studies and Women in Black from Belgrade, have launched a joint initiative to organize the Women's Court of the territory of the former Yugoslavia. Also joined them, in common efforts, Domine and Women's group Split.

www.sibenik.in/sibenik/feministkinje-u-sibeniku-predstavile-zenske-sudove/5640.html

www.sibenik.hr/vijesti/predstavljanje-inicijative-za-organiziranje-zenskog-suda


 

˝Equal! Women's participation in decision-making at the local level˝

CESI in partnership with organizations BaBe! , Domine, Center for Civic Initiatives Porec, Dolphin Pakrac, began a three-day program (19th to 21th Oct) campaign called ˝Equal! Women's participation in decision-making at the local level˝, which aims to improve the participation of women in decision-making processes at the local level.
The campaign held a panel with international guests as well as workshops for Croatian politicians, activists, and institutions in order to develop new strategies to include more women in decision-making at the local level.
Helena Stimac Radin, as director of the Office for Gender Equality, which was also the sponsor of the campaign, pointed out that the Law on Local Elections, which was accepted by the Government, aligned with the Law on Gender Equality in terms of lists. She also said they were asked the opinion of the Committee for Gender Equality of the Croatian Parliament on whether the upcoming local elections in May 2013th third election cycle, after the adoption of the Law on Gender Equality and the introduction of a quota of 40 percent for the underrepresented sex. If the opinion is positive, it will mean that parties that fail to comply with a quota of 40 percent women on their lists will have to pay a fine.
Pauline Chabbert, Adviser on Gender Issues at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of France, noted that party in France prefer to pay a penalty, but still incorporate women in their electoral lists. Specifically, the French State budget parties were even forced to pay five million euro in 2007th year because they had less than 40 percent of women on their lists.
Toni Panetta, the political director of NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado of the United States has put forward a range of measures and strategies that she and her organization in the U.S. influence on decision-making and lobbying with politicians and politicians.
One of the conclusions of the conference is to introduce the necessary determination of the existing legislative framework for achieving gender equality which implies the urgent application of penalties for those political parties on electoral lists do not respect the balanced representation of women and men and the presence of the underrepresented sex of at least 40 percent, and that the collected funds paid by the sanctions are directed directly to the political empowerment of women and other programs important to women.
Educational program continued through the seminar that was held 20th and 21th October, at Laguna in Zagreb. Mirjana Kucer, as a representative of Domine, shared the experience of monitoring the process of integration of gender equality in local public policies in the example of the city of Split. Research conducted 2009th years has shown a complete lack of gender mainstreaming at the local level.
The seminar is part of the long-term program for women in politics called Leader.

 

The history of LGBT activism

Presented are two documentary audio-video experiences that show the organization of the first Pride in Belgrade in 2001. And a year later, the first Zagreb Pride in the organization of Kontra and Iskorak. On the second day of workshop an action plan of activities that includes a number of educational, creative workshops, panel discussions and lectures, public actions, and regular community activities through sports, entertainment and cultural program was created.
Two weeks ago, there was a first thematic workshop dedicated to Coming Out, which, due to the interest shown in the coming months will be repeated. Another workshop on the theme of violence against LGBT people is scheduled for 24 November. Fun activities through various groups will continue on a regular basis.
 

We got tired of listening excuses about why gender should be postponed again and again!

Women's organizations - Center for Education, Counselling and Research, Babe!, Delfin Pakrac, Center for Civic Initiatives Porec and Domine, which for many years together intensively working to promote greater participation of women in decision-making, expressing anger over the government's decision on local elections 2013th The sexually unbalanced electoral lists will not be penalized. Especially as the Prime Minister Milanovic at a meeting with activists of our organization before the election offered a very different interpretation of the Act.

"Women's rights in the Western Balkans"

31st October in Sarajevo, held a round table on the topic "Women's Rights in the Western Balkans." The conference is organized on the initiative of member of the European Parliament Mary Cornelissen to collect information on women's rights and gender equality in the Western Balkans. The collected information will be used as the basis for the report to the European Parliament, and as the draft resolution, with the intent to adopt and submit to the governments and parliaments of the countries of the Western Balkans.
In the working of round table, besides representatives from Croatia Mirjana Kucer, Domine, and Silva Sumić, Croatian Women's Network, were also attended and representatives of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Slovenia, Serbia and Albania.
Application of gender mainstreaming and harmonization with the EU is unbalanced in some states. The general conclusion is that despite the mechanisms and legal changes are not nearly achieved equal representation of women and men. Highlighted the positive example of Macedonia, which after the introduction of a quota (every third candidate for parliament / Sobranje is women) achieved more than 30% representation of women in parliament. Women's organizations in Croatia are satisfied with the continuation of a separate Office of the Ombudsman for gender equality, especially since the establishment of this office among other things, is a direct result of the work of many women's organizations. The challenge of economic empowerment of women, especially the protection of the rights of pregnant women and new mothers, and a significant representation of women at all levels of political decision-making is in front of us.
 

www.skupstina.me/index.php

Strategic planning cluster Cedra

At the hotel Dalmina in Split, 11/08/2012., was held strategic planning of cluster CEDRA-Cluster for eco-innovation and social development.
In the introduction, was presented an initiative for the establishment of clusters, workshops and work methodology.
Facilitators were: Mladen Vojkovic, a consultant in the field of human resource development, Ranko Milic and Dusko Milinkovic from Healthy City Association.
 

WNC's Statement

The Act on Gender Equality and Anti-Discrimination Act explicitly prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation. Women's Network said in a statement that the discriminatory provisions decided to file a petition challenging the constitutionality of the Law on Artificial Insemination.
 

Eurythmy-Principles of self-awareness through body language

On Tuesday, 13.11., Continued the series of lectures and workshops in eurhythmy, holding the first workshop of health eurhythmy. In recent weeks, there were introductory lectures on the history and meaning eurhythmy with the aim of presenting users with methods of working through health and art workshops. Workshop leader, Enita Nurkić, at the same time leads and individual counseling every Tuesday from 10:00 to 14:00, in agreement with beneficiaries .

A ROUND TABLE-Women and Entrepreneurship

At the round table, "Women and Entrepreneurship", organized by the Entrepreneurship Center Sinj in conjunction with HNS, held on 10 November, Domine presented the results of research position of women in rural areas of Dalmatia, which was conducted in 2011. , as part of the "Women in the labor market-the problem or opportunity."
Moderator of the the round table, Meri Butirić, emphasized that in the Split-Dalmatia County men lead in entrepreneurship and women in the Department of Employment. Srdjan Gjurković, MP HNS, said that the former government badly sown and now it reaps.
Mirjana Kucer, a representative of Domine, spoke on the topic of "Women in rural areas of Dalmatia - invisible field of the world." In this area, it is still far to gender mainstreaming. "Unemployed" women in these communities often get up every day at five o'clock, the first in the family, working hole day and going to bed as last one. It's the invisible field of the world of work. It was further concluded that the position of women in rural areas is still fixed, but it definitely needs to redefine the definition of (un) employment.
The round table was attended also: Sladjana Jakovčević, Technology Center Split, Helena Budisa, private entrepreneurs, Ana Barac, Business Center Sinj, Mira Krneta, CBRD, Lada Karninčić, co-owner of "Trenton."

www.slobodnadalmacija.com/Split-%C5%BEupanija/tabid/76/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/193362/Default.aspx

http://www.ferata.hr/vijesti/11192-okrugli-stol-ene-i-poduzetnitvo

http://dnevnik.hr/vijesti/hrvatska/izgubile-posao-pa-osnovale-zadrugu.html
 

Women's Court

26th November, on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Domine invited by the Women's Forum of SDP Omis, was held a well-attended presentation of Initiatives for Women’s court-feminist approach to justice. At the presentation was shown a film, Women's Court.
After viewing the film, the discussion highlighted the problem of rape of women in war and under-protection of women against sexual crimes in daily life. Particularly indicated in cases of brutal rapes and murders that shook the Croatian public in 2012. year, such as the case of a young Mexican woman, Selene Graciano Macedo, the disappearance of Antonia Bilic and rape case in Podstrana.
Domine is part of a regional Initiative for organize the Women's Tribunal on the former Yugoslavia who started in the 2010th year and inexorably expanding in these areas.
 

The Assembly of IFE-EFI

On the 3rd December was organized the annual conference of the European feminist inicijatie IFE-EFI in Brussels, where Nina Simunovic attended as a representative of Domine. The Assembly brought up financial report and a report on the activities of the past year, and also reached an agreement on future actions. The new multilingual website and Facebook page were presented as opportunities to inform and networking of existing and future members.
One day later, organized by the GUE (European United Left) and NGL (Nordic Green Left) and the European Feminist Initiative held a public debate on the subject of Political transition and Women's Rights and Equality first.
Moderator of the debate "Political Transition and Women's Rights" was Martin Anderson, GUE, and Boriana Jonson from IFE-EFI moderated "Equality first." Speakers and participants in the debate came from Palestine, Germany, Egypt, Tunisia and Syria.

www.efi-ife.org/index.php/en/

 

Every insulting of powerful women is a reflection of men’s helplessness

Domine have reacted to the interpretation of successful women in the talk show "8th floor“ with Daniel Trbović, which ran from 7th January on HRT.

We bring you, in entirety, a reaction that was published in Slobodna Dalmatia.

"What we are saying, talking about us. Everyone is entitled to their own experience, including the experience or perception of male - female relationships, which are sometimes a reflection of sexuality. From the spoken words we may be able to conclude that the interpreter has a problem with dominant women and to prove his manhood, search "weak" woman. Weak - according to their own understanding. This is pure retro. The modern terms, this relationship is - unsustainable. The interpreter says that women prefer men because of their organ which women don’t have it. Yes. But men also prefer women because they have organ that men don’t have. Beauty and length of women's hair often are not essential. What matters is the organ that gives the woman a key power of reproduction. For a "real" man, a phallus is a means for the extension of his species. Women's power is unquestionable.
If men were castrated, women cannot be held responsible for something that they didn’t do. Let men finally take responsibility. Every insulting of powerful women
, those they are successful, business, dominant, is a reflection of men’s helplessness. Fear is the strongest feeling, which cannot be beaten if we don’t confront ourselves. The modern kitchen is not the only long sausage on the grill menu. Women love imaginative and well prepared barbecue where together enjoying both women and men. Ultimately, if we are aware of ourselves and our needs, we have no problems in the male - female relationships at any age.˝

 

Press release

Domine strongly condemns the statement of theologian, Dr. Adalbert Rebic, in which he calls on the conspiracy of gays, communists and lesbians against Croatian. Besides violating the principle of equality and non-discrimination, in his unrestrained statement to the media, Rebic calls to intolerance and promotes hatred against a certain minority group in society, which is, a felony hate crime. Beneath each criticism is unfounded and irresponsible manipulation that is used for cheap politicking promotion of church. Consciously or not, Rebic calls for lynching of women and men of homosexual orientation or ideology of the left, which would not be ashamed most faithful followers of fascism and similar totalitarian systems. However, we can not accept, and we also condemn the editorial policy of Slobodna Dalmatia, which placed this message on the cover, and similarly as HTV, a few days ago in the case of sexist statements of Slovenian psychoanalyst towards women, act irresponsibly, opening up the media space to hate speech. But if Rebic said that the Serbs should hang on willow, or that Croats are most pure, Catholic race, whether such statement has found a place on the cover!?! We remind that the degree of respect for minority rights is a measure of development of modern society. We invite the media to implement a socially responsible editorial policy that does not support sensationalism when it comes to human rights.

Mirjana Kucer, executive coordinator of the Domine

 

www.dalmacijanews.com/Vijesti/View/tabid/74/ID/108847/Domine-Dr-Adalbert-Rebic-poziva-na-linc.aspx

www.ezadar.hr/clanak/udruga-domine-protivi-se-rebicevim-izjavama

www.24sata.hr/politika/domine-dr-adalbert-rebic-svojom-izjavom-poziva-na-linc-296851

www.h-alter.org/vijesti/ljudska-prava/neodgovorni-mediji-i-govor-mrznje

www.slobodnadalmacija.hr/Hrvatska/tabid/66/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/198993/Default.aspx
 

IFE-EFI CONDEMNATION

 

European Feminist Initiative (IFE-EFI) condemned the cold-blooded murder of three Kurdish feminist and activist for a political solution of the Kurdish issue, Rojbin Dogan, Sakina Cansiz and Leyla Soylemez, in Paris, on January 9th.

We publish statement entirely.

IFE-EFI CONDEMNATION
The cold blood assassination of the three feminists and activists for a political solution of the Kurdish question, Rojbin Dogan, Sakine Cansiz and Leyla Soylemez, on January 9th in Paris is a shock for all of us.
European Feminist Initiative expresses our deepest sympathy to their families and beloved ones.
We strongly condemn this horrible act of violence. We strongly condemn all kind of violence used for solving conflicts. We denounce all strategies of eradicating the Kurdish question by repression against political and civil activists.
As feminists and internationalists we express our pain from this crime, our refusal of impunity and our anger at political cynicism of governments for which Kurdish women and men activists for freedom, self-determination and human dignity pay with their lives.
Paris, January 2013

www.efi-ife.org/images/PDF/ife-efi%20condemnation%20paris%202013.pdf

 

 

 

Pharmacy 'Dukic' violates the rights of women and men

Domine were reported to the Ombudswoman for Gender Equality, Visnji Ljubicic, in relation to the violation of the rights of patient from Dugi Rat, as a violation of sexual and reproductive rights of women and men and also denial and restriction of the right to contraception and direct discrimination on the basis of the rights of access to goods and services (Article 5, paragraph 4 of the Law on Gender equality: Prohibits discrimination in relation to access to and supply of goods as well as discrimination in providing and access to services).

Procedure of owner of pharmacy Dukic is a direct violation of sexual and reproductive rights, as the same violates a person's right to control and make decisions about their lives, and in relation to his or her reproductive and sexual health and threatens their right to safe sex life and protection from unwanted pregnancy.
 

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Employed women - an independent woman

Info flyer for the "working woman-independent woman"

As part of the "working woman - independent woman", in the preparatory phase of the project, "Domine" edited eponymous brochure to all potential customers and partners / associates to include them more in project activities.

Regional Initiative for Women's Court

General meeting of the Network of Zene u crnom Serbia, held in the period of 8.2.-10.2., in Banji Vrujice in Serbia, was attended by representatives of women's organizations and networks from other countries in the region. As guests from the Croatian, Women's Network was represented by two coordinators, Nela Pamuković from the Center for Women War Victims in Zagreb Rosa and Mirjana Kucer of Domine. A major theme of the three-day meeting was the further implementation of the Regional Initiative for Women's Court, which, according to the conclusions of coordination should take place during the 16 days of activism in 2014th. Venue has not yet been agreed. Specifically discuss was about alternative forms of resistance to neoliberal capitalism in the world, pointing to examples of organized labor, student and civil rebellion in the states in the region. A worker rebellion in Montenegro spoke Ervina Dabižinović from Anime Kotor, while Lino Veljak, exhibited the revolt of students for free education, which is one of the examples of awakening civic consciousness in Croatia. Particularly interesting was the presentation Metke Roksandić from Slovenian Women's Lobby, which talked about the uprisings in Maribor and Ljubljana, and the response of the citizens of Slovenia to the repulsive robbery and corruption under the patronage of neoliberalism. Among other things, highlighted the need for a stronger connection and mutual support organizations dealing with human rights and women's rights in the region.

"One billion rising"

14th February at the Riva promenade, Domine were, first in Croatia, joined the V-Day campaign,
"One billion rising" and so once again, on their own initiative have shown that they are among the main actors of today's civil society of Split.

The action was the work of solidarity aimed to demonstrate the unity of women's struggle, but also the power of their numbers. Domine have pointed out that on this day one billion rising and it is also a call to the millions of abused women, the men who love them, women who have been beaten, raped, economically devalued and sold, as well as those who know that the destruction of mothers end of humanity, to come out of their homes, take to the streets and squares, invite your friends, protest and dance.

In her own way Domine have tried to actively engage participants in creating an environment free of violence and were also given the opportunity to personally express why are raised and how they think and act for themselves against the scourge of modern society.

Video can be viewed here.

www.slobodnadalmacija.hr/Scena/Mozaik/tabid/80/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/202485/Default.aspx
 

"Strengthening of regional and local structures to support the development of civil society"

On Wednesday, 20 February in the Hotel Katarina - Dugopolje, was held on informational workshop which introduced competition for grant "Strengthening of regional and local structures to support the development of civil society" in the IV. IPA Program „Development of Human Resources ".
National Foundation for Civil Society Development in collaboration with the Government Office for NGOs organized a workshop which was attended by representatives of Domine. MI Association, as a regional support center in the framework of the regional development of civil society and local communities in the Republic of Croatia, which administers the National Foundation, gave the workshop participants basic information on project cycle management and explained the way of fulfilling mandatory tendering.

Workshops, in addition to Dugopolje also held in Rijeka, Osijek, Varazdin and Zagreb.

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Days of woman in Zlatna vrata 2013th

That was the name of multimedia event, which this year Domine characterized International Women's Day, in the period of 08 - 19th March at the premises of the Public Open University of Split.

The event started in 08th March, with the opening of the exhibition "UNIVERSUM Feminae" where exposed the works from painting-therapeutic workshop "From being color" that from January 2007th were regularly held in the premises of Domine.

The same day, was opened women's fair „DO ITSELF", organized in cooperation with the League for the prevention of addiction that will last until 12 March, and performed the film "Mima and Martha."
 

IFE-EFI Statement 8th of March 2013

How many battles will there be still to be led to get equal rights for women and men, to bridge the more than ever tenacious gap between formal and real equality?

As long as the Parliaments all over the world are predominantly male shaped, as long as great poverty has a female face, as long as women are kept away from political decisions that generate social injustice and perpetuate this poverty and increase militarization and insecurity in the world, we shall protest against the denial of democracy which we face - from one end of the planet to another.

How many years, how many centuries will it take to end the social tolerance towards discrimination and violence against women? 8th of March, the International Day of Women's Rights, bears first the echo of their suffering. Patriarchy and its pillars capitalism, militarism and religious fundamentalisms, all of them reinforce oppression and exclusion of women from the public space, but the word femicide remains a "barbarism", fear and hatred of women "fantasies"! No, women's rights are neither a "cross-cutting issue" nor a "supplemental, complementary soul"; women’s rights are universal human rights, in the heart of any real debate on democracy.

On the 8th of March, we shall proclaim once again that living under violence and insecurity is not our natural destiny and shall demand, with a common voice, European women, Middle Eastern women, women of the world - the basic requirement - to be full citizens, to have control on our bodies and to participate equally in making the decisions governing our lives.

Board of the European Feminist Initiative IFE-EFI/ 8th of March 2013
 

GivenGain

In IMPACT - European Centre for intersectoral cooperation in Zadar 21st and 22 of March 2013th The training was held to-use platform ZaDobroBIT / GivenGain on which, among other representatives of civil society organizations participated and the Domina, Drazan Ajduković.
Association expressed their interest and willingness to use these platforms, and also the interest for inclusion in the new cycle of training in which more attention is paid to the design, planning and implementation of campaigns for Internet fundraising.
National Foundation for Civil Society Development in 2011th year established a collaboration with the International Foundation GivenGain to enable Croatian civil society organizations to participate in this global platform, which in addition to allowing Internet fundraising, connects and activates citizens to support socially beneficial activities of civil society organizations.
 

Where is the power – there is no women!

Attesting to the list of SDP and HDZ in Split. On the list of SDP there are 6 women and on the list of HDZ there are fifth. Only the list of HSP has fewer women, just 4 of them.
We did an analysis of the lists of candidates for the City of Split with regard to respect for gender quotas, and the average age of the candidates.
Since the last election, when the total number of candidates was 36.42% of women, in this year there was a shift in the electoral lists, and they now have 40.13%.
From the list of 22 applicants, 12 of them, as much as 54.5% complied with the recommendation of the Council of Europe and the Law on Gender Equality of at least 40% of women on electoral lists, but only the list of Dragan Markovina is in preparing the list respected so-called ZIP model, male - female, male - female.
It is interesting that those who make laws and have the most impact on their application, ruling SDP and coalition partners, and the strongest opposition party HDZ in coalition with the center-right have at least women on their lists, SDP - 6, and HDZ - 5 women. Only traditionally conservative right, HSP, has fewer women, just 4 of them. Do the political parties realize that without women in politics is not achieved the basic prerequisite for the implementation of gender equality?
Among the list of holders there are 5 women (22.72%), while the actual representation of women on the lists illustrated by the fact that the top four candidates are only 25 women accounting for 17.86%. Of the 11 candidates for the Mayor three of them are women, while four candidates are for 1st Deputies and 4 for the second Deputy, which is less than 30%, or 40%.
Given the age of the candidates, the youngest of them is the 1995th (3), from SPH, while the oldest comes from SRP and is 90 years old (1923).
The youngest list is Youth Action with an average of 24 years and the oldest SRP with an average of 62 years. The average age of candidates is 44 years.
Most lists are mono-ethnic with assorted members of ethnic minorities, while most members of national minorities in the list of SRP's.
 

"Working women - independent woman"

The first cycle of educational workshops, "Job searching," "Self-employment" and "EU funds" within the "Working woman - independent woman," which is funded by the City of Split, in collaboration with the CEA and CES, were held during April in the premises of Domine.
Attendance of all three workshops was extremely high, which indicates that women are resolutely took the view in addressing their own existence. The Association has hired excellent teachers, and through lectures and activities raises awareness of women that they are exactly the ones who must make the first move on the job search. Women are educated on how to write an application, Curriculum Vitae, how to approach an interview with a potential employer; on a workshop "Self Employment" gave them complete insights of ways how to realize their ideas through all possible legal forms, such as crafts, businesses, homemade, cooperatives, etc. The workshop "EU funds" tried to get close to the same idea implemented with the help of pre-accession funds of the European Union.
The aim of the workshops was to raise the level of motivation to actively join the job search and providing knowledge and "tools" to implement their own ideas and their own business.
Next workshop on "Job searching" is scheduled for the period from 23rd to 27th May, a "Self-employment" for the period from 06th to 10th June.
 

"The role of women in sustainable development of the local community"

On Friday 31 May in Gracac, in the premises of Prospero, Mirjana Kucer together with Nina Simunovic, held a workshop entitled "The role of women in sustainable development of local communities." Representatives of Domine were pleasantly surprised by the attendance rate of workshops. The lecture was approached by twenty women, mostly unemployed.
The workshop consisted of two parts, where the first part of the presentation held awareness and empowerment of women as the subject of change and not as an object, and the second took place practical exercises in five groups. In the presentation of the participants tried to raise awareness about the quality, so-called the "maternal principle" that each of them bring to the local community, whether it 's selfless, caring for others, for the environment, as opposed to the "male principle" that carry the race for money, competitive attitude to everything. For an example, the story of the date fruit, which need our love and our care for eighty years after which it will give us the fruits. No matter how our effort seems futile in caring for the local community, or in the general level of the planet, it's the only way to maintain their development and leave to our descendants a pleasant place to live.
In the practical part, women were divided into groups, and made a plan of their project ideas that would function according to the already mentioned "feminine principle" and whose main goal is the sustainability of the local community, and only achievable through social and environmental awareness.

 

Working summer - Visit to Georgia

Mirjana Kucer, as a representative of Domine, along with other representatives of the European Feminist Initiative, visited Georgia and attended summer school feminist, by Georgian feminists launched according to the Croatian school.

Participants of The Summer feminist school are young girls aged 20-30 years from the NGO sector, government agencies and academia. The school has an international character and is intended for participants from Armenia and Azerbaijan. Their experiences in the international feminist movement, in front of Feminist Initiative, were split with Mirjana Kucer, Lillian Halls French and Boriana Jonsson, and our collaborator from the Egyptian feminist movement Afaf Nasr El Din. Valborg Linden Jonsten, the member of EP, presented experience of the European Parliament's policy of promoting gender equality.
She also met with members of the Council for Gender Equality, which consists of members of the Georgian parliament. Council for Gender Equality is the only institutional mechanism for promoting gender equality and has exclusively advisory character.

You can read more on the blog " Feminist Cuisine ."
 

Art exibition " Le Petit Prince "

Inspired by the book " Le Petit Prince " painting group " From the Colour Being " artistically interpreted 5 scenes in this unique story for adults. Thus , according to Goethe's theory of colors , the watercolors in veil technique, format 50x70 cm , made personally experienced forms of rose, king , drunkard , fox and the little prince, who comes and goes from the Earth .


Authors of images:
Sonja Bjelancic , Ljubica Bresan , John Bulicic , Zoran Gilic Toffolo , Radmila Grga , Dubravka Kragic , Biserka Milicevic , Elvira Smoje, Keti Vukasin


Group Leader :
Nina Simunovic


Painting Group "From the Colour Being " works for over 5 years in association "Domine ", Split, and has performed 3 retrospective and 3 public exhibitions titled " Goddess in every woman ," " Women who run with the wolves " and " Universum Feminae " .


More about the workshop on the links:

www.domine.hr

www.paintingworkshopsplit.weebly.com

or in association " Domine" Bosanska 4, Split
tel. 021 344 688 , mob. 091 5060709
 

The France Night

 The France Night, as a part of The European Nights, which is maintaining at "Alliance Francis de Split" in Marmont street,began with the opening of the exhibition " Le Petit Prince ", created in association Domine as a result of painting group " From the Colour Being ." The exhibition will be set to 20 October.
Next exhibition of " Le Petit Prince "will be in the Golden Gate, in the premises of POUS's, December 10.

http://www.slobodnadalmacija.hr

Starts autumn cycle of Workshop for unemployed women

Domine continue with the program of support for unemployed women, which includes job search workshops, self-employment and writing projects for EU funds, lectures dealing with the position of women in the labor market, as well as individual and group counseling.
The project was organized individual psycho- social support by Wednesdays in period of 17:00-20:00 hours, in agreement with the psychologist.
The first three-day workshop, the third in the series this year, the topic of Job search will be held on Thursday 10.10. 2013th starting at 16:00.
Announced activities are conducted within the „Working woman - independent woman“, financed by the City of Split.
Domine conducted an economic empowerment program continuously since 2007. Beneficiaries of the program are women who have not any work experience, the long-term unemployed, older than 40 years or for any other reason classified as hard to employ people. From 10 to 15% of women who completed a training program found temporary or permanent employment as a result of hard work and individual approach to each of its users , which in turn is not possible in Croatian Employment Institute, where a counselor have to work with more than 250 unemployed .
 

The Women's Platform

9th Octobar, in Zagreb, organized by CESI, was held a meeting of the five partner organizations (CESI and Babe! from Zagreb, Domine from Split, CGI from Porec and Delfin from Pakrac ) that work together to promote greater participation of women in politics and through political subjects .
These feminist organizations have developed Women's Platform 2011th with the demands of women to political parties ahead of parliamentary elections 2011th.Requests were formed through five areas: human rights of women and the implementation of laws and politics, social justice - Labour and Employment ; public / political life , private and family life, health and reproductive rights . Most of these requests were accepted by the ruling SDP in its election political agenda. The aim of the meeting in Zagreb was analysis of what was actually realized after two years, and organizing joint conferences with the working title: The Political Platform 2 +. The conference will be held in Zagreb on 4th-5th December and there will be analyze the work of the Government in relation to demands of The Women's Platform.

The Women's Platform 2011th

What do women want?

Zagreb: Presentation of The Women's Platform 2011th

Siniša...Žena, majka, hobotnica mora u politiku

 


 

Discrimination treatment of Dukić pharmacy

After Domine filed a complaint against pharmacy “Dukic” form Dugi Rat because they refused to give contraception prescribed by doctor to 39 year old resident of Dugi Rat, gender equality ombudsperson Višnja Ljubičić established how in this case pharmacy cannot use right to appeal to conscience as a collective since this is individual right.
Ombudsperson acclaimed how deprivation of issuing prescribed contraception to patient is against article 6, paragraph 4 of Law on Gender Equality (NN 82/08), and it has especially damaging effect on women in practice since their right to freely decide about their sexual and reproductive rights is denied. This treatment also violated Directive of Council 2004/113/EZ from 13th December 2004. considering implementation of the principle of equal treatment for men and women in their access and purchase of goods, or provision of services.
At the same time ombudsperson send recommendations to pharmacy that in specific case, and in future work, should organize its work in the way that there is at least on employee who will not appeal to conscience when issuing prescribed contraception. Ombudsperson recommended that pharmacy shouldn’t use appeal to conscience as collective right, but exclusively as individual right and also to consider fact that when issuing drugs with prescription, doctor prescribed specific drug after medical examination and diagnosis actin in accordance with the rules of profession.
 

Feminist workshop in Sarajevo

Workshop for women under name „Feminism? What do I have with it? Personal is political! “took place in Sarajevo, on 26th and 27th of October 2013. Members of the feminist organisation Domine from Split held workshop, Mirjana Kučer, its coordinator and Valerija Barada, professor in the department of Sociology of University in Zadar.
Workshop's basic questions were how to affirm women's issues in politics, what women’s issues are really and how to reach stage where these subjects can be affirmative. Answers to these questions tried to be carried out during two days workshop by defining term personal as political subject, remarking presence of women in public sphere, examining ways leading to that presence, defining possibility of housework problematic affirmation and dealing with analysis of women's body and beauty in politic sense.
Although in Bosnia and Herzegovina exist legal framework which should guarantee women's rights, real picture is slightly different, because women in politics, business and other forms of public activity have not the same opportunities as men do. Patriarchate is still deep rooted in society in Bosnia, but workshops like this one can contribute to make change and move forward in breaking those obstacles.
 

Montenegro pride

On 20th of October 2013 in the capital of Montenegro, Podgorica, first parade of pride was held under name „Montenegro Pride“. Pride assembled around 100 participants under strong police protection. Although in front of Montenegro is still long way towards equality and tolerance, comprehensive impression is satisfactory.
Pride participants carried out rainbow colors and EU flags together with witty and inspiring transparent. Montenegro's media focus were mostly on inappropriate outbursts and less on pride content, but nevertheless, first and hardest step towards LGBT population perceptibility in Montenegro has been made.
Podgorica's Pride won support also from Croatia, precisely from Split, in which was successfully organised for the third time: member of organisation Domine, Mirjana Kučer, attained the pride together with colleagues from organisation Rispet from Split and colleagues from Split's Pride.
 

Assembly of Women's Network Croatia

On assembly of Women's Network Croatia which took place on16th of October 2013 in Zagreb, participated 17 representatives from civil organisations, also members of the Network. Gathering cause was regular annual electoral assembly on which regular annual report for 2012 was discussed and activity plan for 2014 concluded. Activity plan refers to 16 days of activism, International Women's Day and announced Women's Court for the November 25th 2014 but still without the defined place of holding.

Assembly confirmed mandate of Coordination and for further four years the Network will be represented by members of Coordination, Nela Pamukovic, Sanja Juras, Biserka Momcinovic, Durdica Kolarec and Mirjana Kucer.
 

Meeting between Network PETRA and Women's Network Croatia

Meeting between Network PETRA and Women's Network Croatia took place on Brač, in House Seka, from 22nd to 25th of September 2013. Aim of the meeting was discussing particular member's work reports and consulting about current activities. President of the Network PETRA, Đurđica Kolarec, gain a position in European civil society platform by European Commission as trafficking expert.

She was proposed by PETRA and supported by European Women’s Lobby (EWL). Second day of workshop, Croatian Women's Network representatives retrospected on work and family legislative alteration and on changes which will affect women. Milanka Opačić's (Minister of Social Politics and Youth) public statement on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 22nd September, has also been discussed. Minister stated that millions of money spending currently on providing shelters for women and children should be transfer into work with the bullies. Besides all indecisions and disregards of the Law's solutions, the question of real knowledge and political will for executing gender equality is questionable.

Croatian Women's Network members have also posed a question about gender sensibility of the Family law. Besides that, Family law contains discriminatory rules regarding same-sex unions and treatment towards women, and it contains rule about mandatory mediation, which is interference in the personal rights.

Furthermore, Women's Network meeting subjects were further working activities of the Network such as Initiative for organizing Women's Court and joining new coalition for women's working rights.
 

With all force to eliminate violence against women

Big, promotive action under name „With all force to eliminate violence against women” was held in City Centre One, in Split, on 25th October 2013. Croatian Rugby Alliance, Women's room from Zagreb and Ragby club Nada as technical organizators in Split, together with organisation Domine, provided unconditional support to all women victims of violence. Tickets for rugby play between Croatia and Switzerland were also selling as a part of promotive action.

Nina Šimunović, in front of Domine, has also stated the need for Croatian ratification of Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.

Purpose of this Convention is protection of women from all forms of violence and combat of all forms of discrimination against women, thus passing full equality between woman and man and including women empowerment also. Other purpose is draw comprehensive framework of politic, measurements for protection and help to all women and domestic victims of violence, to promote international cooperation for combating violence and providing support to organisations and authorized bodies for law execution with effective collaboration due to adoption of comprehensive approach for combating violence against women and domestic violence.

Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence

 

 

Seminar for civil society organisations

Seminar about responsibilities, procedures, measurements and possibilities for civil society organisation working on combating gender-based violence against women was held from 15th to 17th of October 2013 in Zagreb. Organizator of the seminar is Autonomous Women's Center with partners from Croatia, Russia and Germany, and donators for its implementation: EU, Embassy of USA, Government Office and City of Zagreb.

Presentations and lectures were held during these three days. Ljiljana Špoljarić from Croatian Employment Service talked about active employment measures. Prof.dr.sc. Zlata Đurđević from Faculty of Law in Zagreb referred to signed but not ratificated Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.

Višnja Ljubičić, Ombudsman for Gender Equality discussed about her jurisdiction and activity domain, also referring on Council of Europe Convention, explaining that even enough of its items have been implemented in Croatian's legal regulations, there is no integral document, which could comprehend all of them. Because of that, it is necessary that Croatia as soon as possible ratify them.
 

Social innovation at local level

Organisation Domine participated in regional thematic workshops on subject of Social innovation at local level, which took place in Hotel Park, 10th and 11th of October 2013, in Split. On workshop, organized by civil organisation SRMA and under sponsorship of National Foundation for Civil Society Development, gathered about thirty representatives of state institutions and organisations of civil society.

Two-day program composed from combination of short introductory lecture and practical workshops for European social model implementation and accession to European social networks. Lectures were held by prof.dr.sc. Gojko Brežovan, Danijel Baturina, Jelena Matančević and Marina Dimić Vugec from CERANEO (Center for non-profit organisation development), partner of workshops organisation.
 

“Active in community”

On Tuesday, October 29th, in University library of Split, last regional event “Active in community” was held. It was organized by National Foundation for Civil Society Development, and it gathered around 90 representatives from civic initiatives, including members of NGO Domine.

Issues discussed were social inclusion/exclusion, development of local community, unexplored possibilities of local community. Also, acknowledgements were given to best activists in local community, and some news in funding process were announced together with new contests that should be issued by end of the year, considering that Foundation is now new Contracting Authority for European Social Funds projects.

Before Split, event was held in Osijek, Koprivnica and Rijeka. Suggestions for local community development proposed in all cities will be published altogether in book called “Contribution of active citizens”. Book will be available to public, and send to executive representatives of local and regional self-government in Croatia.
 

Work with paint feeds soul

Association Domine is forming new painting group within the program of painting therapy workshops “From essence of the colour” which are held weekly for over 5 years, in compliance with Goethe’s theory of colour and elements of painting therapy. Workshop is going to take place in association Domine area, Bosanska 4, Split.

Everyone interested can apply or ask for further information on mobile 091 5060709 or phone number 021 344 688.

More about painting workshops

Interview with Nina Šimunović, head of worshop “Work with paint feeds soul”, Slobodna Dalmacija 27. 10. 2013. (in Croatian)
 

The third cycle of workshops for unemployed women about writing EU projects was held

Association "Domine" organized workshops in which during three weeks, seven participants learned the process of financing and using resources from structural funds of European Union. They also went through education of managing project cycle.

The participants worked on specific examples, and elaborated two project proposals. The task was making concept note for defined project proposals, and they have 15 days for realization. Concept note will be rated by project manager that will be held on Tuesday, November 19th. Workshops are implemented as part of project Working woman – independent woman. Project was financially supported by City of Split.
 

Irresponsible behaviour of Croatian Government

Although referendum question is undoubtedly violating human rights and rights of minorities, the leadership of the state did not react on Request for reviewing referendum question, and Government, Croatian Parliament and Federal Constitutional Court did not officially manifest that this is a human rights issue.

Therefor "Domine", as part of Croatia Women’s Network, together with association "Rišpet" and Lesbian group "Kontra" instructed the media press release in which they asses the behaviour of state institutions considering this issue as irresponsible and dangerous.
 

New campaign to end violence against women

Association “Domine” will take part in campaign of Centre for Women War Victims ROSA that will start on November 25th 2013, on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and end on 10th December, International Day of Human Rights.

The goal of the campaign is to promote The Council of Europe’s Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (shorter: Istanbul Convention). Istanbul Convention is treaty and comprehensive legal framework that will ensure violence prevention, direct protection of women from violence, prosecution and punishment of perpetrator and also effective and efficient system of monitoring the implementation of the provisions.

Croatia signed this Convection, and campaign should fasten ratification and full implementation, direct towards change of thinking and invite whole society to change attitude, which is fully supported by "Domine".

Non-governmental organizations that are combating violence against women in region (from Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Slovenia and Austria) will carry this campaign. The global campaign “16 days of activism on combating violence against women” will also set its start on November 25th.
 

Action of signing of Convention in Split

On top of Marmont street in Split, on Tuesday afternoon November 26th, “Domine” held signing action to promote Council of Europe’s Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.

On November 25th started “16 days of activism against gender violence” campaign, and its goal is to inform public about Convention and importance of its ratification. Association “Domine” implements this Campaign on territory of Split-Dalmatia County.

Despite bad weather and wind, flyers and information were distributed to citizens, and some signatures were also collected.

You can find out more about campaign on www.potpisujem.hr
 

Local partnership project for employment

In city hall on November 27th, Wednesday, press conference was held to present project “Cluster for social innovations, development and education of local partnership for employment”. Holder is association “Healthy City”, and partners is the project are, besides “Domine”, City of Split, Split-Dalmatia County, City of Sinj, Public institution RERA SD, Croatian Employment Service, Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Croatian Association of Employers and college “Virtus”.

Project will last 18 months, and its value is 30.520 euros, of which 25.700 euros is covered from EU funds. According to president of associationa “Helathy City”, Ranko Milić, the goal is to connect social, economic and public sector to mutually develop different projects for employment encouragement.

He also stated that people are leaving County because lack of system which could provide them realization of their ideas. With this network, it should be enabled realization of these ideas in their own hometowns. “Cluster” for now works through membership, and two employees are financed through services that they provide.

Further plans are work on project preparation, finishing dozen projects which are in t+different stages of preparation, finishing Strategy of development of social entrepreneurship, incubation of three pilot eco-social enterprise within 20 days, and opening new “Cluster” space.

Source: www.split.hr
 

Presentation of Coucil of Europe's Convenction against gender violence in "Domine"

On Wednesday, 27.11.2013., within an international campaign ‘’16 days of activism against violence on women'', NGO ‘’Domine’’ held a presentation aiming to raise public awareness of the EC Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence and the importance of its ratification.

The presentation was held by Mirjana Kučer at NGO ‘’Domine’’ in Bosanska ulica. Representatives from the Croatian employment service, police, NGO ‘’Caritas'' and ''Most'', Women forum SDP and journalist participated at the presentation.

NGO ‘’Domine’’ as a partner organization in the project ‘’In a joint effort – Towards a new European standards in the protection of women against gender based violence’’ performed by 11 regional organizations within IPA partnership programme for civil society with financial support from the EU, office for Cooperation with NGOs, National Foundation for Civil Society development and city of Zagreb, is in charge for its implementation in the Split-Dalmatia county with the aim of promoting the European Council Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence as well as the importance of its ratification by the Croatian parliament.

You can learn more about the Convention on www.poptisujem.hr
 

December 1st – vote AGAINST!

Promotional leaflets were handed out today at Marmontova street in Split with the aim of raising public awareness of the upcoming referendum.

If you are still thinking whether to vote on the abovementioned referendum we strongly urge you to do so. Think well about what does it means if you choose to circle ''for'' and what does it means if you circle ''against''. Even if you oppose the idea of marriage in general and you don't approve of someone else’s lifestyle, think about the fact that rights of a minority are placed in the hands of the ones who already have the abovementioned rights. We are living in difficult times for the republic of Croatia and its citizens. Let's not make it even harder.

Let's vote AGAINST and direct common effort towards dealing and solving the real danger that endangers our existence.
‘’Domine’’ are part of the wider campaign that supports vote AGAINST social inequality, discrimination and intolerance.

You can learn more about the campaign and the reasons to vote AGAUINST on JEDNAKOST and JA glasam PROTIV.
 

“Women’s platform +2” in Zagreb

Conference “Women’s platform +2” under CESI Centre organization was held in Zagreb, December 4th and 5th, in collaboration with associations “Domine”, “BaBe!”, “Delfin” and Citizen Initiative Centre Poreč. Goal of the conference was to make dialog between civil society organizations and representatives of Government, and also to analyse what has been done in the last two years regarding gender equality politics.

During two days, six panels was held which covered few important women subjects: “10 years of Law about gender equality: what we wanted and what we got”; “Women, mother, worker: women workers’ rights within further flexibilization of work market”; “Social services on local level as prerequisite to rural development”; “Women’ right to choice”; “Economic safety of women after escaping violence”; “School (without) stereotypes and prejudice”. Around 50 persons participated on these panels, and almost 30 representatives from civil society organizations, experts and Government representatives held speeches.

You can read more about panels “Women’ right to choice” and “Economic safety of women after escaping violence” on web pages of Libela, and about CESI project which is part of program “Social justice and equal possibilities” on radnica.org.

Project is held under support of Republic of France Embassy in Croatia and City of Zagreb, and conference was also supported by Kingdom of Netherlands Embassy.
 

Presentation of Istanbul Convention in Omiš

Yesterday, December 9th 2013, presentation of Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence was held in Omiš, as part of campaign “16 days of activism against gender violence”. Presentation was held by Mirjana Kučer, representative of “Domine” and Silva Sumić from Split Women Group, in collaboration with Women’s Forum SDP Omiš as part of national-regional campaign.

Support and worry was stated considering Croatia’s hesitation to ratify Convection. It is also again warned that institutions are not taking seriously problem of violence against women and domestic violence. They pointed disturbing number of 20-30 women annually who are killed by their spouse or common-law partner.

Today, December 10th is International Human Rights Day, which is also the last day of “16 days of activism against gender violence” campaign. If you haven’t by now, please visit potpisujem.org and sign against violence!
 

Suppression of women’s rights in European parliament

Although December 10th is celebrated as International Human Rights Day, ironically, in European parliament voted against women’s rights. Right wingers, with support of abortion opponents, declined for the second time Estrela Resolution on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, and voted in favour of alternative suggestion made by Conservative Club.

European Women's Lobby, biggest network of women’s organizations in whole European Union which promotes women’s rights and equality, encouraged women’s organizations to appeal and make pressure on MP’s for approval of Estrela Resolution. Appeal is consisted of five points which are pointing out most important reasons why to support Estrela. Resolution on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights is strongly connected with basic values of EU, and those basic rights are still not guaranteed to all state members of Union. Also, Resolution would represent united and strong voice within EU about this problematic, foundations for further development of gender equality would be set, as prerequisite would be made for creating decent life conditions for everybody, including poverty eradication.

“Domine”, as part of Croatian Women’s Network, appealed to 14 Croatian MP’s, but only five who already support Resolution responded. European Parliament with majority of seven votes declined Resolution, negating woman’s right to control her own sexual and reproductive life.

European Women's Lobby and Croatian Women’s Network are not giving up on struggle for jeopardised women’s rights despite disappointing decision of European MP’s. During 2014, when new members will be selected, plan is to support UN Process ICPD Beyond 2014, which is directed towards creating world of equality and sustainability on national, regional and global level.

The question is also how Croatia will be affected by this decision in times like this and how will situation develop regarding women’s rights. Representatives of Social Conservatives after marriage referendum are now focusing on abortion prohibition which jeopardises for now acquired women’s rights in Croatia.
 

Aquarelle exhibition “Christmas imagination”

Opening of ten-day aquarelle exhibition “Christmas imagination” was held on Tuesday, December 10th in Centre for culture and lifelong education “Zlatna vrata”. Exhibition presented creative work of participants from painting group ““From essence of the colour” which works as part of “Domine” association. Take time to stop by and look around, exhibition will be presented until December 20th.
 

Christmas fair at "Domine"

On Friday, 20th December, small Christmas fair with apposite snack and refreshment was held in association "Domine". Fair is part of project "Working woman - independent woman" financed by City of Split, in cooperation with Croatian Employers' Association and Croatian Institute for Employment. With guest and good mood, members of association successfully concluded year 2013.

Open letter to Ministry of Health

As we already published on our pages, on December 4th and 5th conference “Women’s platform +2” was held in Zagreb under organization of CESI centre in collaboration with associations Domine, BaBe!, Delfin and Centre for civic initiative Poreč. The goal of the conference was to establish dialog between civil society organizations and representatives of the Government, and to analyse what was done in past two years regarding gender equality politics.

Impelled by discussion on the panel “Woman’s right of choice”, participants wrote an open letter to minister Ostojić, head of Ministry of Health, in which they are stating five requests for urgent action of Ministry of Health, since in modern and developed society woman’s body and her reproductive choices are not and shouldn’t be theme of political bickering.

Participants requested supervision of abortion availability in Croatian hospitals and right to access all relevant information regarding termination of pregnancy. Furthermore, they requested that Ministry should keep track on medical staff that are appealing on conscience, as well to keep records of medical teams that are willing to implement process of termination of pregnancy. Education of all health workers about respecting patients’ rights (including reproductive rights) is also requested, along with establishment of commission for women’s health (in which civil society organizations would be involved), that would focus on development of public health services so women’s rights are recognized and protected. Finally, they are requesting that Ministry sanctions Dr. Ante Ćorušić who misused his position to promote discriminatory views on media conference in front of his hospital.

Full letter on Croatian language is available on our pages domine.hr and libela.org
 

Attack on gender theory is attack on women’s rights

Association Domine signs and supports statement of Women’s Network Croatia regarding increased remonstrates on politics of gender equality, because attack on gender theory is attack on women’s rights. Members of Women’s Network Croatia are opposing deep clerical misunderstanding of gender concept. Since Croatia has primary catholic residents, church has strong public influence. Misleading them when it comes to gender theories is unacceptable. Also, discarding of gender mainstreaming threatens gender equality and women’s rights in Croatia.

You can read whole statement on Croatian language on Domine pages, or pages of Women’sCroatia Network .

You can also read reaction of Domine association on the subject which is published on portal of Slobodna Dalmacija, in article titled: Mirjana Kučer: Opposing gender theories is pushing women back to the kitchen.
 

„Patriarchal models – woman, mother, queen“ workshop in Split

On Saturday afternoon, December 21st, first workshop in cycle about feminism, women and gender relations was held in Domine. Workshop „Patriarchal models – woman, mother, queen“, held by Mirjana Kučer and Valerija Barada, gathered 11 participants.

Like in Zagreb in November, when homonymous workshop was held under program „Politics to women“ , discussion was about confrontation of women in Croatia with threats of repatriarchalization and retraditionalization, apropos about loss of vested rights, enhanced by economic crisis and aggressive church campaign which advocate traditional gender roles of women and men in society.

On Saturday, January 21st 2014, next workshop in „Domine“, „Goddess as tool for personal and social transformation“, will be held under guidance of Siniša Jović and Barbara Gaj, whereof we will give further informations in detail.
 

Happy New Year 2014.!

A brand new year is knocking at the door; so welcome it with smile and cheer!
Wish you a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Appeal regarding Geneva II conference

European Feminist Initiative IFE-EFI sent a public appeal to governmental and international organizations’ representatives, who will be part of UN peace conference, directed to resolution of conflict on Middle East, that is, Syrian civil war, scheduled on 22nd January 2014.

Support to negotiations and democratic future of Syria is stated in appeal, since armed conflict is not promoting democracy and freedom. Also, recognition of women’s role in Syrian revolution is demanded, along with necessity of feministic approach and women’s rights as part of the peace agenda.

Geneva II must be a turning point and the key notions of universality of women’s human rights, equality, secularism, international solidarity, conditionality of political agreements, women’s rights as central issue of any political transition, must be on the agenda of the Geneva II debate.

Domine association, as member and Croatian representative of IFE-EFI, supports and signs this appeal, which you can read out in full length on www.efi-ife.org.
 

Meeting of Coalition for Secularism in Zagreb

On Tuesday morning January 14th, in club MaMA was held meeting of informal Coalition for Secularism, on initiative of Croatian Women’s Network. Representatives from 25 different non-governmental organizations and networks, with Domine’s representative Mirjana Kučer, and one representative of ORAH political party for sustainability, participated in the meeting.

Subjects of discussion were current events on Croatian and European scene, especially activities of present association when it comes to strengthening secularism. On meeting, in light of recent referendum on which citizens voted for making definition of family as community of exclusively man and woman part of Constitution, it was pointed how 25% voters who circled “Yes” actually represent defeat when it comes to influence of Catholic Church. Accordingly, all present agreed to support initiative for revising Vatican contract, which should act affirmatively when it comes to secularisation of the country.

As specific action for raising secular consciousness, protest was suggested on February 1st, in front of Spanish embassy in Zagreb to show support to opponents of new law in Spain which bans abortion. Protest will be held on that day throughout the EU, and members of association Domine support it as well.
 

Meeting of Initiative for Women’s Court held in Zagreb

Meeting of Initiative for Women’s Court was held in Tuesday, January 14th, in Centre for Women’s Studies in which participated Mirjana Kučer as representative of organisation „Domine“.

On meeting was talked about feminist association’s experiences in region, and impressions from Srbija transferred by Staša Zajović, representative of Women in Black, feminist association from Beograd. Also, regional activities for 2014 were planned, especially for February and March which include additional feminists circle in Serbia; second regional meeting of potential witness of war period which will took place in Lipik from 24th until 26th of January, and meeting of activists from Serbia and Croatia in Poreč, during the second half of April.

In the end, maintenance of the first Women’s Court in this region was agreed, in the beginning of March 2015, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Women’s Court represents feminist approach to justice; respectively it creates space for testimonies and voices of women who have been war victims from all former Yugoslavia. Also Women’s Court advocates for women’s autonomy through actively participating in construction of justice and peace and for creation of new justice paradigm.
 

Workshop “Goddess as tool of personal and social transformation” held in Split

On Saturday afternoon, January 25th, workshop “Goddess as tool of personal and social transformation” was held in association Domine. This was second workshop of cycles about feminism, women and gender relations in Domine’s organization; the first one, “Patriarchal models – woman, mother, queen” was held in December.

Coaches of workshop, Siniša Jović i Barbara Gaj led participants trough paths of feministic spirituality, and together they tried to find answer for some fundamental social and personal questions. Three mighty tools of transformation inspired by vision of Goddess offered participants possibility to open new doors of perception. More about experiences from workshop you can read on Siniša Jović blog.

Photo: Igor Novaković
 

Round table in Split – Do au pairs offer solutions for Croatian labour market?

Under organization of Croatian Au Pair Association and organization Domine, round table on the subject „Au pair – responds to the labour market challenges in Croatia“ was held at the City of Split public Library "Marko Marulić".

Round table participants in front of the assembled audience, which was mostly consisted with women, discussed about problems that nannies need to face and the real needs for au pairs in society and labour market today. Speakers were dr.sc. Hicela Ivon, dr.sc. Anči Leburić, Aida Batarelo – deputy mayor, Vesna Perak Bone – mayor adviser for Social Affairs, Mirela Pavela – labor adviser at Croatian Employment Service, Tatjana Vukman – director of the Centre for Social Welfare, Lana Perlain – from Croatian Au Pair Association and Dražana Ajduković – head office of organization Domine. Round table presenter and moderator was Mirjana Kučer, coordinator of the organization Domine.

Deputy mayor Aida Batarelo stated that City Split in 2014. has not planned any special program or support for au pairs craft store and also stressed that all needs for babysitting are covered by kindergartens. Labour adviser at Croatian Employment Service, Mirela Pavela stated that only one person contact Croatian Employment Service for opening craft store for au pairs and that person was - man.

Round table presentation can be seen here, and article be read in Slobodna Dalmacija.
 

Amendments to the Family law – press conference

Under organization of Croatian Women's Network and Autonomous Women's House Zagreb press conference was held in Zagreb on Monday, 3th of February 2014. with the aim of public warning for the necessity of balancing marriage and domestic partnership status in the new Family law.

Mirjana Kučer from feminist organization Domine, lawyer Sanja Bezbradica and director of Center for Women's Studies, Rada Borić, publicly made an appeal that Family law has to be compliant with the Gender Equality Law, Constitution of the Croatia and European Convention on Human Rights. Also, it was stated that in Family law marrige has to be completely equalize with domestic partnership since the difference between them is only formal.

Press conference participants were (for conference reports follow links): Croatian News Agency -HINA, Croatian Radiotelevision, TV 24 Sata, Media service, Nova TV, Radio 101, Halter, Libela, Portal 1klik.hr, Pixel, Cropix agencija, Anadolija agency, Slobodna Dalmacija, Večernji list, Otvoreni radio, index.hr.
 

One Billion Rising in Split

On Valentine’s Day, February 14th, Prokurative in City of Split livened up and danced to end violence against women and to promote justice, as part of global campaign One Billion Rising for Justice 2014.

Around hundred citizens gathered on this sunny Friday to dance together and to warn about problematic that is part of legal laws and procedures when it comes to victims of gender based violence. Last year, on 15th anniversary of V-Day global movement which fights all types of violence against women, women and man from 207 countries of the world arose together to end violence. This year campaign was repeated, and again on Valentine’s Day association Domine, together whit it’s fellow citizens, danced to remember dark UN statistics according to which one out of three women will be beaten up or raped during her lifetime, which makes number of billion women of the world.

Head of association Domine, Mirjana Kučer, and Deputy Mayor of City of Split, Aida Batarelo, held introductory speeches. Both of them pointed that violence shouldn’t be socially accepted norm, not in Croatia, nor in the world, and how it is important sensitize legal institutions when it comes to gender based violence. Also, Mirjana pointed out importance of Croatian ratification of the Istanbul Convection which protects women when it comes to domestic violence.

We would like to thank all that gathered and participated, especially dance clubs that joined action. We hope that even more of us will gather next year, and that practice of violence against women will change by then.

Video:
Youtube - Sina JoWitch

Photo:
Udruga Domine

DKphotography
Zlatko Milivojević
Luka Kivela

Andorra and Denmark ratifies Istanbul Convention

As we already wrote on our portal (click, click, click), Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention) focuses on prevention of gender based violence, protection of victims and prosecution of offenders.

By ratification of this Convention sate is doing step towards equality of women and men which can’t exist if violence against women is strongly present, and institutions allow that it passes by without punishment. Parliaments of Andorra and Denmark are the latest countries that ratified Istanbul Convention, while in Croatia, along with 20 other countries that signed Convention, process of ratification is yet to be started.

Although Council of Europe accepted this Convention is Spring 2011, less than 10 countries ratified it till this day. Amongst these few are also our neighbours: Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia, who’s Parliaments ratified it on November 7th, that is, November 21st 2013.

Again, we appeal that Croatia finally starts on the issue of ratification, since women are still exposed to all types of violence, regardless of their age, religion, nationality or social status, and roots of violence are still deeply structured in our society.
Read more on the subject on pages of European Women’s Lobby and Council of Europe.

Platform for international civic solidarity of Croatia established

On February 21st in House of Human Rights in Zagreb, meeting of Founding assembly of Platform for international civic solidarity of Croatia was held. Event gathered 23 representatives of different non-profit organizations from all over Croatia, and representative for association Domine was Dražana Ajduković.

Part of gathered members has full membership in Platform, and the rest has observant role. Founding assembly included review of previous work, discussion on Statute, making decisions regarding procedure of starting associations, and also presentation and election of candidates for Steering committee. Eight members from different organizations were suggested, and as one of the members was chosen Nina Šimunović, PR director of association Domine.
 

Women’s Network Croatia – Press release regarding new Labour law

Women’s Network Croatia gathers organizations, groups and initiatives that recognized discrimination against women and also their economic, politic and status marginalization, but also strongly opposes endangering the general workers' rights which could happen if new Labour law passes. Association Domine, as member of WNC, transmits press release that Network sent to all Croatian media, regarding new questionable Labour law which is send to parliamentary procedure and also regarding solidarity strike. How successful effect strike will have, is yet to be seen.

Press realise in its entirety:

“Women’s Network Croatia hereby expresses support to objections and protest of unions and union women’s groups regarding suggestion for new Labour law that Government sent to procedure.
It is about most dangerous law regarding aspect of work, which introduces precariat as rule, making dismissal more flexible, deregulates worker’s rights, and limits right for union organizing, as well for strike. That law could have heavy consequences especially for women who are already discriminated on labour market.
We are joining to solidarity strike, and if this Law suggestion is not removed from parliamentary procedure, we are joining protest of unions from five union headquarters which will be held on Wednesday, 26th February 2014 in front of Government building. We demand from Government to withdraw law suggestion from procedure, and we are asking all citizens to join protest if Government continues to persist on this particularly harmful law."

For Women’s Network Croatia:

Biserka Momčinović
Sanja Juras
Mirjana Kučer
Đurđica Kolarec
Nela Pamuković
 

Women's days in Golden gates 2014.

Regarding upcoming International Women’s Day, 8th March, association Domine invites you to multimedia manifestation Women’s Days that will be held in Golden gates centre, from 6th until 21st of March 2014. Official opening of exhibition part of manifestation is set on Thursday, March 6th in 19.00, in centre loggia.

So, from 6th until 21st March you can see exhibition Primavera set by painting group “From essence of colour” from association Domine, Split. Exhibition will show artworks from ten female authors, for whom this is seventh showcase in public, and on the occasion of Women’s Day they are presenting works inspired by Botticelli’s Primavera, in which they combine motives from two scenes: Three Graces and Flora. Also from 6th until 8th March you can visit women’s fair of handwork Do it yourself, organized by League for prevention of addiction from Split.

As another part of manifestation, women have free entrance in cinematheque from 6th until 8th March, where they can watch movie cycle In memoriam, dedicated to Sarita Montiel, Eleanor Parker i Joanne Fontaine, actresses that left move and world scene in 2013.

Film showing:

Thursday 06.03., 20.00h - In memoriam Sarita Montiel: Carmen la de Ronda, 1959. Tulio Demicheli, 106 min.

Friday 07.03., 20.00h - In memoriam Eleanor Parker: Detective Story, 1951. William Wyler, 103 min.

Saturday 08.03., 20.00h - In memoriam Joanne Fontaine: Letter from an Unknown Woman, 1948. Max Ophüls, 86 min.
 

Opening of Primavera exhibition as part of Women’s Days in Golden gate

In loggia of Golden gate centre, last night in 19PM, opening for Primavera exhibition of association’s Domine artistic group “From essence of the colour” was held. Exhibition is part of multimedia manifestation Women’s Days in Golden gate2014, which will include women’s fair of handwork Do it yourself, organized by League for prevention of addiction from Split, and movie cycle In memoriam, dedicated to Sarita Montiel, Eleanor Parker and Joanne Fontaine which will be reproduced in Centre’s cinematheque .

Opening of exhibition and fair was well attended, and along with snack, visitors had special treat in form of short musical performance by klapa “Žrnovnica”. Exhibition shows artworks from ten female authors, for whom this is seventh showcase in public. On the occasion of Women’s Day, which is celebrated tomorrow, March 8th, they are presenting works inspired by Botticelli’s Primavera, in which they combine motives from two scenes: Three Graces and Flora.

You can review exhibition until March 21st, and you have to days to visit the fair.
 

Expansion of Domine´s library fund

Currently, we are working on project of developing and expanding of our feminist library which existence is essential part of our public engaging. Currently our library fund has approximately 500 book units. We are graciously giving thanks for book donation from feminist organization from Germany „Filia die frauenstiftung“, gender research centres from Norway „KILDEN Information Centre for Gender Research in Norway“ and Sweden „Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research“, and women´s library of Gothenburg University from Sweden „KvinnSam Gothenburg University“.

Also, Faculty of Philosophy in Split will give book donation with women´s thematic from its library fund in the near future.

On this occasion, we are giving appeal to interested public for book donation with the aim of widening our library fund and official registration of the first feminist library in our regional district.


Symbolic donations are also welcomed.
 

Association Domine project – Classroom of Democreations

By the end of March, association Domine, along with Women's Group Donji Lapac starts educational workshops which are part of the project Classroom of Democreations. This project that covers extrainstitutional upbringing and education of children and youth, will be implemented with 7th and 8th grade students from area of Dalmatia and Lika.

Three elementary schools will participate in the project, Grohote Šolta Elementary, Petar Berislavić Trogir Elementary and Donji Lapac Elementary (in partnership with Women’s Group Donji Lapac), where educational modules will be held beginning next week. Project is imagined as a whole of 5 modules which will present to students basics of democracy, functioning of European parliament and electoral mechanism with emphasis on actual upcoming elections for European parliament in May 2014.

The goal is to raise level of knowledge and skill for students when it comes to understanding European elections, human rights and political campaigns. Trough making of posters and meeting with local politicians where they can test their new skills, this innovative model will give students a closer look to course of politics functioning on European level.

Project is approved by Ministry of Science, Education and Sport of Croatia.

Advisory centre for women victims of violence at NGO Domine

In association Domine we continue to provide services of legal and psychosocial counselling for women violence victims. Counselling centre is open on working days: Mon, Tue, Fri 9-17h, Wed, Thu 15 -20h, and you can also contact us on telephone numbers +385 21 537 272 and +385 21 344 688.

City of Split still doesn’t have autonomous shelter for women who are victims of violence, and services of shelter are provided by Caritas of Split-Makarska archdiocese. Association Domine continuously works from 2003 on prevention and protection of women from violence. As part of association, we have autonomous counselling center which provides free psychological and legal support. Counselling center works with professional psychotherapist and law office. Since there is vast need in city, county and broader territory of Dalmatia and Lika (closing of association Mirta and non-existence of neither autonomous counselling center nor crisis center), there are at least two beneficiaries who contact our autonomous center.

Although our association works primarily with women, counselling center is open to all of those in need of help.
 

BRID’s first session at Donja Stubica

Within Women’s Union School, first session of BIRD (Base for Worker’s Initiative and Democracy) was held during previous weekend at Jezerčica, Donja Stubica. Once again, representatives of NGO Domine, Valerija Barada and Mirjana Kučer, held successful interactive workshop titled: ‘’Patriarchal models: Woman, Mother, Queen.’’ They gave lecture on re-patriarchal and re-traditionalism issues that threatens women with losing their acquired rights. Deep economic crises as well as aggressive church campaign advocating men’s and women’s traditional gender role in the society stands in favour of this negative trend. 

Democracy, Human Rights and EU parliament

On March 26th within the project ‘’Democracy workshop’’, Domine NGO started conducting project activities at elementary school: ‘’Grohote’’ Šolta and ‘’Petar Berislavić’’ Trogir. Our partner at this project is Womens association Donji Lapac which is conducting project activities at elementary school ‘’Donji Lapac’’.
Workshops are divided into five modules: Human rights, democracy and democratic elections, European Union, EU parliament and parliament elections. Up to now, two of five workshops had been held, aiming at raising civil activism and awareness among children as well as providing them with information on the subject of EU parliament.
NGO Domine are implementing the abovementioned project together with partner institution Women’s association Donji Lapac with financial support of Croatian Ministry of Science, education and Sports in the field of unofficial education of children and youth in the school year 2013/2014.
 

Civil Rights for Whom? Principle of gender equality in Human Rights: The key to democracy

International conference on which principals of human rights were discussed was held in Bruxelles on 09th of April. Mirjana Kucer also attended at the abovementioned conference as a representative of Domine NGO and member of IFE-EFI. Organizers of the conference were European Feminist Initiative IFE-EFI and European United Left/ Nordic Green Left (GUE-NGL).
Discussion that took place at the conference was raising questions about whether is possible to talk about human rights since women are not actively included in political issues, fulltime work and professional responsibilities. The topic of immigrant women was also discussed as well as women workers whose civil rights were taken away from them and married women who are obliged by discriminatory laws of their own countries. The fact that women around the world still live in fear of violence and the fact that they are denied the right to decide what to do with their own body and life represent enormous challenge for contemporary civil rights.
Gaby Zimmer executive of GUE-NGL at EU, Mikael Gustafsson executive of FEMM board at EU, Lililan Halls French representative of IFE-EFI and Faek Hwejeh representative of Syrian Centre for civil rights equality all gave lecturers at the conference. During two panel discussion topic like freedom, power, equality, dignity, autonomy and safety in the context of civil rights were discussed.
Photographs of the abovementioned conference are available at Flicker profile GUE-NGL.
 

Democracy workshop – exhibition and meeting with politicians

Exhibition of election posters, created by students of 7th and 8th grade elementary school (‘’Grohote’’ Šolta, ‘’Petar Berislavić’’ Trogir and ‘’Donji Lapac’’ Donji Lapac) was opened yesterday, at gallery ‘’Zlatna vrata’’ in Split. Election posters were created within the project ‘’Democracy workshop’’ which was conducted by NGO Domine together with partner institution Women’s association Donji Lapac. The exhibition will be staged untill 25th of May.
After the opening, students had a meeting with politicians and EU parliament candidates at hotel ‘’Park’’ during which there were able to ask questions and discuss topics which were relevant to them. Their questions were answered by Petar Ezgeta (Hrvatska stranka nezaposlenih, coalition ‘’Solidarnost’’).
School’s representatives were given plaquets for their contribution within the abovementioned project, which was realized with financial support if Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sports.
 

Good practice Conference

Good practice conference took place in Drakes, Albany, from 24th till 27th of June. The conference was organized by Kvinna till Kvinna foundation. Mirjana Kučer and Dražana Ajduković were present at the conference. The main aim of the conference was to provide place for discussion, networking and good practice exchange.
Over 60 participants from Albany, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Croatia, Sweden had a chance to share their experience and good practice during numerous workshops. Topics discussed included combating violence against women on local and regional level, working with women politician etc. Some of the workshops were in a form of lectures on which certain topics were discussed and some of them included sharing personal experience.

 

OWFI - Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq

The Iraqi society is suffering unprecedented crisis that threatens the future of peaceful co-existence of citizens, and augments genocides and civil conflicts based on the sectarian identities that were established on the Iraqi population, and were strengthened throughout more than a decade of the American occupation to Iraq.
Mosul City has fallen along with Tikrit, and previously Fallujah, under the control of considerably small troops of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The war continues in other cities like Tel Afar, Samaraa, and the cities of the western region. If the occupiers’ mission succeeds, a large part of the Iraqi society would be ruled by a brutal Islamic state that does not fit in our modern world whatsoever; a state which sees an enemy in every human being who needs to be “disciplined” through humiliation, beating, and killing until he/she becomes good enough to fit within the extreme religious “set of morals”. This is a state that easily kills “apostates” and commits genocides against the religious and political opponents, a state that regards women merely as packages of flesh ready for the entertainment of the Mujahideen. Many Fatwas come out to ensure women’s humiliation under being “gifted” for the new Caliphate-age rapists, under the legislation of the so-called Jihad Al Nikah”. In spite of all these atrocities, a number of the residents of the fallen cities joined them as a reaction to eight years of systemic sectarian subjugation under prime minister Nouri Al Maliki’s rule.
The American occupation’s policies resulted in the empowerment of the Shia Political Islam and gave them the upper hand in Iraq in the orchestrated Democracy. The US administration continues to deny the knowledge that their favourite political religious group would persecute other religions and sectarian divisions, once they are in power, and that it was only a matter of time before it takes place. It is very disturbing when the American media illustrates an image of Iraqis as “ sectarian groups in conflict since the beginning of time”. This media denies the role of the US Administration in planning for a political divide on basis of religions, sectarian divisions, and ethnicities; in fact, the US Administration adopted religious and ethnic representation since 2003, which could only fuel a full scale sectarian conflict. The sectarian civil which we witness today, is just the normal result of the US strategic plan to divide the Iraqis on sectarian and ethnic lines.
The human beasts of ISIS escorted hundreds of Iraqi soldiers to isolated sites and committed horrifying genocides against them, demonstrating lack of any humanity while performing genocide under the name of so-called “ Jihad”. They knocked at doors of civilians’ houses in Dendan, Wihda, and Zuhur residential areas in Mosul city, and captured 18 unmarried young women, to be raped by ISIS warlords under the sway of the so-called “ Nikah el Jihad” [Jihad intercourse], which resulted in four female victims committing suicide, in addition to one male who was a brother of one of the victims who committed suicide because he was unable to protect his sister and prevent those ISIS fighters from raping her. Unsatisfied with the crimes they have already committed, ISIS warriors performed punishment of cutting-off hands and flogging everyone who pronounced the name of ISIS with no grandiloquence. All these practices reflect a mix of brutality of Baath regime, a primitive chauvinist tendency to humiliate and practice religious superiority.
While the Iraqi society is striving to absorb the shock of their government’s failure, millions of Iraqi young men are driven to volunteer to fight the brutal and inhuman ISIS without any military training whatsoever, in battlefields which are financed by neighboring countries who are placing their bets on their representatives in Iraq. Meanwhile, Al Maliki government chants for nationalist patriotic rhetoric in order to push the youth of Iraq into deadly battles, in order to defend their corrupt and sectarian state and agenda. And the day has come when the Iraqi people have to pay the price for the farce of the “democratic” political process in Iraq.
The American administration is overlooking the catastrophic situations of millions of people in Iraq who lost their livelihood, well-being and security because of the poisonous sectarian politics brought forward by the US occupation. And meanwhile, Mr. Barak Obama comforts his citizens that the “Oil exports from Iraq will be stable”.
OWFI declares its solidarity with the civilians and residents of the Iraqi occupied cities, and calls upon the freedom-loving Iraqis to organize their popular committees, and to defend themselves and women from assaults committed by ISIS. OWFI will seek alternatives to open new shelters to protect female victims from these human beasts. OWFI calls upon all international organizations and decision – makers to take necessary political and diplomatic steps to intervene and stop the disaster of a full-scale sectarian conflict that jeopardizes lives of millions of people and would last until all civilized aspects in Iraq are demolished.
Al Maliki’s government , which is the main source of sectarian division and resulting conflict has to leave its position. The people of Iraq will no longer allow such criminal political parties to trample on our fates and lives.
Long live the people and women of Mosul,Tikrit, Fallujah, and Tel Afar, free and proud
Down with the terrorist ISIS, the creation of the criminal Qaeda and dreadful occupation

Yanar Mohammed
Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq 16-06-2014 

Statement regarding the attack on ''Women in black'' and peace activists

Women’s Network Croatia is expressing its solidarity and support with peace activists and strongly condemns the attack that took place on 8th of July in Valjevo during the protest action ‘’We will never forget genocide in Srebrenica’’. Protest action was organized as a part of commemoration of genocide in Srebrenica that took place 19 years ago.
We are reminding states in the region that there are obliged to provide protection and security for human rights activists. They are also obliged to create appropriate conditions for dealing with past since that represents the only way towards ensuring peace.
We call upon the international community to use all the instruments they have for providing protection and security for peace and human right activists as well as prosecuting the ones who are obstructing their work and creating violence.
Women’s network Croatia as a member of regional initiative Women’s court – feminist approach to justice is expressing its support with numerous NGOs and peace initiatives in the region in the commemoration of Srebrenica genocide.
We are also reminding the public about numerous crimes that took place during the war in Croatia and in the name of Croatia that are still not being addressed in appropriate way.


Women’s Network Croatia:


Biserka Momčinović
Đurđica Kolarac
Mirjana Kučer
Nela Pamuković
Sanja Juras
 

ENOUGH BLOOD!

IFE – EFI call all civilians of Europe to show their solidarity with the Palestinian people demanding the immediate end of raids on Gaza, the urgent launching by the EU and the USA of long term disarmament and demilitarization processes globally, the recognition of the independent and sovereign Palestinian State in the 1967 borders and the urgent implementation of the UN resolutions related to the dismantling of the settlements and withdrawal from the Palestinian occupied territories.
You can read call here.
 

Statement regarding adoption of the Act on registered gay partnership

Women's network Croatia, as one of the signatories of the above mentioned statement, is expressing its content regarding the adoption of the Act on reiterated gay partnership, but we also fell we need to point out the fact that only marriage equality fulfills constitutional equality and human rights principles.
We would also like to point out that the slogan of Gay Pride in Split, which was organized by Domine NGO (2011 and 2012), was: ‘’Marriage equality’’.
You can read full statement here.
 

Call to Leaders for urgent action on Gaza

European Feminist Initiative IFE-EFI, whose member is NGO Domine, recently enlarged to Euro-Med Feminist Initiative IFE-EFI, is a Euro-Med policy network encompassing women’s rights civil society organisations from 25 countries from the two shores of the Mediterranean and from Caucasus. IFE-EFI advocates for gender equality and women’s rights as full part of democracy and citizenship, against militarism, war and occupation, for the right of peoples to self-determination. Invasions, military interventions and solutions to conflicts never brought freedom to people; neither do they prevent or stop violence against women, sexual torture and abuse.
You can read full document on link

MY BODY, MY DECISION!

On September 28, Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion, Domine and Croatian Women's Network join the support of women in Croatia and all around the world, where this right is limited or prohibited. Also, recall that the right to abortion is democratic achievement of the developed knowledge about the human rights of women and ask the state to protect women's right to safe and legal abortion.
The statement of WNC you can read here

Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion


 

"Korčula school for gender equality"

Violence against women, with a special focus on the sexual violence and rape, institutional forms of violence against women and violation of their human rights, the role of media and combating violence in this area, are the main topics of third meeting of ,Korčula school for gender equality" on 27/28 September in Korcula organized by the CEE Network for Gender issues in collaboration with the Center for New Initiatives (Zagreb) and under the financial sponsorship of the Olof Palme International Center.

Beside Ombudswoman for gender equality Republic of Croatia, Višnja Ljubičić, Croatian Parliamnet members Karolinea Leaković, President of the committee for equal rights and non-discrimination EC, Austria Parliament Gisele Wurm, Italian parliamentarian Pia Locatelli , this meeting was also attended by the President of the Committee for gender equality of the Parliament of Montenegro, Nada Drobnjak and Anita Beretić, Secretary Assistant for regional economy, domestic employment and gender equality of Vojvodina (Serbia), President of Women's European Socialists Party 's Zina Gurmai and Deputy of the Head Secretary of the European Socialists Party Marija Laffeber and Engjellushe Morina, President of the Council for foreign Affairs of politician Kosovo, and was moderated by Daša Šašić Violić, President of the CEE Network for Gender issues.

The representative of the Women's Network of Croatia and "Dominoes" , Mirjana Kučer spoke about the importance of the implementation and ratification of the Istanbul Convention in Croatia and emphesised the importance of introducing standards in protection of the victims of violence and victims of the family violence as fundamental problem of misunderstanding that results in bad legal solutions and even worse implementation. The reason for such situation insufficient political will and no comprehension of the importance of the problem of violence against women as something extremely important in politics and societly in general.


www.potpisujem.org
 

European Day of Jewish culture : "Women in Judaism"

At the occasion of the European Day of Jewish culture , at the invitation of the Jewish Community Split , representative of "Dominoes " Mirjana Kucer participated on October 12 in the panel discussion on the situation of women today with Suada Hadzic ( Islamic Community of Split) and Ružica Čatlak Cindro ( Jewish Community Split) moderated by Anna Lebl ( Jewish Community Split). The dialogue was very interesting and useful and "Dominoes" welcome the initiative of launching and further continuation of the dialogue between women of different nationalities and religious affiliations .

Since this year's theme of the European Day of Jewish culture is "Women in Judaism " on this occasion was also presented the exhibition " Prominent Jewish women ", violine concert by Evgenia Espktein in the synagogue and the screening of the film "The key from Spain " by Ankica Petrovic.


http://www.zost.hr/news.php?id=18&jezik=HR

The autumn series of workshops for unemployed women

This autumn Dominoes continues with the project " Employed woman - independent woman ". Recognized in the community as an organization that promotes the economic empowerment of women and as a place where women can get an answer to the question of how to establish a private company, association or cooperative association, Dominoes continues to be a place where every woman can get the necessary support and encouragement to try to resolve the issue of their employment.

Tomorrow , on Wednesday October 10, starts a serial of workshops for active job search for young women at the age 18 to 29. The workshop will take place in the morning from 10:00 until 12:00.

Sign up for the workshop during morning morning hours on the phone 344- 688 or at any time by e- mail: domine@domine.hr .
 

Annual assembly of Women’s Network Croatia

 Annual assembly of Women’s Network Croatia was held in Zagreb on October 21st and 22nd, where regular annual report of activities was presented, and also plan of activities for year 2015 was arranged.

Representatives from about twenty women’s organizations, members of WNC, attended assembly including Mirjana Kučer for Domine and Silva Sumić for Women’s Group Split.

Main objectives of WNC’s public advocacy are participation of women in politics and political decisions, exercise of rights for education, labour, salary and fulltime employment, social security, end of violence against women, as well as politics of equality and tolerance so that women, who make up 51% of Croatian population, can gain equal position in all social processes and legal frameworks which guarantee gender equality and implementation of eliminatory measures of all types of discrimination from practice and customs.

http://www.zenska-mreza.hr/platforma_zenske_mreze/

Conference on Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence

On October 21st Conference on Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence took place in Croatian Parliament. The goal was to emphasize once again the importance of ratification and implementation of the Convention, with exchange of experience with this process from different EU countries.

President of Republic of Croatia, Ivo Josipović, president of Croatian Parliament, Josip Leko, head of delegation of the Croatian Parliament in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Gvozden Flego, president of the Committee for Gender Equality, Nansi Tirelli, and coordinator of Centre for Women Victims of War ROSA attended the Conference.

First part was dedicated to importance of ratification and implementation of Convention, with speeches from Jose Mendes Bota, general reporter for struggle against violence against women and political coordinator of Parliamentarians network “Women free from violence”, Dubravka Šimonović, member of UN CEDAW Committee and former co-president of CAHVIO Committee of CoE, and Neva Tolle, president of Autonomous Women’s House Zagreb . Maja Munivrana Vajda, assistant professor from Department of Criminal Law, Zagreb Faculty of Law, prepared presentation of basic study: “The analysis of concordance of Croatian legislation with Convention of CoE on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence”.

Second part was dedicated to experiences in advocacy and process of ratification of Convention in different countries and at EU level, with speeches from Tanja Ignjatović from Autonomous Women’s Centre Beograd, Nada Golubović from United Women Banja Luka, Špela Veselić from Association SOS telephone for women and children victims of violence Ljubljana, Savka Todorovska from National Council for Gender Equality Skopje, Maria Rosslhumer from Network Women against Violence Europe Vienna, Colette Detroy from European Women’s Lobby Brussels, and Adriana Bego from Centre for Women Victims of War ROSA Zagreb.

Organizers of Conference are Committee for gender equality at the Croatian Parliament and Centre for Women Victims of War ROSA Zagreb, with financial support of EU, Government office for Cooperation with NGOs, and the National Foundation for Civil Society Development.

Representatives from Domine Split also attended Conference, as partner organization in project “Joint efforts towards new European standards in protection of women from gender based violence” which is carried out by eleven regional organizations within IPA partnership program for civil society.

www.poptisujem.hr
 

Interculturality from feministic perspective

Domine and Women’s Network Croatia participated in panel discussion on interculturality from feministic perspective organized in Vienna on October 24th and 25th by Austrian Frauenhetz – association for promotion and development of feministic education, culture and politics.

Experiences of women from India, Nicaragua, Eritrea, Austria and Croatia were used as examples for discussion on relations of public policies towards women and problems of interculturality. Mirjana Kučer from Domine and representative of Women’s Network Croatia, held presentation about threats to women’s right in Croatia. Emphasis was on lack of practical public policies and growing aggressive campaigns from Church and Catholic associations which are directly confronting women’s rights. These campaigns are striving to abolish women’s rights to make decisions about their own bodies and trying to force role of mother as only socially valuable and recognized role. Women’s Network Croatia warned that there can be no equality between women and men if women’s rights are not fully achieved in private and public sphere.

http://www.frauenhetz.at/

 

Workshop: Awareness on domestic violence and violence against women

Embassy of the United States organized one day workshop “Awareness on domestic violence and violence against women” on October 24th in Split. Leader of the workshop was Mrs. Ines Kutleša, executive coordinator from „Guardian Angel Community Services“, Joliet, Illinois, USA.

Introduction part covered summary of American history and politics from perspective of activity and prevention of domestic violence and violence against women, and some specific ideas and methods for working with users, with special focus on programs, shelters, media and public relations.

Workshop was attended by representatives from Social Welfare Centre, Police Dept., Caritas, political parties and NGO’s, including representative from Domine.

http://www.gacsprograms.org/

 

Women’s Network Croatia: Urgently ensure legal rights of women for abortion on demand

After sending an urgent request on October 24th to Ministry of Health and to Minister Siniša Varga, considering insurance of request implementation – Complaint to legal operations of hospitals and Request for enforcement of the law regarding refusing from nine hospitals to ensure legally guaranteed option for abortion on demand, Women’s Network Croatia also made a public statement through media on October 27th. In this statement, members of WNC are demanding urgent enforcement without delay, of legal right for women to have abortion on demand.

WNC is also cautioning that this violation of the law in hospitals goes with impunity: gynaecologist are receiving full payment, and women who pay contributions for health insurance and supplementary health insurance, are not able to achieve their legal right for safe, legal and accessible abortion.

As members of WNC, Domine are supporting and transmitting this full statement, along with Complaint to legal operations of hospitals and Request for enforcement of the law that was sent to Minister Varga.

IZJAVA ZA JAVNOST ŽMH

Index - Ženska Mreža: U bolnicama hitno osigurati pobačaj na zahtjev žena
 

Self-employment worshops

On October 29th, as part of the project “Employed women – independent women”, new cycle of self-employment workshops started. It is intended for unemployed women from age 23 to 40 which also fall into category of people who are hard to employ (such as women who are victims of domestic or other types of violence, single mothers, and long-term unemployed women).

Program of this education is created on basis of previous experience of association, and includes presentation of possibilities for starting your own business, making of business plan, and communication skills (soft skills). Month following theoretical education, there will be meetings with women who have undergone previous educations of association regarding self-employment. They will share their experiences, and there will also be a motivational meeting with successful entrepreneurs from Split.

Activities are organized together with Croatian association of employers.
Women who are interested can apply for future workshops over telephone number 021/344 688, or through e-mail: domine@domine.hr

Commission for Gender Equality session

Session of Commission for Gender Equality was held in Split, on October 28th. Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence was presented on the session, among other subjects of discussion. Importance of ratification and implementation of Convection was also highlighted, considering that this is first international legal act that includes all elements necessary to fight this kind of violence.

The conclusions from last week’s international Conference held in Croatian Parliament were also presented. President of Republic of Croatia, Ivo Josipović, president of Croatian Parliament, Josip Leko, head of delegation of the Croatian Parliament in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Gvozden Flego, president of the Committee for Gender Equality, Nansi Tirelli, and coordinator of Centre for Women Victims of War ROSA, Nela Pamuković attended this Conference.
It was reminded that for now 15 countries ratified Convention, but unfortunately, there is no political drive from Government to make Croatia one of those countries. Association Domine once again warned about difficult situation in this part of Croatia when it comes to protecting women from violence and protecting victims of domestic violence.

President of City Council, Boris Ćurković, also attended session of City Commission. On the meeting, problems such as lack of SOS phone, safe house, crisis centre and satisfying number of counselling places in Split and Dalmatia, were emphasized. It was also pointed out that financial support on local, county and state level was extremely important. Commission concluded that one of activities will certainly be advocacy for solving this problem.

Conference on Istanbul Convention

www.potpisujem.org
 

Reaction from Ombudsman for Gender Equality

Višnja Ljubičić, Ombudsman for Gender Equality, reacted on numerous complaints from citizens and on demand from Women’s Network Croatia to urgently and without delay ensure implementation of women’s legal right to have abortion on demand. They also warned that some hospitals are avoiding this responsibility and consequently breaking the law without any sanctions whatsoever.

Established facts clearly show how access to medical procedure of termination of pregnancy is difficult in vast number of medical institutions, and in some is completely denied. Considering that Croatia has effective Act on Health Care Measures for exercise of the right the free decisions on childbirth, which determination of pregnancy defines as medical procedure, and guarantees to women access on this kind of medical service under certain conditions, decision on abortion is personal. This decision reflects women’s personal autonomy and ownership of her own body, which is trough Constitution guaranteed for every citizen of this country.

Also, Ombudsman points out directive 2004/113/EZ on the implementation of the principle of equal treatment of men and women in access and supply of goods, or providing service, which clearly stipulates that any restriction to service, if it’s directly or indirectly caused by gender of the person, represents gender based discrimination and that is strictly prohibited in European Union system.

Furthermore, European Court of Justice emphasised through its practice that any unfavourable treatment of women when it comes to pregnancy represents gender based discrimination because it happens to women social group only.
Ombudsman also points out, with awareness on the Law on Medical Practice that provides the opportunity for objection of consciousness for doctors, who on basis of their personal ethical reasons do not wish to participate in performing abortions, that it is personal decision which cannot extend on entire institution as such.

Any medical institution that participates in health insurance system of the state, and who is capable and legally obliged to provide a medical procedure of abortion, has a clear legal obligation to ensure effective access to this type of medical service to all women who are using their constitutionally guaranteed freedom of choice to make this hard personal decision. In case that these same institutions are unable to provide these services in accordance with its legal obligation, then Ministry of Health, as the body of executive power, must take all necessary steps to ensure that specific institution fulfils its legal obligation.

A public announcement of the Ombudsman can fully read here.
 

Self-employment

At association Domine, three hour workshop on self-employment was held last week. It is part of “Working woman – independent woman” project which is carried out for third year in a row in cooperation with Croatian Employment Service and City of Split. Workshop is created for unemployed women of age from 23 to 40, who are part of low employability group: women who are victims of domestic and other types of violence, single mothers, women with disability and long-term unemployed women.

Educational program is built on association’s experience, and includes presentation about possibilities when it comes to starting your own business, making of business plan and communication skills, through three weeks of three or two hour workshops once a week. After theoretical part, following month there will be meetings with women who have undergone previous educations of association regarding self-employment. They will share their experiences, and there will also be a motivational meeting with successful entrepreneurs.

Women who are interested in participation in these workshops, can apply on telephone numbers +385 21 344 688, +385 21 537 272, or via mail domine@domine.hr
 

Youth and entrepreneurship

Association Domine signed a contract this October with Ministry of Social Policy and Youth, regarding financial support of the project “Take responsibility for the future – think and work enterprisingly!” which is going to last until end of September 2015, and include young people from 15 to 29 years. Goal of this project is to raise level of knowledge, skills and awareness of youth when it comes to possibilities of self-employment and development of entrepreneurship. This way unemployment will decrease and youth will be motivated to become active part of labour market in Split-Dalmatia County.

Project is designed as string of three cycles of workshops that will be divided into six modules through nine months of educational program, which is followed by regional conference. Its goal will be advocacy of stronger implementation of program for youth employment. Through individual professional counselling of youth about possibilities of self-employment and entrepreneurship, level of their knowledge and information will rise, and make them stronger to review possibilities for starting their own business.
 

Support from EWL

European Women’s Lobby (EWL), gave support to Croatian Women’s Network in its demanding of introduction of quotas for gender equality of 40% presence of candidates of specific gender for “zipper quota” system.

You can read full statement here.
 

LPZ: Workshop on European Social Fund

One day workshop was held in Split on November 7th with themes considering European Social Fund and possibilities of financing through that fund projects. Workshop was part of the project “Local Employment Partnership (LPZ) cluster for social innovation, development and education”.

Representatives from LPZ of Split-Dalmatia County, including representative from Domine and also potential members of LPZ who are interested in registration of projects for ESF contest, participated in this workshop.

Technical support expert in Croatian implementing bodies for module of human resources, Aleksandra Janjić from Organization for Civic Initiative, Osijek/Drniš, was leader of the workshop. In addition the presentation on cohesion policy, objectives, instruments and programming of pre-accession and structural EU funds, the workshop gave participants some valuable information about the documentation, administration and implementation of projects financed by the ESF, with examples of good practice in Croatia and the EU.port

http://ec.europa.eu/esf/main.jsp?catId=383&langId=hr
 

Symbolic postcards to members of parliament

Association Domine is joining to action of Women’s Network Croatia with demands that Parliament should vote on law for balanced presence of both women and men inside the Parliament and other policy makers, and compliance with the provisions of the Law on Gender Equality.

Association Domine greets announced introduction of 40% quotas, but also reminds that if the latter are not protected with specific implementation mechanism, wanted results will not be achieved. Protective mechanism should work in a way that candidates on electoral list are lined by the women-man-woman principle or vice versa, from first number on the list, and all lists that are not respecting this mechanism should be refused as invalid.

We would also like to point out our concern regarding announced preferential voting which will, without protective mechanism, also affect lower share of women, regardless of legal quota. Association Domine also reminds that presence of women in politics is extremely low, and since implementation of representative system is stagnating between 20 and 25% on the national level, and on regional and local level percentage drops between 10 and 20 which indicates that without quotas Croatia is just not able to follow principles of gender equality nor create conditions for implementation of latter in society.

You can read whole statement here.

WNC: Quotas for at least 40% women on candidate’s lists

Women’s Network Croatia is asking representatives to ensure changes in electoral legislation that would provide balanced representation of women and men in the Croatian Parliament.

The Croatian Parliament’s adoption of the Law for Gender Equality and 40% quotas on electoral lists showed commitment to equal representation of women in decision-making bodies. We invite MPs of the Croatian Parliament to validate that commitment by adopting legal measurements that will achieve balanced representation of women and men.

But, introduction of 40% quotas on electoral lists simultaneously with introduction of preferential vote will have no effect whatsoever. That is why Women’s Network Croatia published a press release, which association Domine, as part of WNC supports and delivers in its entirety.

Jutarnji list

H-alter 

“EU project – management of project cycle” workshop

First group of workshop participants is successfully facing challenges of preparing and planning of project documentation and also educating about European funds and possibilities of application for EU projects. “EU project – management of project cycle” is part of “Working woman – independent woman” project, which is for last three years carried out by association Domine and financed by City of Split.

Participants fervently approached to gaining basic knowledge on principles of management of project cycle, which includes preparation, planning, implementation and evaluation of project. Basic method of this workshop is education combined with practical learning which will give participants opportunity to develop project based on their own ideas (description of the problem, goals, application design, budget and logical matrix), as well to learn about European funds and possibilities of application for EU projects.
 

“Women's reproductive rights and anti-feminist strategies of political right wing”

With this title, EL-fem held conference in Berlin on November 14th and 15th, and association Domine also participated as members of Women’s Network Croatia.

On the conference in Bundestag, representatives from Denmark, Greece, Portugal, Spain and Germany, along with Croatia and Macedonia, introduced strong opponents to women’s reproductive freedom and rights trough current topics of self-definition, surrogate motherhood, sexism in politics, abortion, economic crisis and Christian fundamentalism.

As part of the conference, workshop of experimental theatre was organized, which through performance “Change direction” also sent associated message in cultural sense. The movie “I Decide, I am the Train of Freedom” („Yo Decido, El Tren da la Libertad“) was also shown on this occasion, presenting demonstrations against regressive political anti-abortion reform in Madrid in February 2014. These demonstrations were key for failure to adopt law that bans abortion in Spain.

On the meeting of EL-fem, which was held after the conference, future activities and work program were planned for following year. A statement was also prepared for November 25th – International day of elimination of violence against women as part of international campaign “16 days activism”.

European left

Yo Decido, El Tren da la Libertad

 

Strategic planning WNC

 Determinations of priorities and strategic goals for following year were primary subjects that Women’s Network Croatia processed in continuation of its work with European Mediterranean Fund on November 29th and 30th in Zagreb.

Since 2015 is election year, it is of grave importance for defense of women human rights from regression, especially when it comes to sexual and reproductive rights, which are today in many countries, including Croatia, under constant threat of conservative groups, religious and economic fundamentalism. They are making it difficult for women to receive adequate service and information regarding queries connected to their body and sexuality.

Conscientious objection and persuasion of conscience in fight over abortion (Libela)

Report WNC on EL-fem conference in Berlin, November 2014

Workshop: Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union

Domine participated in two-day workshop “Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU”, in Split on November 27th and 28th. It was organized by Office for Human Rights and Rights of National Minorities at Croatian Government.

Representatives from several NGOs, syndicates and independent bodies for human rights participated in workshop, where they were introduced to regulations and content of Charter of Fundamental Rights, and possibilities of using the Charter in strategic litigations and process of advocacy in protecting and promoting of human rights.

Goran Selanec , deputy of Ombudsperson for Gender Equality and Gordan Bosanac, main analyst in Centre for Peace Studies managed workshop.

It was organized as part of the project „Making the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights a Living Instrument“ in cooperation with several Institutes for Human Rights in Austria, Italy and Poland with aim to increase visibility of Charter on national level and strengthening its application, along with insuring platform for dialog between key sections in its implementation.

Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union

Office for Human Rights and Rights of National Minorities

WNC: We are not going back on illegal abortion!

Women’s Network Croatia protested in front of the Governor's Palace on Friday, November 28th, against drastic violation of Croatian women’s reproductive rights, since public hospitals are lately refusing to perform abortions on count of doctor’s conscientious objection.

Bojana Genov from Women’s Network Croatia in her statement to the press warned that women no longer have access to safe and appropriate abortion in public health institutions. There is no standardized procedure, and prices vary from hospital to hospital.
After earlier press releases and letter to Ministry of Health, with this action that took place in time of international campaign “16 days of activism in fighting violence against women”, WNC once more warned publicity and competent institutions on violations of women’s rights, especially sexual and reproductive ones. The emphasis was on the fact that the worst type of violence is one conducted by institutions which are turning their heads away from the problem, or those which have system that does not provide respect and protection of rights of its citizens.

With the message: “We are not going back! No illegal abortion!” members of WNC asked Government and responsible Ministry to take responsibility and to urgently and without delay ensure implementation of legal right to women who wish to exercise their right to terminate pregnancy, with equalization of prices and procedures.

As members of WNC, Domine supported and participated in action in Zagreb, which was passed by numerous media:

Novi list

HRT

Index

STav Cenzura

Udruga slobodarskih aktivista

Good luck and success in New 2015!

Let 2015 be the year of changes for the better and the year of good new directions!

Best New Year wishes to all!

Domine

See you on January 07 :)

“Take responsibility for the future – think and work ENTERPRISINGLY!”

This is the name of new project of association Domine, which is financially approved by Croatian Ministry of social politics and youth and will be implemented in partnership with Croatian association of employers, Regional office Split.

Main goal of this project is education and counselling with purpose of encouraging self-employment and entrepreneurial culture of youth through encouraging of taking the leading role and responsibility on labour market. Project activities focus on young people from 15 to 29 years of age on area of Split-Dalmatia County, regardless if they are in high school, in university or unemployed.

Along with partners and direct users, Domine will include Croatian Employment Service, Regional Office Split, Croatian Chamber of Crafts and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, high schools and universities in Split-Dalmatia County, entrepreneurs and local media, so beneficiaries of the project could rise level of knowledge, skills and awareness on possibilities in self-employment and developing entrepreneurship.

Detail information about implementation of project activities you can follow on www.domine.hr
 

Presentation and debate: “Sexual and reproductive rights of women in Croatia today”

On the last day of campaign “16 days of activism”, on Wednesday December 10th, International Human Rights Day, Domine as representative of Women’s Network Croatia organized presentation of the movie and debate on subject of “Sexual and reproductive rights of women in Croatia today”. It was held in Domine’s office in Split and in Omiš as well, on December 11th in collaboration with SDP Women’s Forum Omiš.

Through press releases, letter to Minister of health and action in Zagreb on November 26th, Women’s Network Croatia continuously warns the public on more frequent and severe violation of women’s reproductive rights, since public hospitals refuse to perform abortions on count of doctor’s conscientious objection, although they are legally able to do so. This violation of women’s rights, especially sexual and reproductive, represents one of the worst forms of structural violence, while responsible turn their heads away from the problem or maintain a system that does not provide respect and protection of rights of its citizens.

Along with discussion on sexual and reproductive rights of women in Croatia today, Domine also presented newest researches on subject of abortion and action in Zagreb with screening of Spanish documentary movie “I Decide, I am the Train of Freedom” that follows demonstrations against regressive political anti-abortion reform in Spain on beginning of 2014.

RTL Vijesti

I Decide, I am the Train of Freedom (Trailer)

New cycle of workshops “Working woman – independent woman”

Association Domine continues with the project “Employed woman – independent woman” as part of its long-term program of economic empowerment and psycho-social support to unemployed women.

With goal of raising level of knowledge and skills, as well motivation of unemployed women, self-employment, and writing and implementing EU projects, second cycle of educational and practical workshops begins in next terms:

- JOB CLUB, starts February 9th, 10AM
- SKILLS OF SELF-EMPLOYMENT, starts February 16th, 11AM
- EU PROJECTS, starts February 17th, 10AM

All workshops are held on the premises of association Domine, Bosanska 4 (1st floor), Split, and women who are interested can have more information and apply on 021/344 688 or email domine@domine.hr.

Project is intended for unemployed young women from age 18 to 29 without working experience, unemployed women from age 23 to 40 who fall into category of people who are hard to employ (such as women who are victims of domestic or other types of violence, single mothers, and long-term unemployed women), and highly educated women with some skills and knowledge for writing and implementing EU projects.

Implementation of this project enabled the City of Split, in cooperation with the Croatian Employment Service, Regional Office Split, Croatian Employers' Association, Regional Office Split, Local Employment Partnerships (LEPs), CEDRA cluster for social entrepreneurship, and several civil society organizations (Most, Mi , Sunce, 50+).

More details about implementation of project you can find on www.domine.hr and www.zeneposao.com.
 

“Women’s principles for sustainable development”

On request of Maja Krčun, president of Women’s Forum SDP, Split-Dalmatia County, Domine held lecture on the subject “Women’s principles for sustainable development” on February 3rd, on the premises of Split SDP on Bačvice.

What is sustainability and how much are women’s strengths necessary for global sustainability of planet and the world, how to discover mind-set that conditions our actions, how to notice barrier inside ourselves and our society which prevent us from approaching to our own specific feminine powers and strengths and bringing them into society in form of action and innovative leadership? These were crucial questions of this lecture.

Around 40 women participated in the lecture and following debate, members of Women’s Forum SDP from Omiš, Trogir, Kaštela, Split, Sinj, Makarska, Supetar i Solin.
 

Samobor: Female court – feminist justice approach

During the preparations for „Female court of the Former Yugoslavia – feminist justice approach“ which will be held on May 7th to 10th in Sarajevo, Domine attended second consecutive meeting of women activists and witnesses which took place in Samobor on February 20th to 22th.
Process of organizing „Female court – feminist justice approach“ began at the end of 2010. and lasts until now, and will be continued after mentioned event in Sarajevo.
With „Female court“ we create space for women's testimony about experiences on injustice and violence suffered during the war and in peace, creating secure area for women's testimony about all those unrecognized, hidden and unrevealed crime, as well as organized resistance.
The regional initiative for Female court – feminist approach joined seven feminist organizations from all the countries of the former Yugoslavia.
During last four years (2011-2015) we worked intensively on preparations for organizing „Female court – feminist justice approach“, where activities included creating a solidarity network of women witnesses, activists, therapist, experts and artist in all countries from the former Yugoslavia, with aim of creating a feminist model of peace, justice and responsibility.
In this way, we are reflecting and creating new politics of knowledge, reconsidering the relation between theory and practice/experience, building mutual solidarity and confidence, alternative women's history and collective historical memory.
Committee for organizing initiative for „Female court – feminist justice approach“ consists of Majke enklava Srebrenica i Žepa from Sarajevo, Fondation CURE from Sarajevo, Women's Forum from Bratunac (Bosnia and Hercegovina), Centar for women war victims from Zagreb (Croatia), Centar for Women's Studies from Zagreb, Women's Lobby Slovenia from Ljubljana, Centar for Women and Peace Education from Kotor (Montenegro), Council for Gender Equality from Skopje (Macedonia), Women's Network Kosovo from Pristina (Kosovo), Centar for Women's Studies from Beograd and Women in Black from Beograd.
 

Employed woman – independent woman : Job Club

Domine continues with activities within the project „Employed woman - independent woman“ in March, the continuation of activities in the framework of long-term program orientation for economic empowerment of women and psycho-social support to unemployed women.
This project is intended for unemployed young women at the age of 18-29 years, without work expirience, in order of raising the level of knowledge and skills, motivation and individual tracking in job search.
New cycles of workshops and job club module are held at the premises of Domine, Bosanska 4, Split. For more information and registrations, call 021/344 688 or contact us by email at domine@domine.hr.
Project is implemented in partnership with Croatian Employment Service, Regional Office Split, and its implemetations was enabled by City of Split.
 

Get our rights! Early legal intervention for victims of human trafficking

February 26th, in Zagreb at House of Europe, Domine attended professional meeting „Get our rights! Early legal intervention for victims of human trafficking“, within the project implemented by Centar for Women War Victims ROSA from Zagreb in cooperance with six organizations from Ireland, Great Britain, Bulgaria, Lithuania and Finland, coordinated by Immigration Council of Ireland.
Representatives of the competent institutions and nongovernmental organizations were discussing about ways od implementing models of early intervention for victims of human trafficking in the context of the existing help system and protection of those people who have lived through human trafficking in Croatia.
It was concluded that the frameworks for early intervention already exist, just like examples of good practices, but further efforts are needed for establishing of such a help system in cases of serious violations of human rights such as human trafficking. It is also necessary developing cooperation of all involved in providing assistence and protecting those people who lived through human trafficking. Participants agreed that the access to legal aid is important, not only because victims are formally identified relying on the standard of international protection, but to give them support to rebuild their lives after experiencing severe trauma, and thereby enchance their social recovery and their role as witnesses.
Project was co-financed by EU under the Programme for Prevention and Fight against Crime, as well as Office for Associations of the Croatian Government.
 

Multimedia manifestation: Women Days in Golden gate

On the occasion of 8th March, International Women's Day, Domine in cooperation with Centar for culture and lifelong education Golden gate Split, as well as League for prevention of addiction from Split, organized for the 5th time Multimedia manifestation WOMEN DAYS IN GOLDEN GATE 2015, opened at Centar for culture and lifelong education in Split, from 6th to 16th March 2015.
Manifestation includes exhibition of aquarelle „FOUR WEEKS – FOUR SEASONS“, from group of painters which operates at Domine association, as well as female fair „DO IT YOURSELF“, that is contribution and presentation of League for prevention of addiction from Split. Exhibition will be set until March 16th, and fair until March 7th.
Centar for culture and lifelong education Golden gate Split, as a regular partner in the celebration of International Women's Day and organizing Multimedia manifestation „Women Days in Golden gate“, this year also organized projection of the women's movies on Monday, March 9th:
17:00 – movie 95 min. TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT „Deuxjours, une nuit“, 2014. Jean-Pierre Derdanne, Luc Derdanne (Bel/Fra/Ita)
18:45 – movie 82 min. IDA „Ida“, 2013. Pawel Pawlikowsk (Pol/Dan/Fran/UK)
20:15 – movie 101 min. I DALJE ALICE , „Still Alice“, 2014. Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland, (USA/Fran)
The entrance is free!
 

8th March – Day of Resistance: NO to austerity measures!

„8th March is a simbol of the struggle of women for human and economic emancipation. History of that struggle is full of pain, violence, hush and invisibility of women. The public sphere for too long has been a world without women. New age industrialization made them visible at the cost of exhausting work, miserable wages, living in poverty. They were fighting, insisting, working and starving, helping and organizing strikes, most lost their lives for their beliefs“.
In the sign of resistance and with slogan „NO to austerity measures!“, women activists from Women's Network Croatia, Female front for labor and social rights and women's trade union groups, on Saturday 7th March 2015, at 12 a.m., on Ban Jelacic Square iz Zagreb, marked this year's International Women's Day.
In their own statement to the public from this meeting, women activists said: „There was nothing donated for women and workers – they lost everything. Today we have become subjects of social change, came out into the labor market, become economically independentant, more educated than ourgrandmothers. However, achievement of women's labormovement are today more endangerent. Dominant neo-liberal doctrine, the imperative of profit and growth, and deconstruction of the welfare state generate new/old opression of women and patriachalization of social relations. Women are intended duble burden again: making a profit for their employer and bearing responsibility for reproduction of the (cheap) labor force.
Because of that – beetwen consumer Valentine's Day call and patriarchal matrix of Mother's Day we vote for 8th March! Because of unselfish and brave women, their fight for equality andj ustice, utopia they shared. Destinies of Emily Wilding Davison, Klara Zetkin, Rose Luxemburg, Marija Jurić Zagorka, Anka Butovac … obligate us. We have no right to forgot 8th March! Because of everything it symbolizes, because of ourselves, our daughters and sons, because of their children. We continue the fight of our predecessors – in order not to extend bad present and returned even worst past.“
Domine, as a member of Women's Network Croatia, are joining initiative iz Zagreb and messages which they send to the public, with congraduation to all women on the occasion of International Women's Day!
 

Jezerčica: Training for empowering women's civil society organisations

From 9th to 13th March, Domine participated in training for empowering women's civil society organizations in Jezerčica, organized by Centar for Women War Victims from Zagreb and partners in the project implementation, Autonomous Women's House from Zagreb, Centar for Development of Civil Society Delfin from Pakrac, as well as Association of Women Nit from Korenica.
Within the project „Empowering women's civil society organizations for spreading assistance service and supporting women which survived different types of gender-based violence“, training was organised with the aim of improving their competencies to work with women which survived gender-based violence and discrimination, and for implementation of pilot program coordinated intervention of institutions and civil society organizations in the community.
During five days training, the participants were presented new laws and rulebooks that regulate the operation of associations, nonprofit accounting, development of a strategic plan, and basics of good governence civil society organizations. On Friday, last day of training, was organized the round table which was attended by representatives of local and national institutions, where they presented their experiences and competencies related to gender-based violence.
 

LPZ: Management of local employment partnership

In Split, on March 23th, workshops were held on the premises of association „Zdravi grad“ with the theme „Management of local employment partnership“ as a part of project „The cluster for social inovation, development and education of Local employment partnership“ funded by the European Social Fund. Workshops were attended by Domine, as well as members of Local Employment Partnership (LPZ) from Split-Dalmatia County. 

Presented Proposal of the Strategy for Management of LEP Split-Dalmatia County

Friday, March 27th, in Split-Dalmatia County was held a round table where was presented Proposal of the Strategy for Management of Local employment partnership. It was very well attended and a small hall required few more places. On behalf of the President of the Region, Zlatko Ževrnja, participants were welcomed by Tomislav Opačak, and supported the idea of the further development of the Local employment partnership. Proposal of the Strategy was presented by Ranko Milić from CEDRA Split. The Strategy will be adopted at the Managerial Board of Local employment partnership Split-Dalmatia County and presented to the public at the beginning of April.
This round table, which was also attended by Domine as a member of Local employment partnership Split-Dalmatia County, was held in the within the project “The cluster for social inovation, development and education of Local employment partnership“funded by the European Social Fund.  

Sarajevo: Women’s Court - Feminist Approach to Justice

In Sarajevo, from 07 to 10 May was held the final event - public hearing as part of the Women's Court - Feminist Approach to Justice, which was attended by 550 participants of which twenty experts and 35 witnesses.

Women's Court - Feminist Approach to Justice creates a space for a woman's testimonies about the experiences of injustice and violence suffered during the war and in peace, primarily by giving space to all those unrecognized, hidden and unspoken crimes and organized resistance. Over the last four years (2011-2015) was worked intensively on preparations for organizing the Women's Court. The activities included the creation of solidarity network of witnesses, activists, therapists, artists and experts in all the countries of the former Yugoslavia in order to create a feminist model of peace, justice and accountability. Regional Initiative for Women's Court was initiated by 7 feminist organizations from all countries of the former Yugoslavia under the coordination of "Women in Black" from Belgrade.

The event in Sarajevo was attended by 50 participants from Croatia, including three representatives of the Dominoes, which is one of the organizations involved from the start in a number of activities of the Women's Court in Croatia and the region.

More on Women's Court - Feminist Approach to Justice read on http://www.zenskisud.org/ and about the event in Sarajevo on the links:

http://ba.n1info.com/a40945/Vijesti/Vijesti/Aktivistkinje-Zenskog-suda-u-Novom-danu-na-N1.html
 

http://www.balcanicaucaso.org/eng/Regions-and-countries/Bosnia-Herzegovina/Sarajevo-the-Women-s-Tribunal-161486#.VV70-xCjCxI.email

LPE SDZ Assembly

In the premises of Split-Dalmatia County in Zenta on May 26 was held a regular election Assembly of Local Partnerships for Employment of Split-Dalmatia County (LPE SDŽ). Assembly on behalf of the county welcomed Haladic Visko, a member of the working Presidency and Board of Directors of LPE. The Assembly re-elected the Presidency of the LPE, while the Technical Secretariat took RERA for technical and operational support for CEDRA. The Management Board was expanded from 13 to 15 representatives with representatives of the Centre for Social Welfare Split and the association Split - Healthy City, while the association ANST replaced the League for the Prevention of Addiction. Instead of the current Rules of Procedure was adopted the Statute regulating the work of the Local Partnerships for Employment

In continuation of the work of the Assembly were presented the results of the implementation of the EU project "Cluster for social innovations, development and education of the LPE", which was conducted in partnership of 13 organizations and institutions and was successfully completed on 18 April this year.

The biggest success of the project is the creation of a new "Human Resources Development Strategy SDZ" for the period from 2014 to 2020, which was adopted at the Assembly, as well as a new Action Plan for the period of one year after. During the 18 months of the project implementation , numerous trainings to raise the capacity for the implementation of the LPE were conducted, visibility of the LPE is increased and a website http://www.svijet-rada.eu/ is created. Certainly one of the most important results achieved is the initiative for the National Coordination of local partnership for growth and jobs on which there was a discussion at a meeting with representatives of the Ministry of Labour and the Croatian Employment Service, held in Zagreb in April as part of a study visit to local partnership of the City of Vienna. As planned, the National Coordination of at least 5 LPE should officially begin operations by the end of this year.

One of the goals for next year is expanding the membership of LPE SDZ, who are invited to visit the website of RERA, CEDRA or LPE to learn about the work and possibly get involved in the work of the LPE.

Dominoes are members of the LPE SDZ from the start and have a representative in the Committee.

http://www.svijet-rada.eu/

http://www.rera.hr/

http://www.cedra.hr/hr/pocetna
 

Brussels: Celebration of the 25th anniversary of the EWL

In Brussels on 29 May was organized a celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the European Women's Lobby (EWL) for members from many European countries and feminists friends and supporters. At the Meeting, among others, participated Mirjana Kucer and Nela Pamukovic as representatives of Croatian Women's Network.

At the official meeting, which was held in the Brussels Parliament, spoke Charles Picqué, President of the Brussels Parliament, Neven Mimica, the European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Malin Björk, Member of the European Parliament, Nora Kiss, representative of the Portuguese network of youth, Alicia Arbid , representative of the Arab Women's Solidarity Association, Finn Mackay, feminist activist and researcher. Welcoming speeches were given by Vera jour, European Commissioner for gender equality, Eve Ensler, activist and artist from the United States and Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of Sweden.

After the meeting, the celebration continued as a feminist party in the former factory La Fabbrica, for which all members of the EWL prepared photos and quotes by feminist icons from their countries.

On the second day work was continued at the General Assembly of the EWL from 30 to 31 May. The General Meeting received the new members of the Board, among others, our colleagues from Serbia, Alexander Nestor and Vera Kurtic and representatives from Germany and Portugal. Unfortunately, we had to say goodbye to longtime activists EWL and Chairwoman of the European Observatory on Violence against Women, Colette Detroye, who retired.

As the latest activities of the network, Dominoes as a member of CWN.report that on 9 May the European Parliament voted on a report requesting the EU strategy on equality between women and men. EWL members will until Monday send their parliamentarian messages to vote for FEMM report. The report was prepared by FEMM Committee, European parliamentarian (MEP) Maria Noichl, Germany (S & D). More information is available on the EWL.

More information about the celebration and the work of the Assembly, as well as an interview with Colette can be found at the following links:

http://womenlobby.org/spip.php?article7232&lang=en

https://www.flickr.com/photos/european_womens_lobby/sets/72157651685841623

https://www.flickr.com/photos/european_womens_lobby/sets/72157654072744285

http://www.womenlobby.org/spip.php?article7233&lang=en
 

Korenica: Meeting of PETRA Network

In Korenica on the 06 and 07 June was held the meeting of the Network of NGOs for the prevention and elimination of trafficking of women for sexual exploitation (PETRA) attended by representatives of member organizations CVWW Zagreb, Delfin Pakrac, SDF Zagreb, AZKZ Zagreb, WG Split , NIT Korenica, CGI Porec and representatives of Dominoes Split.

In addition to the exchange of information on the activities of Member States in the field of combating human trafficking and participation in the work of the National Committee, the Operations Team, mobile teams and the concept of early legal intervention for victims of trafficking, the participants of the meeting discussed the reports of international institutions and bodies: Eurostat, GRETA, US State Department TIP Report, UN bodies (Human Rights Council, CEDAW and CAT - Convention Against Torture).

On the second day the subject of the meeting were the activities of the networks and platforms: EWL - Brussel's Call and EWL Task Force on East Central European, Baltic and Balkan States, the EC Platform of civil society to combat trafficking in persons, Wave, as well as the National Strategy, Acts and protocols in making - Strategy for support to victims and witnesses 2016 - 2020, a new national plan to combat human trafficking, and protocols on identification, recovery, reintegration and exchange of information on victims of human trafficking.

It was also discussed and agreed about the work plan until the end of the year, joint projects and any necessary training, collaboration and networking.

http://www.petra-nvo.net/
 

Dominoes strategic planning

From June 17 to June 19 on Brac Dominoes implement strategic planning for the period from 2015 to 2020.

The first three-day workshop analyzed the strategic goals that have been achieved in the previous three-year period, as well as organisational structure and capacity of the association in regard to the new strategic period of 5 years. It also revised the activity plan for 2015.

Continuation of strategic planning is scheduled for the second half of July.
 

Cluster CEDRA Split Assembly

Dominoes, as a member of the CEDRA Cluster and the Board of Directors , in Split on 30 June attended annual General and Election Assembly session of the Cluster CEDRA.

In accordance with the agenda, on this occasion were re-elected members of the governing bodies, submitted financial report for 2014 and 6 months of 2015 and were adopted Rules of membership and new Statute of the Association. In addition to information about the activities and the implementation of the projects was discussed about the performance of the economic activities of the Association and the opening of new businesses CEDRA Split doo and DMC and the organization of business for 2015 and planned activities for 2015. Topics were also suggestions and amendments to the Constitution in accordance with the new Law on Associations.

For the Secretary is elected Ivana Antisic. Detailed report on the work and plans for the coming year was elaborated by CEDRA president Ranko Milic .

http://www.cedra.hr/hr/pocetna
 

The meeting of the Women's Court in Zagreb

At the Center for Women's Studies in Zagreb on 02 July was organized a meeting of the Women's Court at which the participants exchanged impressions about the Women's Court in Sarajevo held from 07 to 10 May, but also discussed about the Act on the rights of victims of sexual violence during the war and also planned future activities of the Women's Court.

The first Women's court on the territory of Europe that was held in Sarajevo from 07 to 10 May 2015 was organized by 10 women's groups from the former Yugoslavia (Mothers of Srebrenica and Zepa, Cure Foundation, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina Center for Women Victims of War - ROSA, Centre for Women's Studies, Zagreb, Croatia, Center for Women and Peace Education Anima, Kotor, Montenegro, the Council for Gender Equality, Skopje, Macedonia, the Women's Lobby of Slovenia, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Center for Women's Studies and Women in Black, Belgrade, Serbia). Women in Black during the five years coordinated program of activities of the Women's Court.

The Act on the rights of victims of sexual violence during armed aggression against the Republic of Croatia in the war came into force. We expect the Ministry of Veterans to form the Committee for Victims of Sexual Violence, which will provide an opinion "about the fact that the party, the victim of sexual violence and the consequences of sexual violence", as well as rules that would develop the conditions for acquiring the status and exercise rights under this Act to initiate the process of registration.

Although more than 20 years after the crimes, it is extremely important that this Act was passed, because women survivors of these crimes have not materialized any status as civilian victims of war. The Act provides the status and scope of certain rights including the right to financial compensation for the survivors, which will be paid from the state budget. However, it is important to emphasize that this Act in several of its aspects is not going in favorem victims, but in many ways, contrary to binding international agreements, seeks to narrow its scope.

Therefore, on this occasion Croatian Women's Network, Center for Women Victims of War - ROSA and the Initiative for Women's Court released a public declaration on the occasion of the entry into force of the rights of victims of sexual violence during armed aggression against the Republic of Croatia in the war, which Dominoes, as a member of Croatian Women's Network brings in its entirety.

Press release

 

New education cycles "Take responsibility – think and act entrepreneurial!"

On Monday 06th and Tuesday July 7 Dominoes start with implementation of two new cycles of education and practical workshops in the frame of the project  "Take responsibility – think and act enterpreneurial!" that Dominoes are conducting in 2014 and 2015 in partnership with the Croatian Employers' Association .

Educational modules are designed for unemployed young people between 15 and 29 years and cover the following topics:

Project Cycle Management
Communication skills , self-respect and self-confidence
Self-employment
Internet Marketing
How to run a private company
Entrepreneur tips from the first hand

Detailed implementation schedule of workshops you can see here for the Group 1 and Group 2.

The implementation of the project is financed by the Ministry of Social Policy and Youth of Republic of Croatia. For detailed information , please call 021 344 688 or send a request to domine@domine.hr.

 

Global Compact Croatia Workshop

Dominoes on 8 July attended workshop of Global Compact Croatia in Split, organized by the Croatian Employers Association (CEA) on corporate social responsibility held by Tatjana Gracic from Zagreb.

As part of corporate responsibility for the impact that their decisions have on society and the environment, the company can have both the ability and desire to support and promote human rights in its sphere of influence. In addition to the liability for employees and the local community, the environment and health, this includes issues of diversity and discrimination against the rights of women, youth, the elderly, persons with disabilities and others on any basis.

In addition to the various examples of environmental awareness and the participation of employers in helping to solve various problems in the local community through donations and various public actions, as a good example in support of this responsibility in terms of gender equality in the labor market particularly is presented the EU project "Removing glass ceiling - equality of opportunity in access to economic decision-making positions in Croatia, "whose bearer is Ombudsman for gender equality of Republic of Croatia in partnership with the Ministry of Labour, Croatian Employers' Association, the Institute for Labour Market Development and DIM - Association for Civic Education and Social Development, implemented from October 2013 to October 2015 year. The main objectives of this project are to improve the social and political situation of women in the labour market, to raise awareness of the under-representation of women at the companies, to support the training of business women for careers in management position and propose models of positive measures in order to achieve a balanced representation in positions of economic decision making on the Croatian labor market. Part of the activities related to the promotion of a balance between work and private life as part of a family-conscious company, which is essential for the practical application and implementation of the announced "management quota" for women is carried out by "Mamforce Company", which awards certificates to companies that implement family mainstreaming and thus ensure their employees a balance between work and family life.

http://www.sigurnomjesto.hr/uklanjanje-staklenog-labirinta-jednakost-prilika-u-pristupu-pozicijama-ekonomskog-odlucivanja-u-hrvatskoj/

http://www.hup.hr/odrzana-radionica-global-compact-u-splitu.aspx

http://www.hup.hr/global-compact-hrvatska.aspx

http://www.mamforce.hr/mamforce-potice-promjenu.aspx

http://www.hup.hr/mamforce-projekt-koji-promice-obiteljski-osvijestene-kompanije-u-hrvatskoj.aspx


 

CWN: Dubravka Simonovic elected as new UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences

The Human Rights Commission of the United Nations on 3 July ended its 29th regular session and approved 26 new points and appointed six new mandate holders, including Dubravka Simonovic, Croatia's ambassador to the OSCE, as the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences.

Dubravka Simonovic, who was elected as a new UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, for many years has been actively working on promotion of women's rights, particularly the fight against violence against women, as well as in the area of sexual and reproductive rights of women.

Croatian Women's Network congratulates Dubravka Simonovic for being selected for the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences wishing her a lot of success in carrying out this very important function for the realization of fundamental rights, especially the right to life without violence.

On the occasion of the election of Dubravka Simonovic, Croatian Women's Network has also forwarded a press release, which Dominoes, as a member of CWN is signing and publishing below in its entirety.

Press release CWN

Contribution

 

CWN: CEDAW Report in Geneva

At the 61st session of the CEDAW Committee, held in Geneva from 06 to 24 July, Croatian Women's Network defended its Shadow Report on the implementation and enforcement of the UN Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). Croatia was required to submit a report in 2009, but it did so only in January 2013.

On behalf of the Croatian Women's Network on the implementation of legislation and sexual and reproductive rights of women elaborated Sanja Juras, while on violence against women and women in post-conflict situations on behalf of the Autonomous Women's House Zagreb reported Valentina Andrasek. The Shadow Report was submitted jointly by the following organizations: AŽKZ (Autonomous Women's House Zagreb), Center for Women Victims of War Rosa, CGI Porec, Dominoes Split, Kontra, PETRA Network and Croatian Women's Network. Beside Sanja Juras and Valentina Andrasek, representative of CWN in Geneva was also Mirjana Kucer, Dominoes Split. Sexual and reproductive rights in the 10 minute presentation also elaborated Marinela Matejcic from CESI - Center for Education, Counseling and Research in Zagreb.

Geneva 61st CEDAW session you can follow via twitter #cedaw.
https://twitter.com/hashtag/cedaw

Schedule of presentation and all statements of the Croatian and other countries is available at http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/SessionDetails1.aspx?SessionID=944&Lang=en


 

Croatian Government report on the implementation of CEDAW Convention

Croatian Women's Network on July 15 in Geneva presented its Shadow Report to the CEDAW Committee on the situation in Croatia in terms of women's rights for the period from 2009 until today presented by three representatives of CWN, Mirjana Kucer from Dominoes- Split, Valentina Andrasek from Autonomous Women’s House Zagreb and Sanja Juras from Lesbian group Kontra.

During the session, members of the CEDAW Committee have set a whole range of issues related to women's rights in Croatia, with regard to the areas of discrimination as defined by the Convention. The questions referred to the political participation of women, concrete deadline for ratification of the Istanbul Convention of the Council of Europe on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, as well as a very negative practice of dual arrests in cases of partner violence. Also the concern is expressed that hospitals in Croatia do not conduct abortions on demand of women, under the pretext of conscientious objection and the implementation of anti-discrimination legislation. Although Croatia is praised for extraordinary laws, it has been repeatedly emphasized the issue of the implementation of the acts and concrete positive changes for women and gender equality.

Numerous Croatian Government delegation led by Helena Stimac-Radin, Head of the Office for Gender Equality, did not practically answer any question. Questions are either completely ignored or Government representatives gave answers that have nothing to do with the content of questions or deliberately trying to manipulate the data. Also, at times it gave the impression that the head of the Government Office does not understand the basic concepts of gender equality.

In a few days, after the end of 61st CEDAW Committee session, we will know the recommendations of the Committee for Croatia and whether their application through the next four-year period mean for women easier access to their rights and if they really improve the position of women in the society.

On this occasion, CWN has published a press release, which in its entirety can be read here.

http://www.ohchr.org/en/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=16242&LangID=E
 

Completed project "Employed woman - independent woman"

Dominoes on July 15 completed the implementation of the one-year project "Employed woman - independent woman" as part of its long-term program of economic empowerment and psycho-social support to unemployed women.

With the aim of raising the level of knowledge and skills as well as motivation of unemployed women in the job search, self-employment and writing and implementation of EU projects, three cycles of education and practical workshops were conducted on topics of job search, starting your own business and EU projects.

All workshops were conducted in the premises of Dominoes in Split and the project involved more than 200 women, unemployed young women between 18-29 years of age with no work experience, unemployed women aged 23-40 years in the category of hard to employ women (women victims of domestic and other forms of violence, single mothers, women with disabilities, long-term unemployed) and highly educated women who already have some skills and knowledge necessary for writing and implementation of EU projects. In addition to educational and practical workshops the project provided also psycho-social support through individual counseling. By the end of the project, 3 beneficiaries were hired, while one set up her own business.

Dominoes expect continued implementation of the program of economic empowerment of women in the labor market in the coming year. The implementation of this project was financially supported by the City of Split, in cooperation with the Croatian Employment Service, Regional Office Split, Croatian Employers' Association, Regional Office Split, Local Employment Partnerships (LEPs), CEDRA cluster for social entrepreneurship and several civil society organizations (Bridge, Mi , Sun, 50+).

Detailed information on the implementation of the project are available at www.domine.hr and www.zeneposao.com.

 

Completed educational cycles of the project "Take responsibility for the future - think and act Entrepreneurial!"

In cooperation with Croatian Employers' Association (CEA), Regional Office Split, from 06 to 17 July Dominoes completed the implementation of the two, out of three in total, educational and practical workshop cycles in the frame of the project  "Take responsibility for the future - think and actEntrepreneurial!" aimed for young people, specifically school and college students aged 15 to 25, and unemployed young people aged 19 to 29 years.

Training consisted of 6 practical and educational modules held in the premises of Dominoes, Bosanska 4 and CEA, Regional Office Split, Bernardinova 1, as follows:

• "Communication skills, self-esteem and self-confidence"
• "Self-employment"
• "Project Cycle Management"
• "Internet marketing"
• "How to run a private company"
• "Business tips from the firsthand"

The project "Take responsibility for the future - think and act Entrepreneurial!" Is implemented in order to reduce unemployment and encourage young people to take an active role in the labor market in the Split-Dalmatia County through raising the level of knowledge and awareness among young people about the possibilities of self-employment and entrepreneurship development. In addition to education, the project also included the practical application of acquired knowledge and skills, individual counseling, informing and a regional conference that will be held during September.

After completing the training, there is the possibility of employment for a period of 6 months on writing EU projects, in the framework of one of the active measures for employment by the Croatian Employment Service.

The project is being implemented from October 1, 2014 and its implementation is financially supported by the Ministry of Social Policy and Youth of Republic of Croatia.
 

Conclusions and Recommendations of the CEDAW Committee

The Committee for Monitoring the Implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), having received and discussed 4th and 5th Croatian report, issued after the completion of the session (6 to 24 July in Geneva) concluding observations and recommendations, which are published today on the website containing all the documents related to 61st meeting and, of course, also the Croatian report.

In the introduction it is emphasized the concern about the influence of the church in a secular state, which has a negative impact on women's rights, particularly in the area of access to sexual and reproductive health, including the area of safe abortion and contraception, sex education and placing emphasis on the family rather than the individual rights of women.

General concern is expressed about the constitutional and legal framework, and some of the stressed areas are capacity building in the area of the judiciary, as well as increased participation of women in political and public life, especially at decision-making levels, while respecting the mandatory quota of 40% on the electoral lists and also preferential voting.

The Committee requested an urgent translation of the Conclusions and Recommendations and the implementation of the Convention and reporting of the Croatian Government on certain paragraphs within the following two years. Next CEDOW Report Croatia is obliged to submit in 2019.

Croatian Women's Network welcomes these Recommendations and is looking forward particular results. Recommendations of the CEDAW Committee in English original you can read here.

http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/Download.aspx?symbolno=CEDAW%2FC%2FHRV%2FCO%2F4-5&Lang=en,
 

HBOR recognized the importance of counseling for women victims of violence in Dominoes

Dominoes continues to implement programs to provide services of legal and psychosocial counseling for women victims of violence in the autonomous counseling center for women victims of violence. This program at Dominoes is continuously carried out since 2003 and its importance in Split was recognized by the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development (HBOR) and its donation enabled the continuation of the work of counseling until the end of 2013 and in the first half of 2014.

The program of counseling center includes free psychological and legal support, informing victims about their rights and motivating and counseling in collaboration with a professional psychotherapist and law office.

The City of Split still has no autonomous shelter for women victims of violence and didn’t so far estabillish autonomously counseling either, but the services of shelters for women victims of violence are provided by Caritas of Split-Makarska. To satisfy the needs of the city, the county and the wider area of Dalmatia and Lika (closing down of the association Mirta, lack of a single autonomous shelter or crisis center) in the autonomous counseling every day come one to two beneficiary. Although Dominoes cooperates mainly with women, counseling is open to all victims of some form of violence.

From the beginning of September, counseling is open on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 09 to 17 and on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 15 to 20 and contact phone numbers are +385 21537272 or +385 21 344 688. As the office of Dominoes due a summer break does not work in August, until end of August, you can contact us at e-mail domine@domine.hr and zene.domine@gmail.com or at our FB page "Dominoes Split".
 

CWN: Crimes in action „Storm“ are the responsibility of all of us

On the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the military operation „Storm“, Center for Women War Victims - ROSA (Zagreb) and the Croatian Women's Network, in cooperation with the Association for Social Research and Communication (UDIK), Sarajevo, Serbian Democratic Forum and the Association of libertarian activists Zagreb, held a joint celebration and thus paid homage and expressed sympathy with all the victims of military operations.

The goal of public action, which is supposed to be held August 3 at the same time in Zagreb and Sarajevo, is to remind the public on crimes committed during operation Storm, as well as the state-organized denial of these crimes. The action is held in Zagreb on 3 August on Ban Jelacic Square from 11:00 until 11:30.

Action in Sarajevo, should also have been held on August 3 from 11: 00 to 11:30 pm in front of the Croatian Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but PU Center Sarajevo banned the this meeting.

The aim of the action is to remind the public on crimes committed during the operation Storm and the state organized denial of these crimes. WNC recalls that in the military operation Storm were killed and missing 1 853 persons and over 220 000 inhabitants expelled . With this action CWN is calling for moral and political responsibility of all citizens of the Republic of Croatian.


http://h-alter.org/vijesti/zlocini-u-oluji-su-odgovornost-sviju-nas

http://www.libela.org/vijesti/6444-u-sarajevu-zabranjeno-odavanje-pocasti-zrtvama-oluje/

Photos of the Association of libertarian activists
 

NGOs v Tender

Domine joined the Citizens' Initiative of civil society in the city of Split seeking the annulment of the tender. We believe the tender is extremely non transparent and obscures the fact that associations are longtime users of city spaces along with the citizens of this city who are either direct or indirect beneficiaries of various associations, whether it's about organizations which work in the field of social welfare and health care, culture, ecology or some other sectors of the common good. 

As stated in the request, there are many deficiencies of an announced tender, and one of the main complaints is the lack of understanding of the civil society and further commercialization in order to "touristification" and confiscation of city from its citizens. At the press conference, held on 14 August in the Info zone, representatives of NGOs that are signatories of the Initiative explained their reasons for opposing this kind of leasing city space, highlight their demands for the city and also requested a meeting with the mayor.

It was emphasized the strong resistance against observation of usefulness of associations exclusively through the money and bid instead of perceiving their competence.

The application, which has so far signed 50 association, you can find here. It's also on the mailing list of NGOs MI and may be signed up to 25 August

http://www.h-alter.org/

http://www.slobodnadalmacija/

http://stav.cenzura.hr/
 

"Together into the future - revive social dialogue in SDC"

On September 14th in in Hall County in the House for the elderly Zenta Dominoes attended the introductory workshop within the project "Together into the future - revive the social dialogue in the Split-Dalmatia County," organized by the Croatian Employers Association (HUP), as one of the partners of this EU project.

The workshop was held to present the expected results of the project in terms of contributing to the development of trust, cooperation and willingness for the social dialogue among members and stakeholders of three key organizations of this project, as well as all the other employers and employees in SDC and employees of county services. After a brief presentation of the project were presented examples of good practice of the successful cooperation of trade unions and companies.

With regard to the objective of the project - the development of tripartite social dialogue at the level of trade unions - counties - employers, including the CEA Dalmatia, Croatian Association of Trade Unions, Split-Dalmatia County and the highly successful and experienced partner in the development of studies and analyzes that improve employment and social dialogue partner - the Association B4, presetations were given by representatives of the Association B4, Cemex, and SDC and GSV SDC.

In continuation of this one-year project will be organized workshops on collective negotiations and social dialogue for successful communication with trade unions and workers' representatives in companies.
 

“Reaction of Centar for Women's Studies and Women's Network Croatia on actions of Croatian government”

On the trail of human values of solidarity and the principle of humanity, Women’s Network Croatia and Center for Women’s Studies, invited on Friday, September the 18th Croatian Government to find solutions to human reception and adequate care for them.

On this occasion WNC and CWS have expressed their sympathy and support with all those who forcibly fled their homes and countries because of the war and destruction.

Dominoes, as WNC member, supports and conveys reaction in full, of which you can read more on this link:


http://www.zenstud.hr/reakcija-centra-za-zenske-studije-i-zenske-mreze-hrvatske-na-postupke-vlade-rh/

Women’s Network Croatia: Protest action “EU, open your borders!

Activists of Women’s Network Croatia, Association of libertarian activists and other organizations and initiatives held protest action ‘’EU, open your borders’’ on Interantional Day of Peace, September 21st, at Ban Jelacic square in Zagreb.

They are horrified by humanitarian crisis and large number of people fleeing "headlong" looking for place where they can survive and live more normal. On the way they are facing inhuman and xenophobic environment. We demand from EU politicians to open EU borders for refugees!

Tens of thousands of refugees at the moment are trying to find safety in EU and run away from the conflict and presecution in war-affected Middle East and North Africa. Unfortunately, unhuman EU politicians closed the borders although their geopolitical interests are partly responsible for the refugee crisis.

We call for solidarity with those who are the most vulnerable and for common fight for a more humane society - a society based on the universal values of equality, justice and freedom!

At the same time we give full support to activists from Serbia, Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina in solidarity actions for the realization of human rights of refugees!
 

A new cycle of workshops "Management of EU projects"

From Tuesday, Semptember 15th, new cycle of workshops “Writing of EU projects” for unemployed women and young people has begun. It will be held during next three months every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 to 12:00 at the Association Domine, Bosanska 4 in Split.

The cycle of workshops is including project management of EU funds, including all stages of project preparation and implementation through informal and interactive approach in developing specific project ideas. In the workshop, 12 participants are involved.
 

Forum in Zadar: "Gender budgeting"

In organization of SDP Women’s Forum from Zadar, in city library in Zadar, on September 23rd, Domine were guests at the forum titled "Gender budgeting".

After the presentation held by Tamara Sterk, advisor at the Office for Gender Equality, on the theme "The introduction of gender budgeting: practical application", Mirjana Kucer from association Dominoes presented the results of the studies on gender sensitivity and its application in legislation and public policies in City of Split. Dominoes had conducted those studies a few years ago as part of the EU project "Creating new models for improving the position of women and integration of gender policy into local public policy in the City of Split”.

The forum, which was attended by aproximately 20 women, was lead by Daniela Vukosa, vice president SDP Women's Forum from Zadar. With representatives of Domine and Tamara Sterk, in the discussion also participated Gordana Dragisic Obradovic, from the Office for Gender Equality.
 

Dominoes: Celebration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

On the occasion of celebration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, on September 22nd professional team for Counseling for women, victims of violence and domestic violence of association Dominoes has met. In the Counseling, during the past year direct legal or psychological support was provided for a total of 144 women, as well as other victims of violence and domestic violence.

Women are mostly facing the problems of domestic violence, such as verbal, physical, psychological and economical violence. Often, they are also facing family issues that can’t be solved without legal support in cases of alimentation, divorce, division of marital acquisition or property.

From the experience of work with women we can conclude that, unfortunately, the most of them are not finding adequate support of the system.

So lately, property-related problems in family are being hidden through domestic violence between mothers and daughters, brothers and sisters, and in that way, again women are suffering violence, ending up in custody or prison as victims of the system. Therefore, it is necessary to educate the police and all stakeholders in the system.

Anyway, during the last year, two out of ten women successfully solved their problems, achieved independence and higher level of self-esteem and self-confidence, and managed to take over more responsibilty and intiative for, for example, starting their own bussiness and realization of economical independence.

Also, in the occcasion of Celebration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, in Dominoes, together with users of the programs,there was presentation and discussion about Council of Europe Convention on subject preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.
 

EWL: Refugees crisis in Europe from a feminist perspective – ASYLUM IS NOT GENDER NEUTRAL

In the light and context of the "refugee crisis " we are facing today, European Women's Lobby (EWL) would like to draw everyone's attention to the reality that is ignored by media and decision-makers : women and girls fleeing from conflict and war are faced with various forms of male violence on their journey to the destination country , as well as multiple discrimination because of widespread prejudice against women refugees and asylum- seekers. Also, with this text EWL calls women’s organizations for mobilization!
Dominoes, as a member of Women’s Network Croatia, which is a member of European Women’s Lobby, at this occasion supports and transfers the EWL’s text and its translation which is addressed to the public, and especially to member countries that are supposed to ensure procedures for asylum on borders and services that are in charge of these jobs.
Asylum is not gender neutral
Refugees crisis in Europe from a feminist perspective
The persistence of war and conflicts globally urges us to redefine sustainable peace as the presence of human security, justice and equality, rather than the absence of war. Europe has to face the consequences of war and conflicts in other parts of the world, and has a duty to act, not only in terms of addressing the situation of refugees and asylum seekers reaching European countries, but also to promote real peace and security for all on this planet.
This year, we commemorate the 15 years of the adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR1325) on ‘Women, Peace and Security’, which stresses the importance to include women in peace negotiations, post-conflict reconstruction, disarmament, humanitarian relief and peace building. It also highlights the increasingly pervasive violation of women’s rights in conflicts, namely the different forms of violence women and girls face, including the use of rape as a weapon of war.
In this context, and in light of the ‘refugee crisis’ we are facing now, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) would like to bring everyone’s attention a reality which tends to be ignored by the media and the decision-makers: women and girls fleeing conflicts and war face various forms of male violence in their journey towards a hosting country, as well as multiple discrimination due to widespread prejudices about women refugees and asylum seekers.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says that the number of women and children fleeing countries of violence heading for Europe has increased sharply in recent months. Our members from Eastern Europe have alerted us about the current widespread violence against women and girls in transit zones. Here are some examples we feel important to share, to make sure that the national and European responses to the situation include a strong gender perspective, and promote peace for all human beings, including women and girls.
Sexual violence against women refugees and asylum seekers
Sexual violence against women and girls is not related to exceptional situations only: the EU Fundamental Rights Agency reminds us that 1 in 3 women have experienced sexual or physical violence in Europe, and 5% have been raped. Many women flee their country because of a pervasive situation of male violence against women. Moreover, in situation of escape for refugees, male violence is part of women’s experience.
Women are been raped by officials, by smugglers, by other refugees, by traffickers. Our members in Hungary are aware of cases of rape perpetrated by Balkan police. Women Under Siege director Lauren Wolfe reports: “Every single woman I came to meet in my reporting described or alluded to rape—either of themselves or of others—as they traversed the African continent through Libya to cross the sea to Italy.” Due to the prevalent patriarchal structures, they rarely report those cases of violence to the authorities. They therefore don’t get access to any support and justice. They might also face unwanted pregnancies but without access to health care and choice about abortion.
Prostitution and trafficking of women refugees and asylum seekers
In the journey fleeing war and conflicts, women and girls are rendered vulnerable to trafficking and prostitution. Smugglers might link with traffickers to abuse women and girls and exploit them in brothels or other prostitution sites. Women might have to use prostitution as a means to survive during their journey, get a place to sleep or some food. Prostitution seems also to be widespread in the transit zones, and doctors report cases of sexually transmitted diseases.
Sexual and reproductive health of women refugees and asylum seekers
According to UNICEF, 12% of women arriving in Macedonia are pregnant. “We got many stories of women starting bleeding and losing their child, for instance in Greece”. Because of the lack of drinking water in the journey and the transit zones, mostly kids, pregnant women and breastfeeding women suffer from kidney problems. Women refugees and asylum seekers will have trouble finding toilets and sanitary products in the countries they travel through or the countries they arrive to in Europe. In transit zones, some authorities set up showers, but with no hot water, no separation between women and men, and no support for babies’ hygiene.
Women’s organisations mobilise!
Women’s organizations have a long history of peace activism and of solidarity. The EWL webinar on Women and Armed Conflict today illustrates the mobilization of women’s groups and activists. People who are transiting Europe now need our help, and every one of our gestures actually makes a difference. But this ‘crisis’ also needs to be handled at political level, with clear, relevant and transformative answers.
The European Women’s Lobby has been working on the issue of asylum for many years, and we want to recall the following demands:
- Member States should ensure that asylum procedures at borders comply the UNHCR Guidelines on International Protection (Gender-related persecution within the context of Article 1(2) of the 1951 Convention and/or its 1967 Protocol relating to the Status of Refugee, 7 May 2002). In particular, guideline n°35 states that “Persons raising gender-related refugee claims, and survivors of torture and trauma in particular, require a supportive environment where they can be reassured of the confidentiality of their claim. Some claimant, because of the shame they feel over what has happened to them, may be reluctant to identify the true extent of the persecution suffered of feared.”
- Asylum officials should inform women of gender aspects of the refugee definition thus clarifying that fear of gender-based violence and discrimination may constitute a valid basis for a refugee claim.
“The refugee crisis in recent months is one of the worst humanitarian disasters of our time. Innocent civilians, primarily from Syria and Afghanistan, suffering terribly - more than 11 million people have left their residence.” Today Women in Black and Autonomous Women Center (EWL members) are demonstrating at the Serbian-Croatian border. You can follow their action here.
Peace activists from Serbia (including our members) were on the Serbian-Hungarian border in the last days. You can see two photos below.
Useful links:
Joint statement EWL/Amnesty International/ILGA-Europe “World Refugee Day: EWL and NGO partners call for new EU asylum agency to end discrimination” (2011)
Joint article EWL/Amnesty International/ILGA-Europe “Engendering the European Asylum Support Office” (2011)
EWL publication “Asylum is not gender neutral. Protecting women seeking asylum” (2007)
EWL publication “Protecting all women from discrimination” (2010)
Article ‘The missing women of the Mediterranean refugee crisis’, Lauren Wolfe, Women Under Siege, 24/07/2015
Petition of citizens from residents of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia
Action of the young feminists of EWL Summer School #refugeeswelcome
 

Croatian Women’s Network: Constitutional Court against gender equality

On the occasion of the Constitutional Court decision of repealing "women's" quota, Croatian Women's Network addressed to the public press release condemning the abolition of the Law on Amendments of the Law on Election of Members of the Croatian Parliament, which had prescribed the disqualificiation of lists on which is less than 40 % of candidates / men and women of the underrepresented sex.

Croatian Women’s Network continues to demand introduction of quotes for entering the Croatian Parliament and calls parties to respect constitutional values and achieve equal represntation of women on candidate lists using “zip system”, regardless Constituational Court decision.

Domine, as a member of CWN, published today’s press release of WNC, in whole.
 

"Take responsibility for the future - think and act ENTREPRENEURIALLY!"

Within the project "Take responsibility for the future - think and act ENTREPRENEURIALLY!", which the association Domine, during 2015, carried out in partnership with the Croatian Employers' Association, Regional office in Split, with the financial support of the Ministry of Social Policy and Youth RH, September 28th at the premises CEDRA in Split, was held one-day conference on "The perspective for the development of youth entrepreneurship in Split - Dalmatia County" to present the results of the project and critical negotiation about the options that are currently offered to young people on the labor market in Dalmatia.

In the first part of the conference about the experience, posibilities and perspectives of young people in the world of labor, spoke representatives of association Domine, which is the bearer of the project, and the Croatian Employers' Association, Regional office in Split, a partner in the project. On that occasion the results of conducted research about experiences of young people on labour market were presented by Tea Bubic and Josipa Ursic from Domine. Vesna Ivic Simetin, from the Croatian Employers' Association from Split, spoke about young people in enterpreneurship. Ranko Milic, LPE SDC spoke about measures and strategic goals of the involvement of young people in the labor market through Local Partnerships for Employment in our County.

In the second part of the conference, panel discusion was held. Representatives of Croatian Employement Service Split, Croatian Employers' Association Split, Local Partnerships for Employment SDC and Split entrepeneurs discussed about current situation and the perspective of entrepreneurship of young people in SDC.
 

Research: Young people in the world of labor

Within the one-day conference "Perspectives for the development of young people entrepreneurship in Split - Dalmatia County" and project "Take responsibility for the future - think and act ENTREPRENEURIALLY!", which the association Domine, during 2015, carried out in partnership with the Croatian Employers' Association, Regional office in Split, with the financial support of the Ministry of Social Policy and Youth RH, September 28th at the premises of CEDRA in Split, Tea Bubic and Josipa Ursic, volunteers of Domine, and also students of Philosophic Faculty of Split, Department of Sociology, presented the results of the research about experiences of young people in world of labor.

The research included around 70 young unemployed people aged 20 to 40 years and the goal was to explore the attitudes of unemployed to job search, communication of Croatian Employers' Association with the unemployed, the familiarity of young people with active measures for employment and means of informing and usage of them, and familiarity with the concepts of project cycle management, an area of work of civil society and the willingness to start their own business. The research results, which can be seen here in entirety, found that most respondents did not attend any additional training and is poorly informed about the terms of the EU projects, but recognizes the great importance of the same. Also, it showed that unemployed young people recognize the needs of the labor market, but they do not operate on a significant extent.

In continuation of the conference, there was discussion about the issue of youth entrepreneurship in Croatia, potential problems as well as opportunities for the development of the same, whereas in the total number of entrepreneurs in Croatia young people participate with only 3%. Based on the presentation of guests and panel discussion we can conclude that young people face barriers entering the labor market due to lack of experience, skills and competencies required and the inconsistencies of the education system and labor market needs. Entrepreneurs and private initiatives are generally perceived in negative light in Croatia, therefore it is necessary to promote an entrepreneurial culture and develop the entrepreneurial spirit of young people through the lifelong education for entrepreneurship ("entrepreneurs are created already in the kindergarten"). There is also highlighted the need for development of micro-system (NGO) which would support youth entrepreneurship by providing support during launching entrepreneurial activities. The key problem in starting their own business, young people recognize finance, underdeveloped of economic sector, complex legislation and high tax and other quasi-fiscal liabilities to the government. There is also emphasized the need to change the worldview in terms of the overall business climate that prevails in Croatia, specifically stigma and fear of failure, which results in the lack of initiative for risk-taking, which every entrepreneurial venture implies. The modern entrepreneurship requires innovation, creativity, initiative and persistence and good practice examples show that social entrepreneurship is not a current fashion, yet developed as a response to the needs of society and as such provides a realistic and broad opportunities for the development of youth entrepreneurship.
 

Project "Acceptance of the loss and mourning process - psychosocial support to those suffering from malignant diseases and families of the suffering''

"Acceptance ofthe loss and mourning process - psychosocial support to those suffering from malignant diseases and families of the suffering'' is the name of the one-year partnership project of Domine and Association for Palliative Care Split, which began with implementation on September 28th with the financial support of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Croatia.

As part of the project on October 2nd in Domine at the first meeting of the project team were defined the activities for the current period and dynamics of their implementation. During further implementation of the project will be held 22 lectures of which the first will be held by psychologist Linda Dina Veronika on October 14th at the premises of Domine, Bosanska 4.

Project activities also include individual counselling as a form of psychosocial support and other activities which's goal is sensitization of public for problem of palliative care, acceptance of loss and mourning. As this is the first project that was approved for Association for Palliative Care, one of the goals of the project is empowering and building the capacity of organization, achieving greater visibility of its work, promoting the association and the project itself. Association Domine and Association for Palliative Care have long-term cooperation and the first educations about palliative care were conducted in the premises of Domine in 2012.
 

Panel discussion about European social fond for SDC

Domine attended panel discussion on October 6th organized by Minister of labour and pension system in Split at University of Economics. The subject of the panel was „Project preparation and support to ESF users“ from EU Programme for Croatia – European social fund.

Operational programme “Efficient human potentials 2014-2020”, project application process and indicative year plan for call proposals were presented in order to submit project form OPEHR. Participants of the panel and organization representatives of the European social fond System for managing and control were discussing the role of the Local partnerships for employment in implementing OPEHR. Project “Preparation of the projects and support of ESF users” is implemented throughout Croatia from June 2014 to February 2016.

Main project partner is the Ministry of labour and pension system. Other project partners and beneficiaries are Ministry of social politics and youth, Ministry of science, education and sports, Croatian government Office for Cooperation with NGOs and all the potential beneficiaries of ESF.

The main project goal is improving Croatian capacity for efficient use of ESF funds bringing sufficient number of high quality projects. The three project components are informing and raising conscious of broad public about possibilities offered by ESF 2014-2020 (component 1), offering support to potential applicants/users in preparation of project proposals and gaining knowledge about ESF (component 2) and support in preparation and development of ESF projects.

Project is conducted by WYG international Ltd. in consortium with WYG Counselling d.o.o. i ESEP. This panel discussion gathered about thirty participants, representatives of institutions, local administration and civil organizations from Split and SDC.
 

Visit of LPB group

During their visit to Croatia from 4th to 13th October , about 20 members of the State Office for Political Education from Baden-Wurttemberg (LPB) province in Germany, on October 10th visited association Domine.

Visit of LPB group to Croatia aims to tour different parts of Croatia and its institutions, as well as representatives of civil society in order to get a more realistic insight into the political, social and economic situation in Croatia.

Domine have been chosen as the only feminist organization in Split and SDC and issues of their interest were the position of women in society and the condition in matters of divorce, abortion, divorce, domestic violence and violence against women, economical, political and psychological empowerment of women, ways of funding, projects and general functioning of civil society organizations in Croatia. LPB group visited, among others, the Mayor of Split, the Croatian Parliament, etc.

https://www.lpb-bw.de/lpb_index.html
 

Croatian Women's Network: Protest for termination of Vatican agreements

Croatian Women’s Network participated in the protest “Termination of Vatican agreements” held on Saturday, October 10th, at 13:00h at Cvjetni trg in Zagreb.

Protest under the name “Termination of Vatican agreements” organised by associations Protagora, LiberOs, Initiative „I am not a Believer“ and Movement for Secular Croatia – Voice of Sence. The goal of the protest was expressing antagonism to non-transparent financing of Church with the money of all citizens, religious education in the service of religious indoctrination and discrimination against citizens based on their worldviews.

The one-hour protest, which involved about 100 protesters passed without incident. The organizers invited religious citizens to support their demands, stressing that Croatia is a secular country in which all citizens have the same rights and obligations, while religious institutions have to respect laws like all other institutions.

https://www.facebook.com/events/629172217185985/

Lectures of Association for Palliative Care

On Wednesday, October 14th at 17.30 in the premises of Domine, Bosanska 4, lectures "Loss" and "Experience of loss of and tasks in the process of mourning" were held as a part of the project "Acceptance of loss and mourning process - psychosocial support to people suffering from cancer disease patients and families of the suffering".

The lectures were held by psychologist Linda Dina Veronika, member and associate of Association for Palliative Care Split. After the first set of lectures, she concluded that there is a huge interest for these topics, although resistance is great. Despite taboos and prejudices, importance of the topic of loss and mourning and the need for assistance is increasingly recognized. It is important to improve acceptance and contribute to functionality and operability of working with adults and also with the children.

The project is conducted by Association for Palliative Care Split in partnership with association Domine. This one-year project is funded by Ministry of Health, Republic of Croatia.
 

New project for young people by Dominoes

Dominoes signed with the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports contract for the project financing from the program area P1: Protection and promotion of human rights through education for responsible citizenship in a democratic society under the name "I choose - I decide!" which will be implemented in partnership with elementary school "Petar Berislavić“ from Trogir and "Petar Kanavelić“ from Korcula.

The project is a part of the non-formal education for boys and girls of grades 7 and 8 in elementary school for democracy and civil society in order to encourage social sensitivity among young people. Throughout the next 12 months of the project implementation in direct work with young people will be carried out numerous activities, including the cycle of educational and practical workshops in various areas (health, youth, ecology) through which young people will learn how to design and implement projects beneficial to the local community. In this way, the realized projects will be presented to the public at an exhibition in Split at the end of the project.

The contract with the MSES was signed in Zagreb, where was organized meeting by the Department for General Affairs of the programs under the Directorate for Standards, strategies and special programs of the Ministry. NGO representatives were addressed by the Head of the Sector M.Sc. Vera Sutalo and Ivana Pilko Cuncic, Head of Special Programmes, strategies and international cooperation who submitted detailed reports on the process of allocating funds to organizations for programs outside institutional education of children and youth. The meeting was attended by Assistant Minister Tanja Djakovic and sector representatives Daniela Orac, Ivana Pranic and Ivan Milanovic Litre.

From a total of 303 registered projects for implementation in this call were approved 266 projects in total amount of 8.8 million HRK. In the implementation of projects are included 500 educational institutions and 1000 volunteers. Most of the projects are implemented in the Zagreb area and the least in Zadar and Lika-Senj County. Most projects were approved in the area P2: Improving the quality of life of children and youth.

http://public.mzos.hr/Default.aspx?sec=1934 

El-fem Conference in Vienna

"Climate change and the refugee crisis - the perspectives of the feminist left on the two biggest challenges of our time" is the title of the three-day conference, held in Vienna from 23 to 25 November in organisation of El-fem. The conference was attended by Mirjana Kucer and Nina Simunovic from Dominoes, Silva Sumic from Women's Group Split and Nikolina Zec from organizations Izvor from Osijek as representatives of the Croatian Women's Network.

In the light of climate change as a result of reckless exploitation of natural resources and the forthcoming UN Conference COP21 in December in Paris, representatives from Finland, Denmark, Greece, Portugal, Germany, Austria and Moldova voiced criticism and feminist alternatives to the dominant neo-liberal economy. The so-called "refugee crisis" is also presented as a result of neo-liberalism that politically and socially destablised many areas in the world in favour of interests of capital by placing insurmountable limit to those whose lives are directly threatened by the consequences of these policies and are considered to be useless and undesirable for the interests of capital.

Feminist perspectives of the Left are presented and discussed through the themes "Women as victims of and solutions to climate change - why the" left "must learn about traditional ecological knowledge as a background for nature management", "Climate change as a feminist issue - critique of male dominance in science, economics and politics", "Gender and Climate Change "and "The strong left and feminist-oriented consumer policy as a political factor.". "Refugee crisis" was elaborated through the themes "Left feminist perspectives about refugee crisis – is Europe responsible?", "The limits to differences - the role of the nation state", "Where are the women - invisibility and refugees orientalism in Europe", "The refugee crisis from a feminist perspective ", "Refugee crisis from the perspective of Eastern Europe - the case of the Republic of Moldova "and "Refugee crisis in Greece and Europe ".

Also, the conference participants had the opportunity to listen to the talk by Vandana Shiva on "A good world for everyone". After the conference there was a meeting at which were agreed activities for the coming year, elected a new coordination group and discussed possibilities to further development of El-fem network.


http://www.frauensolidaritaet.org/vandana-shiva
 

Visiting "Bona Fide" in Pljevlja

During their study travel from 04 to 07 November Dominoes visited Center for women „Bona Fide" in Pljevlja in Montenegro. During the visit representatives of Dominoes and collegues from Montenegro exchanged precious experiences from their work with women .

As "Bona Fide" opened the first Shelter for women and children victims of domestic violence in Montenegro and is continously trying to provide psycho - social, legal and medical assistance to its users, mutually were considered a number of opportunities for further cooperation and development of projects related to social services and inovations.

"Bona Fide" is also very active in women's economic empowerment and development of women's entrepreneurship, so this also opens up many possibilities for further cooperation for the benefit of both organizations and their beneficiaries.

https://www.facebook.com/bonafide.pljevlja?fref=nf
 

Regional workshop in Split: The Europeanisation of Croatian Social Policy and Croatian Social Charter

Within the project "Europeanization of Croatian social policy and Croatian Social Charter" financed by the National Foundation for Civil Society Development, Dominoes representatives participated in the regional workshop "Europeanization of Croatian social policy", which was held on 12 November at the premises of the Association Healthy City.

After presenting the project focusing on new concepts and approaches in social policy, such as social entrepreneurship, social innovation, combined social policy, social investment and good governance, followed by an interesting panel discussion among workshop participants.

Among others, the workshop was attended by Helena Bandalovic, head of the Working Group on Health and Social Welfare in Split-Dalmatia County, Giordanoa Barbaric, president of the Association Bridge, Paula Rauzan from LDA Sisak and a representative of the Association for Protection of Consumer Rights "Dalmatian Consumer" Split.

The project is implemented by CERANEO - Centre for Development of Non-Profit Organizations in Zagreb in partnership with the Local Democracy Agency Osijek, Local Democracy Agency Sisak, Local Democracy Agency Brtonigla, and the Association Healthy City Split. The project aims to increase the capacity of stakeholders at the regional level to deal with the growing social risks in the context of the europeanization of croatian social policy.

 

Workshop for politicians "Alliances in politics - Women to Women"

On Saturday, 14 November at the premises of SDP in Split, Mirjana Kucer and Valerija Barada from Dominoes held their first one-day workshop entitled "Alliances in politics - Women to Women" in the framework of the project "Together to the place of political decision-making ".

The workshop was attended by over 30 participants, members of the Social Democratic Women's Forum SDP from Metkovic, Dubrovnik, Split, Sinj, Trogir, Kaštela and Solin from Split-Dalmatia and Dubrovnik-Neretva County, IX and X of the elective constituency.

Workshop "Alliances in politics - Women to Women" is the first in a series of three workshops, which will be conducted within the framework of this project in partnership of Social Democratic Party Women's Forumfor SD County and associations Dominoes. The workshop was interactive and dynamic in dealing with specific examples and experiences of women. Workshop leaders have tried to approach the notion of solidarity on an individual and collective level and raise awareness of the relationship and the status of women in politics. Most of the participants have already attended some of the trainings and one third of them is at positioned at various functions on the political decision-making local, regional and recently also national level.

A second workshop is planned in December on the theme of sexual and reproductive rights and will be held in Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

Coordinator of the project "Together into political decision-making" is SDWF SDP Split-Dalmatia County and its aim is to strengthen the awareness of women to take an active role in politics. This includes the women from SDWF SDP Split-Dalmatia and Dubrovnik-Neretva County and is carried out from 01 September 2015 until 01 March 2016.
 

Dominoes: Public action "Make a step forward towards a society free of violence against women!"

On Wednesday, 25 November, on the occasion of the International Day Against Violence Against Women and the International Campaign "16 days of activism against violence against women", Dominoes at Prokurative in Split from 11:00 am to 12:30 organized public action "Make a step forward towards a society free of violence against women".

Dominoes traditionally each year marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and this year's public action was aimed to raise the awareness of the citizens of the city of Split on the pervasive violence against women and the obligation of citizens to report violence and engage in a common struggle against violence, whose victims are mostly women. Action's aim was also advocacy for the ratification of the Istanbul Convention of the Council of Europe which Croatia signed in January 2012.

Action was conducted by activists and volunteers of Dominoes and dance club "Hot Chocolate" with choreography "Give me love".

In this way Dominoes snet a public invitation to all to come, support and join the action and thus contribute to creating a better society, a society free of violence against women. The final action in the framework of the campaign "16 Days of Activism" will be held on December 10 at the Marmont street in Split.

Video "Make a step towards a society free of violence against women"

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Domine Action: "Make step forward towards society free of violence against women!"

On Wednesday, 25 November, on the occasion of the International Day Against Violence Against Women and the International Campaign "16 days of activism against violence against women", Domine at Prokurative in Split from 11:00 am to 12:30 organized public action "Make a step forward towards society free of violence against women".

Domine traditionally, each year marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and this year's public action was aimed to raise the awareness of the citizens of the City of Split on the pervasive violence against women and the obligation of citizens to report violence and engage in a common struggle against violence, whose victims are mostly women. Also, this was joint action for the advocacy of the ratification of the Istanbul Convention of the Council of Europe which Croatia signed in January 2012.

In the action participated activists and volunteers of Domine and dance club "Hot Chocolate" with choreography "Give me love".

This way Domine sent public invitation to all citizens to come and support , join and thus contribute to creating a better society, a society free of violence against women. The final action in the framework of the campaign "16 Days of Activism" will be held on December 10 at the Marmont street in Split.

Video "Make a step towards a society free of violence against women"

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Campaign "Welcome to Croatia"

Domine on 25 November, with the public action "Make a step towards a society free of violence against women!" also supported the campaign "Welcome to Croatia" apealling on the Croatian Government's ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence in the family.

Campaign is carried out by the Center for Women War Victims - ROSA and Women's NGO Autonomous Women's House Zagreb, Centre for Civic Initiatives Porec, Delfin from Pakrac and Women's Association from Slavonski Brod.

Croatia has signed Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence in 2013, but has not yet ratified it. Violence against women is still a major problem in Croatia and necessarily we need changes in the legal framework to address this problem. The Convention is an international treaty and a comprehensive legal framework that will be applied on all forms of violence against women to ensure the prevention of violence, the immediate protection of women from violence, to prosecute and punish the perpetrators of violence as well as an efficient and effective system of monitoring the implementation of the provisions of the Convention.
Campaign "Welcome to Croatia" started on 25 November on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which is also the beginning of a global campaign "16 days of activism against violence against women" which lasts until 10 December , International Human Rights Day. With the support of around 200 organizations from the region the campaign is carried out in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Slovenia and Serbia.

Visit potpisujem.org and find out how you can join and support the campaign.

http://www.potpisujem.org/hr/
 

16 Days of Activism: Lecture "Make a step towards a society free of violence against women"

On Wednesday, 02 December, Domine organised a lecture titled "Make a step towards a society free of violence against women". Lecture is given by psychologist Linda Dina Veronica and Mirjana Kucer from Domine about the psychological and legal counseling for women who suffer domestic violence and how to identify and to get out of abusive relationships.

The lecture was attended by 14 participants In addition to the above mentioned topics is presented the Convention against violence against women and the need for its ratification by the Croatian Government. At the lecture was read a story that shows domestic violence, then the psychologist Veronika, as head of the Counseling center operating in Dominoes, spoke about the violence and the experience of working with users.

The lecture was held in the framework of the International Campaign "16 days of activism against violence against women" that Domine traditionally support every year from November 25 to December 10.
 

Panel discussion: Status of women's human rights in Croatia today

Organized by the Croatian Women's Network o 26 November at the "Dubrovnik" in Zagreb Domine participated in the panel discussion entitled "The situation of women's human rights in Croatia today". At the panel members of Croatian Women's Network open debated on the state of women's human rights and the comments and recommendations of the UN Committee of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, and the new National Policy for the Promotion of Gender Equality.

The debate was opened shortly before the formation of decision-making bodies in the country that has the obligation of implementation of recommendations of the CEDAW Committee on the basis of the comments and recommendations of the UN Committee on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and the new National Policy for the Promotion of Gender Equality. The speakers expressed their concern and awareness of the fact that women's human rights in Croatia are threatened by the dominant influence of the church, which is imposed upon women's reproductive role as the only socially desirable and acceptable, the failure of the concept of gender equality and the lack of political will for real advancement of women and the fact that women's rights are not a priority policy in Croatia.

http://www.libela.org/vijesti/6815-dobrodosli-e-u-hrvatsku-zemlju-u-kojoj-su-zene-sustavno-diskriminirane-na-svim-p/

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Three-day workshop: Advocating policies to promote women's rights

Organized by the Croatian Women's Network and the Platform feminist solidarity for fundamental rights as part of the Platform of EWL for Central Europe, the Balkans and the Baltics, in Zagreb on 26-28 November was held a three-day workshop with the theme "Advocacy Policy for the Promotion of Women's Rights" at which participated representatives of Domine as a member of CWN.

The workshop program consisted of several sessions and started with a public debate "The State of Women's Human Rights in Croatia" with the practical examples of advocacy to representatives from institutions and political parties to implement the recommendations of international bodies for the protection of women's human rights and the launch of the current campaign. With moderation by Biserka Momcinovic, lectures were held by Mirjana Kucer, Adriana Bego, Bojana Genov, Valentina Andrasek, Sanja Juras, Ramiz Memedi, Katarina Perkovic and Sanja Bezbradica-Jelavic. Besides CWN this discussion included representatives of numerous organizations, institutions and individuals active in the field of women's human rights.

The workshop considered a number of problems and challenges for the establishment of women's human rights and a review of public policies and attitudes of women's organizations in Croatia to raise awareness and knowledge on the use of international mechanisms and recommendations for improving the status of women in Croatia. Workshop topics also were the models and methods of advocacy for women's participation in political life (quotas, preferential voting), the ratification and implementation of the Istanbul Convention Against Violence Against Women (regional campaign), advocating for the rights of working women (Stop unpaid work!) and the application of the General recommendations of the UN CEDAW Committee and the UN Committee on Human Rights, as well as reproductive and sexual rights (safe and accessible abortion, contraception availability) and a secular state in the protection of women's rights.

The last day of the workshop included the work on the means of action and advocacy of women's international advocacy networks: European Women's Lobby Observatory on Violence against Women and the Task Force Platform CEBBS (Nela Pamukovic), Nobel Women's Initiative (Rada Boric), ILGA (Sanja Juras,) WAVE - Women Against Violence Against Women in Europe (Valentina Andrasek), European Initiative for a different Europe, IFE-EFI and El-Fem (Mirjana Kucer) and AGORA - The European summer feminist school. The workshop has completed its work on the establishment of the position (position papers) on topics: surrogate motherhood, prostitution and pornography, and the gender dimension of the refugee crisis.

The work of Platforms feminist solidarity for fundamental rights is financially is supported by the Croatian National Foundation for Civil Society Development.
 

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Domine: Workshop "Feminism - what do I have to do with it?"

Domine on 05-06 December organized two-day workshop '' Feminism – what do I have to do with it?'' for young girls and women with the aim of thinking about women's issues and the importance of feminism.

The workshop was attended by 20 participants. Presenters of the workshop were Mirjana Kucer, feminist activist, executive coordinator of the association 'Dominoe for promotion of women's rights, Ph.D. Valeria Barada, assistant professor at the Department of Sociology, University of Zadar, whose primary scientific interests are women and the family, work and profession, social theory and the theory of qualitative research and Ph.D. Dubravka Crnojevic-Caric, playwrighter employed at the Academy of Drama Arts in Zagreb, where among other things she teaches feminist theory and drama writing and feminist theory and performing arts in Croatia.

The workshop was held within the project "MIA - Young and active together for a sustainable community" whose implementation is suppotred by the City of Split.
 

Panel discussion "Development of strategic projects LPE SDZ - launching county intersectoral platform for social investment, active social policy and employment"

Domine, as a member of the LPE SDZ County participated in the panel discussion "Development of strategic projects LPE SDZ"organized by Local Employment Partnerships and stakeholders to launch the county intersectoral platform for social investment, active social policy and employment, which was held in Split on December 4 at the premises of the EFST Split.

Invited participants were all interested members of the LPE, centers, organizations and associations of social welfare and education systems, social entrepreneurship and others interested in this subject. In opening greeting Maja Fredotovic from the Faculty of Economics in Split stressed that social entrepreneurship is still unexplored concept for 23000 students at the University of Split who are still illiterate in terms of entrepreneurship and only 2% of them show entrepreneurial tendencies at the end of the study. Volunteering and social entrepreneurship are unknown in the educational syste and the laws are not explicit, so that the inclusion of students in these activities could be an invitation to associations. Ranko Milic from CEDRA Split in almost one-hour presentation introduced the topic of today's meeting, explaining why the subject should be placed in the focus of the local community and how we need to be aware that we are co-creators of concepts of social innovation, social investments as well as active employment measures. He also reminded that social innovation is the priority in social policy in the period from 2014-2020 in the EU. Guests from Poland and England presented their experiences and called for partnership with foreign stakeholders and compared the state of the labor market and the civil sector in Croatia and their countries. Elena Gudelj from CES Split emphasized that they follow social changes that accompany the changes in the labor market and spoke about active employment measures. After discussion, the participants agreed that Croatia needs a lot more to do, but also that there are preconditions for the development of social entrepreneurship and that it is a challenge to work together on it.

One of the goals of future work is also creation of an informal platform for cross-sectoral integration policies and measures and the promotion of social innovations and social investment and the establishment of the scientific and educational framework for dealing with ways to prepare and support the preparation of projects in this sector.

In addition to presenting the project Humana Nova Split, this was an opportunity for expressions of interest and proposals for projects and ESF EaSI.
 

16 Days of Activism: Domine's Public action on International Human Rights Day

On Wednesday, 10 December, on the occasion of International Human Rights and the International Campaign "16 days of activism against violence against women," Domine in Marmont Street in Split from 11:00 am to 12:30 organized public action " Make a step towards a society free of violence against women ".

Domine has traditionally been active during the International Campaign "16 Days of Activism" and this year's public action on Dec 10, in addition to the action held on 25 November at the International Day Against Violence Against Women, was aimed to raise the awareness of the citizens of the City of Split about pervasive violence against women and the obligation of citizens to report violence and engage in a common struggle against violence, whose victims are mostly women. Also, the action was aimed and advocating for the ratification of the Istanbul Convention of the Council of Europe which Croatia signed in January 2012.

In the action, with the association Domine, participated also the Association for Palliative Care Split. On the International Day of Human Rights, the Association for Palliative Care informed the public about their activities and the project "The acceptance of loss and mourning process," which is implemented in partnership with the Association of Domine.

http://infozona.hr/kalendar/dogadaj/2015/12/10/mar/44543?

http://heyevent.com/event/zm3cnyidp5poqa/napravi-korak-naprijed-prema-drustvu-slobodnom-od-nasilja-nad-zenama
 

IFE EFI: Peace Conference "Peace in the eastern and western neighborhood"

The representative of the Domina, as members of the European Feminist Initiative IFE EFI, attended the Peace Conference "Peace in the eastern and western neighborhoods" by the IFE EFI organized in Brussels on 10th and December 11th.

The conference dealt with policies in the neighboring environment, alternative visions and approaches in creating a fair, peace and solidarity policy in the eastern and western Euro-med environment with presentations by guests and visitors from Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, Tunisia and Western Sahara and Belarus , Russia, Ukraine and the EU member states from Eastern Europe, and topics that are exhibited, among others, the migration policy, policies related to the left, women and peace movements, political, social and economic dimensions of policy, and NATO doctrine and policy as the trigger for a new Cold War.

The speakers stressed the responsibility of the EU for netransparetnost policy and that is precisely where lie the reasons of the current crisis. After 10 years, the European policy of the neighborhood (ENP) failed to offer a credible alternative and shaped the answers that were expected to residents of many eastern countries and their inhabitants did not help in establishing democratic systems which are sought. In their opinion, the EU was not a peace agent in his neighborhood ,, already led to economic and political destabilization of many countries, while economic policies shaped in line with EU economic laws without the participation of neighboring countries in their formation.

The message of the conference is that the relations between the EU and neighboring countries must be based on a spirit of cooperation, solidarity and mutual benefit and respect for the choices of each sovereign state in line with its external, economic and social policy and structural changes should be consistent with national circumstances. Also, the cultural element must be equally present, and not just economic and militaristic.

The final debate of the conference particularly highlighted the views of alternative approaches in the neighborhood policy, particularly with regard to the left, women and peace movements.

http://www.efi-ife.org/ 

Workshop: "My body - my decision - sexual and reproductive rights of women in Croatia today"

Domine on 14 December in Split held a workshop entitled "My body - my decision - sexual and reproductive rights of women in Croatia today" which is the second one in the series of workshops within the project "Together to the place of political decision-making" for membersv of the Presidency of SDFZ SDP SDZ and President of the Forum organization SDFZ SDP SDZ (Kastela, Makarska, Omis, Solin, Split, Supetar, Trogir) and President of the Forum organization SDFZ SDP SDZ(Dubrovnik, Metkovic, Ploce)

.The workshop was attended by 30 participants and the themes of sexual and reproductive rights through the theme of a woman's body, patriarchal model of the church and theme surrogate motherhood, prostitution and the right to abortion are presented by PdD Valeria Barada and Mirjana Kucer (Domine).

The coordinator of the project "Together into political decision-making" is SDFZ SDP of Split-Dalmatia County, and is implemented in partnership with the Domine and SDFZ SDP Dubrovnik - Neretva County.
 

Completed cycle of workshops " Writing of EU projects "

On Tuesday, 15 December at Domine were handed diplomas to participants of cycle of workshops "Writing of EU projects ". The cycle lasted for three months and was intended for unemployed women and young people and was held regularly every Tuesday and Thursday, from 10 to 12 hours at the premises of Domine. The cycle was successfully completed by 9 participants and diplomas were handed to them by the workshop leader Mirjana Kucer.

The cycle of workshops included the management of projects from EU funds, which includesall phases of preparation and implementation of the project through informal and interactive approach in developing specific project ideas.

The next cycle of workshops " Writing of EU projects " Domine intend to organize talso in he next 2016 years, which we will announcedi on our web site .
 

Dominoes : New email address!

Dear members, friends, co-workers, colleagues, beneficiaries, supporters and all others,

Hereby Association Domine wants to alert you that from the email address of association Domine domine.split@gmail.com this morning to all addresses was sent mail with the message with requesting money. Please, ignore this mail, because it was not sent by the association and it should be regarded as "spam" message, since this email address was hacked this morning.

Also, we hereby inform you that we will no longer use this address in the future. New mail address of Association Domine is now udrugadomine@gmail.com along with other existing email address domine@domine.hr .

Thank you for understanding!
 

Counseling center for victims of domestic violence - Domine, Split

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From now on you can follow Counseling center for victims of domestic violence at Association Domine on the FB page at the above link. Counselling center operates in the premises of Domine at Bosanska 4 in Split since 2004 and is primarily intended for women victims of violence. Counseling is free and anonymous.

Counseling center FB page is created to provide the widest possible access to information related to the topics of all forms of violence against women. The page is open for all interested and those who want to contact us can do so also by email  savjetovaliste.udrugadomine@gmail.com or by telephone 021 537 272.
 

Domine wishes you happy and succesful New 2016 Year!

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Croatian Women’s Network action: We are not going back to illegal abortion!

Triggered by the information that the Constitutional Court is, after 24 years, ready for discussion on a proposal to review the constitutionality of the Law on Health Care Measures for the realization of the right to freedom to procreate children from 1978 which was forwarded to the Court in 1991 by Croatian Movement for Life and the Family, on 29 December at 11:55 in front of the Constitutional Court at St. Mark's Square in Zagreb Women's Network Croatian held a protest action "We are not going back to illegal abortion!".

The action was supported and joined by the Center for Civil Courage, Libertarian activists, Workers' Front and other organizations.

On this occasion the Croatian Women's Network submitted to the Constitutional Court a letter in which it warns that the current law is in compliance with all international agreements, in particular with the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and the recommendations made by the Committee this year as given by the UN Monitoring Convention. This action once again highlighted concerns about the impact of religion on the secular character of the state and its laws. The Women's Network is expected that the Constitutional Court will take into account the Resolution "Women and religion in Europe" and will not allow demands for a ban on abortion rights, which come from the ranks of the Catholic Church, affecting the constitutional order of the Republic of Croatia.

CWN letter handed over to the Constitutional Court in its entirety you can read here and more about the protest at St. Mark's Square you can read at the following links, as reported by numerous media in Croatia and the region.
 


http://net.hr/danas/hrvatska/zenska-mreza-ne-zeli-ocjenu-legalnosti-pobacaja/#1

http://www.index.hr/vijesti/clanak/muskarac-upao-na-prosvjed-za-pravo-na-pobacaj-pa-vikao-borim-se-za-vase-duse/865176.aspx

http://lupiga.com/hiperlink/akcija-pred-ustavnim-sudom-necemo-natrag-na-ilegalni-pobacaj

http://hr.n1info.com/a93816/Vijesti/Akcija-u-Zagrebu-Necemo-natrag-na-ilegalan-pobacaj.html

http://www.tportal.hr/vijesti/hrvatska/410303/Hoce-li-se-Ustavni-sud-htjeti-oduprijeti-Crkvi.html

http://vijesti.hrt.hr/263855/prosvjed-necemo-natrag-na-ilegalan-pobacaj

http://www.h-alter.org/vijesti/akcija-pred-ustavnim-sudom-necemo-natrag-na-ilegalan-pobacaj

http://www.index.hr/vijesti/clanak/aktivistice-s-markova-trga-porucile-necemo-natrag-na-ilegalan-pobacaj/865176.aspx

http://www.voxfeminae.net/vijestice-list/najave/item/9162-akcija-pred-ustavnim-sudom-necemo-natrag-na-ilegalan-pobacaj

http://www.dalmacijanews.hr/clanak/i7la-necemo-natrag-na-ilegalan-pobacaj#/clanak/i7la-necemo-natrag-na-ilegalan-pobacaj

http://www.24sata.hr/politika/upao-na-prosvjed-za-pobacaj-i-vikao-borim-se-za-vase-duse-454107

http://net.hr/danas/hrvatska/zenska-mreza-ne-zeli-ocjenu-legalnosti-pobacaja/#1

http://m.novi.ba/clanak/48557/hrvatska-protesti-pred-ustavnim-sudom-zbog-najave-smanjenja-prava-na-abortus

https://www.pixsell.hr/agencija/pxl-standard-news/zagreb-na-prosvjedu-protiv-zabrane-pobacaja-protuprosvjednik-dosao-spasiti-duse-aktivisticama-galerija-549302/

http://www.dnevno.hr/vijesti/hrvatska/upao-na-prosvjed-borim-se-za-vase-duse-prosvjeduje-se-da-se-nastavi-ubijanje-najmanjih-875617

http://www.ezadar.hr/clanak/udruge-zabrana-pobacaja-vratila-bi-hrvatsku-u-kameno-doba

http://www.jutarnji.hr/zenska-mreza-hrvatske-predala-dopis-ustavnom-sudu-protiv-zabrane-prava-na-pobacaj/1488399/

http://www.seebiz.eu/zenska-mreza-hrvatske-predala-dopis-ustavnom-sudu-protiv-zabrane-prava-na-pobacaj/ar-127012/

http://balkans.aljazeera.net/vijesti/pitanje-abortusa-ponovo-goruca-tema-u-hrvatskoj

CWN: Letter to mandatar Oreskovic

Croatian Women's Network on 09 January sent a letter mandatary Oreskovic in which it calls for protecting women's rights and not to appoint Ante Corusic, Stephen Sterc and Boris Kunst as ministers in new Croatian Government.

In the context of negotiations over the formation of the government, CWN is concerned about the announcement of the possibility of abolishing the law that provided basic women's rights to sexual and reproductive health, in particular the right to freely decide on giving birth to children and artificially assisted reproduction. Thus, in its letter CWN invites mandatar Oreskovic that in deciding on the choice of members of the new Government takes into account gender equality and that into Government and other state bodies do not introduce people who in their present actions and statements indicated their intention to reduce already achieved level of gender equality and women's human rights.

Such notice CWN is considering dangerous and opposite to the constitutional value of gender equality and equality of all citizens of the Republic of Croatia. That is also opposite to the international conventions to which Croatia bonds implementation, primarily the United Nations' Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women "(CEDAW, 1979) and the Council of Europe Resolution 1464 (2005) "Women and Religion in Europe".

Croatian Women's Network also sent this letter to the leaders of the Patriotic Coalition, Tomislav Karamarko and Most, Christmas Petrov.


WNC letter to mandatar Oreskovic

 

From the media:

http://www.index.hr/vijesti/clanak/apel-zenske-mreze-hrvatske-oreskovicu-corusic-kunst-i-sterc-ne-mogu-biti-ministri/867190.aspx

http://www.vecernji.hr/hrvatska/zenska-mreza-hrvatske-oreskovicu-vodite-racuna-o-rodnoj-ravnopravnosti-1050808

http://www.hrt.hr/316670/vijesti/zenska-mreza-hrvatske-poslala-otvoreno-pismo-oreskovicu

http://20minuta.hr/hrvatska/zenska-mreza-hrvatske-uputila-pismo-oreskovicu/34678/

http://www.dalmacijanews.hr/clanak/0ww7-zenska-mreza-hrvatske-pise-oreskovicu-ne-zelimo-da-corusic-sterc-i-kunst-budu-ministri#/clanak/0ww7-zenska-mreza-hrvatske-pise-oreskovicu-ne-zelimo-da-corusic-sterc-i-kunst-budu-ministri

http://zagrebin.hr/zenska-mreza-oreskovicu-porucila-da-ne-zele-corusica-kunsta-i-sterca/

http://www.glas-slavonije.hr/290192/1/HDZ-predlaze-svoje-ministre-Oreskovic-ima-pravo-na-veto

http://voxfeminae.net/vijestice-list/itemlist/
 

The forum "for" and "against" the right to abortion

Domine on January 28 participated in the discussion on the right to abortion, organized at "Youth club" by the youth association of students „SplitMisli ". Along with representative of Domine, Mirjana Kucer, the forum also hosted Dr. Matko Marusic, a writer and professor of physiology of Split School of Medicine and Damir Mandic, a theologian and a representative of the coordinating team of international ecumenical prayer initiative for the unborn ''40 Days for Life' '.

Guests elaborated their observations and opinions on the topic in front of around a hundred of listeners, who after their presentations expressed their views on the subject and asked questions. It is interesting that, despite the different positions, most of those present agreed that a direct ban on abortion and the denial of rights to women for safe and accessible abortion will not bring anything good to the society.

"The ban is not the answer", Kucer explained. "The solution is in adequate training and introduction of sex education appropriate to the age of children and pregnancy planning and raising awareness as well as the level of responsibility of all individuals at all levels in society."
 

Zagreb: Panel discussion on human rights and anti-discrimination in sport

At the invitation of the International Network for Anti-discrimination and social inclusion in football (FARE Network), Domine participated in the round table on human rights, anti-discrimination and football, which took place on January 28 in Zagreb.

The round table brought together non-governmental organizations, journalists, representatives of fan clubs and groups and representatives of associations and activist that the focus their activities on promotion and protection of human rights of women, LGBT and minority groups.

Karmela Segvic from Domine spoke about discrimination against women in sport and said that women in sports, especially football, are always in the background of men, and she pointed out the fact that the sport today is primarily related to money and how women's volleyball and football Women's Club Split lost the financial support of the city and county, despite the achieved quality sports results.
 

http://faktor.ba/fare-network-u-zagrebu-nacionalizam-je-stalno-prisutan-na-hrvatskim-stadionima/

Educational workshop for volunteers: "Food as response to psychological hunger"

As part of the project „Psychological help to those suffering from malignant diseases andtheir families“ supported by the Ministry of Health, the Association for palliative care Split in partnership with Domine organized in the premises of the Domine in Friday, January 29 free training for volunteers and all others who are interested.

The workshop "Food as response to psychological hunger" was attended by 15 volunteers and this workshop belongs to the series of workshops on prevention and improving the quality of life. After completing the training volunteers will receive a certificate and employment assistance. We shall inform you about terms of future workshops.
 

Dubrovnik: Forum "Women, politics and decision-making"

Within the partnership project SDFW SDP Split-Dalmatia and Dubrovnik-Neretva County and Domine "Together to the place of the political decision-making" in hotel "Park" in Dubrovnik on January 30 was organized a panel discussion entitled "Women, politics and decision-making".

Analysis of the election results due to the placement of women was presented by Tatjana Simac Bonacic, Deputy Mayor of Dubrovnik and Maja Krcun, president of the Women's Forum SDP SDZ and Mirjana Kucer from Domine talked generally about the situation of women in Croatia.

The panel was attended by members of Women's Forum SDP Split-Dalmatia (Brac, Makarska, Omiš, Solin, Split, Supetar, Trogir) and Dubrovnik-Neretva County (Dubrovnik, Metkovic, Ploce). The aim of the project "Together to the place of the political decision-making" is aimed to empower and raise awareness of women to take an active role in politics. The project is implemented since 01 September 2015 until 01 March 2016.
 

CWN: Open letter to Prime Minister Oreskovic

Concerned over the increasingly frequent attacks on human rights and civil society organizations by the members of the newly formed Government , Croatian Women's Network on January 29 forwarded to the premiere Oreskovic open letter warning him of the obligation to protect the fundamental values of the Constitution: freedom, equality, national equality and gender quality, peace, social justice, respect for human rights and the rule of law, especially human rights of lesbians and gays.
In an open letter, CWN is asking Prime Minister Oreskovic to react on the recent attacks on civil society organizations from the Croatian Parliament to stop the influx of spreading hate and witch-hunt directed at minorities and vulnerable sections of society and organizations dealing with their protection.
 

Workshop for mobile teams for combating human trafficking

Organized by the Government Office for Human Rights and National Minorities, the Ministry of Social Policy and Youth and the Ministry of Health at the Centre for Social Welfare in Split on February 4 was hels workshop for members of mobile teams and county health coordinators for the suppression of human trafficking.

The workshop, which was attended by two members of the Domine, elaborated the system of combating human trafficking, standard operating procedures, the system of support to victims and witnesses, victims' rights and elements of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking, especially women and children, supplementing the UN Convention s against Transnational organized crime. The speakers were representatives of the Office for Human rights and national minorities of the Croatian Government, Department of the criminal police, the Ministry of social policy and youth, Ministry of health, Ministry of Justice and the Center for women war victims Rosa.
 

Gordana Sobol received representatives of the Croatian Women's Network

At the initiative of the Croatian Women's Network, president of the Parliamentary Committee for Gender Equality, Gordana Sobol, organized on February 9 meeting with representatives of CWN.

The theme of the meeting was the general position of women in Croatia and disscussion about issues on which the Committee and women from the NGO sector could cooperate, such as the problem of violence against women, ratification of the Istanbul Convention, the Law on Protection from Domestic Violence, financing of women's shelters and the question of preserving and improving the levels reached in sexual and reproductive rights of women.

Special attention was given to the political participation of women and the fact that the proportion of women in the 8th Croatian Parliament currently is only at 20 percent. Therefore, the meeting discussed the possibilities for cooperation and joint activities in regard to the next local elections in 2017 in order to ensure respecting and consistent implementation of the Law on Gender Equality, which is the common conclusion from the Committee president Gordana Sobol and representatives of the Women's Network.
 

Workshop for SDFW SDP: "Unpaid work"

On Friday, 12 February, representatives of Domine, Mirjana Kucer and Valerija Barada held a one-day workshop in Split called "Unpaid work" within the framework of the project "Together to the place of the political decision-making“.

Workshop was attended by members of the Social Democratic Women's Forum SDP from Metkovic, Dubrovnik, Split, Sinj, Trogir, Kastela and Solin from Split-Dalmatia and Dubrovnik-Neretva County, IX and X of the ellective constituency.

Workshop "Unpaid work" is the last in a series of three workshops, which were conducted in the framework of this project in partnership with two County organization SDFW SDP and association Domine. Most of the participants have already attended some of the training and the third consisted of variety of functions in the political decision-making at local, regional, and more recently, on the national level.

The coordinator of the project "Together to the place of political decision-making" is SDFW SDP Split-Dalmatia County and its aim is to strengthen the awareness of women to take an active role in politics. The project involved women from SDFW SDP Split-Dalmatia and Dubrovnik-Neretva County and is implemented from 01 September 2015 until 01 March 2016.
 

Ombudsman for Gender Equality introduced a new EU project

At the invitation of the Ombudsman for Gender Equality of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, Visnja Ljubicic, Domine representatives attended the presentation of the new EU project, which took place on 16 February at the Croatian Parliament.

A new project "Toward real equality between men and women: reconciliation of work and family life" is financed by the REC (Rights, Equality and Citizenship) of the European Commission and the umbrella theme of the project is economic empowerment of women. The carrier the project is Ombudsman for Gender Equality and project partners are the Croatian National Theatre in Split, the Association of Words / Real / Performances and MAMFORCE . The project is supported by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports and the Ministry of Business and Trade.

The main objectives are, as stressed by the Ombudsman, the elimination of gender stereotypes, imposed gender roles and "male" and "female" professions, harmonization of family and working life for women and men, elimination of inequalities within the family, education of employers about the importance of senzible access to mothers and promotion of the active role of fathers in the formative years of the child's development.

Opening statement was given by the President of the Committee for Gender Equality of the Croatian Parliament, Gordana Sobol. In addition to the Ombudsman, the project was presented by the director of the Theatre in Split, Goran Golovko, head of the EU funds in the CNT Split, Vicki Bilandzic, actor Zijah Sokolović from partner organizations Words / Real / Performances and Jadranka Huljev, on behalf of the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports and Bozena Gajica Uzelac on behalf of the Ministry of Business and Trade, the two ministries that are willing, each of its competence, to support the project and allow the implementation of activities.
 

Zagreb : Workshop and Conference on women victims of gender-based violence

As part of the program of "Strengthening women's civil society organizations to spread the service of assistance and support to women survivors of various forms of gender-based violence ", Domine on 17 and 18 February in Zagreb attended the workshop and conference organized by the Center for Women War Victims ROSA.

The main theme of the workshop held on February 17 was the Family Law, while the conference presented the cooperation of organizations and institutions in providing assistance and support to women victims of gender-based violence and discrimination. Practices were presented by representatives of the Autonomous Women's House Zagreb, Centre for Support and Development of Civil Society "Delfin" Pakrac, Women's Association "Nit" Korenica and association "Domine" presented the latest research data on women victims of violence and victims of domestic violence in Dalmatia in 2015.
 

Zagreb: Workshop on Impact of Assessment of regulations

Domine on 19 February attended a workshop on the assessment of the effects of regulations in the framework of the "Capacity development of civil society organizations to integrate human rights into public policies" implemented by the Croatian Law Centre in partnership with the Center for Women War Victims - ROSA, Croatian Red Cross, HOMO Association for human rights and civil freedoms Pula, Serbian democratic Forum, Women's Room and the Center for sexual rights in cooperation with the Office for human rights and national minorities of the Croatian Government and the Legislative Office of the Government.

The main speaker was Boris Zelenika, adviser at the Legislative Office of the Government and work included policy analysis, public consultations in the area of Regulatory Impact of Assessment and the practical application of the analysis of the effects on the analysis of the same basic human rights in the context of the analysis of the social effects of the law, as well as finding basic guidelines for defining advocacy positions during the public consultation and the possibility of practical application of Regulatory impact assessment.
 

Multimedia event Women's Days in Golden Gate 2016

By opening a multimedia event Women's Days in Golden Gate on Friday, March 4, Domine, in addition to other activities, mark this year's International Women's Day. In partnership with the Centre for Lifelong Learning and Culture Golden Gate, the League for the Prevention of Addiction Split and associations Phoenix and Anst, Women's Days in Golden Gate began the opening of the exhibition "Split feminism in retro(per)spective” and Women's Fair "Do it yourself" at the Centre for Culture and Lifelong Learning Golden Gate in Diocletian's street 7, Split.

The exhibition was opened by Helena Petrinovic from the Golden Gate, Mirjana Kucer from Domine and Maja Krstic from the League for the Prevention of Addiction. The opening was also attended by the appropriate program for the occasion by the choir "Friends" and event's was recorded by TV Jadran and journalist Anna Krolo. As part of this year's event, which lasts from 04 to 11 March will be shown 5 films within Women’s weekend, a fair of non-profit women's entrepreneurship and the public exhibition of posters which aims to emphasize the continuity of the struggle for women's civil and other rights in Split. The author of the exhibition "Split feminism in retro(per)spective" is Nina Simunovic from Domine.

Multimedia event "Women's Days in Golden Gate" Domine, in cooperation with partners, is regularly organized for several years with the aim of celebrating International Women's Day and the promotion of women's creativity, entrepreneurship and activism. We started 10 years ago, and this is the sixth joint event and the third annual event organized in partnership. This year's event, the sixth, which lasts from 04 to 11 March, brings the following content:

Exhibition SPLIT FEMINIZAM IN RETRO(PER)SPECTIVE
Domine Split, 04 - 11 March
exhibition opening in the Friday, March 4 at 18:00

Women's Fair DO IT YOURSELF
League for the Prevention of Addiction Split
04 - March 5

Cycle Women's Film WOMEN’S WEEKEND
Center for Culture and Continuing Education Golden Gate

Friday, March 4 - 20:00 BROOKLYN (2015), John Crowley, 111 min.
Saturday, March 5 - 17:30 BROOKLYN (2015), John Crowley, 111 min., 20:00 BROOKLYN (2015), John Crowley, 111 min.
Monday, March 7 - 17:30 strange love affair with the ego (2015), Ester Gould, 93 min., 20:00 CAROL (2015), Todd Haynes, 118 min.

Welcome!
 

Why we celebrate International Women's Day?

Why we celebrate International Women's Day? Around the world, International Women's Day marks the celebration of the economic, social, cultural and political achievements of women.
International Women's Day is the story of ordinary women who have marked the history. As long as women are not equally represented in the representative bodies of government, professional and economy life, they will not have equal rights and equal suffrage! This is written on the flyer that we shared in the streets of Split in 2004.
These were the beginnings of the times when people needed to be reminded that March 8 is not only a socialist, but also an international day that marks the continuity of the struggle of women for equality.
Struggle to emerge from the shadow, to stop being the second in the private and in the public sphere.
Today, when it became socially acceptable to mark this day, it should be recalled that this is a war for unfulfilled rights, the day when we raise our voice as WOMEN HAVE ENOUGH of violations and disrespect of women's rights! On March 8, women have the right to leave their houses, their working places, go out to the streets, occupy public spaces, whether to celebrate or to protest, because as long as we are not equally represented and visible in all spheres of society, we are not equal!
 

Education for volunteers: "Against stress and burnout syndrome at work"

As part of the “Psychological help to those suffering from malignant diseases and their families' Association for palliative care Split Dominoes on Friday, 04 March, organized at Domine the third training for its volunteers and those interested to become volunteers.

The workshop "Against stress and burnout syndrome at work" was attended by a dozen volunteers and was conducted in the framework of the project “Psychological help to those suffering from malignant diseases and their families” supported by the Ministry of Health and is implemented by the Association for palliative Care Split in partnership with Domine.
 

European Commission initiated the process of ratification of the Istanbul Convention Against Violence Against Women

European Union has initiated the process of ratification of the Istanbul Convention of the Council of Europe, a comprehensive international agreement on combating violence against women and domestic violence, It was published on 07 March in the Statement of the European Commission, just a day before International Women's Day.

"This is a remarkable step of the European Commission and clear message that violence can not be tolerated. The hesitation of the Commission in drafting the Strategy for Gender Equality for us in the Committee for Gender Equality has already proven that the Commission has put women's rights low on the agenda, but the fact that every day in EU seven women dies of violence can not be ignored!", commented MEP Biljana Borzan.

We are reminding that Borzan was among MEPs who launched an initiative to the Commission to designate the 2017 European Year of combating violence against women which has provided 413 signatures, which is more than half the MEPs.

The campaign, which lasted for three months, constantly reminded MEPs on black statistics. A third of women in the European Union has experienced physical or sexual abuse, of which 22 percent of cases by the partners. Nevertheless, it is estimated that only 20 percent of violence is reported to the police. And in those rare cases when it comes to applications, only every second victim is satisfied with the final outcome.

"Although the first resolution which the European Parliament on the violence against women voted back in 1986, at the European level yet there is no strategy, let alone a law that condemns such violence. I am pleased that the Commission heard a critical message from the European Parliament and has taken this step", said Borzan.

After accession of the Convention, the EU and its Member States, within the respective powers, will guarantee the implementation of a series of rights and obligations that protect women (criminalization of gender-based violence, the availability of shelters, support by phone ...).
 

Training for volunteers "Psychological help to those suffering from malignant diseases and their families"

In the premises of Domine, Bosanska 4 , on Friday, 18 March at 17:30, workshop was held for the volunteers as a continuation of educational program within the project „Psychological help those suffering from malignant diseases and their families“ that is implemented by the Association for palliative care Split in partnership with Domine.

After a series of lectures on prevention and healthy lifestyles, starts the second thematic cycle on communication with patients and their family members. The workshop was led by psychologist Linda Dina Veronika. The project „Psychological help to those suffering from malignant diseases and their families“ is supported by the Ministry of Health and is implemented in Split until September  

Dismantling: "You are not born a woman, you become a woman"

At the City Library "Marko Marulic" on Wednesday, March 23, Domine participated in the panel discussion Dismantling: „You are not born a woman, you become a woman". At the invitation and moderation by Ph.D. Nebojsa Lujanovic, guest were Mirjana Kucer and Nina Simunovic from Domine and Djurdja Knezevic.

So far the third, Dismantling focused on the theme that perfectly sums up the slogan of the eminent philosopher and feminist theorist Simone de Beauvoir in her book "The Second Sex", which was recently published in the first Croatian edition. Female identity, the role and imperative of women are some of the topics that the guests spoke from different feminist, literary, artistic and activist aspects in front of the audience of around fifty visitors.

This discussion was a very brief overview of today's situation and showed that after 70 years that have passed since the first edition of the book, the position of women, or more accurately the status of "the other", as defined by Simone de Beauvoir, is still present in the society and almost all areas of women's lives today.
 

Public statement regarding the attack on the chief of the Office of the City of Split Marina Protic - Stop male violence against women!

In the office of the City of Split two days ago at her workplace was attacked Marina Protic, Head Office of the City of Split.

In our public Statement that we sent to all the media, association Domine wants, first of all, to express support to Marina Protic, to condemn the violence and to point out once again the unacceptable approach of institutions to the issue of violence against women.

We invite whole community, all competent authorities and above all the City of Split and the Mayor to recognize male violence against women and publicly condemn it and join us in supporting Marina Protic.

Public statement regarding the attack on the chief of the Office of the City of Split Marina Protic you can read in its entirety here.
 

Project "I choose - I decide"

On Monday, March 4th, in Korčula, Domine had a meeting with partners on the project, where we agreed about details of the further implementation of project, enabled by Ministry of Science, Education and Sport. 

Project is carried out in the area of non-institutional education for children and youth in the school year 2015/2016. in partnership with primary school "Petar Kanavelić" in Korčula and the elementary school "Petar Berislavić" in Trogir. The project involved students from 7th and 8th grade, which will cycle through informal interactive workshop titled "Seeing act, changing" to acquire knowledge on the subject of democracy and active citizenship, civil and human rights, civil society, the establishment of associations and civic initiatives and project cycle management and EU projects.

 

Initiative “40 days in prayer for life” puts posters up – WNC reacts

Women's Network Croatia reacted because the initiative „40 days in prayer for life“put up posters in the gynaecology department of a hospital in Vinogradska st., Zagreb. In a public statement that was issued and forwarded to the director of the hospital, Ministry of health and Ombudsman for gender equality, WNC warns that this practice abuses women even more in gynaecology departments and public healthcare institutions.

In the statement it is emphasized, among other, that putting up this kind and content of propaganda materials represents an open act of violence against women and it calls for immediate and permanent removal of these and similar contents from all public healthcare institutions as well as all other public institutions! In the meantime, it has come to our knowledge that the posters were removed due to several reactions and interventions. 

Workshop “Together into future – bringing social dialogue back in Split-Dalmatia County”

 12th April, Split - Domine participated in a workshop for media representatives on roles and significance of social dialogue and collective bargaining as a part of the project Together into future – bringing social dialogue back in Split – Dalmatia County”.

Social dialogue involves all forms of negotiation, consultations or simply exchanging information between government representatives, employers and workers about issues which are of common interest for economical and social policy.

The lecturer was doc.dr.sc. Viktor Gotovac.

Project coordinator is Croatian Employers' Association, Split, while the partners on the project are Split – Dalmatia County, Croatian Association of Trade Unions – County Office Split i Stowarzyszenie B-4. This project is financed within operative programme Human Resources programme 2007.-2013., from scheme of non-refundable funds named  “Strengthening social dialogue – phase II.”

This one year long project finishes in July of this year and one of its main goals is to set up a model of a long-term association network of social dialogue in Split-Dalmatia County which is not possible without participation of media.

Project “I choose – I decide!”: Educational – practical workshops in Trogir

11th April, Trogir - In elementary school “Petar Berislavić” in Trogir Domine conducted the first two practical- educational workshops as part of the “I choose- I decide! “ project which was enabled by the Croatian Ministry of science, education and sport.
“Democracy and active citizenship” and “Human and civil rights” were the workshops’ topics for 7th and 8th grade students and were conducted in an interactive and informal way. This project is a part of non-institutional upbringing and education of children and young people in 2015/2016 school year in partnership with elementary schools “Petar Berislavić” in Trogir and “Petar Kanavelić” in Korčula. 7th and 8th grade students involved in this project will acquire knowledge about democracy, active citizenship, civil and human rights, civil society, associations and initiatives, EU projects and other forms of participating in their society through a cycle of informal and interactive workshops called “I see, I act, I change”.
 

WNC urges the Croatian Government to follow the example of France in fight against prostitution

12th April - WNC has sent a request to Croatian Government in which it demands that the Government proposes a law on prostitution which favours women by providing them protection and programmes of financial and psychosocial support in order for them to stop prostituting rather than punishing them.
On 6thof April, 2016. France has passed the so called Nordic model of the law which punishes pimps and men who buy and pay for women prostitutes and therefore has aligned itself with those states that are against punishment for women who are sexually exploited. That includes Sweden, Norway and Island. WNC applauds and welcomes this unambiguous decision to put an end on men’s exploitation and abuse of women prostitutes and urges Croatia and its Government to do the same.

 

Split – Public discussion on National strategy for civil society development

13th April – Domine participated in a public discussion organized by the Government’s office for organizations about the development of the second National strategy for creating a stimulating environment for development of civil society. Since this is the last year of implementation of the existing National strategy (2012 – 2016) the Government’s office opened a public discussion on the new one in the order to get feedback from civil society organizations about the quality of the existing Strategy and problems and difficulties of civil society on which the new one should focus more.
Around 30 civil society organizations participated in this discussion, mostly from Split and also Solin, Kaštela, Šibenik and Korčula. Majority of them applauded the transparency of the process but expressed concern about the current state of the civil society acknowledging their own share of responsibility. Only 17 500 out of 53 000 registered associations have harmonized their work with the new Law on organizations which they were obligated to do before October 1st, 2015. There are still 3 500 requests being processed which means there are 23 000 organizations which do not act in accordance with the Law. Also some of the organizations have not sent any documentation to organizations’ registry for 8 years nor fulfilled other legal obligations and the fact that many organizations do not understand the basic terminology and it takes them too long to change things. However, one of the great accomplishments of the existing strategy is the improvement of financial activity, stronger institutionalization and more volunteers in organizations. Another one is passing regulation on awarding funds to organizations through calls for tender.
This public discussion is just a beginning in the process of passing the new National strategy for period 2017-2021. It will continue throughout this year and finish with an online discussion on the final proposition of said strategy which will be implemented in 2017. Public discussions were also held in Rijeka, Osijek and Zagreb.
 

Proposition of Regulation on allocation of funds from games of chance – NGO's reaction

 Domine, along with 107 other organizations, signed a Reaction of civil society associations on a proposition of Regulation on allocation of funds from games of chance for year 2016 which was sent to the Government and Prime Minister Tihomir Orešković.

The signatories ask of the Government to reconsider its proposition and refrain from passing regulation on this matter outside regular procedure. The signatories also remind the Government about long-time good practice of constructive dialogue between Government institutions and organizations of civil society on all levels and call for its continuation in order to better mutual understanding and creation of policies which will benefit all citizens of Croatia.

Educational – practical workshops “Civil society, citizens ‘associations and initiatives”

19th April, Trogir - In elementary school “Petar Berislavić” in Trogir Domine continued with practical- educational workshops as part of the “I choose- I decide! “ project which was enabled by the Croatian Ministry of science, education and sport.
“Civil society” and “, Citizens ‘associations and initiatives” were the 3rd and 4th workshops’ topics for 7th and 8th grade students and were conducted in an interactive and informal way. This project is a part of non-institutional upbringing and education of children and young people in 2015/2016 school year in partnership with elementary schools “Petar Berislavić” in Trogir and “Petar Kanavelić” in Korčula. 7th and 8th grade students involved in this project will acquire knowledge about democracy, active citizenship, civil and human rights, civil society, associations and initiatives, EU projects and other forms of participating in their society through a cycle of informal and interactive workshops called “I see, I act, I change”.
 

Domine’s three months long course: “Managing EU projects and using EU funding”

 Domine invites all those interested in learning how to write and manage EU projects by taking a three months long course called Managing EU projects and using EU funding which starts Tuesday, 26th April.
This is the sixth workshop on this topic organized by Domine and past attendees prove them to be successful considering some of them found jobs in this area and some continued collaborating with Domine. This education involves all phases of writing an EU project and the possibility of working on your own EU project with help of authorized consultants and evaluators. After the completion of the course the attendees will get a certificate.

Round table: Gender equality in the educational system and curriculum reform

22nd April, “Bačva” club, Rijeka – In connection to Feministic platform for fundamental rights a member of Women’s Network Croatia organized a round table on how to integrate gender equality into educational system through curriculum reform. Biserka Momčinović from WNC, Bojana Genov from Centre for healthy adulthood Mali Lošinj and other activists from Rijeka spoke.
The participants raised the question whether the curriculum reform can incorporate gender equality in educational practice. One of the conclusions was that gender equality will not be achieved as along as teachers, programs and textbooks promote patriarchal values and are not able to identify discrimination. The need to fully integrate the principal of gender equality in the educational system was emphasized, as it was many times before and it was stated that this integration is a necessity if we want to develop a responsible and just society which celebrates differences and ensures equal opportunities for all citizens.
 

Presentation of Antifascism league in Split

9th May, Split - Domine’s representative Mirjana Kučer participated in a presentation of Antifascism league which was organized in the City’s library “Marko Marulić” which was organized in regards to Europe day and Victory(in Europe) day.
Activist Mirjana Kučer, historians Dragan Markovina and Tonći Sitin, moderated by Pero Jurišina, spoke to 130 citizens about the relationship and attitude we have towards antifascism today.
With retraditionalization of Croatian society in mind, Kučer spoke about woman’s perpective, an issue which is not a priority to right wing politicians or the left ones. She also emphasized that the lack of civil activism among young people, especially in Split, is a big problem for society.
More about the event here (in Croatian)
http://www.slobodnadalmacija.hr/dalmacija/split/clanak/id/312042/u-splitu-predstavljena-antifasisticka-liga-antifasizam-nije-ideologija-vec-civilizacijsko-pitanje

Petra Network members on Brač

November 12th and 13th, Petra members held a meeting and a workshop on Brač Island in Seka house where they discussed problems of human trading ad prostitution trough tourism. Meeting was organized by Women’s Group Split.
Meeting was held as a part of the Women’s Group Splits’ project with whom Domine have very good cooperation trough counseling center for women victims of violence and victims of domestic violence, and trough Women’s Network Croatia and Petra Network. Main focus of the project is prostitution problem on the Adriatic during tourist season.
Generally, Croatia has good laws, but the biggest issues in their implementation are judges who are not well educated. Also, it’s necessarily to strengthen partnership between police, state attorney, Center for Social Welfare, judiciary and social sector. Often times it was the civil society organizations opening specific questions and initiate their resolution. Final workshop conclusion was that project should continue, especially in the contest of the expected refugee wave, which participants see as a challenge. Other than Domine and Women's Group Split, representatives of organization Delfin from Parka and Nit from Korenica also took part in the meeting.

“I choose – I decide” – workshops for students in Korčula

 More workshops for 7th and 8th grade students were held as part of the “I choose – I decide” project in “Petar Kanavalić” elementary school in Korčula. Through a dynamic and interactive programme students have learned about the values of civil society, working in associations and writing EU projects that benefit the community. Each group of students was given the task to come up with a project for their association. At the end of the workshop the best projects were chosen followed by their implementation.

One of the volunteers working on the project Karmela Šegvić presented it on Radio Korčula’s show “K’o žena” and Mirjana Kučer spoke on how the conservatives attack women’s rights and the position of women in Croatia today.

Defend the woman’s right to choose! – Response to conservatives’ aggressive attack on women’s rights

“Defend the woman’s right to choose” initiative protested and called for the defence of woman’s right to choose on Saturday, May 21st from 10am to 1pm in Strossmayer square, Zagreb. WNC and other associations that are part of the initiative issued a statement in which they emphasize that it is our duty to take a stand in defence of women’s life and health and their right to make their own decisions about their bodies and against aggressive attacks on their sexual and reproductive rights.
The Government and clerical initiatives continue their campaign against women’s rights as well as human and workers’ rights, healthcare and pension systems, education, media and civil society. Their claim is that they “protect life, family and family values and promote demographic advancement and growth of Croatia”, however these initiatives want only to take away woman’s right to choose.
Even though abortion is legal in Croatia, in reality it is only accessible in some licensed hospitals and only in those in which gynaecologists do not oppose abortion for reasons of conscience. Furthermore it is accessible only to women who have enough financial resources and strength to pass conservative praying worshipers who occupy areas in front of the hospitals.
Dignified life for women, families and society in general is only possible if we respect all human rights – right to safe and legal abortion, accessible contraception, public and accessible health services, quality education and adequately paid work. Researches still show us that pregnancy and motherhood is an aggravating circumstance on labour market and giving 1000 euros per baby will not change that.
Any initiative that wishes to restrict woman’s right to autonomously and freely decide what to do with her own body and her own life, not only harshly attacks women but also seeks to transform the whole society making it repressive and exclusive. We must not let the criminalization of abortion to continue. Defend woman’s right to choose!
Around 500 protesters gathered to send a message they will not accept a repressive society which deprives women of their rights or limits them.
When the procession of the so called “Walk for life” reached Strossmayer square two of the protesters stopped it and stood in front of them. There was some pushing around which resulted in painter Dunja Janković and musician Dunja Ercegović (Lovely Quinces) being arrested. They weren’t charged with any crimes or misdemeanours and were released few hours later with help of other protesters and activists from “Defend woman’s right to choose!” initiative.
The letter of support to doctors from initiative for regulation consociations objection was read. After that there was musical program by musicians who support the initiative.

"Together towards society free of violence against women – color the world’’

‘’Together towards society free of violence against women – color the world’’ is a campaign created by Domine within global campaign ‘’16 day of activism’’, that lasts from November 25th (International Day against Women’s Violence) to December 10th (International Day of Human Rights). Main campaign goal is to gather resources for sustainable work of our Counseling center for women victims of violence and victims of domestic violence. Our Counseling center is the only one of that kind in the area from Dubrovnik to Rijeka. Besides that, this is an opportunity to mobilize joint forces to prevent and combat violence against women.
2016. UN campaign (UNiTE), that we are joining now, acknowledges more than obvious need for sustainable financing in order to combat violence against women and girls, and that is one of the global goals of sustainable development (Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development). For this purpose UN created global campaign #OrangetheWorld, trough out which they are trying to warn about the problem of violence against women and to raise money so that problem could be solved. Programs, laws, conventions and sustainable development goals promise a lot, but in order to make significant changes all of those things need to be adequately financed.


Join us!
You want to know how the Counseling center works or how you can join us? Visit us from Friday, November 25th to Saturday December 10th, from 10:00 to 12:30 and take part in Day of open doors!
Support our action with your own video, photo or/and messages, and we will post them on our Facebook page. Together we can color the world!
#colortheforld #16daysofactivism #orangetheworld


Donate for the Counseling center directly via IBAN: HR1223600001101679303

Or join our crowdfunding campaign:
https://www.generosity.com/community-fundraising/napravi-korak-prema-drustvu-slobodnom-od-nasilja/x/12895680

''Women's Court'' - film projection in Split and Omiš

As a part of the campaign ‘’Together towards Society Free of Violence against Women – color the world’’ and as a part of 16 days of activism, on Monday, November 28th, and Tuesday, November 29th, Domine organized projection of the documentary film: ‘’Women’s court – feminist approach to justice. On Monday, film was shown in Split, and on Tuesday in Omiš.

Film is depicting Women’s court for area of ex-Yugoslavia that was held in May of 2015 in Sarajevo. Women’s court was founded on feminist approach to transitional justice. The main goal was to crate safe space for voices of women, who testified about their experiences of injustice and violence in war and peace, for which the main responsibility bear countries in this area. In Sarajevo, women, victims of that violence, testified about unrecognized, hidden and silenced crimes, as well as about organized women’s movement. 36 women sheared heir stories with other women and activist and experts in Sarajevo, and many of them stressed out the importance of hearing the truth and finding space for women to share their experience.

Film projection in Omiš was organized in cooperation with SDP women’s forum Omiš. Before the film we presented our current campaign and asked all the present to support it trough activities or with a donation.
 

For a society free of violence against women – Join us!

As a part of the campaign ‘’16 day of activism against gender violence’’ organization Domine started campaign ‘’Together towards society free of violence against women – color the world!’’

Main goal of the campaign is to raise awareness about the problem of violence against women and to raise awareness about the need of sustainable financing of the services for women victims of violence and victims of domestic violence.

During the campaign, from November 25th (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to December 10th (International Human Rights Day) we organized Open doors of the Counseling Center. Everyone can join the campaign by sending us their photos, videos and messages about ending violence against women. Messages are published on or www.facebook.com/events/338428246530480/.

During the first 6 days of the campaign, we received and published more than 60 photos and messages. Besides that, you can support us by direct donation to:

Zagrebačka Banka d.d.

IBAN HR1223600001101679303

In the last three days we organized two projections of the documentary film ''Women's court'' in Split and in Omiš. Also, we organized lecture ‘’How do we choose our partners’’ that was held by psychologist Dina Linda Veronika, and by the amount of people that came to listen to it, we can say that people are very interested in that topic. This years’ campaign was created and organized in cooperation with Women’s group Split.

Help us raise awareness about the problem of violence against women and insure that all women victims of violence have needed support and services!

More about the campaign:

https://www.facebook.com/events/338428246530480/

Round table “Joint effort to prevent and fight against violence over women and family violence”

 On Tuesday, December 6th, in the premises of organization Domine was held round table entitled: “Joint effort to prevent and fight against violence over women and family violence”, organized by Domine in cooperation with Women’s group Split. Apart from them, there were also: Vjera Malbaša (Representative of the Police), Ines Trgo Matijević (Municipal Court Split Advisor), Slavica Bartulović (Representative of Commission for Gender Equality), just like Ivna Grubišić and Ružica Đonlić (Representatives of the Safe House, Split).

Participants were presented our campaign “Together towards a society free of violence against women”, as a part of “16 days of activism”. Through this campaign it was presented also work of the Advisory and once again noted importance of comprehensive and sustained assistance to women victims of violence and victims of victims of domestic violence, which will be possible only through financial sustainability of our counseling.
During the round table were also presented results of initial studies about violence against women in Dalmatia carried out at the end of last year by Domine. In whole Croatia, in 2015, were 13.775 misdemeanor charges (78% of men and 22% of women) and 2.220 criminally logged for domestic violence. According to data collected in the initial survey in Dalmatia were 3275 cases of violence against women, out of which 1599 cases just in Split-dalmatia County. The largest number of cases in our county was expected considering it is the biggest County in the relation of the other four. It is important to remind that although the number of reported misdemeanors persons decreased compared to the previous year, the number criminally logged has 100% growth in this year compared to the 2014. It can be concluded that there is a more severe and brutal cases of domestic violence. This study is just an introduction for more extensive research that is planned, in order to collect complete and accurate data of the number of women victims of violence and forms of violence faced by. Because of non-compliance data and terminology, such comprehensive data currently are not available. During Round table it is concluded there are not enough resouces are allocated for this problem and that it is time that feelings of shame, fear and guilt become feelings of violents.

Press release - discussion on the Draft Law on Protection of Domestic Violence

On Thursday, January 26th, at the Croatian Parliament was discussed about Draft Law on protection against domestic violence.

Among the basic issues which should be regulated by law, there are listed standards and responsibilities od the Republic of Croatia according to international documents regulating this issue, primarily Council of Europe Convention on the prevention and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention) which Croatia signed January 22nd 2013 (despite the fact it is signed January 22nd 2013, and entered into force August 1st 2014., it has not yet been ratified).

While presenting this Draft Loaw at Croatian Parliament, representative of the proposer, Sanja Mišević – State Secretary in the Ministry of Justice pointed out that Croatia is obligated to align its legislation with the EU acquis, Istanbul Convention and Council of Europe directives and stated that in the same way was made this draft law.

Croatian Women's Network, the Autonomous Women's House Zagreb and Kontra sent their comments to the proponent and present them at the meeting of the Committee for Gender Equality of the Croatian Parliament.
 

Overview of repeated violence against women in Split

In attempt to find relevant information about violence against women, as a part of domestic violence, or as separate category, once again we confirmed that that kind of data doesn’t exist. Although data on the overall crime in Croatia was published recently, they couldn’t give us clear data on domestic violence, and violence against women as separate category doesn’t exist.

To make that problem even larger, at this moment we are witnessing, what is clearly violence against women, but can be regulated only as disruptions of public order. One man, in period of three months, attacked number of women, but because he was only charged with disruption of public order, he will be released from custody after 30 days without any need for psychosocial treatment. Psychosocial treatment is one of the protective measures in Misdemeanour Act - Law on Protection from Domestic Violence (Article 11.). This law is mentioned because violence against women is not regulated or acknowledged anywhere else in the low of Republic of Croatia. Because of that attacks like this cannot be sanctioned properly.

One more time we are reminding everyone, if Istanbul convention was ratified, these kind of attacks on women would be registered as such, and not as disturbance of public order.
 

The Women’s Network of Croatia and Kontra against appointing Ivčić as the Vice President of the Government

 The Women’s Network of Croatia and Kontra have asked Premier Plenković to stop the appointment of Ladislav Ilčić as the advisor to the minister Stier illustrating how this appointment would affect women’s rights and the rights of minorities and negatively affecting otherwise acquired civilizational standards. The entire text can be read below.

Statement following the decision of the Constitutional Court of Croatia

The Women's Network of Croatia welcomes the Decision of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Croatia that the Act on Health Measures for the Realization of the Right to Decide on Childbirth of 1978 proclaims it constitutional and also expresses the opinion of the Court that there is no constitutional basis for prohibiting women's abortion rights. The Constitutional Court's assessment is yet another success in defending the right of choice. It is a fundamental right of women to freely decide about their body. In this context, the assessment of the Constitutional Court is expected and in line with international standards.
We welcome the Constitutional Court's call for inclusion of reproductive and sexual education in creating gender-responsible behavior and the responsibility of women and men in preventing unwanted pregnancy. This is also in line with the final recommendations of the UN Monitoring Committee on the Implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee), with which the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Croatia is aligned. The Committee recommends revising the school curriculum and increasing the number of hours and quality of education in schools of sexual and reproductive health at an appropriate age. We believe that this is the only correct way to prevent unwanted pregnancy and develop gender-responsive behavior, especially among young people.
We also welcome the recommendation to raise the level of information about pregnancy, childbirth and family planning. However, this can be for preventive purposes only, not after a woman requests a medical intervention to stop pregnancy. The human right of a woman to privacy, integrity and free decision about her own body, ie the right to vote, must in no way be called into question.
Conscious of the fact that this is a political decision of the Constitutional Court as one of the bodies of the political authorities, we see no reason to call the legislator outlined in the announced decision to introduce a new, "up-to-date" law after two years. Namely, regardless of the estimated obsolescence, it is a very modern and progressive Law that needs only to be terminologically updated and aligned with the achievements of modern medicine in the field of the protection of women's sexual and reproductive health. We call on the Government and Parliament to recognize this opportunity and through the legislative framework to improve the quality of the protection of women's reproductive and sexual health and the availability and safety of abortion and contraception.
We also call on the Government of the Republic of Croatia to the consistent implementation of the law applicable to the adoption of the new, and to launch recommendations of the CEDAW Committee, in particular highlighting the right to free, safe and accessible abortion and contraception.
The entire statement can be read HERE.
 

The Night March FOR Women’s Rights

Split activists are organizing a “Night of Women’s Rights” for International Women’s Day, which will be held on Wednesday, March 8th 2017, at 6pm in Pjaca (in front of the old City Hall).

Women of Split were organized for the first time in defense of their rights and support to other women nearly a century ago. Today, some of the legitimate rights have been threatened by direct attacks by conservatives that want women to return to the private sphere and reduce their roles to mothers and humble wives. Numerous women's rights are still far from recognizing and achieving equality, which we want to warn of this protest action!

Women of Split, but also women in Croatia and around the world are:

  • Economically discouraged and unpaid or underpaid for their work
  • Exposed to economic violence either in the family/partner community or in the labor market
  • Unemployed and impoverished, especially retired women
  • Constantly exposed to sexual violence in all areas of private and public life
  • Victims of brutal crimes of serious murders which institutions do not want to face or give us an acceptable answer
  • Faced with humiliation, perception, and denial of the right to decide freely about their body
  • Faced with obstacles to participate equally in political life
  • Systematically discriminated against, despite the laws, regulations, recommendations and promises

Join the night march. We are here to remind ourselves together of the continuity and importance of the women's struggle and to say loudly NOT to reduce and eliminate the rights of women!
Together we seek a better and fairer society of equal opportunities for women and men!

The action begins by gathering at Pjaca at 18:00. The March Route was created with the intention to recall women who nearly a hundred years ago used their voice in Split for their civic and workers' rights. The action ends at Pjaca where we will express our requests to the Government.

For those who can not attend the Split march, we remind you of the actions organized in Zagreb: Women against misery Night march - 8th March

Media Announcement: "Count on resistance"

Split activists organized a “night of Women’s Rights” for International Women’s day Wednesday, March 8, 2017. At 18:00 on Pjaca (in front of the Old Town Hall) to remember all those women who, for the first time 99 years ago, organized and publicly appeared in our city for the defense of their rights, but also to point to today's unenviable position Women in the Republic of Croatia.

Unemployment and poverty, economic inequality, political under-representation, physical and sexual violence, murders and torture, threats to the deterioration of reproductive rights, systematic discrimination on the basis of sex and gender in the public and private sphere ... are just a fraction of the image which leads us to gather in a peaceful protest, but with a decisive message: "Count on resistance!"

ISTANBUL CONVENTION
- What do we want? The ratification of the Istanbul Convention! The Republic of Croatia is, in fact, a signatory of the same, but only after the ratification of the Convention of its provision becomes valid and mandatory for our legal system.
The Convention requires urgent and immediate protection of the victims of violence, requires continued prosecution against the perpetrator even if the victim withdraws a statement, which often occurs due to fear, coercion and intimidation of the victim. With this, the state assumes direct responsibility for the protection of women's lives. Also, the Convention prescribes the mandatory establishment of shelters for women and children, which we do not have an acceptable amount of. The Convention also provides 24/7 telephone help lines as well as support to victims of sexual violence by setting up crisis centers to provide medical and forensic examinations and support for traumatic experiences - said lawyer and activist Karmela Šegvić.

POVERTY
- In Europe, 65 million women live in poverty, the largest of which is the number of single mothers and their children. In Croatia, however, the poverty risk rate for women is 28.7 percent. It has affected all age groups and, unfortunately, there is an increasing number of homeless people, for which there are accommodation capacities in only 7 out of 14 accommodation units or accommodation facilities in Croatia. Therefore, our message to the Government and the local authorities is: Use better available measures and institutions, such as the Social Investment Measures Package, the European Social Fund and the European Regional Development Fund. Enhance the Rulebook on Donating Foods, the Law on Alimentation, create better social housing policies, promote women's employment, and reduce pay differentials ... - says Đordana Barbarić from Most.

LABOR MARKET
-The story of the women's struggle for labor rights and the deconstruction of female identity as wives, mothers and housewives has been going on from the late 19th century when women, though marginalized in all areas, started working in the world of the public. The struggle started with the textile workers who fought for the realization of economic and political rights, and for which, exposed to harassment, sexual abuse and blackmail, we are still struggling today. Unequally paid for out work, exposed to systematic discrimination and forced on time-bound contracts, at risk of poverty, without enough support from the state and society, we will eventually receive less pensions. That is why our struggle for women's labor rights lasts today - notes sociologist and activist Blanka Čop.

ELECTIONS
Although we make half of the population, and although women have a higher percentage of highly educated women, we are treated as if we are a minority, and it is very difficult for us to reach positions in decision-making bodies.
Therefore, at the time of the local elections, we demand that the gender parity in the candidate lists be respected and that candidates have alternating positions - 50%: 50% and the so-called zip system. Only equal representation of women and men in decision-making positions can improve society - said Slavica Bartulović Barac, city councilor and president of the Commission for Gender Equality of the City of Split.

WHERE ARE MEN?
Every person who recognizes equality and freedom as their ideal is against any form of discrimination, and thus against the under-represented position of women in society. Feminism is not a struggle against men, but an effort to reach a society of equality, cooperation and peace. Since men are part of the existing jigsaw puzzle and many recognize the system's injustice, the Night March is an opportunity for all of us to become part of the solution actively supporting the women's struggle - says journalist Siniša Jović.

THE RIGHT TO ABORTIONS
- We support the decision of the Constitutional Court and demand that the 1978 Act be applied, that is to grant women the right to accessible and safe abortions. No one has the right to take away the freedom of women to decide on their body and their lives! - A message from Mirjana Kucer, from the Domine association.

EXHIBITION “Woman’s Heart”

Within the multimedia event "Women's Days in the Golden Gate", the Anti-Addiction Prevention Center and the Center for Culture and Lifelong Learning, Golden Gate is organizing a Woman's Heart Exhibition. We invite you to the opening of the exhibition 07.03. (Tuesday) at 12:00 o'clock in the Loggie Golden Gate.
The exhibition will also feature an exhibition of paintings of “The Goddess in Each Woman” by the author Nina Elezović Šimunović.

The exhibition will present the works of attendees of the creative workshop and sewing workshop organized in the League for Prevention of Addiction, unique bags of Mirela Jelaska, who made her first works on the same workshop, works of the artists of the art workshop in the Phoenix Association and works of the attendees by the creative workshop of Our Troupe from Vela Luke.
Guests of the program are Senka Lovric and Marjan's Singing Society. Co-organizers of the program are Domine, Split and Bašlbaš Women's Association, and Croatian Volunteer Association from the Homeland War. Media Sponsor is Hera Knowledge.
The exhibition is part of the "Women's Days in Golden Gate 2017" multimedia event and can be seen until Saturday, March 11, from 10am to 8pm.

 

Award of Split cvit prize

On the International Women's Day on 8 March 2017, the Splitska Cvita was awarded. Split Cvit is a prize awarded by the Association of Our Neighborhood, to women who with their work bettered our society. On this occasion, 15 Split women were nominated for this award, who have borne this city with their work, and one of them was the Coordinator of the Domine association, Mirjana Kučer.

We are very pleased to recognize our activism with the focus on helping women who are victims of violence and victims of domestic violence and advocating the rights of women and LGBT people.

This way we congratulate this year's winner of Splitska cvita Ivana Buklijaš!

Women against poverty

 On Women's Day 09:00 to 12:00 hours in Zagreb a protest was held against poverty among women. The action was organized by activists of Croatian Women's Network, women's trade union groups SSSH, NHS, HURS and associations Roda.

The protest started with a gathering in front of the Workers' home, from where there were buses specifically organized to visit three ministries: the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Demography, family, youth and Social Policy and the Ministry of Labor and Pension System. Talks were held in front of the Ministry and requests were handed to the Ministries which were meant to draw attention to the increasing rate of female poverty.

This action indicates the severe socio-economic conditions in which women of all ages in Croatia live, where 96 percent of newly employed women get fixed term contracts, where women are exposed to sexual abuse, harassment and blackmail in the workplace, where women receive less pay for equal work and lower pension, where there is not a sufficient number of nurseries and kindergartens, where the state switches the duty of care for sensitive groups on women, where women are denied reproductive sexual rights and the right to free health care, where women are protected from violence and where women are subjected to systematic discrimination.

The statements of some of the activists involved in the organization and maintenance actions can be accessed here.

Declaration of the Women's Network of Croatia for the Drafting of the Proposal of the Law on Confirmation of the Istanbul Convention

 Declaration of the Women's Network of Croatia on the appointment of Ivan Prskalo from Ordo Iuris Hrvatska and Ivana Munjina from U ime Obitelji in the Working Group for drafting the Draft Law on the ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention and Combating of Violence against Women and Domestic Violence.
We welcome the appointment of the Working Group on Drafting the Draft Law on Confirmation of the Convention of the Council of Europe on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Family Violence (Istanbul Convention), which finally followed four years of progress in the ratification process.

At the same time, we are concerned about the appointment of a working group of representatives of associations actively advocating against the ratification of the Convention. On International Women's Day 8.3.2017., a decision was made about the establishment of the Working Group for drafting the Draft Act on the ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention and Fight against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence.
Members of the working group appointed were Ivan Prskalo of Ordo Iuris Hrvatska and Ivana Munjin of U ime Obitelji, representatives of associations expressly opposed to the ratification of the Convention.

In addition, the members are people who have no experience with the issues which are covered by the Convention. This appointment is contradictory to the very purpose and task of the Working Group and calls into question the real intention of the Government to ratify the Convention.

We urge the Ministry to reconsider the decision to appoint the two members and ratify the Convention as soon as possible to contribute to stopping violence against women that has recently become increasingly drastic in Croatia. It is time for the Government to work to stop all the brutal murders of its citizens!

Charity Show Molly Bloom

In the short period since the beginning of the year, 4 women were killed by their partners or other family members. The recent survey shows the same trend of violence in Dalmatia. According to police records, there are reported more than 3,000 cases of violence against women in 2016.

On the occasion of the "International Women's Day" marked on March 8 each year, Rotaract Club Split has decided to organize a donation humanitarian play "Molly Bloom" in cooperation with the Art Academy in Split! The performance will be held on Friday (10.3.2017) at 20:00 in the Scene A (Zagrebacka 3) Art Academy in Split.

Funds collected will be donated to "Counseling for Women Victims of Violence and Domestic Violence Victims" run by the Domine Organization. If you choose to support this humanitarian action and you are not able to come to the show, you can donate straight to the account opened at the Splitska banka HR26 2330 0031 5524 35347.

"Women of Split for All Women" Action comes to an end

 The Women of Split for All Women is an action organized for the purpose of marking the Women's Day. It was organized in cooperation with the Contra-Prevention League, the Center for Culture and Lifelong Learning at the Golden Gate, Rotaract Club Split and many volunteers.

The action started with the opening of the exhibition at the Golden Gate, which showcased the works of the author Nina Šimunović, works of attendees and participants of the creative sewing workshop and the elaboration of the League for addiction prevention, works of artists of the art workshop of the Phoenix Association and works attended by the creative workshop of Our struggle from Vela Luka. Art guests at the opening of the exhibition were the Marjan Singing Company and the writer Senka Lovrić. The exhibition was open from 7th to 11th of March 2017.

On the occasion of the International Women's Day, Domine, with the help of numerous activists, organized the Night of Women Rights for women under the slogan "Count on resistance". The march started off at 18:00 from Split Pjaca and followed a route where all the congregants recalled the women who started fighting for their rights 99 years ago. There was a remembering of the establishment of the National Cooperative and the work of two brilliant women, Anka Berus and Vinka Bulić. About 1000 attendees and participants gathered at the march, and thanks to everyone who came and participated in the march and thus showed that we are ready to resist and stand up for the rights of women! Thanks to everyone involved in the organization of the march, especially Blanka, Jordan, Carmel, Mirjana, Siniša and Slavica, Tanji and Vesna, Nini, Tonc and Nikolina, and members of the Flomaster, Rišpet and Bitcherin associations. Thanks to Jakov for the song and drummers of Klapa Klapa for a great atmosphere throughout the march. Special thanks to actresses Bruna Bebić and Aneta Matulić, who resurrected two remarkable Split women Vinka Bulić and Anka Berus. Also, thanks to Split City for giving up space.

The action was completed on 10.3. With the "Molly Bloom" humanitarian performance performed by two young Split actresses Monika Vuco and Katarina Rimac, organized by Rotaract club Split. The aim of the humanitarian show was to raise funds for the work of the Women's Victims Advocacy Center and Domestic Victims of Domestic Violence run by the Domine organization. The counseling center is not fundamentally funded by the institution but is based on volunteering and as such is only in Dalmatia, therefore we are extremely grateful for the recognition of the work of the Counseling Center through inclusion in this praiseworthy project. "Molly Bloom" is part of the project that has a series of plays aimed at affirming the young Split's acting hopes and at the same time helping human projects in the local community.

Thank you all who in any way participated in the action of Women of Split for all women!

Statement by the Women's Network on Discrimination of Same-Couple Couples in the Taxation System

 The Croatian Women's Network has sent a letter to the Finance Ministry on new Tax Codes that circumvent non-couples and same-sex couples. The questionnaire was asking for answers to questions why the tax law does not specifically specify the rights of non-partners and registered formal and informal partners and how these rights will in practice apply to those persons. Unfortunately, in response to the ministry's suggestion, it can be concluded that there is no political will to enforce tax laws.

Statement by the Women's Network on an Anti-Discrimination Workgroup

 The Croatian Women's Network discussed the appointment of representatives of civil society organizations to the Working Group for the National Plan for Combating Discrimination for the period of 2017-2022. The Government, by appointing selected representatives of organizations, once again proved that it did not understand or want to understand the concept of human rights and discrimination. Although the most difficult forms of discrimination against Croatia affect the Roma and Serbian national minorities and LGBT people and women, representatives of organizations involved in their rights have not been appointed to the said working group. More about the Women's Network of Croatia here.

European women's lobby on the rationalization party of the Istanbul Convention

 The European Women's Lobby referred to the appointment of representatives of organizations Ordo Iuris Croatia and U ime Obitelji of the working group for drafting the Draft Act on the ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention and Fight against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence. Representatives of these organizations publicly voiced their opposition to the ratification of the Istanbul Convention. They consider that appointing these persons is in contradiction with the position of Croatia to work on the ratification of the Convention and ultimately endangers the whole process. You can read the full remarks of the European Women's Lobby here.

Participation in Split Hackathon

Domine Organization participated in the Split Hackathon from 25th-26th March called Hack4Split. Hackaton's goal was to connect IT industry experts, developers, web developers, web designers, and graphic designers to civil society organizations and all those who have ideas for socially useful projects. Twelve projects were selected at the kick off meeting and teams were set up to work on the selected projects for the next two days. At the end of each event, each team presented their work and selected the best project for which the award was awarded this year by the Smar application for Split public transport. The Hackathon was a great opportunity to connect people, especially young people, from different professions to achieve socially useful projects.

Domine presented the Counseling Center for Women Victims of Violence and Victims of Domestic Violence at the Hackathon and worked with the rest of the Hackathon Team to modernize the Domine Web and add a website dedicated exclusively to the Counseling Center which would make it easier for women to access information and only improve the Counseling Service.

Period Cycle - 28 days of activist-artistic interventions in public spaces

 Civic Initiative activists with the formal support of the association Domine organized at different locations in Split a month of WOMEN’S INSURGENCY AND CREATIVITY, from April 23rd to May 20th of 2017 entitled "Period Cycle- 28 days of activist-artistic interventions in public space."

The aim of the event is, through various activities and interventions, to emphasize the importance of respecting women's rights, particularly the right to protection of sexual and reproductive health and the importance of sexual education as a prerequisite for sexually responsible behavior. The program of the event is enclosed with this announcement.

Month activities began with a symbolic action, "Condoms are flying in the sky", on Sunday, April 23 at 12:00 at the Square G. Bulat, in front of the National Theater of Split.
With these promotions we want to emphasize the importance of prevention, protection and responsible sexual behavior.

It is known that young people in Croatia start sexual relationships relatively early, and that the percentage of use of safety equipment is extremely low. As many as 40% of young people aged 16-24 years (according to the latest data of the Croatian Institute for Public Health, December 2016) used a faulty natural method of contraception, coitus interruptus, which apart from not protecting from conception, does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases. Just over 50% of them used a mechanical method of protection by using condoms. Furthermore, while in Europe contraception is not used by about 20% of women, in Croatia, the figure is above 40%.

Sex and contraception is the responsibility of women and men. The condom is a reliable source of protection from unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. The obligation of the state through the introduction of a sufficient number of hours of sex education in school programs provide prevention and sexually responsible behavior of young people and respect for and protection of sexual and reproductive rights of women.

During the campaign we will announce a month of activism, read our demands and symbolically putting condoms into the air, marking the beginning of "period cycle". We hereby invite all interested parties to join us in the activities over the next 28 days.

Condoms are flying in the sky

Symbolic putting of condoms in the sky, on Sunday (23.04.) At 12:00 with Square G. Bulat, marked the beginning of the period cycle - 28 days of activist-artistic interventions in public space. The said action was to point out the importance of prevention, protection and responsible sexual behavior.

It is known that young people in Croatia start rexual relationships relatively early, and that the percentage of use of safety equipment is extremely low. As many as 40% of young people aged 16-24 years (according to the latest data of the Croatian Institute for Public Health, December 2016) used a faulty natural method of contraception, coitus interruptus, which apart from not protected from conception, does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases. Just over 50% of them used a mechanical method of protection by using condoms. Furthermore, while in Europe contraception do not use 20% of women of childbearing age, in Croatia, the figure is above 40%.

Sex and contraception is the responsibility of women and men. The condom is a reliable protection from unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. The obligation of the state through the introduction of a sufficient number of hours of sex education in school programs provide prevention and sexually responsible behavior of young people and respect for and protection of sexual and reproductive rights of women.

Before the symbolic release of balloons a proclamation of the reason for the action was read. If you were unable to attend the action, take a look here at how the “Condoms are flying in the sky” action looked.

The meeting of the executive committee of the LPE

 On April 24th on the premises of the CEDRE a regular meeting was held of the Executive Board of the Local Partnerships for Employment of Split-Dalmatia County, which is a member of the Association of Domine. The meeting was held with a view to an agreement of project activities and cooperation in accordance with the open competition ''Local Employment Development Initiatives-phase III ''. In addition to an agreement on the future of the project activities, the meeting adopted two new organizations into membership of the LPE.

Regional Workshop of the National Foundation for Civil Society Development

On April 24, we attended a one-day regional workshop on topics of quality reporting on the implementation of institutional support and the presentation of the model of sustainability of associations through social entrepreneurship organized by the National Foundation for Civil Society Development at the Art Hotel. The first part of the workshop was devoted to the theme of self-financing of associations in which Zoran Puljić from Sarajevo Foundation Mozaik gave a lecture on how to support organizations that need financial help to get started in economic activity. The Mosaic Foundation is the largest non-profit foundation in the region and has developed a virtual incubator for social entrepreneurship through a ten-year strategy. So far, they have financed over 100 socially innovative projects for young people across Bosnia and Herzegovina and have achieved strategic partnerships with many private foundations from Europe and the US with the aim of developing a good economy in BiH.

In the second part of the workshop, we discussed reporting on the implementation of institutional support where guidelines for proper and complete reporting on implementation were given. The workshop was of the utmost importance since last year there was a change in reporting mode and some of the users encountered reporting on implementation of institutional support for the first time encountered reporting on implementation of institutional support.

 

Forum: Stop violence!

 At the Youth Club, on April 24, at 18:00, the Forum on Violence was attended by Karmela Šegvić as Domine's representative, prof. Dr. Sc. Tomislav Franić and Maja Lipanović from the Family Center at the Social Welfare Center Split. This was the way in which various types of violence appeared and an attempt to make the local population aware of the frequency and the extent of the problems we face on a daily basis.

If you missed the forum, you can take a snapshot of that on the Facebook Page of the Youth Club.

Announcement of the Forum: "Theory of Gender Influenced by Catholic Ideologies"

This is where we invite you to another event within the Period Cycle event.
On Friday (28th April), at the Info Zone, starting at 18:00, a forum will be held, entitled "The Theory of the Influence of Catholic Ideologies.”

At the forum we will deal with the concept of gender and try to answer the question of why this concept is disputed, primarily within the Catholic Church. Is it really a misunderstanding of the theory of gender or another concept that is abused by exclusive and conservative groups within the church and society itself? Is the construction of gender ideology solely against women and / or behind it the need to control processes and power in the entire society?

These questions, in a one-part discussion, will be answered by Dr. sc. Branka Galić, ed. Professor at the Department of Sociology of the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb and Nataša Bijelić, Coordinator of CESI and Associate Professor of Gender, Sex and Sexual Rights and CESI Research from Zagreb. The forum will be moderated by Blanka Čop.
 

Forum: Theory of the Influence of Catholic Ideology

 On Friday, April 28, a forum was held in the Info Zone, titled "Theory of the Influence of Catholic Ideologies". The purpose of the forum was to discuss why the concept of gender is disputed, primarily within the Catholic Church. The ranks of the panel were dr.sc. Branka Galić, ed. Professor at the Department of Sociology at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb, and Nataša Bijelić, coordinator of CESI and an associate professor at the Gender, Gender and Sex Rights Program and CESI Research from Zagreb, while the moderator was Blanka Čop.

This event is the second event within the Period Cycle events held from April 23 to May 20 in Split.

Through their introductory presentations, the concept of gender and gender socialization, as well as the genus theory itself, was further clarified. The discussion highlighted some of the main issues and problems we face when we talk about gender within the Croatian context and compared with the Scandinavian societies, there is still a long way ahead of us when it comes to gender and gender equality. One of the most important conclusions of the panel is that the theory of gender is endangered when it comes down to the ideology in public discourse and, in every respect, it should be fought by further information and education of the general public. How the discussion went can be found on our facebook page.

International Women's Conference in Geneva

 "It's time for rebellion; It is time to examine the existing and create new frameworks of action; Time is resistance; It is time for the UN to become an organization that advocates and protects the rights of women! "#ReclaimUN


An International Women's Conference organized by the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (UNHCR) was held in Geneva from April 26 to 28, entitled "How to Return the Role of the Peace Organization to the United Nations, to Ensure full Participation of Women in Peace Processes And strengthen multilateralism.” It is the oldest worldwide organization of women, founded in Geneva 102 years ago.

More than 150 women activists from leading women's civil society organizations, individual experts, and representatives from many international organizations dealing with issues of peace, security and women participated in the conference. The main discussions focused on the topic of disarmament, political economy, humanitarian and development interventions from a gender perspective, and in the area of ​​peace and security, especially at the local level.

One of the most powerful messages of the conference relates to the need for local women and women's groups to be in the center of conflict prevention because of the experience of direct work and successful analysis, knowledge and capacities they have. Participants from conflict and post-conflict areas such as Yemen, Syria, Palestine, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo, among other things, demanded to listen to and recognize the voices of people living in conflict areas in the name of these women at the conference. As a UN peace organization, it must move from conflict management to addressing the causes of conflict and instability, as it can only contribute to building a "sustainable feminist peace," with full respect for the role and contribution of women in the process.
The conclusions of the conference, related to the re-empowerment of the UN as a genuine peace organizations included the following: the need for the stigmatization of war through disarmament and demilitarization; supporting strong local and global feminist movements; protecting the life and work of women, Human Rights Defenders; creating and providing a safe space for the UN peace processes at the local and international level; taking into account the analysis space and the work of local feminist organizations and what is very important, upgrade their work; accessing and evaluating the work of women in peace and security not as a project but through sustainable funding; resistance and rejection of neoliberal economic domination, which promotes war profiteering and denies the rights of women; Insurance Responsibility of States for the protection of women's rights, particularly violence against women in war and peace. In short, it is time for rebellion; it is time for the testing of existing and creation of new frameworks for action; it is time for the resistance; it is time that the UN becomes an organization that advocates for and protects the rights of women! "#ReclaimUN

Croatia was represented by one of the coordinators of Croatian Women's Network and our coordinator Mirjana Kucer.

Meeting of female activists from Croatia with representatives of the Mediterranean Women's Fund

 The 4th Strategic Meeting of Women Organizations and Activists organized by the Mediterranian Women's Fund and the Women's Network of Croatia was held in Zagreb on May 6th and in Dubrovnik on the 7th. The purpose of the meeting was to create space for sharing experiences and analyzing situations and discussing common strategies for the future actions of the feminist movement.

More than 30 participants, heads of women's organizations active locally or nationally and prominent in feminist activism, discussed this issue of the status of women's rights in the country, the advantages and disadvantages of the women's movement in Croatia as well as on their own needs and strategies necessary for their implementation.

As important priorities for active action, areas of women and politics have been recognized, and the rights to sexual and reproductive health of women are directly attacked and endangered.

Mirjana Kučer, co-ordinator and volunteer and activist from Domine, Domina Antonia de Castro Burica and Karmela Šegić attended the meeting in front of Domine Association. Apart from Split and Dalmatia, Silva Sumić from the Women's Split group was also present.

Week of 99 Red Interventions - We Know What We Want!

On April 13th, in Split, we started the "Week of 99 red interventions" action. The goal of this action, which is held during the month of activism in the struggle for sexual and reproductive rights of women, warns of the right of women to a safe, accessible and free medical intervention for the termination of pregnancy. It is important to realize that any prohibition of abortion, the continued abuse of the institute of appeasement of conscience, has resulted in a risk to the health and mortality of women who have been subjected to abortion by non-authorized health care establishments. With this action we wanted to remind ourselves that women are the carriers of life! Women are life! They are the only ones who can decide on whether and when to give birth to children. The rights of women are universal and can not and should not be subordinate, nor be burdened with religious and cultural values. Women have been fighting for their rights and do not agree to return to 100 years ago!

A week of 99 red interventions is carried out within the framework of the Period Cycle Action - 28 days of activist-artistic intervention in public spaces. 99 interventions symbolically represents 99 years of women's movement in Split, and the action lasts from 13th to 20th of May. The wire hangers once used by women to perform abortions on themselves had written messages warning of the importance of respecting women's right to free, safe and accessible abortion and our readiness to defend their rights. Some of the sent messages are:


Continuous thread of female resistance; For life does not walk, life is alive; Donate a kidney; I am life; Free, secure, available; I have decided; We know what we want ...


The red and pink envelopes with the messages were drawn from the text that describes how abortions used to be, before abortion was available and legal, so before World War II. Women in Slavonia inflicting abortion (Nada Sremec, not our fault. How the people live, Commerce and style Zagreb 1940). The text was used and redone, and the messages were used in our performance "Fear of knitting," which deals with the abuse of women who decide to have an abortion in the Split hospital. The performance will be carried out at the final event and closing of this year's Period Cycle. The messages in small envelopes, hanging on trees said:

death; blood; With a quill; Knitting needle; In the dark; Fearing; Just to stay alive ...


Messages on hangers and the envelopes were placed at various locations in the city (Đardin, campus, in front of the hospital, on the lookout ...). The action was supported by the Queeranarchive which will print the messages during a silk-screen printing workshop on the 15th and 16ht of May at the Club Dice, and the messages will be displayed in public spaces around the city.

Action Period Cycle began by symbolically putting condoms into the air in front of the Croatian National Theater, the market G. Bulat, "Condoms are flying in the sky", on April 23 this year, with which we wanted to draw attention to the importance of prevention and sexual education in schools as a precondition for sexually responsible behavior of youth. Then, in the framework of the monthly campaign we organized a debate "theory of gender attacked by Catholic ideology" which featured Ph.D. Branko Galic from the Zagreb Faculty of Philosophy and Nataša Bijelić from CESI from Zagreb, with the aim of exposing the concept of gender ideology as a means of attack on the rights of women and LGBT people. The action ends on May 20th with the recording of a video-clip "Fear of knitting".

Libido - Women's Sexuality - Workshop for Women in Domine

On May 13, 2017, on the occasion of the event "Period Cycle - 28 Days of Activism and Art Interventions in the Public Space", a workshop on women's sexuality, women's rights and the protection of women's sexual and reproductive health was held in Domine's association. Female sexuality as a source of women’s power was discussed, among other things, especially in the context of feminist activism and politics.

The workshop called "Libido - Female Sexuality" was prepared and conducted by Željka Jelavić, a feminist and a longtime activist, and a member of the Women's Studies Center from Zagreb.

Fear of knitting

The action "Period Cycle - 28 Days of Activism - Artistic Public Intervention" organized by civic activists from Split ended on May 19th by recording the announcement for the video performance of "Fear of knitting". The name symbolizes the fear of women of returning to the time when the termination of pregnancy was illegal, and women performed it, among other things, with needles. The announcement of the video was taken symbolically in front of Split's maternity clinic in order to warn that women in the public health institution in Split were almost completely disrupted by the medical intervention of the termination of pregnancy. Of the 23 gynecologists, 22 do not perform abortions and invoke the appeal to conscience in providing health care. This creates a non-existent institute of collective recourse to conscience, and abortion is already illegal, although guaranteed by law.
The Month of Activism in the Fight for Respect for and Protection of Sexual and Reproductive Rights and Women's Health began with the symbolic release of condoms in front of HNK, in Gaje Bulat Square, with the action of "Condoms flying to heaven" on April 23 this year, with which we wanted to stress the importance of Prevention and Sex Education in Schools as a Prerequisite for Sexually Responsible Youth Behavior. In the course of the action, a panel discussion was held on "Theory of the Influence of Catholic Ideology" with the aim of expelling the notion of gender ideology as a means of attacking the rights of women and LGBTI people. Then we held a workshop on "Libido - Women's Sexuality" in which female sexuality was considered as a source of female power, especially in the context of feminist activism and politics. From May 13 to 20 we conducted the "Week of 99 red interventions" action, with 99 interventions as 99 years of women's movement in Split. Wire hangers, sometimes used by women for abortion, reported messages warning of the importance of respecting women's rights for free, safe and accessible abortion and our willingness to defend their rights.
In the end, once again, we want to remind you that women are the carriers of life! Women are life! They are the only ones who can decide on whether and when to give birth to children. The right of women are universal and can not and should not be a subordinate to the family, nor be burdened with religious and cultural values. Women have been fighting for their rights and do not agree to return to 100 years ago!
The announcement of the video "Fear of Knitting" can be found on the following link.

 

Platform for Women's Reproductive Rights - We will not go back

After direct attacks on women's rights, especially in the domain of rights to the protection of sexual and reproductive health, intensified and slowly entered the mainstream, a broad coalition was created to defend acquired women's rights and a Platform for Women's Reproductive Rights was established. It is made up of activists from predominantly female and human rights initiatives and organizations as well as independent experts and prominent activists in the struggle for women's rights. In this way, the alliance of the first joint action to protect the reproductive rights of women has continued and expanded in the campaign entitled Defense Right of Choice in May last year.
 
The platform's goal is to not only defend acquired reproductive rights, but to improve them, in line with contemporary progressive standards and scientific achievements.

Domine have joined this Platform, individually and as members of the Women's Network of Croatia.

 

The walk for life is walked by a real woman!

 Today, on May 20, there was a poster above"Pirje" in Marmontova street with a message "The walk for life is walked by a real woman!

Unnamed activists by a night-time illegal action wanted to warn of the real message that the organizers of the event called "The Walk for Life" really want to send, primarily to women. This seemingly joyful event tells of the hypocrisy that a woman's body does not belong to her and that the only recognized and valuable role a woman has is to bear children. Women who have opted for a medical operation to terminate their pregnancy because, for some reason, they can not or do not want to maintain pregnancy until birth, these fighters for life call killers, at the same time supposedly, glorifying life.

Not disputing the right to freedom of assembly, we consider it important to emphasize the introduction of gender education and prevention as the only correct path to sexually responsible behavior, especially among young people.

After local elections - less and less women in politics

On Sunday, May 22, local elections were held for representatives and citizens' representatives in city and municipal councils and county assemblies, as well as for mayors, prefects and their deputies. The specificity of these local elections is that the State Election Commission has for the first time emphasized the obligation of the parties to respect the so-called "Female" or "gender" quotas and impose prescribed penalties on the basis of the Gender Equality Act for lists that do not adhere to the recommended 40% quota.

Although the majority of applicants for representative bodies in the City of Split kept the recommended quotas, however, the usual placement of candidates on the lower part of the list, and not respecting the so-called Zip system, resulted in the expected small percentage of women in the upcoming meeting of the City Council of Split. Considering that only 7 candidates from the 35 councilors in the Split City Council have been elected, which is 20%, we can conclude that a step backward was made, since in previous convocations, Split had at least 35% of councils. This only confirms the trend at the national level and the continuation of the politics of extraditing women from the public and political sphere.

The associations warn of the lack of clear criteria and procedures for city space management

 The Citizens' Initiative for Transparent Urban Management held a press conference in the park in front of the Banovina building, the City of Split administration, on Thursday, 25 May, starting at 11:00 am, on the occasion of the usurpation of the area of ​​the Adria Art Annale by a private entrepreneur in Diocletian 1 in the Palace.

The Civic Initiative for Transparent Urban Management was established two years ago as a response of civil society organizations to existing non-transparent criteria and vague procedures for the leasing of business premises of the City of Split through the collection of written offers and the overall management of the city's space. The initiative has gathered more than 50 associations operating in the city. The first request of the Initiative was the cancellation of the Contest until the procedures and criteria for allocation of space were established.

Initially, it warned of the lack of clear criteria and proposed the joint development of criteria for allocating space to associations based on the Decision on Criteria, Measures and Procedure for Granting Space owned by the Republic of Croatia to use civil society organizations to implement programs and projects from Interest for the general good, made by the State Property Management Commission at the end of June 2015. The initiative also warned of the City's intention to move NGOs from the center itself and the apparent intention of commercializing the premises used by the associations. That was exactly what happened in the case of Adria Art Annale.

Today, organizations are urged to start the process of creating a new tender for allocation of space to non-profit organizations that work for the general good, and that the process of making tenders (especially in terms of defining the criteria and conditions to be met by each applicant) is transparent and enables participation by all interested actors.

Also, given that we have warned of the possible adverse consequences of part of the criteria and conditions of the previous tender, we also seek to establish the responsibility for insisting on the illogical and harmful criteria and conditions of the aforementioned tendering or management of the premises managed by the city.

The meeting of the executive board of the LPE

 On Monday, 05.29, on the premises of the association CEDRA was a meeting of the Local Partnerships for Employment of Split-Dalmatia County, which is a member of the Association of Domine. The meeting was held with a view to an agreement of project activities and cooperation in accordance with the open competition ''Local Employment Development Initiatives-phase III.” Given the knowledge of the extension of the deadline of the competition, the next meeting is scheduled in two weeks during which all associations interested in cooperation should come up with proposals for activities that would be performed in the context of this project.

Tripal days in Sinj

 On Friday 02.06.2017. “Tripoli Days” were held in Sinj, which this year were primarily concerned with an open society. As part of the event, a book was also presented: “Miko Tripalo: Open Society.” For the first time the book presents the manuscript legacy of Tripal's notes to the public with a book of same name by Karlo Popper. After the presentation of the book, a symposium was held under the name “Open Society” where, along with numerous participants, Karmela Šegvić from the Domine association participated.

The aim of the gathering was to bring together experts and other socially respected persons, such as representatives of civil society organizations, who wish to publicly present and exchange their insights and research on the state of openness of society in Croatia. One of the topics discussed here was gender and sexual discrimination. On that occasion, Karmela Šegvic discussed in her exposition the under-representation of women in politics. A good indicator of this are the recent local elections, where out of the total number of candidates there were only 41.7% of women, and when they looked at how many of them were the constituencies of the electoral list of the situation, only 15%. As part of this, she discussed some of the countries that Croatia can serve as examples of good practice, such as Spain and Finland. Spain has a highly effective quota system for women, while Finland has a Gender Equality Act of 1987 and in 2007 became the first country with a majority female government.

This raises the question of why there are no women in politics in Croatia. There is no unambiguous answer to this question, but answers can be found in a very patriarchal society with certain gender roles in which men and women are publicly involved, in the absence of social solidarity and ultimately in the absence of female quotas.

Women in the Labor Market on Osvrt

 On Wednesday, 08.06.2017. Karmela Šegvić was a guest in the TV show Osvrt on TV Adriatic. The show often deals with various social problems and all forms of discrimination of all social groups in a subordinate position.

This time, the topic was gender inequality in the labor market. On this occasion, Karmela emphasized that Croatia has elaborate mechanisms and laws that serve to prevent discrimination in the labor market, but it is still widespread. Women's unemployment is higher than in men, although women are the majority of the population in Croatia, which simultaneously exposes them to greater risk of poverty. Even when we compare male and female employees, it is evident that they are a minority in high paid positions and are much easier to hire on poorly paid jobs. One of the often unrecognized forms of discrimination against women is questions in job interviews that relate to their marital status and family-based desires.

Problems do not end with job searches, women are more exposed to various forms of harassment and discrimination at work, discrimination based on physical appearance, unwanted touches and sexual commentary.

As a solution, there is always an option to apply to the Gender Equality Ombudsperson or Labor Inspectorate, but this problem needs a more permanent solution. Therefore, we need public policies that will provide equal opportunities for jobs and equal chances for progress.

You can see the whole show here.

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