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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.

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