National Action Plan: Croatia commits to adopting its second NAP for the five- year period 2019-2023, covering both domestic and international affairs and to incorporate goals related to a gender-sensitive approach in migration, terrorism and managing natural or technological disasters.
The Action Plan for the period 2019-2023 was adopted by the Government of Croatia in August 2019.
Peacekeeping: Croatia will continue to host and finance pre-deployment trainings for female police officers from all over in UN missions and operations (UN Police Officers Course – UNPOC) with a view to strengthening the role of women in peacekeeping and peacebuilding.
The fifth UN Police Officers Course was held on May 6-18, 2019 in Croatia for 10 police officers from Ukraine, Colombia, Mali, Macedonia and Kosovo.
Croatia is committed to ensuring that gender is integrated into police and military training, and in pre-deployment training of civilian and military personnel, with special focus on prevention and response to sexual violence, and zero tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, in line with the Secretary General’s Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Voluntary Compact.
Gender issues have been integrated into police / military education and training, including through specific measures under the Action Plan, with a particular focus on combatting sexual violence in conflicts and the SEA (ongoing).
Financial commitments: Croatia pledges to finance development projects focusing on women’s economic empowerment in Syria and/or neighboring countries in the amount of up to EUR 200,000 (as a part of its pledge at the 2016 Donor Conference for Syria).
In December 2019, Croatia contributed USD202,000 to UN Women for the implementation of the “Building women’s resilience by promoting economic empowerment in Lebanon: Supporting Syrian refugees and nationals to respond to the impact of the Syrian crisis” project, building women’s resilience through their economic empowerment. The project would directly help 110 beneficiaries of the program (women and girls, Syrian refugees and vulnerable groups of Lebanese nationals), by gaining new ICT skills, significantly increasing their employment opportunities. The development-peace-humanitarian nexus is particularly important to us.