The European Commission for Gender Equality has requested from Croatia and other European membership countries to report on the implementation of the European Council recommendations on the balanced participation of women and men in political and public decision-making.
The Government Office for Gender Equality of the Republic of Croatia has submitted the answers to more than hundred questions about the participation of women in the three branches of government – the legislature, executive (the state and local level) and judiciary, as well as in diplomacy. This data will be used for a comparative analysis i.e. study on the position of women in public and political life in the Council of Europe membership countries. Also, this study will be made public.
Due to the upcoming early parliamentary elections in Croatia scheduled for the 11th of September, 2016 the Government Office for Gender Equality has strongly advised all political parties and other authorized applicants to comply with the EU regulations and include at least 40 per cent of women in their candidate lists.
''According to the classification of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Croatia placed as the 92nd among 193 countries in the world with only 15.2 percent of women elected to the parliament at the 2015 Croatian parliamentary election in November last year. This figure is notably below the world average of 23 percent'', said Helena Stimac Radin, the acting director of the Office for Gender Equality.
Stimac also pointed out that in all previous parliaments women had been disproportionately represented considering their share in the membership of political parties. Data from parliamentary parties submitted to the Office show that women account for on average for 32 percent in the political parties' membership.
Even though the total number of women candidates in the Croatian parliamentary elections increased from 24 percent in 2000 to 41 percent in 2015, the number of women elected at the last parliamentary election in November 2015 was only 15.2 percent which was the lowest percentage ever in last 15 years of the Croatian Independence.