About us

Women’s Room is a nongovernmental, feminist, nonprofit organization that works on raising awareness of women, institutions and public about women’s sexuality and sexual rights through education, research, advocacy and public work. We provide direct and indirect assistance and support to victims of sexual violence. The vision of Women’s Room is a society free from patriarchy, discrimination, misogyny and gender-based violence, where individual choice is the fundamental value.

The organization was founded in 2002 in Zagreb and works on local and regional levels.

AREAS OF WORK:

  • Protection of human rights with an emphasis on women’s human rights;
  • Combating sexual violence: development of public policy and effective practice in working with victims of sexual violence, direct work with the victims, and development of preventive mechanisms and programs;
  • Promotion and protection of sexual rights pursuant to the Declaration of Sexual Rights, including the sexuality of women and sexual and gender minorities (LGBTIQ).

GOALS:

  • Actively advocating advances in sexual and gender equality by applying feminist policies, principles and values;
  • Empowering women while actively pursuing and protecting basic human rights for women;
  • Working directly with survivors of sexual violence through counseling (psychological, medical, legal counseling and crisis counseling) and therapy, including preparations for court proceedings, and working with those close to victims of sexual violence;
  • Actively advocating the importance of preventing violence against women, sexual violence and trafficking for sexual exploitation, developing prevention mechanisms and programs and their implementation;
  • Actively protecting and promoting rights of children and youth and preventing sexual violence among them;
  • Improving the level of education and awareness among Women’s Room target groups about sexual violence and sexual rights;
  • Promoting and protecting sexual rights in line with the Declaration of Sexual Rights;
  • Promoting positive attitudes towards female sexuality, sexual health and freedom of choice;
  • Actively advocating against discrimination based on gender identity and/or expressions, sexual orientation and intersexual characteristics;
  • Empowering the LGBTQ population in the process of pursuing their human rights;
  • Advocating a policy of non-violence and active participation in peace processes.

 

ACTIVITIES OF WOMEN`S ROOM:

  •  Developing educational programs and methods;
  • Organizing and conducting workshops, trainings, round tables, conferences and lectures aimed at fostering professional development and raising awareness among target groups of Women’s Room;
  • Familiarizing Croatian experts with various existing models and practices in the field of prevention, treatment and combating gender-based violence, with a special focus on sexual violence;
  • Familiarizing Croatian experts with various existing models and practices in the field of sexual rights;
  • Encouraging and conducting studies about target areas of work of Women’s Room;
  • Organizing and providing free expert assistance and support to victims of gender-based violence, with special focus on sexual violence, by providing medical, psychological and legal counseling and psychotherapy aimed at coping with trauma, preparing for court proceedings and counseling for those close to the victim;
  • Developing new and improving existing models of operation when working with survivors of sexual violence in institutions (hospitals, police, schools, prisons, courts) and implementing them;
  • Publishing activities from the field of operation of Women’s Room;
  • Collecting, archiving and classifying books and other materials available to members and all interested parties;
  • Cooperating and networking with national, regional and international organizations, associations and institution which share similar goals;
  • Monitoring and lobbying for legal harmonisations with international conventions, declarations and other legal mechanisms referring to gender-based violence, with focus on sexual violence and sexual rights;
  • Monitoring and lobbying for legal harmonisations with international conventions referring to sexual and gender minorities.
Members of: PETRA – the network of non-government organizations for preventing and eliminating women’s trafficking, AWID The Association for Women’s Rights in Development, the National Committee against human trafficking, ILGA International Lesbian and Gay Association, SEE Q Network, ASTRA – Central and Eastern European Women’s Network for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, EIDHR.
  • Over 1.520 educational events held
  • Over 54.00 participants at educational events
  • Over 120 different printed materials in areas of work published
  • 14 pioneer research projects undertaken
  • The first and only Centre for Victims of Sexual Violence opened in Croatia in 2008
  • Over 4.310 counselling sessions held with over 1.250 persons
  • The first media campaign “STOP Sexual Violence“ implemented in Croatia in 2009
  • The blog “Women’s Room – Women’s Voice” initiated on the webpage of the Večernji list in 2009
  • Organization coordinator Maja Mamula MA elected the Zagreb Woman of the Year in 2010
  • Women’s Room member Antonija Hojt received the Volunteer Oscar for 2010
  • Launched web site “Safe Zone” (www.sigurnomjesto.hr)
  • Launched public campaign against violence against women “In three clicks choose a life free of violence
  • Launched a public campaign against violence against women “In Three Clicks Choose a Life free of Violence!” in 2012;
  • Launched a public campaign against violence against women “Seize a Life Free of Violence!” in 2014;
  • First international conference on sexual violence in Croatia System of Public Policies and Support for Victims of Sexual Violence” in the Croatian Parliament

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