Is Croatia's anxiety about the Istanbul Convention over?

Croatian conservative groups did their best to discredit the Istanbul Convention and prevent its ratification. But these efforts were in vain -- the Convention was being implemented in Croatia as of October 1. 

Lidija Pisker
Lidija Pisker NewsMavens, Balkans
Is Croatia's anxiety about the Istanbul Convention over? - NewsMavens
Women. Pexels

Why this story matters:

Men are not entering women's toilets, there is no gay propaganda in schools and parents are still being called "mom" and "dad".

Every nightmare scenario anticipated by the conservatives once the Istanbul Declaration came into effect is, of course, nonsense. 

What should be happening in Croatia is the transfer of all the Convention's regulations defining violence against women and the protection domestic violence victims into actual legislation. If it will happen remains to be seen. Neighboring countries have all ratified the Convention but few have progressed significantly in its implementation. 

Hopefully, Croatia can set a good example. 

Details from the story:

  • The ratification of the Istanbul Convention in Croatia was strongly opposed by conservative groups, who claimed the document is a threat to "traditional family values" which imposes the so-called "gender ideology." Some of the objectors were closely related to the Catholic Church in Croatia. 
  • The Istanbul Convention takes a gender perspective in its attempt to address the issues of violence against women and domestic violence. It differentiates "sex" (biological characteristics) and "gender" (socially constructed roles attributed to men or women), which has been widely interpreted as allowing children to "choose their own sex" and "third gender" becoming a new legally recognized category. 
  • A citizens' initiative called "The Truth about the Istanbul Convention" argued that a referendum was needed so that Croatians can have their say on the adoption of the Istanbul Convention.
  • The campaign against the Istanbul Convention reached its peak during anti-ratification protests held this spring in Croatia. On March 24 this year, over 5,000 Croatians marched against the forthcoming ratification of the document in the capital city of Zagreb. They argued the ratification paves a road to legalizing gay marriage and promoting homosexuality in Croatian schools. 
  • Croatia signed the Istanbul Convention in January 2013 but failed to ratify it until  April 13, 2018. Its implementation started on October 1, 2018. 
inbox_large_illu Created with Sketch.
Tired of the news media’s prevailing male perspective? We are too.

Get our newsletters composed exclusively by female journalists from all over Europe.

WITH FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM:
SUPPORTED BY:

Project #Femfacts co-financed by European Commission Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology as part of the Pilot Project – Media Literacy For All

The information and views set out on this website are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the European Union. Neither the European Union institutions and bodies nor any person acting on their behalf may be held responsible for the use which may be made of the information contained therein.

STRATEGIC PARTNERS:
NewsMavens
NewsMavens is a media start-up within Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland's largest liberal broadsheet published by Agora S.A. NewsMavens is currently financed by Gazeta Wyborcza and Google DNI Fund.
Is something happening in your country that Newsmavens should cover?
CORE TEAM
Zuzanna Ziomecka
Zuzanna Ziomecka EDITOR IN CHIEF
Lea Berriault-Jauvin
Lea Berriault Managing Editor
Jessica Sirotin
Jessica Sirotin EDITOR
Ada Petriczko
Ada Petriczko EDITOR
Gazeta Wyborcza, Agora SA Czerska 8/10 00-732, Warsaw Poland
The e-mail addresses provided above are not intended for recruitment purposes. Messages concerning recruitment will be deleted immediately. Your personal data provided as part of your correspondence with Zuzanna,Lea, Jessica and Ada will be processed for the purpose of resolving the issue you contacted us about. The data provided in your email is controlled by Agora S.A. with its registered office in Warsaw Czerska 8/10 Street (00-732). You can find more information about the processing and protection of your personal data at https://newsmavens.com/transparency-policy
System.Threading.Tasks.Task`1[System.Threading.Tasks.VoidTaskResult];