Croatian non-profit organizations focused on women’s rights

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UPDATED: 19.3.2024.

Croatia’s non-profit organizations focused on feminism and preserving women’s rights play the highest role in dealing with problems related to women’s rights and violence against women. They raise awareness about the problem, inform the public about the latest issues, and provide psychological and legal support to victims of domestic violence in Croatia.

Let us introduce you to wonderful Croatian udrugas, i.e., non-profit organizations working on women’s rights. Most of them are situated in Croatian cities but often serve surrounding areas as well. Support their work in any way to ensure a safer life and future for us all.

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Croatian non-profits focusing on women’s rights

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What is an udruga?

An udruga is a group of individuals who enter into an agreement, usually as volunteers, to form an organization to accomplish a non-profit purpose.

State institutions should be responsible for all issues related to women’s rights. However, this is not the case in real life, leaving the biggest problems to non-profits, whose missions, capacities, and funding can vary widely.

Although feminist NGOs share a common goal, some are focused on a specific action or objective. Their common struggle is funding, which directly impacts their work, projects’ scope, and capacities to help women.

Most women’s non-profit associations actively accept volunteers. Every bit of help has a measurable impact on those most in need. Volunteering is a great way to get to know your Croatian community as well as develop new skills and grow as a person.

[Read: How to volunteer in Croatia and get residence]

Women’s rights non-profits in Križevci, Croatia

1. HERA

HERA is a non-profit organization that educates the public about domestic violence, encourages women’s creativity, and raises awareness of current problems. It organizes round tables, training, workshops, and lectures and provides help to women. Within their projects, it publishes fantastic informative brochures related to its field of work, available here.

SOS phone: +385 (0)48 711 077
E-mail: info@udruga-hera.info

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Women’s rights non-profits in Rijeka, Croatia

1. PaRiter

PaRiter promotes human rights and the culture of nonviolence, including feminist topics. PaRiter manages a website Hopa cupa, with a variety of content focused on contraception and health education, and Znaj znanje, where you can find scientifically-based information on the termination of pregnancy. It organizes a radio show about gender equality available on MixCloud.

Phone: +385 (0)92 391 5959
E-mail: udrugapariter@gmail.com

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2. LORI

LORI is a lesbian organization that stands for the acceptance of sexual and gender minorities, the elimination of homo/bi/transphobia, and the realization of equality. It raises awareness through participation in round tables, lectures, and TV and radio shows related to the rights of sexual and gender minorities and women’s rights.

[Read: Non-Profit LGBTQIA+ Organizations in Croatia including LORI]

Phone: +385 (0)51 212 186
E-mail: loricure@yahoo.com

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Women’s rights non-profits in Slavonski Brod, Croatia

1. Brod

Udruga Brod is a group focused on women’s rights, suppression of violence against women, self-employment, and social entrepreneurship. It offers legal advice, provides free shelter for victims of domestic violence, and organizes public events such as street actions and lectures.

[Read: How to report domestic violence in Croatia]

Phone: +385 (0)35 449 180
E-mail: udruga.brod1@gmail.com

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Women’s rights non-profits in Split, Croatia

1. Domine

Domine is a non-profit organization focused on promoting women’s rights and encouraging the development of society. One of its main events is Noćni marš in Split, a march held on International Women’s Day (March 8) in honor of all women and their rights. In addition, it has a counseling center that provides free psychosocial support to women victims of domestic violence.

[Read: Udruga Domine: Women’s NGO from Split]

Phone: +385 (0)21 537 272; +385 (0)21 344 688; +385 (0)99 6022 265
E-mail: domine@domine.hr; udrugadomine@gmail.com

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2. Femina

Femina supports women of all ages, nationalities, and backgrounds through various entrepreneurial initiatives that strengthen female entrepreneurship and focus on socially disadvantaged groups. It aims to build a center for supporting women to open and lead their businesses and nurture their personal development. Femina’s board member, Mirela Petrović, was one of the panelists of our Women’s Month 2023.

Phone: +385 (0)91 622 3304
E-mail: office@femina.eu.com

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Women’s rights non-profits in Vukovar, Croatia

1. Udruga žena Vukovar

Udruga žena Vukovar is a feminist organization that focuses on women’s rights, democratic society, civil activism, and the involvement of marginalized groups in the social development of local communities. Through its Klub osoba treće dobi (Third-age people club), it encourages active aging, solidarity between generations, and retired people volunteering. Every afternoon, women can come to the club and socialize by using the fitness equipment, computers, library, and playing board games.

[Read: How to retire in Croatia]

Phone: +385 (0)32 421 191
E-mail: udruga.zena@vukovar.tcloud.hr

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Women’s rights non-profits in Zagreb, Croatia

1. BaBe!

BaBe! – Budi aktivna. Budi emancipirana. (Be active. Be emancipated.) fights against violence against women and promotes gender equality and equal opportunities for everyone through legal and psychological support, counseling, and accommodation in a safe house. It is one of the most prominent women’s organizations in Croatia. It often declares specific events related to violence against women and criticizes the irregularities of the system through the media to make the public aware of the problem’s depth.

Phone: +385 (0)1 4663 666
E-mail: babe@babe.hr

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2. CESI

CESI – Centar za edukaciju, savjetovanje i istraživanje (Center for Education, Consulting, and Research) is a feminist organization that fights for the improvement of the social position of women and sexual and gender equality. It was founded by activists of female and peace initiatives who had experience with women victims of war. It participates in seminars, conferences, and donor actions and issues publications that raise awareness on human rights, available here.

Phone: +385 (0)1 24 22 800
E-mail: cesi@cesi.hr

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3. Centar za ženske studije (CMS)

CMS – Centar za ženske studije (Centre for Women’s Studies) is an educational center founded by feminists, theorists, scholars, artists, and peace activists. Its most significant program is Ženski studiji (Women’s Studies), a unique two-semester study program focusing on women’s rights and activism. Qualified professors teach students to think, analyze, discuss, and write about feminist theories and practices. The study gathers about 30 participants annually. Read more about it here.

CMS manages the Memorial apartment of Marija Jurić Zagorka, a writer and the first Croatian female journalist and political activist and one of the most-read Croatian writers. In the apartment, it organizes informative, educational, and cultural activities related to Zagorka’s heritage and female creativity. Read more about this here.

[Read: Marija Jurić Zagorka]

Phone: +385 (0)1 4872 406
E-mail: zenstud@zenstud.hr

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4. fAKTIV

A feminist collective fAKTIV fights for women’s labor, social rights, reproductive and sexual rights, and against gender-based violence against women. It loudly and harshly speaks against social and economic inequality, fascism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, clericalization and militarization of society, censorship, and abolition of the freedom of speech. Its most significant event is Noćni marš (Night March), annually held on March 8 with a different slogan focused on a particular problem.

E-mail: feministicki.kolektiv.faktiv@gmail.com

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5. Fierce Women

Fierce Women is a social enterprise known for an educational card game of the same name – Fierce Women, which promotes women’s contributions to the world society. Each card has an illustration and a short description of a notable woman who contributed to the world in a specific way. This game is an extraordinary present, so if you want to give away a special gift to someone, order it here.

E-mail: hello@fierce-women.net

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Fierce Women game was developed earlier within the association K-zona, the initiator of the Croatian non-profit website VoxFeminae which publishes content related to feminism, women’s rights, and notable Croatian women. As a part of the initiative, they annually organize a Vox Feminae Festival.

E-mail: info@voxfeminae.net

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6. Sofija

Sofija manages a national campaign for the empowerment, protection, and promotion of women. We as individuals often deceive ourselves with the thought our voice won’t be heard and that it means nothing. Sofija is led by the thought that everyone will prosper if they get an equal life chance. Through education and awareness programs, it points out how everyone’s voice is important and that we can achieve big goals more easily as a group.

E-mail: info@sofija.hr

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7. Solidarna

Solidarna (solidarity) is a foundation focused on human rights solidarity, emphasizing women’s rights and gender equality. It established the Fond za žene (Croatian Women’s Fund) to build an equal community where even the most vulnerable members would have satisfied basic life needs and the possibility to realize their potential.

The fund helps women victims of domestic and sexual violence and gives mentoring and financial support in ensuring reproductive health and female entrepreneurship. More information is available here.

Phone: +385 (01) 5544 722
E-mail: info@solidarna.hr

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8. Ženska mreža Hrvatske

Ženska mreža Hrvatske (Croatian Women’s Network) is a confederation of organizations, groups, and initiatives whose field of work is women’s rights. You can view its members here. In order to protect the rights of women, it informs the public about current issues and organizes events and protests.

Phone: +385 (0)1 4551 142
E-mail: zenskamrezahrvatske@gmail.com

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“We are the granddaughters of the witches you weren’t able to burn.” – Tish Thawer

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Please note: Information provided by Expat in Croatia is only for the purposes of guidance. It does not constitute legal or financial advice in any form. Croatian laws and bureaucratic rules often change, and each personal case is individual, so different rules may apply. For legal advice, contact us to consult with a licensed Croatian lawyer. For financial advice, contact us to consult with a licensed Croatian tax advisor or accountant.

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