Since 15 March 2016 Republic of Croatia is chairing the Equal Futures Partnership, which is an innovative multilateral initiative that was envisaged to encourage member countries to empower women economically and politically.
The United States launched Equal Futures Partnership during the 2012 UN General Assembly in response to President Barack Obama’s challenge to other heads of state to break down barriers to women’s economic and political participation. In four years, a partnership that began with 11 governments has more than doubled to include 29 countries and the European Union, along with private sector, non-profit, and multilateral partners.
Equal Futures partner countries commit to taking legal, regulatory and policy reforms in order to ensure women fully participate in public and political life at the local, regional, and national levels, and that women lead and benefit from inclusive economic growth. Working closely with key stakeholders to identify policy and program priorities, Equal Futures members set achievable goals as commitments within the Partnership, and report on progress. Members support each other and exchange experiences and best practices and lessons learned in a flexible and agile framework.
Croatia has joined the Equal Futures Partnership in 2013 with firm belief that working together with other countries to advance our shared commitments for women’s political and economic empowerment could significantly contribute to greater equality and opportunity for women and girls in our respective societies and across the world.
So far, Croatia made significant efforts to advance its Equal Futures commitments in the area of women’s political participation, strengthening the social and economic position of rural women, advancing female businesses and women in the labor market, and supporting women and girls in conflict and post-conflict societies, as a part of our development assistance.
Croatia officially took over the initiative’s chairmanship from the United States on the margins of the 60th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (New York, 15 March 2016). On this occasion, the Ministry of Foreign and European Affaires jointly with U.S. Department of State held an open forum side event on Violence against Women (Tackling Violence against Women as a Prerequisite for Sustainable Development) that brought together seven ministers from Equal Futures member states. Furthermore, on the margins of the World Bank Spring Meetings in Washington, the Croatia Finance Minister Zdravko Marić participated as a chair at the Equal Futures Partnership’s meeting on Women’s economic empowerment held on 15 April 2016.
The Croatia’s Chairmanship program for this year - under the moto: Securing a Future for Women around the World – also includes a global event at the highest political level, chaired by the President of the Republic of Croatia Kolinda Grabar Kitarović. This event is planned to be held in New York, on the margins of this year 71st UN General Assembly Session.
To learn more on Equal Futures, please visit: www.equal-futures.org