After adopting the first National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace and Security from 2011-2014, the Croatian Government adopted a revised Action Plan for period 2019-2023 (Second NAP) in August 2019. It covers both domestic and international activities. Its key objectives are to achieve further progress towards a balanced representation of men and women in national defense and security sector institutions and diplomatic service at all levels, and to ensure full integration of gender perspectives in all aspects of Croatia’s foreign policy and actions. New goals related to gender sensitive approaches in facing migration, fighting against terrorism and managing natural or technological disasters are also envisaged.
The second NAP follows a whole-of-government approach (Defence, Interior, Foreign &European Affairs, Justice, Health, Education, Human Rights & Gender Equality), and the 4-pillar structure (Promotion of WPS agenda, Prevention, Participation, and Protection). The second NAP was prepared by an inter-ministerial working group led by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and comprised of representatives from the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Croatian War Veterans, the Office of the National Security Council, the Ministry of Justice/Judicial Academy, the Ministry of Science and Education, the Ministry of Health, the Office for Gender Equality, the Office for Human Rights and Rights of National Minorities. The Ombudsperson for Gender Equality was also actively engaged in the whole process of the development of the second NAP and her recommendations were included in the final version. Civil society organizations provided their input, suggestions and feedback through an online consultation during the drafting process of the second NAP. The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs is the coordinative body for the implementation of the second NAP and for all Women, Peace and Security related activities.