The award ceremony for the promotion of gender equality was held today in the University of Split Senate’s hall "Don Frane Bulić", marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. It was organized within the European University of the Seas project (SEA-EU) with the aim of promoting gender equality activities.
Prof. Dragan Ljutić Ph.D., Rector of the University of Split, opened the ceremony choosing his words, emphasizing there is no violence in our University, and regarding the equal representation of sexes, there is an equal number of men and women.
- I think that is good and important. We primarily take into account the quality of a person, his or her abilities, desire and the will to do a good thing - concluded Rector Ljutić.
Based on a competition announced by the SEA-EU project team, three awards were given for different types of activities estimated to have advanced the field of gender equality at the University of Split.
- The award in the category of organizing events that promote gender equality was given to the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Split.
- The award in the category of policy-changing decisions at higher education institutions that promote gender equality went to the Faculty of Kinesiology in Split.
- The award in the category of a scientific article that furthers the field of gender equality in Croatia was given to Assist. Prof. Željko Mateljak Ph.D.
The round table "Role of women in science and society" was held as part of the awards ceremony. Moderator prof. Đurđica Miletić Ph.D., the University’s Vice-Rector for International Cooperation and SEA-EU project leader, pointed out that violence is an unacceptable form of social behaviour that violates fundamental human rights and freedoms and that it is important to recognize and report violence, as well as stop ignoring violence against women, in particular treating it as women’s private problem.
Vice-rector Miletić concluded the round table with a quote from the Talmud, the Jews’ holiest book:
“The woman was made of a rib out of the side of Adam; not made out of his head to rule over him, nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be beloved.”