Centre for Women’s Studies Zagreb

Centre for Women’s Studies is the first non-institutional educational centre in Croatia. It was founded by a group of feminists, theorists and scholars, peace activists and artists in 1995. The Centre provides an interdisciplinary program and expert knowledge on women’s issues and is a meeting point for academic discourse, artistic practice, activist engagement.


Non-institutional education and research

Women’s studies program

The main quality of the Women’s Studies educational program is its interdisciplinarity and integrality. The program offers an insight into the diverse themes of feminism and gender studies, women’s culture and history, women’s rights and gender equality. During its 20 years of work, the Centre has seen more than 600 participants complete the educational program, and more than 1000 participants involved in various specialized programs.


Postgraduate course: Feminisms in a transnational perspective, IUC, Dubrovnik

The Centre has been organizing an annual postgraduate course in cooperation with the Department of Comparative Literature – Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, the Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Research, and international university partners which gathers scholars, theorists, feminist, activists and students each year.


Award for student work on women’s or gender-related issues

Since 2009 we have been granting the Award for Best Student Work on Women’s/Gender-related Issues with the goal of promoting and encouraging research on women’s/gender topics within the academic community.


Specialized programs

We organize programs for women with the aim of enhancing knowledge on different aspects of institutional and non-institutional discrimination.



The Centre carries out research on educational and cultural policies to create recommendations for including the gender perspective with the intention to activate the transformative potential of educational and cultural policies in order to achieve greater gender equality in Croatia.



The Centre’s publishing program is focused on publishing the results of Croatian feminist research and theory, as well as translations of selected key feminist texts. To date we have published more than 50 titles. Red Athena University Press is a special publishing program intended to promote regional feminist theoretical thinking and research in the English language. The Centre’s feminist theoretical journal Treća – [The Third] was launched in 1998 and has been published annually ever since.


Library: 4654 volumes and 3454 titles forming a unique women’s library

The library collection features books and magazines from the field of women’s and gender studies and can be searched on our website. The library also contains archival documents significant to the history of feminism in Croatia, materials resulting from the Centre’s research projects, the Marija Jurić Zagorka Collection, along with audio-visual materials. The library is open to the public on Thursdays from 11:00 to 16:00h. Contact: knjiznica@zenstud.hr



Marija Jurić Zagorka Program

Since 2009, the Centre has been managing the Marija Jurić Zagorka Memorial Apartment and carrying out documentary-information, educational and cultural activities related to the study and promotion of M. J. Zagorka’s heritage and topics connected to women’s creativity. Each year the Centre organizes the cultural and academic manifestation Marija Jurić Zagorka Days with public lectures and publish related literary and scientific collections of papers. We organize individual and group visits and have established a Marija Jurić Zagorka Collection.


Cultural events

The Centre is a place to promote women’s creativity. We (co)organize book promotions, talks, art workshops, festivals, events, artistic-activist programs and campaigns (One Billion Rising).


Public advocacy of feminist politics and networking

We are committed to social change and to affirming values of equality, peace and solidarity through international networking and advocacy. We cooperate with women’s organizations and civil society platforms at the national and international level. The Centre is a member of ATGENDER, InterUniversity Centre (IUC) in Dubrovnik, Women’s Network Croatia, Coordination of Women’s Groups SEKA, CROSOL, Antifascist League Croatia. Members of the Centre participate in expert teams of the Council of Europe, European Women’s Lobby, European Institute for Gender Equality, Nobel Women’s Initiative and in various cultural and activist projects (V-Day, One Billion Rising, El Taller).



Centar za ženske studije
Dolac 8, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia

Phone & fax: 01 48 72 406
e-mail: zenstud@zenstud.hr



Bank name:
Erste & Steiermarkische bank d.d.

Address bank:
Jadranski trg 3a
51000 Rijeka

Account holder:
Center for Women’s Studies

Address account holder:
Dolac 8
10000 Zagreb




Financial support:

National Foundation for Civil Society Development, City Office for Education, Culture and Sports of the City of Zagreb, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Science, Education and Sports, Global Fund for Women, Heart and Hand Fund, The Rachael and Ben Vaughan Foundation, V-Day, Mediterranean Women’s Fund, Agency for Mobility and EU Programmes.