Our Director, Prof. Gordana Buljan Flander, PhD was proclaimed Woman of the Year 2018 in Croatia. The award was presented to her last night, July 12, 2018 at a ceremony at the Hotel Esplanade.
– Direct merit of prof. Gordana Buljan Flander, PhD, is this, which by her expertise, persistence and professional influence has managed to ensure that those in positions of power understand and accept that an institution such as the Child and Youth Protection Center of Zagreb is necessary and that such kind of care and help to children and young people can not be done within the framework of civil society organizations – emphasized, among other things, editor-in-chief of the magazine “Zaposlena” Ana Gruden, organizer of the election.
Thanking the magazine “Zaposlena” for the award, but also for the nomination, director pointed out that to her this award means a chance that many people once more can hear that children’ssuffering exists, so that wouldn’t look away, but react and protect children.
– When I saw names of nominees, I felt honoured that I was in a group of such wonderful, valuable and successful women; I congratulate from my heart all of them. For me, this recognition means that many people once more will hear that children‘s suffering exists, so that we can not look away from it, but react and protect children. Also, I praise and want to express gratitude to my team at the Child and Youth Protection Center of Zagreb for 15 years of strength and commitment to work with over 17,000 children and families. This is also an opportunity to say thank you to all who live this way with me – said prof. Gordana Buljan Flander, PhD, on the award ceremony.
In her speech, she pointed out that she felt honored to be nominated among brilliant, successful women, namely Biljana Borzan, a politician and a doctor; Ivana Radačić, a scientist, an expert in gender discrimination; Jadranka Primorac, member of the Management Board of the St. Catherine’s Special Hospital and president of the Association of private polyclinics, hospitals, health resorts and health care institutions, and Katarina Hauptfeld, founder and director of the travel agency Katarina Line.
Center’s psychologists (from left): Ana Raguž, Director Gordana Buljan Flander, Ella Selak Bagarić, Mia Roje
This recognition is entirely important to the Child and Youth Protection Center of Zagreb because, as the Director pointed out, without her expert team who has been working with her for over 15 years with more than 17,000 children and families, she would not be where she is today.
On the World Day of Child Abuse Prevention (November 19th) and International Children's Day (20 November) in the Split City Library Marko Marulić, the Family Center Split has organized lectures for experts who work with children from different systems. A lecture "The child and parents in a family that needs help" was held by Bruna Profaca, PhD from the Child and Youth Protection Centre of Zagreb, for more than a hundred participants.
The international professional-scientific conference "Happy Children" was held from October 10 to 12, 2018 in Zagreb, and this year was dedicated to the subject of "Art, Game, Imagination, Knowledge, Exercise and Therapy". The meeting was organized in cooperation with the Faculty of Fine Arts, Creativity and Design - Studio Tanay, Association of Croatian Art Teachers UHULI, Education and Training Agency, and the City Office for Social Welfare and People with Disabilities of the City of Zagreb. Long-term collaboration with the Centre continued through the presentation of "Living together in a world we do not know: Parenting and Growing Up with Contemporary Technology in Pre-School Age", co-chaired by Gordana Buljan Flander and psychologist Tea Brezinšćak.
On 6 February 2018, we celebrated 15 years of the work of the Child and Youth Protection Centre of the city of Zagreb in the Renaissance Hall of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts. The event gathered the Representative of the President of Croatia Renata Margaretić Urlić, her consultant for social activities for the youth, dr. Ivan Ćelić, the representative of the President of Croatian Parliament Gordan Jandroković, the representative of the Prime Minister the Minister of Health Milan Kujundžić, the members of the Government: the Minister for Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy Nada Murganić, the Minister of Justice Dražen Bošnjaković, the City of Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandić with his assistants, the Ambassador of Australia Elizabeth Petrović, the Ambassador of India Sandeep Kumar, the Rector of the University of Zagreb, Damir Boras, the Rector of the Zagreb Cathedral, reverent Josip Kuhtić, ombudsman for children Helenca Pirnat Dragičević, the members of the Parliament, deans Hrvoje Brkić and Snježana Sekušek Galešev, the President of the Croatian Psychological Chamber Andreja Bogdan, minister deputies, state secretaries, heads of city offices and city health and other institutions, our colleagues, children and parents from our committees.