Annual conference of Eurochild, established by the European Commission, under the title of „Building an Inclusive Europe – The Contribution of Children's Participation, was held from 13 to 15 November 2013 in Milan, and Child Protection Center of Zagreb also participated. Eurochild's main aim is the promotion of children's welfare and rights in Europe by building a network of active organisations and individuals who invest their efforts into the improvement of the quality of life of children and youth in Europe.
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’s suffering 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.
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.