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.
Pascale Franck, director of Family Justice Center in Antwerp (Belgium) and Bert Groen (Netherlands), president of European Family Justice Center Alliance, visited Child and Youth Protection Center of Zagreb on October 12, 2017.
At the 5th Congress of the Serbia's Association for Preventive Pediatrics with international participation, held 20th to 22th April 2018 in Niš, Center's psychologist Ella Selak Bagaric was the moderator of the session Prevention in pediatric neurology and psychiatry.
In an article published in Večernji list on October 20, 2018, the psychologist of the Child and Youth Protection Centre of Zagreb, Mia Roje advises parents how not to cross the dangerous boundaries, how much time children can spend in front of the screen, and what to do when they rebel because they have to stop playing with smart devices. Also, actress Ana Vilenica shared her experience with her son Dujam Anton on how she protects him against the excessive use of technology: