Judicial Reform and the Empowerment of Victims
Zagreb, 28-29 Nov. 2012
"Living Life without Violence" Campaign Concludes with Awards Ceremony at Police Academy
Gibonni, Oliver Dragojević Perform at Christmas Concert
Croatian singers Oliver Dragojević and Gibonni, who joined President Ivo Josipović and dozens of other Croatian celebrities in lending their authority to the "Living Life without Violence" campaign, performed at the event. Minister of Interior Tomislav Karamarko opened the event, and prizes were awarded by Police Director Oliver Grbić and Louisa Vinton, UN Resident Coordinator and UN Development Programme Resident Representative.
Quoting Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor, Interior Minister Tomislav Karamarko expressed the Government's zero-tolerance approach to violence against women: "No violent person in the family, who is beating up his wife or partner, can be a respectable member of the society. He cannot be anything."
American ambassador in Croatia James Foley and photographer Damir Hoyka awarded special commendations for two artworks. That sports can by the best tool in addressing violence was the message from ex-waterpolo player and today's parliament representative Perica Bukić. Opera singer Bojan Šober together with Police Academy Orchestra joined the manifestation performing the song "Let the whole world" from musical "Jalta, Jalta".
"No country is without domestic violence. Today we understand how important it is to work together to punish perpetrators and to help the victims. But it is also essential to change our way of thinking and to change what society considers acceptable and non-acceptable. Important part of this change is to promote the culture that respects women as equals" - stressed American Ambassador to the Republic of Croatia, James Foley.
During the "Living Life without Violence" campaign, Croatian police collaborated with other government institutions engaged in preventing and responding to domestic violence to organize 1,372 meetings in 512 schools which were attended by 52,000 students and 4,000 parents. The meetings were designed to make communities aware of the resources available to respond to domestic violence, including the 192 emergency phone number, and to promote reflection on how individuals can help combat violence. The campaign also aimed to encourage influential Croatian men to pledge never to commit, condone, or remain silent about violence against women.
The campaign included a contest for the best student artwork on the theme of "Living Life without Violence." First prize went to the 6th grade class at the Pećine Elementary School in Rijeka; second prize to Dino Čevizović, a 5th grade student from Mate Lovrak Elementary School in Nova Gradiška; and third prize to Mikela Govorčin, a 7th grade student from Šime Budinić Elementary School in Zadar. Each winner received a bicycle. The jury also awarded special commendations to Zorana Juričević from Ante Anđelinović Elementary School in Sućuraj on the Island of Hvar and Doris Šimunov from the Šimuna Kožičića Elementary School in Zadar. The winning entries were chosen from the top three pieces submitted in each of twenty counties.
Judges for the contest included painter Vladimir Blažanović; photographer Damir Hoyka; Željko Jamičić, Director of the Police Museum; and Mirjana Tomašević Dančević from the Education and Teacher Training Agency of the Ministry of Science, Education, and Sport. The winning artworks will be exhibited at the UN House on Radnička cesta 41 after 21 December.
Complete artwork from the campaign can be viewed on Facebook at:
Watch videos from the event:
Play performed by the
Elementary school Marjan
City of Split