Dr. Zdenka Čebašek Travnik

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Dr. Zdenka Čebašek Travnik

"If children are given an opportunity, they for sure can contribute in making this world a better place"

Dr. Zdenka Čebašek Travnik was born in Murska Sobota on 13th February 1955. In 1979 she graduated in Ljubljana and started working as a general surgeon in Murska Sobota. In 1994, she graduated from John Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA, on the topic of substance abuse and the following year became the head of the center for the treatment of addicts at the Psychiatric Clinic in Ljubljana. In 1997 she also graduated on systematic family therapy at the Institute for Family Therapy in London.

She said in an interview: "Areas that are represented by the largest number of initiatives, change from year to year, although some areas are permanently strongly represented: such as the area of justice, social problems and recently also the issue of the environment. We wish that there were more initiatives in the field of children's rights, even if they were already around eight percent. "

She is the author of numerous scientific articles on alcohol policy and alcohol addiction, as well as in the field of family therapy. She has edited several books and anthologies, and with her colleagues she organized several international professional meetings.

Dr. Zdenka Čebašek Travnik

The Human Rights commissioner from 22. 2. 2007 until 22. 2. 2013

Interviewer: I have a question regarding the new law about the possibility of the adoption of a child by homosexual couples. Do you think that this new law could violate some childrens right? Above all, I think in the interests of the child. Can same-sex parents ensure the child all the benefits of his psychological development?Zdenka Čebašek Travnik: Research carried out (abroad) on a large number of children living in families with parents of the same sex, have shown that children from these families are not exposed to different risks than other forms of family. So there is no fear that these parents would not be able to provide favorable conditions for the child's psychological development. Based on these studies as well as the protection of children's rights, I believe that the state must ensure that these children are not discriminated. Therefore, they schould have the same rights as those enjoyed by children from other forms of family - the right to health insurance, care in case of illness, alimony in the event that the parents split up, to inheritance from a non-biological parent etc.


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