By Natasa Radic for Southeast European Times in Zagreb -- 27/10/11
|Oliver Canic initiated and founded Croatia's first Equal Parenting Association. [Petar Kos/SETimes]|
Two years ago, Oliver Canic founded the Association for Equal Parenting in Croatia. The group volunteers are mostly fathers trying to take a more active role in their child's upbringing after a divorce or separation.
The association is engaged in answering questions in the post-divorce and parenting equality issues, mostly from fathers, and some mothers. Canic talked to SETimes correspondent Natasa Radic about the need for equal parenting and its improvements in Croatia.
SETimes: What were the main reasons for initiating this project?
Oliver Canic: Every day I meet people who say they are being prevented from participating in their children's lives. The system in Croatia has been supporting a model where mothers usually gain full support of the system to push fathers away from children's lives after a divorce or break up between parents.
Fathers sometimes accept such status quo, but not frequently. We do not support either side. We think equal involvement of both parents in the lives of children after a breakup is necessary, where the children are granted their rights.
More: Interview: Oliver Canic, Croatian Association for Equal Parenting president (SETimes.com)