PRESS RELEASE: The family in a democratic society

PRESS RELEASE: The family in a democratic society


BOLD – a civic initiative of the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee, which aims to increase public support for democracy, human rights and fundamental freedoms, organized a panel discussion on:

“The family in a democratic society: Can a child’s rights be in conflict with his or her family’s rights?”

The event will be held in the “House of Sofia” at 12 Midzhur Street on January 31, 2020 from 13:30 to 16:00.

Recently, a discourse on the family and family values ​​has been developing in our country, dominated by conservative-traditionalist attitudes. It is part of a global campaign against liberal-democratic ideas, including human rights and gender equality. Democratic civil society organizations, including human rights organizations, have failed to oppose these movements and are widely perceived by society as a losing country in a worldwide war of cultures. They are even accused of having an interest in separating children from their families and destroying the traditional Bulgarian family in the name of foreign and hostile interests.

But are we really moving towards breaking down what has been achieved in the field of child and family policies? And what awaits us in the future in this complex area? The panel discussion will try to find the answer to these questions by focusing on current sub-topics about the family.

The event is part of BOLD’s inaugural campaign on child and family protection.

To register, please request attendance by January 24, as seats are limited. Write to Vladimir Kolev, BOLD coordinator by e-mail: or call: 02/944 06 70.

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Preliminary program

13:15 – Registration

13:30 – Opening

Moderator: Dr. Krassimir Kanev, Chairman of the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee

Panel discussion

Prof. Antoniy Todorov, NBU: “When does a child grow up, and when does he have rights?”

Kalina Zafirova, Coordinator, Fridays for the Future: “Domestic Violence Against Children”

Dr. Dimitrina Petrova, Chair of the Initiative Committee, BOLD: “The state will take my child! Who is afraid of social services?

Assoc. Prof. Valentina Georgieva, Sofia University “Kliment Ohridski”: “The Family – Tradition and Development”

14:30 – Reaction to the presentations and questions to the panel

Discussant: Prof. Ivaylo Dichev, Sofia University “Kliment Ohridski”

15:00 – Discussion

15:40 – Closing, coffee

BOLD invites citizens, representatives of civil society organizations, initiatives, movements and interested media to attend the event.

For inquiries from the media

Vladimir Kolev, BOLD Coordinator


Tel: 02/944 06 70