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Lora VIDOVIC Ombudswoman, Republic of Croatia, Zagreb


 Lora Vidović, LLM, took over the duty of the Ombudswoman in March 2013 after the Croatian Parliament appointed her for a term of eight years as the Head of this independent institution with multiple mandates: Parliamentary Ombudsman, A status NHRI, National Equality Body and OP-CAT NPM. Prior to that, she worked as the Head of UNICEF Office in Croatia (2010 - 2013) and before that as Deputy Ombudsman for Children (2006 - 2010). Mrs. Vidović also worked with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration within the Human Rights Department and served as an attaché in charge of consular affairs and human rights in Oslo, Norway (1998 - 2006), as well as in the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare (1997 - 1998). She has actively participated on numerous international seminars, conferences and meetings related to human rights and democratization, and has published a series of expert papers concerning the status of women in employment and children’s status in society and family. From 2014 until 2019, she was a member of the Management Board of FRA; from 2016 she has been a European member of the Bureau of Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions, and from 2016 to 2019 she was the Chair of the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI).
 She graduated from University of Zagreb, Faculty of Law in 1997; in 2001 obtained her Master’s degree and in 2006 passed the Bar exam.