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Serbia: Blogger Krugolina Borup Wins Disruption Prize

On Dec. 18, my post about Serbian blogger Krugolina Borup and her “Mother Courage” initiative was published on Global Voices. A few days later, Krugolina Borup (whose real name is Branka Stamenkovic) became the fifth laureate of the Disruption Prize, which Luna TBWA Agency has been awarding to individuals or organizations from Serbia for social liability and changing of social conventions.

B92's bloggers sincerely congratulated Krugolina on receiving this valued prize. One of them, MilutinM wrote:

[…] Why I am particularly glad that Branka and her initiative Mother Courage got the prize. Ten years ago, I took part in a meeting of East European scouting organizations in Warsaw. A guest of the meeting was former Polish minister of transition and municipalities. Then Poland had the biggest economy growth in Europe. The minister explained to us what the key reason for that was. “We attained success since we had explained to our citizens that the development of the country was also their problem. There will be development if every citizen makes an effort. No one can make it instead of them.” […]

[…] Branka's action is a proof that it is possible to change the society. As Ivan* in his lecture: this country has problems not just because someone makes problems but because we do nothing in order to prevent them. Krugolina didn't want to accept such situation and because of that she initiated her action. She deserves this prize. […]

* [Ivan Tasovac, director of Belgrade's Philharmonic orchestra and the first laureate of the Disruption Prize; he handed this year's prize to Krugolina.]

MilutinM also pointed out one more praise for Krugolina:

[…] Renault decided to present its car model Twinga to Kru [Krugolina] and her fellows in order for them to be able to visit maternity hospitals around Serbia. That's one more praise! […]

Many readers also congratulated Krugolina on her prize and commented on her initiative below MilutinM's post.

Kraljmajmuna:

Of course, I liked the action by KGB [Krugolina]. And, of course, I didn't agree with every one of her attitudes from the public discussion that she had with Dr. Stanojevic. But, she has moved a huge stone. […]

Msarski, B92's blogger commented:

[…] Sincere congratulations! This blog platform will become a respectable factor. We are on a good way. […]

Blau.punkt:

[…] Krugolina is an ideal example of an individual who initiates social changes. She deserves support and congratulations. […]

Thanks to Krugolina's initiative, a few positive things have so far been achieved on behalf of women who have just given birth. It's most important that the ministry of health has reacted positively. For example, the minister has promised to buy netlike panties for all maternity hospitals in Serbia immediately after he heard about the “Mother Courage” initiative and the first meeting with Branka Stamenkovic. Also, the minister ordered to directors of maternity hospitals to provide badges for medical staff that would have their names written on them, so that the women know who looks after them during their stay in maternity hospital and who is responsible for their health. An agreement on a questionnaire about the treatment of women by the medical staff of maternity hospitals has been reached and it will be conducted for the next six months. The minister also promised that the control in maternity hospitals will be better.

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