Members of International Women’s Club Zagreb visit the Library
On 2 June 2014 some 20 members of the International Women’s Club Zagreb visited the National and University Library in Zagreb. The Club devotes its efforts to organising various cultural and charity projects aimed at the integration of women and people of good will in general who come to live in Croatia from all around the world for reasons associated with their professional careers, personal or family life. The Club’s ladies were given a guided tour of the Library as part of which they got better acquainted with the invaluable treasures preserved at the Library’s four special collections. According to Natalia Varnakova, President of the Club, they were delighted with the tour and showed interest in becoming the Library’s registered members.
The International Women’s Club Zagreb was established in 1994 at the level of local self-government as a non-governmental and non-profit organisation. The Club’s membership grew from initial eight to forty members in just one year. That same year the Club’s members organised the Club’s first charity event, the International Christmas Fair, which was highly successful. Owing to this successful start, the Fair became an annual tradition promoting charity, volunteering and social responsibility. Volunteer work soon became a regular part of the Club’s activities and a particular challenge in the Club’s work. Apart from the Fair, the Club’s members regularly organise a number of smaller projects throughout the year which all positively contribute to Croatian society.
Through the continuous and dedicated efforts of all its members, in twenty years of its activity the Club donated more than four million kuna (over € 500,000) to Croatian institutions of various profiles. Cooperation with these institutions, a wide range of volunteering activities, as well as unselfish personal dedications of time and resources have earned the Club its outstanding reputation.
Today the Club counts 187 women of different nationalities from some 45 countries around the world and through its activity it has taken the role of a highly proactive institution in Croatian society.