HCA NEWS Bulgarian First Lady appointed HCA ambassador

Mrs. Zorka Parvanova, the First Lady of Bulgaria was appointed Honorary Hans Christian Andersen ambassador to Bulgaria. She now joins severeal other Royals and First Ladies as Honorary HCA ambassadors

By on - H.C. Andersen 2005 - 11 February 2005

Mrs. Parvanova has received the golden pin of
Honorary Ambassador of Hans Christian Andersen for Bulgaria

The Danish Ambassador to the Republic of Bulgaria, H.E. Mr. Svend Boje Madsen handed today to Mrs. Zorka Parvanova the golden pin and the special diploma on the occasion of her appointment as Honorary Ambassador of Hans Christian Andersen for Bulgaria.

Danish ambassador to Bulgaria Svend Boje Madsen and Bulgarian First Lady Mrs. Zorka Parvanova

Others who have been appointed Honorary Hans Christian Andersen ambassadors are Grand Dutchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, First Lady of Mexico Marta Fox, First Lady of Chile Luisa Duran de Lagos, First Lady of Bolivia Elvira Salinas de Mesa, First Lady of Egypt Suzanne Mubarak and Former President of Iceland Vigdis Finnbogadottir.

Bulgaria will celebrate the Hans Christian Andersen jubilee with the program "Decade of the Fairytale 1995-2005".

Every year of the Decade was dedicated to a special Bulgarian author, winner of the Honorary Diploma "Hans Christian Andersen". The culmination of the celebration in Bulgaria this year will be the International Scientific Conference organized by the oldest and the most prestigious University in Bulgaria, "St. Kliment Ohridsky" under the hospices of the Royal Danish Embassy in Sofia.

Facts on Zorka Parvanova
Born in 1958 in Razlog, Bulgaria. She has a masters degree in History and Etnography from the University of Sofia. She also has a Ph. d. and doctorial degree in History.

Her field of science has evolved the national conflicts of the Balkan area, and since 2002 she has been a senior scientist at the Institute for Balkan Studies at the Bulgarian Science Academy (BAS).

She is the mother of two sons, and amongst her work as First Lady she has engaged in social and humanitarian work with with excluded groups and psysical and mentally disable children. She is an Honorary President in the National Youth Organisation, which fights drugs, and she is a member of the National Commitee for Women and Science, which works specifically for womens key issues - one being campains for breast cancer.
Beyond this Zorka Parvanova has been Honorary Patroness of many cultural events and festivals in Bulgaria.