Progress in implementation of the ASEAN regional plan of action to End Violence against Children a major contribution towards the Sustainable Development Goals stresses SRSG

28/03/2018

 

In her annual dialogue in Jakarta with the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and of Children (ACWC), SRSG Santos Pais acknowledged progress made in implementation of the Regional Plan of Action on the Elimination of Violence against Children (RPA/EVAC), and the Development of the Baseline Study on national action undertaken to strengthen children’s protection from violence. 

Member States commend Special Representative for placing violence prevention through investment in early childhood at the center of the Human Rights Council debate

10/03/2018

In the interactive dialogue with the Human Rights Council on 6 March 2018, Member States commended the Special Representative on Violence against Children for placing the prevention from violence in early childhood at the center of her annual report and interactive dialogue.

During the Interactive Dialogue, SRSG Santos Pais briefed Member States on progress made on children’s protection from violence across regions. Recognizing children as crucial partners in this process and agents of change, she highlighted the potential of children to be the first line of protection and continue to inspire peers as well as policy makers to take action to bring an end to neglect, abuse and exploitation of children.

Ending Violence in Early Childhood: Working Together with Religious Communities

SRSG-VAC on Violence Against Children: Witchcraft Beliefs & Practices - 37th Session of the Human Rights Council

09/03/2018

“A child who has been accused of witchcraft, experiences psychological violence which can be devastating in itself,” said Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais. “But such accusations are also often associated with other forms of violence, including serious abuse tantamount to torture, sometimes leading to life-long injuries and even death.”

SRSG-VAC Santos Pais emphasizes ‘Violence prevention must start in early childhood’ during her Annual Report to the Human Rights Council

08/03/2018

“A world free from fear and from violence, where no one is left behind, is the ambitious vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” recalled SRSG-VAC Marta Santos Pais in her Annual Report to the 37th session of the Human Rights Council (February-March 2018).

Agenda 2030 recognizes the crucial role played by early childhood development in creating peaceful, prosperous societies, giving important impetus to realizing the rights of every child to grow up in a safe, nurturing environment through SDG Target 16.2: to end all forms of violence against children, and SDG Target 4.2: to ensure children have access to quality early childhood development.

SRSG-VAC Presents Her Annual Report on Violence against Children to Human Rights Council

06/03/2018

The Annual Report of the #UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children is available in English here: http://bit.ly/2FfC9dd

SRSG-VAC welcomes achievement of gender parity threshold among UN senior leaders

03/03/2018

"The gender parity threshold has been reached among United Nations senior leaders. This is historic! ” said UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais. 

“Gender parity within the UN Senior Management Group bringing together leaders of United Nations departments, offices, funds and programmes, tangibly represents the UN’s commitment to genderequality and women’s empowerment across its work and priority agenda." 

SRSG-VAC Santos Pais emphasizes ‘Violence prevention must start in early childhood’ in her Annual Report to the Human Rights Council

26/02/2018

“A world free from fear and from violence, where no one is left behind, is the ambitious vision of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” recalls SRSG-VAC Marta Santos Pais in her Annual Report to the 37th session of the Human Rights Council (February-March 2018).

Agenda 2030 recognizes the crucial role played by early childhood development in creating peaceful, prosperous societies, giving important impetus to realizing the rights of every child to grow up in a safe, nurturing environment through SDG Target 16.2: to end all forms of violence against children, and SDG Target 4.2: to ensure children have access to quality early childhood development.

SRSG-VAC Calls for Urgency in Strengthening Children’s Protection from Violence at Solutions Summit

15/02/2018

“The Solutions Summit is an important milestone in our journey to end violence against children. And we have strong reasons to feel encouraged by the excellent national experience and tangible progress that is being made on the ground. But much remains to be done to protect every child from violence and we need to move ahead with a deep sense of urgency” said Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, during her address at the End Violence Solutions Summit in Stockholm on 15 February.

Safer Internet Day & International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM: 6 February 2018

06/02/2018

Today is an important day in our collective work and efforts to create a world free from violence for all children: 6 February 2018 marks both 'Safer Internet Day' and the ‘International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)’.

Safer Internet Day: Increasing numbers of younger children are going online every day, but many of these children make little distinction between offline and online ‘friendships’. It is our responsibility to help ensure they are informed and empowered to prevent potential risks, by talking openly with them at home and in school.

Talking with children about these risks is critical: a single act of online bullying or a single exploitative image can rapidly reach limitless numbers of people around the world and stay on cyberspace forever. Victims of such acts need to be supported through truly child-friendly services for their healing, recovery and reintegration.

SRSG-VAC Congratulates Government of Chile on Creation of 'Ombudsperson for Children'

29/01/2018

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children (SRSG-VAC), Marta Santos Pais, congratulates the Government of Chile for enacting legislation on 22 January 2018 which created the new position of ‘Ombudsperson for Children’. 

This new legislation, the design and promotion of which was done in collaboration with SRSG-VAC Marta Santos Pais, marks a critically important milestone towards a world free from the fear of violence against children.  

The Ombudsperson for Children, the first in Chile, will be an autonomous, independent, legal body with broad responsibilities, including its role to: receive, facilitate and disseminate the opinion and views of children; receive complaints from children about violations of their rights; and, act as a facilitator and mediator between State bodies, private institutions and children.