Experts say countries are falling short in efforts to end violence and secure quality education for women and girls
New York - “Educate a boy, and you educate an individual. Educate a girl, and you educate a community,” so goes the oft-quoted African proverb.It is backed by empirical evidence. During a panel discussion on 1 March at the United Nations in New York on tackling violence to secure quality education for women and girls, participants heard that research in some countries shows that an educated girl reinvests 90 percent of her income in her family, compared to 35 percent for boys.Studies in some countries have also shown that if just 20 percent more girls were enabled to obtain secondary education, the national economy would grow by three percent.While acknowledging the social and economic benefits of educating girls, panellists concurred that non-discrimination in the exercise of human rights, including the right to education, was paramount.
New York - The Deputy Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, Ms. Maud de Boer-Buquicchio joined forces with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on violence against children, Marta Santos Pais, at a UN panel discussion in New York.
Both high officials are avid campaigners for children’s rights. In her speech, Ms. de Boer-Buquicchio called for an urgent action to eliminate all forms of sexual violence against children.
October 2010 - January 2011
- Marrakesh Declaration
- Beijing Declaration
- South Asian Initiative to End Violence Against Children (SAIEVAC)
- Cooperation for Child Rights in the Asia-Pacific Region
- Follow up to Brazil World Congress against Sexual Exploitation
- COE Campaign to Stop Sexual Violence against Children
- West African Youth Say “No” to Violence against Children
- Expert consultation: Child - Sensitive Counselling, Reporting and Complaint Mechanisms
- Panel and Round table discussions
New York - Extreme poverty and violence against children were centre stage in a panel discussion held during the 49th Session of the UN Commission for Social Development and the UNICEF Executive Board meeting.
The event was co-organized by UNICEF, the SRSG on Violence against Children, ATD Fourth World, with the support of the Government of Bangladesh and counted on the participation of a youth representative of the Tapori children’s movement.
Commemorating the first anniversary of her mandate, SRSG Santos Pais met in Ghana with more than 80 children from the West African region, to assess the impact of violence on their lives and about ways of promoting children’s participation to prevent and respond to all forms of violence, and to ensure children’s voices are heard in the follow up process to the UN Study on Violence against Children.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake and other child-rights advocates came together at UNICEF headquarters in New York, calling for all countries to take extra steps aimed at protecting children from violence and exploitation. In this video, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urges all countries to ratify the Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child in the next two years.
The SRSG has prepared her first SRSG Newsletter for the period of October 2010 to January 2011. The following issues are covered in this edition: