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Removing the stigma: Senior UN child rights experts call for safe, accessible and child-sensitive counselling and complaints mechanisms to address violence against children

09/03/2011

Geneva - Senior child rights experts called on countries to create and strengthen child-sensitive mechanisms where children can seek help and report incidents of violence. “Such mechanisms are still too often unavailable or difficult to access, particularly by vulnerable children,” said Ms. Santos Pais, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children in a report submitted to the Human Rights Council with the Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography.

Marrakesh Declaration

21/12/2010

Adopted at the Fourth Arab High Level Conference on the Rights of the Child (Marrakech, 19-21 December, 2010)

Debate: Women’s and Children’s Rights: Making the Connection

25/02/2011

New York - Debate at Danny Kaye Visitor’s Centre at UNICEF House, organized by UNICEF and UNFPA.

The four panellists were Dr. Nafis Sadik, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General and Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Asia and the Pacific; Stephen Lewis, Co-director of the international advocacy organization AIDS-Free World; Marta Santos Pais, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children; and Fabiola, 17, a youth advocate and member of Plan Cameroon’s Youth Empowerment through Technology, Arts and Media project.

Experts say countries are falling short in efforts to end violence and secure quality education for women and girls

01/03/2011

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.

SRSG urges countries to adopt measures to protect children

25/05/2010

In this video, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, talks about the progress made in the 10 years since the adoption of the Optional Protocols to the CRC.

SRSG and Council of Europe call for urgent action to stop sexual violence against children

28/02/2011

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.

SRSG Newsletter 1 - January 2011

SRSG Newsletter 1
19/01/2011

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

Children in Extreme Poverty and victims of violence are at a double disadvantage

09/02/2011

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.

SRSG visits Ghana for the Youth Network Forum

04/11/2010

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.