South Asia

The Special Representative has established a firm institutional collaboration with the South Asian Initiative to End Violence against Children, having participated in the first meeting of its Governing Board as well as in the technical workshop on law reform, both held in Kathmandu in November 2010. The meetings reflected on national developments and prevailing challenges and were aimed at strengthening regional cooperation in the elimination of violence against children. They also provided an opportunity to review opportunities for the introduction of a legal ban on all forms of violence against children. The Initiative was formed in 2010 to guide the process of national implementation of the recommendations of the United Nations study. Its strategic plan for 2010–2015 includes time-bound targets to help to monitor periodic progress achieved. This process is overseen by the Governing Body, comprising national coordinators representing the eight Governments in the region, and with leading coordinating responsibilities at the national level, two representatives from civil society organizations and two representatives from the Regional Child Participation Network. The process aims at the institutionalization of the collaboration with the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation and will open avenues to further strengthen the protection of children from violence in the region. The Special Representative’s cooperation with the Initiative provides a strategic occasion to strengthen cooperation with critical partners in South Asia, including the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, national governments, United Nations agencies, civil society organizations, and with community-based organizations and children’s advocates on violence against children.


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Children of SAARC region, in various local, national, regional and global consultations have expressed the view that violent parental and teacher’s behaviours, teaching practices and child rearing as one of their most significant concerns. In response SAIEVAC, in its 2nd Governing Board Meeting, held in Kathmandu on the 29th October 2011, governments, civil society, children and the South Asia...




Since the UNVAC Study launch at the General Assembly in 2006, numerous efforts were made by different actors to contribute towards ending violence against children in all settings.

This resulted in a number of good practices that remain to be further documented and disseminated. However...


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The child representatives from the eight SAARC countries assembled together in Colombo, Sri Lanka form 26th to 30th May 2012, for the south Asia follow up regional consultation to discuss and share experiences on the UN Study on Violence Against Children which was organized and showcased by the SAIEVAC secretariat and hosted by the government of Sri Lanka.



NEW YORK/GENEVA – We warmly welcome the adoption by the General Assembly of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a communications procedure, providing for individual complaints, inter-state communications and an inquiry procedure, and introducing an international mechanism of...

Marta Santos Pais co-organizes meeting in Sri-Lanka on Violence against Children

This Consultation brought together relevant stakeholders in South Asia to review progress made in implementing the UNVAC Study recommendations, in order to strengthen measures and processes aiming at their effective realization. The meeting, held in Sri-Lanka, was organized by the South Asian Initiative to End Violence Against Children (SAIEVAC) in collaboration with the ...


The roundtable is organized by the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children and builds upon the process of follow-up to the United Nations Study on Violence against Children in which regional organizations and institutions play a pivotal role. 

Significant regional studies and analytical reviews promoted by regional organizations, including the League of Arab States, MERCOSUR...

Marta Santos Pais in Sri Lanka

Special Representative Santos Pais participated in the South Asia Follow Up Regional Consultation on the UN Study on Violence against Children, on 26-30 May, 2012, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The consultation was organized by South Asia Initiative to End Violence Against Children (SAIEVAC), in collaboration with the Office of the SRSG, and with the support of South Asia Coordination Group on Action against Violence...