London, 22 July 2014 - SRSG Santos Pais participated in the Girl Summit held in London, UK. The Girl Summit rallied a global movement to end child, early and forced marriage and FGM for all girls within a generation. Doing this will help preserve girls' childhoods, promote their education, reduce their exposure to violence and abuse, and allow them to fulfil their potential in life. The event was webcasted here.
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SRSG welcomes adoption of ban on violence against children in Brazil (Portuguese version below/Versão em Português em baixo)
SRSG Santos Pais welcomes the enactment by President Dilma Rousseff of Law 13.010 which recognizes the right of the child to be cared for and educated without any form of corporal punishment or degrading treatment. The new law was enacted enters into force on 26 June 2014.
"The adoption of this new legislation marks an historic day for Brazilian children. It strengthens Brazil's efforts to safeguard children's rights and it gains a decisive global relevance as it increases the percentage of the world’s children protected by a legal ban against all forms of violence from 5% to 8%!" highlighted the Special Representative.
Human Rights Council Resolution: Rights of the child: a holistic approach to the protection and promotion of the rights of children working and/or living on the street (A/HRC/RES/16/12)
Resolution adopted by the Human Rights Council 16/12 - Rights of the child: a holistic approach to the protection and promotion of the rights of children working and/or living on the street
We live in a globalizing world, in constant change. The search for better economic opportunities and for a better lifestyle, on the one hand; and political instability and armed conflicts, violence and discrimination, climate change and natural disasters, on the other, are some of the reasons behind international and internal migration flows – from South to North, and more significantly, across and within countries in the South.
Communication from the European Commission to the European Parliament and the Council - Towards the elimination of female genital mutilation
Every year, millions of women and girls worldwide have their quality of life drastically altered by female genital mutilation (FGM). The procedure involves partial or total removal of their external genitalia or other injury to their genital organs for non-medical reasons. Thousands of women and girls living in Europe are affected or at risk.
FGM is internationally recognised as a violation of women’s human rights and a form of child abuse. In common with other forms of gender-based violence, ‘it constitutes a breach of the fundamental right to life, liberty, security, dignity, equality between women and men, nondiscrimination and physical and mental integrity. It also violates the rights of the child as defined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Presentation of the First Report on Child Pornography by the National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual Violence against Children in the Netherlands
Protection of children from sexual violence cannot solely be provided by a reactive approach. Protection also means: preventing offences, identifying and registering offenders and victims, providing assistance to victims and after-care for offenders. This requires cooperation and partnership between government institutions, non-governmental organisations and private parties.
International Expert Consultation to Address Harmful Practices Against Children - Adis-Ababa, Ethiopia
The Consultation was co-organized by Plan International, the Office of the SRSG on Violence against Children and the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child and focused on the sharing of good legislative examples, taking into account possible risks and backlashes in countries where law reform combined with effective enforcement, awareness-raising and social mobilization has given positive results in addressing deeply rooted social conventions and promoting the abandonment of harmful practices against children.
Particular attention should be given to less known or emerging harmful practices. Amongst significant legislative developments, attention was specifically given to:
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.