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Marta Santos Pais welcomes the launch of a landmark Global Study on the protection of children from sexual exploitation in travel and tourism

12/05/2016

Washington D.C. (12 May 2016)– The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Ms Marta Santos Pais, welcomes the launch of a landmark Global Study on the protection of children from sexual exploitation in travel and tourism.

 

The Global Study is the culmination of two years of research led by ECPAT International in collaboration with leading child rights experts, law enforcement agencies, civil society organizations and private sector partners. Itreveals that both the scale and the nature of the sexual exploitation of children in the context of travel and tourism have worsened dramatically, with greater risks than ever before for children to become victims of this serious child rights violation.

 

SRSG renews call for an empowering, inclusive and safer Internet

09/02/2016

(New York – 9 February) Speaking on the occasion of Safer Internet Day, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, renewed her call to ensure that the empowerment of children is at the heart of building a safer and more inclusive Internet:

“Information and communications technologies evolve and spread at a phenomenal speed. This evolution represents an amazing opportunity, which more and more children are availing of to learn, play, create, socialize, and express themselves. However, without determined and coordinated action, millions of children will continue to be excluded from the benefits of the Internet; child victims of on-line violence, abuse and exploitation will continue to multiply; and impunity for these offences will go unchecked.

SRSG Santos Pais participates in the launch of Nigeria's Violence against Children Survey

20/02/2016 - 25/02/2016
 
SRSG Santos Pais visits Abuja and Lagos to support the launch of the Government’s Violence against Children Survey and efforts to implement the Nigerian Year of Action to End Violence Against Children. She will hold discussions with senior officials of the Government of Nigeria and other key stakeholders on the importance of using data and research to shed light on the hidden face of violence and to implement evidence-based policies and campaigns to end violence against children.  
 

SRSG Santos Pais adds her voice to the Campaign to #ENDviolence against children with disabilities

SRSG Santos Pais adds her voice to the Campaign to #ENDviolence against children
03/12/2015

On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, SRSG Santos Pais calls for an end to violence against children with disabilities and adds her voice to the Campaign to #ENDViolence against Children with Disabilities.

There are at least 93 million children with disabilities around the world. Many are considered to be a cause of shame to their families and a curse and misfortune for their communities. The lives of children with disabilities can be surrounded by stigma, discrimination, cultural prejudices, ill-perceptions and shocking invisibility. In addition, children with disabilities are at dramatically heightened risk of violence, neglect, abuse and exploitation.

In spite of limited data and research, available studies reveal an alarming prevalence of violence against children with disabilities – from higher vulnerability to physical and emotional violence when they are young to greater risks of sexual violence as they reach puberty.

Special Representative Santos Pais welcomes the European Day against Sexual Violence

European Day on the Protection of Children against sexual exploitation and abuse
18/11/2015

Marking the first European Day against Sexual Violence on 18 November, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children welcomed this important initiative by the Council of Europe. The European Day against Sexual Violence will help to raise public awareness of children's protection from sexual abuse and exploitation, while strengthening prevention initiatives and promoting the ratification and implementation of the Council's Lanzarote Convention. Special Representative Santos Pais commends the efforts of the Council of Europe, including through the ONE in FIVE Campaign which aims to achieve further ratification and implementation of the treaty.

SRSG Santos Pais calls for protection of children from online violence at Digital Literacy Forum in Argentina

SRSG Santos Pais calls for protection of children from online violence
06/11/2015

SRSG Santos Pais joined more than 200 children from the Americas to discuss effective ways of ensuring that children and teenagers can safely embrace ICTs (Information and Communications Technologies). 

As keynote speaker at the First Regional Summit on Digital Literacy and Citizenship "Technology for a Better World" held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ms. Santos Pais called for the promotion of a safe, inclusive and empowering digital agenda for children as an indispensable strategy to protect children from violence.

SRSG Santos Pais calls for concerted efforts to eliminate bullying in all regions

SRSG Santos Pais calls for concerted efforts to eliminate bullying in all region
13/10/2015

Bullying is a serious concern for millions of children all over the world.  The scale, pervasiveness and impact of bullying on children’s development and wellbeing were discussed at a side event co-organized by SRSG Santos Pais with the Governments of Mexico and Japan. The event was held during the United Nations General Assembly‘s debate on the rights of the child, which this year places particular emphasis on children’s right to education.

Bullying compromises children’s rights, including the right to education. It presents special risks for children in situations of vulnerability, such as children with disabilities; children affected by migration or who are asylum seekers or refugees; children who are socially excluded; children who belong to a minority or who are indigenous.

Protecting children from online abuse is everybody's business!

Protecting children from online abuse is everybody's business!
17/09/2015
In the lead up to the Human Rights Council 2016 full-day debate on "information and communication technology (ICT) and child sexual exploitation," the Government of Belgium hosted on 15 September, in cooperation with SRSG Santos Pais and UNICEF, a high level panel event to strengthen public-private partnerships for the protection of children from on line sexual abuse and to ensure the implementation of a safe, inclusive and empowering digital agenda for children.