The Comparative Arab Report on Implementing the Recommendations of the UN Secretary-General's Study on Violence against Children
Foreword by Dr. Sima Bahous, Assistant Secretary General Foreword by Dr. Sima Bahous, Assistant Secretary General:
The Social Sector at the League of Arab States (LAS) is pleased to present “The Comparative Arab
Report on Implementing the Recommendations of The UN Secretary-General’s Study on Violence
against Children”, which was prepared by the Department of Family and Childhood (DFC), in its
capacity as the Technical Secretariat of the Arab Childhood Committee. Following extensive regional
consultations on the efforts of Arab States to protect children against violence, and a study conducted
to this end, this Comparative Arab Report evaluates the efforts of 19 Arab countries to end violence
against children, and presents a pan-Arab vision of future steps needed to provide protection for
children against all forms of violence and abuse.
The Comparative Arab Report was first launched in Beirut – Lebanon in 2011 in the presence of
representatives of States members of the League of Arab States and the United Nations Secretary-
General’s Special Representative on Violence Against Children (UN SRSG). The Report was also
presented during the Fourth High-Level Arab Conference on the Rights of the Child (Marrakesh
2010) as one of the key reference documents for The Second Arab Plan of Action for Childhood. It is
recognized in the Annual Report of the UN SRSG to the United Nations General Assembly (65/A/262)
as “the first regional initiative worldwide in this respect, and the foundation for identifying needed
reforms in the area of legislation related to ending violence against children”.
The findings of this Arab Comparative Report indicate that, in general, the Arab states have made
considerable progress in recognizing the problem of violence against children, in developing policies,
and enacting necessary legislations, and, in building institutions and establishing counter-violence
mechanisms. It includes a policy document on actionable recommendations, and a list of proposed
programmes and activities.
I would like to express its sincere thanks and appreciation to the experts who contributed to the
development of this Report and its actionable recommendations. I would also like to express
gratitude to all the institutions and bodies that are addressing the issues of children and violence
against children in the Arab World. And, last but not least, I extend special thanks to Mrs. Marta
Santos Pais, the UN - SRSG on Violence Against Children for her dedicated efforts, and to UNICEF
MENARO for their support.