19 September 2013 – United Nations officials today urged Member States that have not done so to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Child and its three Optional Protocols, stressing that this is vital to protect children from abuse and mistreatment worldwide.
“Millions of children around the globe suffer daily from violence, exploitation and abuse. Ignored by statistics and neglected by policy action they are silent victims, excluded from the public debate,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, addressing the press.
Countries will have the opportunity to ratify the Convention and its Optional Protocols at the 2013 Treaty Event, which will be held 24 – 26, and 30 September and 1 October at UN Headquarters in New York.
SRSG launches a Child-Friendly Version of the 3rd Optional Protocol to the CRC on a Communications Procedure
Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children launched a new publication entitled: Raising Understanding among Children and Young People on the Optional Protocol on a Communications Procedure (OPCP).
This child-friendly publication was developed with the support and advice of children and young people from different regions of the world. It aims to support wide dissemination of the Protocol, raise children’s awareness about their rights and enhance their confidence to speak up and seek support. Children, together with key partners from UN agencies, regional networks and civil society, have made this project a truly collaborative effort.
Universal Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Optional Protocols Needed to Protect Children Worldwide
The Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, and the Special Representative on Violence Against Children, Marta Santos Pais, called today for the universal ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its three Optional Protocols.
“Millions of children around the globe suffer daily from violence, exploitation and abuse. Ignored by statistics and neglected by policy action they are silent victims, excluded from the public debate,” said Marta Santos Pais. “They need the additional protection that the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Optional Protocols can give them,” added Leila Zerrougui.
SRSG joins youth leaders in the Beyond 2015 Global Youth Summit during which safety online was addressed
Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children Ms. Marta Santos Pais joined a Global Youth Summit on the use of new technologies, in which more than 700 youth leaders from different parts of the world and over 3000 online participants took part. Held from 9 to 11 September, 2013, the Summit was convened by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), and hosted in San Jose by the Government of Costa Rica.
SRSG joins young advocates from West and Central Africa in a regional Forum on Harmful Practices against children
The Children and youth Forum was co-organised with Plan International, UNICEF and other child rights organisations and hosted by the Ghanaian Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Ms Nana Oye Lithur. The Forum brought together 100 young advocates from 13 countries in West and Central Africa who shared experiences and discussed strategies to abandon harmful practices against children and young people in the region. As stressed by the young advocates, the aim of the forum is to make harmful practices part of a distant past.
At the opening session, Ms. Santos Pais congratulated the young participants for their critical efforts to raise awareness and advocate for the elimination of harmful practices and all forms of violence against children throughout the region.
SRSG on VAC calls on all stakeholders to join in the preparation of the Third Global Conference on Child Labour
"Across the world, violence affects millions of children who are working, both legally and illegally. Violence against children and child labour are closely related. Violence in the home, at school or in institutions can push children into child labour. For them, work becomes a way to survive, even if it is hazardous or exploitative. The United Nations Study on Violence against Children recognized the high incidence of violence in the workplace, including ill-treatment by employers and sexual violence of child workers; and it noted that “of all the settings where children are exposed to violence, the workplace is among the most difficult to address.” That is why violence against children in the work place is a priority for my mandate as Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children.
Hosted by the Government of Indonesia in collaboration with the Government of Norway and the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children, the Expert Consultation includes the participation of governmental officials, experts from international and regional organizations, representatives from human rights and children’s rights independent institutions, as well as from academia and civil society.
IACHR Office of the Rapporteur on the Rights of Children and Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children Strengthen Strategic Cooperation in the Americas
Washington, D.C. – The Rapporteur on the Rights of Children of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Rosa María Ortiz, and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos País, agreed to strengthen their cooperation and to develop joint activities to prevent and eradicate violence against children and adolescents.
In a meeting that took place June 18-19 in the IACHR headquarters, the Rapporteur and the Special Representative identified mechanisms to work jointly and complement each other in the fulfilment of their respective mandates to safeguard the right of the child to a life free of violence.
On June 2013, the Special Representative held a high-level meeting with SICA, the Central America Integration System, in El Salvador, to discuss strategic areas of cooperation on children’s protection from violence, and to promote the mainstreaming of this concern in SICA´s agenda. The promotion of the rule of law, restorative juvenile justice programs, and public policies for violence prevention were identified as key priority areas of collaboration between the two entities. The SRSG and SICA representatives further agreed to enhance collaboration in early childhood programmes and policies, including in the framework of the upcoming Regional Conference for the Prevention of Violence starting in Early Childhood, to be held in Panama, in August 2013.
The Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children concludes her visit to El Salvador and makes an urgent call to eradicate violence against children
San Salvador, June, 2013 – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General on Violence against Children, Ms. Marta Santos Pais, concluded on June 14 her official visit to El Salvador. She recognized significant progress achieved in the country and made recommendations to the State to protect children and young people from all forms of violence as she emphasized “For many children and adolescents in El Salvador life is defined by one word: fear”.
Ms. Santos Pais highlighted positive achievements, such as the adoption of a legal framework to promote a life free from violence for women, gender equality, and the protection of all persons from discrimination; as well as the adoption of the Law for the Integral Protection of Children and Adolescents (LEPINA), accompanied by the progressive establishment of an institutional framework to safeguard a comprehensive and effective child protection system.