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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.
SRSG joins in Finland the launch of UNICEF State of the World’s Children Report on children with disabilities
During her mission to Finland, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children Marta Santos Pais welcomed the new UNICEF report on the State of the World’s Children, which focuses on the challenges that children with disabilities face in ensuring their participation as full members of society and the enjoyment of children’s rights in supportive and a violent free environment.
"Breaking the Silence on Violence against Indigenous Girls, Adolescents and Young Women: A call to action based an overview of existing evidence from Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America" - A joint report from SRSG-VAC, ILO, UN Women, UNFPA and UNICEF
" This new report, Breaking the silence on violence against indigenous girls, adolescents and young women: a call to action based on an overview of existing evidence from Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America, is a thoughtful contribution to the global agenda to prevent and eliminate violence against indigenous girls, adolescents and young women. It offers valuable insights, positive experiences and comprehensive recommendations, including a set of guiding principles to accelerate progress and inspire further debate and innovative action to protect girls and women from violence in all its forms and in all contexts where incidents may occur. I am confident that the report will serve as an inspiring reference for consolidating sustainable achievements and building a world where the rights of indigenous children are effectively safeguarded and protection from violence is a reality for all."*