Building a Europe for and with children - the one in five campaign

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Presentation by Regina Jensdottir (Council of Europe, co-ordinator of the "One in Five" and "Underwear rule" campaigns) on the occasion of the EESC hearing on 'Protection of children against sexual …

Presentation by Regina Jensdottir (Council of Europe, co-ordinator of the "One in Five" and "Underwear rule" campaigns) on the occasion of the EESC hearing on 'Protection of children against sexual abuse'

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  • 1. BUILDING A EUROPE FOR AND WITH CHILDRENThe ONE in FIVE Campaign
  • 2. SEXUAL VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN:  WHAT WE KNOW About  1  out  of  5  children  in  Europe  are  victims  of  some  form of sexual violence.  In  70%  to  85%  of  cases,  the  abuser  is  somebody  the  child  knows and trusts. Sexual  violence  against  children  can  take  many  forms:  sexual  abuse  within  the  family,  child  pornography  and  prostitution, corruption, solicitation via Internet and sexual  assault by peers.  Sexual violence against children exists in every country in  Europe.
  • 3. THE ONE IN FIVE CAMPAIGN TO STOP SEXUAL VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDRENLaunch in Rome 29‐30 November 2010Campaign goals:To achieve further signature, ratification and implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (Lanzarote Convention).To equip children, their families/carers and societies at large with  the  knowledge  and  tools  to  prevent  and  report  sexual violence  against  children,  thereby  raising  awareness  of  its extent.Duration of 4 years : an important potential for the Council of Europe and its member states 
  • 4. THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE CONVENTION ON  THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN AGAINST SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AND SEXUAL ABUSE A strong legal text to combat sexual violence against  children The first universal convention to criminalise all forms of  sexual violence against children It was opened for signature on 25 October 2007 and entered  into force on 1 July 2010.  The Convention is also open to accession by the European  Union and by non European States.
  • 5. What we want to acheive in the campaignSupporting campaign activities in the member states for the signature, ratification and effective implementation of the Lanzarote Convention;Wider adaptation, distribution and further development of the campaign awareness raising materials in the memberstates;Reinforced internal and external co‐operation in advancing the goals of the campaign;Increased media coverage in the member states of the goals of the ONE in FIVE campaign.
  • 6. www.coe.int/oneinfive
  • 7. Partners in the Campaign THE PARLIAMENTARY DIMENSIONThe parliamentary dimension is aimed at  associating national parliaments and parliamentarians  with the campaign; promoting the signature, ratification and  implementation of the Council of Europe Convention  on the Protection of Children against Sexual  Exploitation and Sexual Abuse  ‐ A Network of Parliamentarians ‐ A Handbook for Parliamentarians
  • 8. Partners in the CampaignCongress of Local and Regional Authorities introducing the awereness raising material in the  public institutions such as public health care, such as  in hospitals, and other places where children are cared for. contacting the local media taking an active role in encouraging the  implementation of the future recommendations of the  CM on child friendly health and social services could be explored due to the important role that local and  regional authorities have in this area;  preparing specific awareness raising material together for local level and also co‐operating with the Congress in disseminating the existing translated materials.
  • 9. Partners in the CampaignMember states Network of National Focal Points on Children’s  RightsCouncil of Europe Education sector  Health sector Sports sector Media Legal co‐operation Experts in the field of disability, Roma children etc.
  • 10. OUR Partners in the CampaignInternational Organisations and NGOs EESC UNICEF and COE offices in the member states Translation, diffusion of campaign materials Assisting member states in the campaign process Continue to build partnerships with international  NGOs (Save the Children, The Oak Foundation…)
  • 11. THE ONE in FIVE CAMPAIGN  SUCCESSESAbout  21  member  states have  on  an  official  ministerial or  ombudsperson’s  level  expressed  interest  to  address the targets of the campaign in 2011 and beyondFocal  points  for  the  programme to  facilitate  national campaignsThe  Network  of  Contact  Parliamentarians  mobilising at national levelToday  active  campaigning  in  Cyprus  and  Italy  at present…and  soon  in  Croatia  and  Czech  Republic  and more …
  • 12. NEXT PLANS IN THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE ONE in FIVE CAMPAIGN  TO STOP SEXUAL VIOLENCEenhancing the  co‐operation of  the  key practitioners and academia to  identify gaps in  research,  data  collection and analyses of sexual violence against children in order to have a  holistic  and  in‐depth understanding of  the  phenomenonand subsequently a better source to respond to the challengesby effective implementation of  laws,  policies and programmes. focusing some of the key thematic areas during the campaignsuch as  vulnerable children,  children in  the  institutions of care,  education and  justice,  children on  the  move and children in the cyberspaceimproving the  development of  the  civil society monitoringmechanisms in  the  member states that also meaningfullyinvolve children and young people.