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'
Building a Europe for and with children - the one in five campaign
BUILDING A EUROPE FOR AND WITH CHILDRENThe ONE in FIVE Campaign
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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…)
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 …
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.