25th Anniversary of the CRC
Day of General Discussion
CRC Sessions
General Comments
Committee Elections
New ratification: Belgium
Online event on access to justice
International Coalition
27th HRC Session
HRC Res. Protection of the Family
2015 Annual Day

Dear Child Rights Connect Members,
This issue of GroupTalk brings you the latest news from the secretariat, including information on opportunities for particiation in the upcoming Day of General Discussion on Digital Media and Children’s Rights, a week-long peer-to-peer online forum on improving access to justice for children and continuing advocacy and collaboration around children’s rights and the family at the HRC.
We’d especially like to call your attention to a new web initiative that was just launched to showcase events and activities to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the CRC around the world.  Members are encouraged to make a post on the calendar/map about any past, present or future efforts that you’re involved in for the anniversary.  Use invite code childrightsconnect1 to sign in and write to Laura Collier with any questions.
Don’t miss the member news! Thank you very much to all of our members who shared updates and events.


CRC 25th anniversary

Within the Child Rights Connect network, we are taking initiatives to showcase how our members are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the CRC and to foster collaboration.

  • CRC@25 Around the World: We have just launched a new section on the website to feature events and activities to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the CRC! Members can share their events and activities to highlight how our network is celebrating around the world.  To submit an event, create a member account with invite code: childrightsconnect1
  • Pushing for ratification without reservations: In July, we sent letters to all UN member States calling for the ratification and removal of all reservations to the CRC and all of its three  optional protocols. The letters encourage States to take Click to read more.
     advantage of the UN Treaty event “Towards universal ratification and implementation” at the end of September and the CRC@25 event on 20 November to announce that their ratifications or removal of reservations and stand up as leaders for child rights. We encourage others to join this call.  Sample letter templates in EnglishFrenchSpanish
  • Upcoming — High-level meeting on the 25th anniversary of the CRC in New York: Child Rights Connect will participate in the high-level meeting for the CRC 25th anniversary in New York on 20 November.  We have been working with UNICEF and Click to read more.
     colleagues from ChildFund, Plan International, Save the Children, SOS Children’s Villages and World Vision in the process of selecting panelists for the event. Thank you to all who responded to our call for nominees. 

For more information, contact Laura Collier.

Child on the Rights of the Child CRC@25 virtual event

On 24 September 2014 the Committee on the Rights of the Child will dedicate a day to speak with children from 16 different countries: Albania, Australia, Belgium, Dominican Republic, Gambia, Japan, Lebanon, Nepal, Nicaragua, Peru, Philippines, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Uruguay and Yemen. Read more about how children can be involved before and during the virtual event.

Adults and children alike are invited to watch the live broadcast of the Committee’s discussion with children.  Children are encouraged to take part in the discussion by sending in live questions and comments using social media.  The Committee will share more information about this closer to the event.  Visit the Committee’s site for more information.
Children can send in information about their views on children’s rights before the event.
Inputs can include:

  • a short story or poem (max 1 page)
  • a picture, drawing or photo
  • a sort video with one or more children

Submit by 15 September 2014
To submit information or ask questions, contact Roisin Fegan at

Day of General Discussion on “Digital media and children’s rights”

Registration is now open for the Day of General Discussion on “Digital media and children’s rights”, which will take place on 12 September 2014 in Geneva. During the meeting, there will be a plenary session and two working groups: Children’s equal and safe access to digital media and ICT and Children’s empowerment and engagement through digital media and ICT. An outline of the event can be found on the Committee’s website.

The deadline for registration is 29 August 2014 Click for more info

2014 DGD Registration Form

Send the completed form to CRC Secretariat by e-mail ( or fax (+41 22 917-9008)Participation is limited to 250 people, so the CRC Secretariat is requesting that organisations send a maximum of 3 participants.

See the Committee’s DGD Guidelines for more logistical information.

Send written submissions with information and recommendations by 10 August Click for more info

Interested organisations or individuals may submit written contributions. This can include previously published materials but they will only be distributed to participants if they are made available in sufficient quantities. The Committee has included potential topics for written submissions on page 2-3 of its DGD guidelines.
In general, contributions should:

  • Give examples of how relevant articles of the CRC are being implemented
  • Share information on best practice
  • Assess efforts being made
  • Identify gaps
  • Make recommendations for action which States parties should take.

The deadline for the submission of written contributions is 10 August 2014. The Committee requests that written contributions be limited to a maximum of 5 pages (1,800 words). Submissions can be done in English, French or Spanish and should be sent to

Children up to 18 years-old are invited to participate before and during the DGD Click for more info

Before the day, children can share their views through written or video submissions by 5 September.

During the Day of General Discussion, children and teens are encouraged to watch the webcast and submit questions or comments for the discussion through Facebook and Twitter.

Download the guidelines for participation for children.

The Committee relies on civil society as a source of information for their Days of General Discussion. Find out more about DGDs and how civil society can participate on our website and factsheet.
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Upcoming Sessions and Pre-Sessions:

The upcoming 67th session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child  takes place from 1-19 September  in Geneva. The Committee will review State reports from: Croatia (CRC integr. OPAC), Fiji (CRC), Hungary (CRC,OPSC,OPAC), Morocco (CRC integr.OPSC,OPAC), Singapore (OPAC),  Venezuela (CRC,OPSC,OPAC),
All sessions are webcast live by Child Rights Connect and archived.
Submissions by non-governmental actors for the 69th pre-session, were due on 1 July 2014. From 22-26 September, the Committee will review the reports with non-State actors for: Cuba (OPAC, OPSC), Ethiopia (CRC), Ghana (CRC),  Honduras (OPAC, OPSC), Nepal (CRC, OPAC), Netherlands (CRC, OPAC).
NGOs and coalitions working in States being reviewed are encouraged to submit alternative reports for the Committee to consider along with the State reports. If you would like to know more about the alternative reporting process, visit our website or contact Ilaria Paolazzi. Deadlines for alternative reports are: 1 November (for the February pre-sessional working group) / 1 March (for the June pre-sessional working group) / 1 July (for the September/October pre-sessional working group).
For questions about the Committee’s reporting process, please email Ilaria Paolazzi.
IMPORTANT:The Committee has adopted a tentative schedule for the review of all State reports received to date. Refer to the Committee’s website to see when your State will be reviewed both in the pre-session and session and the deadline for submitting NGO reports.

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General Comments

In June the Committee announced that they will begin two General Comment on “Children in street situations” and “Adolescents”. They continue work on General Comments on “Public spending to realize children’s rights” and “harmful practices”.
Please contact Ilaria Paolazzi for more information or if you have particular expertise in these areas, which you would like to bring to the attention of the Committee.

To know more about what a General Comment is and how you can contribute, please see our webpage.

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Committee Elections

The 2014 elections of the Committee on the Rights of the Child were held during the Fifteenth Meeting of States Parties to the CRC in New York on 25 June 2014. In a single round of voting by secret ballot, 191 of the 194 States parties elected the nine members in accordance with article 43(2) of the Convention.  More information.

Election Results

Having obtained the highest number of votes, as well as the required majority the following candidates were elected:

Ms.Suzanne Aho Assouma (Togo) – elected with 152 votes

Ms. Hynd Ayoubi Idrissi (Morocco) — elected with 123 votes

Mr. Jorge Cardona (Spain) – reelected with 143 votes

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Mr. Bernard Gastaud (Monaco) – reelected with 123 votes

Mr. Hatem Kotrane (Tunisia) – reelected with 128 votes

Mr. Gehad Madi (Egypt) — reelected with 127 votes

Mr. Joseph Clarence Nelson (Samoa) — elected with 118 votes

Mr. José Angel Rodríguez Reyes (Venezuela) — elected with 134 votes

Ms. Kirsten Sandberg (Norway) — reelected with 141 votes

More information and regional breakdown
Please contact Lisa Myers for further information on our work in this area.

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3RD OPTIONAL PROTOCOLThe third optional protocol enters into force on 14 April!

Belgium ratified OP3 CRC

Belgium ratified Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a communications procedure on 30 May.  Children and their representatives will be able to bring complaints against Belgium from the 30 August 2014.
Belgium joins the ranks of Albania, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Gabon, Germany, Montenegro, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain and Thailand who have already ratified the treaty. A further 36 states have signed but not ratified OP3CRC.
Belgium has also become the fifth state to accept the “inter-state” communication procedure which will allow one state to bring a complaint against another. To date, Albania, Germany, Portugal and Slovakia have made declarations agreeing to this mechanism.

Mark your calendars: “Improving Access to Justice for Children and Teens”

13-17 October

Child Rights Connect joins New Tactics, a global community of human rights defenders, to host a week-long online conversation on expanding access to justice for children up to 18 years old. From 13-17 October, Advocacy Officer Anita Goh, along with a group of expert conversation leaders, will facilitate a peer-to-peer dialogue looking at the challenges that children and teens face to accessing justice and innovative new ways to ensure that children and teens are empowered to use justice systems.
Anyone working on access to justice for children and teens is invited to participate in the conversations to share experiences and challenges with a group of peers. More information will be available soon.

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International Coalition Update

New Coalition Co-chair
The International Coalition welcomes Antje Weber from Kindernothilfe as coalition co-chair since 1 July.  Antje replaces Ulrika Cilliers from Save the Children.  We thank Ulrika for her efforts.
Share your news on the Ratify OP3 CRC International Coalition website
Don’t forget that on the new Ratify OP3 CRC website, members can log in and share news about your work related to OP3. For information on obtaining a member log-in, please contact the co-chairs of the coalition: Flore-Anne Bourgeois or Antje Weber
Stay up to date on the Ratify OP3 CRC Coalition’s new website:

Join us today. Together with the International Coalition, Child Rights Connect is advocating for ratification in Geneva, New York and at regional and national levels. Read More

The Coalition now has more than 80 national, regional and international members organisations from around the world, and is looking for your involvement to continue to grow. With membership you can coordinate your efforts for the ratification of OP3 CRC with other interested actors and receive updates on the campaign.
Join the Coalition today and recommend membership to your partner organizations.

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Preparing for the 27th session of the Council – 08-09-2014 To : 26-09-2014

The Child Rights Connect secretariat coordinates members to prepare for the HRC sessions.  We invite all members use and contribute to our shared documents on the key child rights initiatives in the upcoming session: Click for links to documents

 For more information or to join the Child Rights Connect HRC coordination group, contact Laure Elmaleh.

New resolution on the “Protection of the Family”

A new resolution on Protection of the Family was adopted by the Human Rights Council during the session in June, after much heated debate amongst States. The major points of contention included that the draft resolution did not recall that States were the primary duty-bearers of human rights and should protect the human rights of every individual regardless of whether the person lives in a family environment. Furthermore the resolution did not explicitly recognise the existence of all forms of families. More detailed information can be found in this alert from ISHR. 
The draft resolution was presented by Bangladesh, China, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, El Salvador, Mauritania, Morocco, Namibia, Qatar, Russian Federation, Sierra Leone, Tunisia and Uganda.Read More

The core group included mention of States obligations and protection of family members but the non formal recognition of all existing forms of families led to a vote. The vote was won by the  co-sponsors of the resolution and a panel in will be organised in September to discuss “protection of the family and its members”.
Child Rights Connect has been working with members and partners to try to ensure that a children’s rights perspective was reflected in the resolution.  A joint position paper was submitted and an oral statement given.

We will continue to coordinate with members and partners around the issue for the upcoming HRC session. It is essential that children are recognised as individual rights holders and that their rights are not weakened through this resolution or the panel discussion which will take place at the next HRC session in September 2014.  Details will be sent to members via e-mail as soon as they are available.

For more information, contact Laure Elmaleh.

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Preparing the 2015 Annual Day on the Rights of the Child

Our new informal group on Investment in Children, set up to coordinate activities towards next year’s Annual Day on the Rights of the Child during the March session of the Human Rights Council (HRC), has been approved by Child Rights Connect’s ExCo and while it still needs formal approval from the General Assembly, work has already started.
Any member interested in joining these efforts should contact the convenors of the Working Group : Jorge Freyre and Ulrika Cilliers
OHCHR will also soon launch a call for submissions for the report it is preparing in advance of the Annual Day. Any organisation is welcome to submit written inputs. Child Rights Connect will share further information about format and deadline as soon as it is available.

Upcoming panel on Violence against Children on 23 September at the HRC

At the upcoming September session of the HRC, there will be a panel discussion on ways and means of accelerating global efforts to end violence against children, with a particular focus on how to better prevent violence and protect children as a global priority and cross-cutting concern, and to share best practices and lessons learned in this regard.
The panel, led by the permanent mission of Algeria, will take place on 23 September 2014 at 9am in Palais des Nations Room XX. Panellists will include Marta Santos Pais, SRSG on VAC, and representatives from UNICEF and Save the Children.

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Universal Birth Registration
On 1 July 2014, the film Register Me! was premiered at the Standing Committee of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). This film was produced by the Child Rights Connect Working Group on Universal Birth Registration who worked tirelessly for three years advocating for the UNHCR Executive Committee (the governing body of the UN Refugee Agency) to pass a Conclusion on civil registration in emergencies.Read More

This policy document was finally passed in October 2013, a huge victory for the Working Group and for the global push towards universal birth registration.
Subsequent to the adoption of the Conclusion, the Working Group decided to produce a short film to disseminate to colleagues in the field, highlighting the importance of birth registration in emergency situations, as well as the key elements of the Conclusion. The goal of the film was thus to bridge the gap between policy development at the international level and implementation on the field.
The film features interviews from representatives from UNHCR, Permanent Missions to the UN in Geneva, child rights and humanitarian NGOs, who discuss the importance of civil registration for refugees, IDPs, and stateless persons, stressing that being registered at birth is vital to protect these persons from further discrimination throughout their life.

New Focus Group on Children in Armed Conflict — sub-group of the Working Group on Violence against Children
Millions of children are caught up in conflicts around the world. They witness atrocities and in some cases become targets in the conflict, or are forced to participate in the violence. They lose parents and loved ones. They suffer due to acts of violence, sexual abuse, and exposure to hunger or disease. A sub-group of NGOs that are part of the Working Group on Violence and Children have established a Focus Group to specifically address the issue of Children and Armed Conflict. The Focus Group (FG/CAAC) will coordinate the Geneva-based advocacy on the protection of children in the midst of conflict. Read More
The FG/CAAC advocates to Geneva-based stakeholders to take action that will promote violence prevention strategies, help rebuild the lives of those already affected, and protect children that are vulnerable. The Focus Group bases its work on the framework provided by relevant provisions of International Humanitarian Law and International Child Rights, calling for a wider understanding of what it means to be recruited as a child and a wider understanding of the key players (including state and non-state parties) both in the protection of children from exposure to violence, as well as the provision of assistance. Recently the Focus Group chaired a roundtable meeting with the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict, Madam Leila Zerrougui, to help support her “#ChildrenNotSoldiers” campaign aimed at ending and preventing the recruitment and use of children in conflict.
For more information: please contact the convenor of the Focus Group, Eamonn Hanson, or see our website.

Contact and Join our Thematic Working Groups
Working Groups are an effective way for our members to join forces on common priorities.
For more information on being involved with a specific working group, please contact the convenors directly:

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The Child Rights Connect secretariat would like to highlight work of members that encourage cooperation within the network and best practices. If you would like to share information on your organisation’s work for the spotlight, please contact Laura Collier.
Terre des Hommes — World Congress on Juvenile Justice

Our member Terre des Hommes is preparing to host the World Congress on Juvenile Justice, along with the government of Switzerland from 26-28 January 2015 in Geneva. They would like to encourage participation from all our members working on juvenile justice-related issues. Terre des Hommes has prepared a message about the benefits of participation for NGOs:
The World Congress on Juvenile Justice aims to allow States and civil society actors to come together to gain better on the issue. During the World Congress participants will work to formulate and plan further steps for the implementation of international norms on juvenile justice–  especially in respect to the rights of children in conflict with the law, child victims and witnesses — in both the best interest of the children and the interest of the whole community.
The aim of the Congress is not only to ask “What ?”, but more importantly to ask “How is it possible? What is effective ? What is efficient ? What are the conditions of success ?”. Experts and States presentation, round-tables and workshops will be focus on lessons learnt, good practices, innovations, pilot-projects, etc.
For NGOs  the World Congress is an opportunity :
– to contribute to the promotion of juvenile justice issues at international advocacy level;
–  to be part of the follow-up modalities, proposals and decisions issued by the Congress workshops;
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– to have direct , formal or informal exchange with States, experts and other organizations on practical issues with innovative approaches in juvenile justice;
– to promote their capitalisation through their presentations and/or documents (possibility to expose for free and distribute their documents in the Congress Hall) ;
– to learn from other organisations, filling the USB Key provided (which will be including international instruments) with their own selection of relevant documents according to their centers of interest and specialization;
– to participate in interactive workshops, according to their skills and their field challenges;
–  to develop their pedagogical training and national advocacy capacities ;
–  to create or develop contacts in fund-raising for juvenile justice programs ;
– to contribute to the regional coordination and collaboration strategies and approaches in the field of juvenile justice;
– to have the opportunity to express their views through oral and/or written individual interviews during the whole Congress, through communication office of the Congress and through formal or informal contacts with outside medias.
Each participant/NGO should leave the Congress with a renewed tool-box, a wider network of expertise sources, and a clear view of what will – or could – be their role the follow-up of the Congress works, on the national and regional levels.
For more information, see the Terre des Hommes website, the website of the government of Switzerland or contact  Bernard Boëton at

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Child Rights Connect says goodbye to Karolina Saviova, who interned with us from January until June 2014.  We thank Karolina for her hard work and wish her all the best in the future.

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As always, we encourage you to share your news with our network. To have your organisation´s latest projects, publications, best practices or events included on our website, please send your article or update to Laura Collier.

Child Soldiers International

Chad: Un enfant ne doit pas être un soldat!
In cooperation with UNICEF Chad, Child Soldiers International has created a booklet illustrated by a Chadian artist, which outlines key concepts relating to children’s rights and child recruitment. It focuses on international laws applicable in Chad as well as Chadian national and military policies prohibiting the military recruitment and use of children in armed conflict. This booklet serves as a resource for promoting awareness of existing laws and policies among the armed and security forces, administrative and judicial authorities and other national actors with a view to preventing child recruitment in Chad. The booklet was disseminated through a workshop organised by Child Soldiers International and UNICEF in Chad in May 2014. An interactive version of the booklet (in French) can be explored through this link and hard copies are also available in French and Chadian Arabic.
India: Urgently implement CRC recommendations
India must take urgent steps to implement the recommendations of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) to prevent and end child recruitment, says Child Soldiers International. The CRC’s recent assessment of India’s implementation of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict (OPAC) identifies serious gaps in legislative and policy measures to address child recruitment and use in India.Read More

The CRC expressed deep concern at the recruitment of children by various non-State armed groups and their use in hostilities in Northeast India-areas where Maoist armed groups (Naxalites) are operating-and in Jammu and Kashmir. It expressed concern at the lack of legislation to prohibit and criminalise the recruitment and use of children under 18 years and on the absence of monitoring mechanisms. The CRC further noted the lack of effective mechanisms to verify the age of incoming recruits to the armed forces, police forces and other paramilitary forces, noting that the problem is exacerbated by the low rate of birth registration in India. It further recommended that India raises the minimum age of recruitment into armed forces to 18 years.
Research conducted by Child Soldiers International in August 2013, and submitted to the CRC in the form of a alternative report, reflects similar concerns.
Child Soldiers International urges the Indian authorities to comply with their legally binding obligations under OPAC and promptly implement the CRC’s recommendations. Further information on these recommendations can be found here.


Launch of new campaign on children’s right to information: “Protect children, end censorship”
A disturbing trend among states to limit children’s access to information is gaining force, with sex education, sexuality and drug use the main targets. In a recently published paper, “Access Denied: Protect children’s rights unblock access to information”, CRIN explains that much of the information being denied to children in fact equips them with the knowledge to protect themselves against risk, learn to think critically and make informed choices. Read More

CRIN’s policy paper launches a new campaign Protect Children, End Censorship with which we aim to draw attention to undue restrictions on children’s access to information and call for stronger standards and leadership on the issue.
The campaign recognises that children should indeed be protected but disproportionate restrictions on children’s access to information fuel the notion that children are blank canvases to be painted by adults, rather than human beings with rights, views and feelings of their own, and fail to support them to flourish.
CRIN is calling for stronger international standards, guidelines and model laws on children’s access to information by the United Nations and regional human rights mechanisms. CRIN is also urging national governments to review and revise laws and policies that block
children’s access to information. Any restrictions on children’s access to information should be transparent and in line with all children’s rights as set out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Further information:
CRIN’s campaign: Protect Children, End Censorship
Download the press release (in both English and Russian)
● Policy paper: Access Denied: Protect rights unblock
children’s access to information
● Twitter hashtag: #1984children
If you have any comments on the policy paper or would like to send any contribution, please email us at

Defence for Children International

Defense for Children International-Palestine mourns the death of a staff member, Hashem Khader Abu Maria, 45, killed today by Israeli forces while peacefully participating in a solidarity march with Gaza.
Israeli forces shot Hashem in the chest with live ammunition as he stood still at the demonstration in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza after Friday prayers in the West Bank town of Beit Ummar.  See the press release here.

Defensa de Niñas y Niños Internacional – Costa Rica 

DNI Costa Rica would like to share its calendar with events happening until the end of the year including celebrations of the 20th anniversary of DNI in central america, the 25th anniversary of the CRC and the 35th anniversary of DCI International.
Open the calendar of events.


ECPAT celebrates 24 years fighting against modern slavery 
ECPAT was born on 1 May 1990, when a few good people came together with a common concern for children caught in modern slavery. It was clear that there was a growing trend in the use of children for sex tourism – not a topic that many wanted to acknowledge, much less address, at that time. Over the next few years a committed few worked strenuously to break through the culture of silence and, as their voices were increasingly heard, groups from around the world joined, transforming ECPAT into a global network dedicated to ending all manifestations of commercial child sexual exploitation.Read More
Today the ECPAT network includes 80 organisations in 74 countries – reflecting both the unfortunate breadth of the problem and the robust international response. Since 1990, many countries have passed legislation to increase child protection and a wide array of international, regional and local entities – both public and private – have emerged to join or partner with the ECPAT network. ECPAT has led global campaigns, co-organised three World Congresses against the sexual exploitation of children and been recognised on an international scale. Most importantly, ECPAT has actively promoted participation of children and youth, particularly child survivors and those most at risk, through their involvement in research, advocacy and innovative child participation programmes.
More than two decades after its humble beginnings, despite facing increasingly widespread and complex challenges, ECPAT is still committed to combating modern slavery.

INGO Ponimanie   

International NGO Ponimanie (Belarus) is a co-recipient of the 2014 ISPCAN Multidisciplinary Team Award

The INGO Ponimanie Team

The INGO Ponimanie Team

INGO Ponimanie has been selected as a co-recipient of the 2014 ISPCAN Multidisciplinary Team Award by the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN). The Multidisciplinary Team Award recognizes a multidisciplinary team that has made substantial progress in the treatment or prevention of child abuse and neglect in its local community.
The award will be presented at the XX ISPCAN International Congress in Nagoya, Japan, that will be held 14-17 September 2014. Read More
Jenny A. Gray President of the ISPCAN and Irene Intebi, ISPCAN Awards Committee Chair, addressed the INGO “Ponimanie” with a letter of congratulations where they admitted that the award is truly deserved by the organization.
The keystone of Child Protection System that Ponimanie is striving to build in Belarus is the United Child Protection Model. The Model unites all the elements of child protection system into the one logical chain – from Prevention to Rehabilitation, with emphasis on Treatment/Clinical Component of Intervention. Based on CAC++ (Children’s Advocacy Center plus several important components) approach, United Child Protection Model fits for countries of low and middle income per capita as it has high cost efficiency due to reduced indirect costs with keeping excellent quality of support.
There remains a lot to be done in the field of child protection in order that children feel absolutely secured and have each and every possibility for full and harmonious development.

International Institute for Child Rights and Development

Child Protection in Development (CPID) Course: Creative Approaches to Engaging Young People in Social Change
August 23-26, 2014 9 am – 4:30 pm, Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC, Canada.
The International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD) is offering a four day training course, offering tangible tools and approaches for Aboriginal youth leaders and practitioners working with Aboriginal youth, to engage with young people and community members to create social change.
Registration is now open until July 4th, 2014, by email:
For more information, please visit CPID:

Plan International

Universal Birth Registration
Plan International has launched several important new research reports on birth registration as a part of civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS). In these materials, Plan brings together its experience on birth registration in the field with broader research on the topic, in order to present evidence-based recommendations for how to improve CRVS systems worldwide and ensure universal birth registration for every child. Read More
  1. The first report, based on research conducted in India, Kenya, Sierra Leone and Vietnam, shows the complex interrelationship between children’s rights and birth registration.
  2. The second report focuses specifically on birth registration in emergencies. In such circumstances, children are especially vulnerable to abuse, and a functional CRVS system, including birth registration can help build a protective environment for children.
Child Marriage
Plan International is continuing its efforts, at all levels of its activities, to eliminate child marriage in a generation. In Geneva, Plan participated in the first ever high-level panel discussion on child, early and forced marriage during the 26th session of the Human Rights Council. Read More
At the panel, Dr Ayman Sadek from Plan Egypt was invited as a panellist to share Plan’s experience working with communities and traditional leaders to end child marriage. During the discussion, Plan UN Liaison and Advocacy Office in Geneva also delivered an oral statement urging the Council to continue to work on this severe human rights violation.
In Africa, youth delegates from all over the continent staged a takeover of the African Union, demanding Governments to increase educational opportunities for girls. The takeover featured a film called “Girls Interrupted”, which emphasizes the negative effects of child marriage as a barrier to education for girls.


TRACK_Photo_GrouptalkOver 90% of children adopted in Korea come from unmarried mothers. In 2011, Truth and Reconciliation for the Adoption Community of Korea (TRACK) launched the annual Single Moms’ Day Conference as a response to the discrimination against unwed mothers and their children and to challenge the Korean Government’s Adoption Day, which violated children’s rights by prioritising adoption over support for single parent families. Read More

Each year, this event has brought together scholars, professionals, and experts to explore issues facing single mothers (particularly unmarried mothers) and their children. Some of the participants have included ambassadors and delegates from various foreign governments and the European Parliament and two former chairpersons of Committee on the Rights of the Child, Mr. Jean Zermatten and Ms. Yanghee Lee. This conference has usually been accompanied by different public activities, including a celebration party, a human library meeting where adoptees, birth parents, and unmarried mothers told their personal stories, and different public performances.

The public and political reactions have been largely positive with greater attention placed on children and family issues. It has also served to show that single parent households are families too and deserve protection and support from the Korean Government.

As one of TRACK’s goals was to promote support for unmarried mothers among Korean civil society, we are pleased to announce that with the closing of the 4th Single Moms’ Day (2014), we have handed over the leadership to the Korean organisations that supported unmarried mothers and single parent families.

Single Moms Day Programme


Women’s World Summit Foundation

The WWSF Children-Youth Section is pleased to launch the 2014 Call to Action & Prevention Kit (4th edition) for the “19 Days of
Activism for prevention of violence against children and youth 1-19 November”, a campaign ending on World Day – 19
November. The Kit includes a list of 19 abuse themes, which need urgent prevention measures, as well as information and ideas for
action. The 2014 main theme is about “Addiction and Substance Abuse”.
For those who are new to 19 Days of Activism, it is an international empowerment campaign that began in 2011 as an extension of
the World Day for prevention of child abuse – 19 November, a Day, which many organizations have continued to celebrate annually
for the past 13 years. Read More

 The 19 Days campaign is about creating widespread multi-sectoral interest and increased action for the creation
of a culture for prevention. It serves as a platform to mobilize and educate the public at large, institutions, schools, NGOs, grassroots
groups and faith-based organizations, as well as the media and government bodies about the pervasiveness of abuse and violence
against children and youth in all settings and organize for action to end such practices.
More information can be found in this communique and on the WWSF website.
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