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children’s rights

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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2019: EU contribution to the fight against child poverty

Over recent decades, there has been marked progress in reducing poverty worldwide. The research conducted by this year’s Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences laureates, Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer, has considerably improved the ability to fight global poverty. Continue reading

Babies [What Europe does for you]

Your baby is special. The European Union helps babies’ parents and guardians through measures aimed at children in general that always take the babies’ best interests as a primary consideration. Continue reading

Child victims of sexual abuse [What Europe does for you]

Did you know that, according to estimates, between 10 % and 20 % of children in Europe suffer sexual abuse before they turn 18? Abuse occurs mainly in their immediate environment, but the internet and new technologies have brought a new dimension to the sexual exploitation of children, which is sometimes of a commercial nature. Continue reading

Zero tolerance for female genital mutilation

The European Union is committed to working collectively to eradicate female genital mutilation (FGM) as part of broader efforts to combat all forms of violence against women and girls, and to support the efforts of its Member States in this field. Continue reading

Fighting child labour: an EU external action priority

As the world celebrates the Universal Children’s Day on 20 November, it is important to remember that many children are still victims of grave abuses. One of these is child labour. Continue reading

Children participating in decision making about their lives [What Europe does for you]

You might remember how important it was when you were a child that your voice was heard in the world of grown-ups. Continue reading

World Day Against Child Labour

The International Labour Organization (ILO) introduced the World Day Against Child Labour in 2002 as part of its efforts to eradicate this unacceptable phenomenon. The day is observed each year on 12 June, and this year the focus will be on how to achieve the international commitments to end all forms of child labour by 2025 and improve health and safety for young people in employment. It is also an opportunity to consider what measures have been taken at international and EU level to prevent child labour, and with what success. Continue reading

Universal Children’s Day

20 November is an important date for children’s rights – the day on which the United Nations (UN) General Assembly adopted two cornerstone documents regarding children, the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in 1989. Continue reading

World Day Against Child Labour

Written by Kristina Grosek. The International Labour Organization (ILO) introduced the World Day Against Child Labour in 2002, as part of their efforts to eradicate this unacceptable phenomenon. The day is observed each year on 12 June, and this year the focus will be on the impact of conflicts and disasters. It is also an … Continue reading

Vulnerability of unaccompanied and separated child migrants

Written by Joanna Apap, The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) has estimated that in 2015, there were globally no fewer than 100 000 unaccompanied migrant and refugee children. Europol has stated that at least 10 000 unaccompanied child refugees have gone missing after arriving in Europe. There are various reasons why a child may be … Continue reading

Universal Children’s Day 2016

As we mark the UN’s Universal Children’s Day this year, how are children in Europe faring in some of the key areas covered in the Convention on the Rights of the Child and what is the European Union doing to protect their rights and ensure their wellbeing? How do children themselves see their lives and … Continue reading

Arbitrary detention of women and children for immigration-related purposes

Written by Joanna Apap, Graphics by Christian Dietrich, An unprecedented mass movement of asylum-seekers and migrants of all ages started in 2014, and has continued throughout 2015 and into 2016. Fleeing armed conflicts, mass killings, persecution and pervasive sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), these persons seek protection under the 1951 Refugee Convention, its subsequent Protocol … Continue reading

Child-friendly justice in the EU

Written by Anna Dimitrova-Stull, Ulla Jurviste and Irene Penas Dendariena, Every year hundreds of thousands of children across the EU are involved in judicial proceedings. They may enter into contact with justice systems in many different ways: for family issues such as divorce or adoption, in administrative justice for immigration or nationality matters or in … Continue reading

Unaccompanied migrant children in the EU

Written by Anna Dimitrova-Stull, Irene Penas Dendariena and Ulla Jurviste, In the context of migration to the European Union (EU), an unaccompanied minor, as defined by Directive 2011/95/UE , refers to a minor who arrives on the territory of an EU Member State unaccompanied by an adult responsible or who is left unaccompanied after he … Continue reading

Child poverty in the EU

Written by Verena Kern In 2013, 27,7 percent of children in the EU were at risk of poverty or social exclusion. The figures have been on the rise in most EU Member States since the onset of the crisis. The risk of growing up in poverty is highest in Bulgaria, Romania and Greece and lowest … Continue reading

Les enfants disparus dans l’Union européenne

Written by by Anna Dimitrova-Stull Selon les données disponibles, un enfant est porté disparu toutes les deux minutes au sein de l’Union européenne (UE). Dans la mesure de ses compétences, celle-ci déploie des efforts afin de soutenir les États membres dans la lutte contre ce phénomène dont l’étendue globale reste difficile à déterminer. Le 25 … Continue reading

World Down Syndrome Day 2015

Written by Nicole Scholz 21 March is World Down Syndrome Day, and this year marks its tenth anniversary. Down syndrome is a genetic condition that results in physical and learning disabilities. Early therapy and social support have proven beneficial for people with Down syndrome. The EU promotes their inclusion in society through the European Disability … Continue reading

Maternity and paternity leave in the EU

Written by Ulla Jurviste, Martina Prpic and Giulio Sabbati, Updated in March 2019 In 2019, the EU institutions are set to approve new work-life balance legislation, which will introduce minimum standards for paid paternity leave across the EU. The maternity rights set out in the 1992 Pregnant Workers Directive will be maintained. This directive sets … Continue reading

Undocumented migrant children in the EU

Written by Marc Lilienkamp In its 2006 communication COM (2006) 0367, “Towards an EU strategy on the rights of the child”, relating to the rights of children “as immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees” , the Commission voiced its commitment to closing the gap between national or community migration laws and the children’s rights that the … Continue reading

UN Convention on Children’s Rights: 25 years on

Written by Naja Bentzen 6 language versions available in PDF format 25 Jahre Übereinkommen der Vereinten Nationen über die Rechte des Kindes Convención de las Naciones Unidas sobre los Derechos del Niño: 25 aniversario Convention des Nations unies relatives aux droits de l’enfant: 25 ans plus tard Convenzione delle Nazioni Unite sui diritti dell’infanzia: a 25 … Continue reading

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