The Council of Europe’s new child rights strategy 2016-2021 to protect and empower all children, is a welcome and much-needed initiative, said FRA’s Director Michael O’Flaherty at the strategy’s launch conference, ‘Reaching the heights for the rights of the child’ in Sofia, on 5 April.
On 13 November, FRA presented the findings of its children and justice report to members of two working groups responsible for drafting laws, one of which is looking at juvenile justice and the other at the transposition of the EU’s Victims’ Directive.
Around 1 in 8 women have experienced sexual violence before they were 15, according to FRA research. Such widespread abuse points to the urgent need to renew efforts to tackle this pervasive problem, as the first-ever European day against child sexual abuse and sexual exploitation on 18 November helps remind us.
Members of the Finnish parliamentary Constitutional Law Committee visited FRA to hear about the Agency’s work related to the fundamental rights challenges in the EU in general and in Finland in particular.