Children arriving unaccompanied in the EU are in urgent need of protection, says FRA
Data on national child protection systems in 28 EU Member States has now also been made available online in French and German. FRA carried out the mapping to understand how the systems work, and to identify common challenges and promising practices in all Member States.
This year’s International Youth Day is a good time to remind us of the suffering many young lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people face daily. FRA research has revealed high levels of discrimination and violence towards young LGBTI people, underlining the need for targeted responses to put a halt to the fear and isolation many endure.
On 21 July, FRA presented the agency and its 2014 Annual Report of fundamental rights challenges and achievements to the Polish Senate in Warsaw. Speaking at the joint session of three parliamentary committees, the European Affairs Committee, Family, Social Policy and Senior Citizens’ Affairs Committee as well as Committee on Human Rights, Rule of Law and Petitions, the interim FRA Director, Constantinos Manolopoulos, focused on the issues of migration, victims’ rights and child rights.
On 3 June, FRA and Unicef, in partnership with the European Parliament Intergroup on Children’s Rights, hosted an event in Brussels on 'Prioritising access to justice for all children'.
On 21 May, FRA discussed the results from FRA’s recent Child-friendly justice – perspectives and experiences of professionals report in the office of Poland’s Ombudsman for Children.
FRA was invited to discuss the draft Council of Europe strategy on child rights.
FRA took part in an European Asylum Support Office expert meeting on 7-8 May in Valetta, Malta, on identifying and protecting child victims during asylum procedures.
Every year, the UN Human Rights Council dedicates a full day to discuss a specific child rights theme.
One in three women have experienced physical or sexual violence by an adult in their childhood, according to the results of FRA’s survey on violence against women published last March. This translates to roughly 61 million women in the EU. Such levels of abuse underline the need for the EU to renew their efforts to address the widespread and under-reported abuse that girls are exposed to.