Ending all forms of violence against children, including sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children, is identified as a priority area of action under the Council of Europe Strategy for children’s rights (2016-2021). The Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (the Lanzarote Convention) is the most ambitious and comprehensive international legal instrument for the protection of children against exploitation and sexual abuse. sexual abuse, including provisions on the prevention and prosecution of perpetrators. .
Cooperation with civil society actors, in particular with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), is essential for the promotion, implementation and monitoring of the Lanzarote Convention at local, national and international levels. In order to further strengthen co-operation between the Council of Europe and civil society actors and to build capacities to strengthen the prevention and protection of children against sexual exploitation and abuse, the Council of the Europe “Combating violence against children in Ukraine” organized a workshop for civil society organizations “Strengthening the participation of civil society in the implementation and monitoring of the Lanzarote Convention, best practices in Ukraine”.
The participants familiarized themselves with the strategic agenda and the work of the Council of Europe on the rights of the child, including the Lanzarote Convention and its follow-up process, had the opportunity to discuss strategies and methods of monitoring the implementation of the Lanzarote Convention at local and regional levels, and have learned from promising experiences and practices.
“The involvement of civil society in preventing and combating sexual exploitation and abuse of children is crucial. The Lanzarote Convention explicitly recognizes the role of civil society actors in its effective implementation, ”said Steen Norlov, Head of the Council of Europe Office in Ukraine, in his welcome speech.
More than 30 participants joined the training workshop among representatives of NGOs working on the protection of children’s rights against sexual violence and exploitation. Representatives of current and / or future NGO partners of the Council of Europe for co-operation in the protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse were also invited.