The programme “Building a Europe for and with children” was launched in 2006 in response to a mandate resulting from the Third Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe (Warsaw 2005). The programme, which is run by the Children’s Rights Division, is aimed at helping all stakeholders to design and implement national strategies for the protection of children's rights and the prevention of violence against children.
The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted a strategy for 2012-2015 focusing on four main objectives:
In overseeing the implementation of the Strategy for this 4-year period, the Children’s Rights Division will seek to ensure that these objectives are fulfilled without discrimination. In fact, the Strategy confirms that “the Council of Europe will continue to protect the rights of (…) child victims of discrimination based on (…) birth or other status such as sexual orientation or gender identity”.
In this regard, it should be noted in particular that:
The Children’s Rights Division will implement the Strategy mentioned above by mobilising and co-ordinating the contribution of all Council of Europe bodies and institutions and by consolidating partnerships with other international organisations, professional networks and civil society at large. Those interested in cooperating with the Children’s Rights Division in implementing the Strategy in particular as to the protection of children against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity are invited to contact email@example.com
The LGBT Issues Unit attends these roundtables as a member of the Informal Network of Focal Points and brings the Coordinators from our partner countries. It is generally the occasion to add a meeting between the LGBT Project and its Coordinators on the latest stage of our work together.
The UNHCR and the Council of Europe will organise a conference in Rome, Italy, to review the assessment of LGBT asylum claims. Participants from the 47 member states of the Council of Europe have been invited.
24/7 Unicorn conference on LGBT diversity in the workplace and Sticks & Stones career fair
The Sticks & Stones career fair is an annual event where businesses encourage employment of LGBT people. The LGBT Project will attend this event and the related conference the day before. The Project has invited their project countries to send relevant persons as well, and is organising a ‘Meet & Great’ side event for guests from project countries and business representatives from the same countries.