This year's topic: Child participation
Children are all too often sidelined from matters that concern them. They should be given the means, space, opportunity and support to participate in the design and implementation of measures, policies, programmes or other initiatives aiming at preventing and responding to sexual exploitation and sexual abuse. The 2019 edition of the European Day therefore focuses on “Empowering children to stop sexual violence”.
As 2019 is also the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Council of Europe encourages the organisation of any type of activity giving center stage to children, their insights and proposals. All initiatives stimulating child-led projects, child participation and interactions amongst children themselves are welcome as well as those between children and policy makers, educators, parents and child protection professionals.
The Council of Europe offers its partners a set of tools in order to help them in their activities:
- A facilitators tool kit to implement child participation on the 2019 edition of the European Day
- A child friendly explanation of the European Day
- A social media kit
These tools exist in different languages. Partners are invited to adapt them in their national language after having contacted us.
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The association Stop Sexual Violence (Stop aux Violences Sexuelles - SVS) published an article in its monthly newsletter (September 2019 edition) drawing the attention of its 5,000 subscribers, in France and internationally, to the theme of the 2019 edition of the European Day and encouraging them to contribute to it.
The National Council of Children and Youth NGO, in cooperation with the office of the Ombudsman for Children with the President of Ukraine, are organising the following activities in the run-up to the European Day:
- Volunteer school project: child representatives from schools across all 25 Ukrainian regions will be trained to teach their peers and provide information about online child sexual abuse and exploitation, so that they can organise trainings in their schools on 18 November;
- Creating sexual abuse prevention GIFs for social media (Instagram, Facebook, Telegram): A competition will be organised Children will be invited to submit their own GIFs, and the winners will be able to develop these with a professional designer;
- Creating a short video with and for children on online child sexual abuse and exploitation prevention.