“Action against violence. Action to protect against abuse in the digital age. Action to support migrant and refugee children” emphasized Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni while opening the 12th European Forum on the rights of the child in Brussels. Deputy Secretary General underlined the relevance of the Council of Europe Strategy on the Rights of the Child adopted in 2016: a coherent and holistic approach build around five priority areas: equal opportunities; child participation; a life free from violence; child-friendly justice; and the rights of the child in the digital environment.
The European Forum on the rights of the child is an annual conference organised by the European Commission with key actors promoting good practices in this field. At the opening were also present European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Věra Jourová; and European Parliament Co-ordinator and Spokesperson for the rights of the child, Anna Maria Corazza Bildt.
“Unfortunately, Europe is not a children’s rights safe haven: violations continue, remedies remain hard to reach and accountability is often missing. The gap is too big between our ambitions and the reality of daily life for millions of children across our continent”, highlighted Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni.