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What is the project? What is the project?

The project objective is to strengthen the response to violence against children, including online child sexual exploitation and abuse, in Ukraine.

The Project will focus on supporting authorities, specialists, and civil society to protect and promote children’s rights in the digital environment and will also address the protection of children against violence, including child sexual abuse and exploitation, as well as prevention of peer-to peer violence.

The project is a direct follow-up of the previous Council of Europe projects "Combating violence against women and children" (2017-2018), and "Combating violence against children in Ukraine, Phase II" (2020-2021).

The project will be implemented within the framework of Council of Europe action plan for Ukraine (2018-2022) by the Council of Europe Children's Rights Division and in close cooperation with the Council of Europe Office in Kyiv during 2022-2023

WHAT IS THE LEGAL CONTEXT? WHAT IS THE LEGAL CONTEXT?

Since 2012 Ukraine has been a party to the Council of Europe Convention on Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (Lanzarote Convention), which is the most ambitious and comprehensive international legal instrument aimed at preventing violence and protecting children from sexual exploitation and sexual violence, as well as bringing perpetrators to justice and promoting international cooperation in these areas.

The project activities are based on three priority areas of the Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2022-2027): a life free from violence, child-friendly justice, and rights of the child in the digital environment.

Based on the achievements of previous projects, the activities of the Project will promote and be further guided by recommendations and guidelines of the Council of Europe on Integrated National Strategies for the Protection of Children from Violence (CM/Rec (2009)), Child-friendly justice (CM/Rec (2010)) and Guidelines to respect, protect and fulfil the rights of the child in the digital environment (CM/Rec(2018)).

The project itself promotes the implementation of these international standards and builds on the progress and work already carried out at national level. The objectives and goals of the project shall be in line with the following legal acts:

WHAT DO WE AIM TO ACHIEVE? WHAT DO WE AIM TO ACHIEVE?
WHO DO WE WORK WITH? WHO DO WE WORK WITH?

The main partners of the project are the Ministry of internal affairs, the Ministry of justice, the Ministry of social policy, the Ministry of digital transformation, the Office of the prosecutor general of Ukraine, the Office of the Verkhovna Rada Commissioner for human rights, etc. Collaboration and partnerships will be sought with other relevant government institutions, international organisations, as well as civil society organisations active in this field.

WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM THIS PROJECT? WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM THIS PROJECT?

Children in Ukraine will benefit from more effective prevention and protection against sexual and other forms of violence through a reinforced child protection system managed by skilled and competent work force.

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