Further strengthening co-operation between the Council of Europe and civil society actors to prevent and protect children from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse, online and offline, is the goal of the international conference taking place from 8 to 9 April 2019 at the European Youth Centre of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.
Ending all forms of violence against children, including sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children is identified as a priority area for action under the Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2016-2021).
Participants of the conference “Strengthening Civil Society Participation in the Implementation and Monitoring of the Lanzarote Convention” will learn about the Council of Europe child rights strategic agenda and work, including the Lanzarote Convention and its monitoring process; discuss strategies and ways civil society actors can strengthen the implementation of the Convention at local and national level, and deepen their engagement with the Lanzarote Committee; and provide the opportunity to share experiences, promising practices and lessons learnt with peers at pan-European level.
The conference will gather some 40 participants from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Republic of Moldova, Lithuania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, including representatives from NGOs, current and potential partners of the Council of Europe contributing to the work of the Lanzarote Committee.
The Lanzarote Convention entered into force in July 2010 and requires Parties to criminalise all forms of sexual offences against children and adopt specific legislation and policy measures to prevent sexual violence, protect victims and prosecute perpetrators. It also promotes national and international cooperation in these areas.