14.03.2012 - Since the launch of the ONE in FIVE Campaign
in Cyprus at the beginning of 2011, Ms Athina Kyriakidou,
contact parliamentarian for Cyprus, continues to be actively
involved in the Council of Europe ONE in FIVE Campaign to
stop sexual violence against children.
In December 2011, Ms Athina Kyriakidou visited a UNESCO
school in Limassol (Cyprus) and delivered a speech to
teenage children on the aims of the campaign.
On 9th January 2012, she attended the first meeting of the
National Committee for the ONE in FIVE Campaign convened
under the auspices of the Minister of Labour and Social
Insurance. The Minister reiterated the Governmentís
commitment to combat all forms of violence against children,
in particular sexual violence and called for the
participation of as many social actors as possible in the
campaign. A fruitful discussion followed as to the ways in
which to adequately train and sensitize both parents and
teachers, as well as children. The Minister asked all actors
present to send within a certain deadline, concrete and
practical proposals on ways in which to implement the aims
and objectives of the campaign, within the area of
competence of each relevant actor.
In this context, the House of Representatives has decided to
co-finance the translation and publication of the campaign
material into the Greek language and will distribute this
material to pupils visiting the House in coordination and
cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Culture.
On 6th February 2012, the House Standing Committee on Human
Rights convened another meeting on the progress of the
promotion of the Lanzarote Convention for the protection of
children from abuse and sexual exploitation.
Parliamentarians, on their side, asked the media
representatives to play a positive role in the promotion of
the campaign and not to restrict themselves to reporting
only cases of sexual abuse. Parents and teachers association
asked that they be informed and trained at a formal level,
in order to identify, report and handle cases of sexual
abuse and exploitation. Through the discussions that ensued,
it became apparent that there is still a long way to go in
order to provide a safe and child-friendly environment to
child victims of sexual violence