In September PICUM launched a Global Campaign to End Child Detention. This campaign was first initiated by the International Detention Coalition which is an overarching umbrella group of over 300 NGOs. The aim of the campaign is to draw together members of civil society in order that they might work alongside and in collaboration with one another to put an end to immigration detention of children.
For centuries, the Roma have been part of the European cultural landscape. The members of ethnic group are also often the victims of discrimination and prejudice, particularly in times of economic crisis. One example of discrimination prominent in Europe is the segregation of Roma children in public schools.
The celebration of this Day is an important opportunity to acknowledge the efforts and struggles of people living in poverty and a chance to make their concerns heard worldwide. Participation of the poor themselves has been at the centre of the Day's celebration since its very beginning. This year’s theme is “Working together towards a world without discrimination: building on the experience and knowledge of people in extreme poverty”.
Statistics drawn from Unicef, International Labour Organisation and the World Health Organisation indicate that one in five children in Europe are victims of a form of sexual abuse. It has been also estimated that in 70-85% of circumstances the abuser is a person that the child knows and feels they can trust. With its ONE in FIVE campaign the Council of Europe aims to stop sexual violence against children. One strand of the ONE in FIVE campaign is called The Underwear Rule.
Results of the 2013 European Semester – Country specific recommendations in the area of child and family policy
At the occasion of the European Semester the European Commission discusses with the Member States their progress towards achieving the targets of the commonly agreed Europe 2020 strategy. During this annual cycle national economic, social and structural reforms are monitored and coordinated. The Semester ends when the Council adopts so called Country Specific Recommendations (CSRs) that were proposed by the Commission. The CSRs aim at a stronger foundation for growth after the crisis and highlight how countries may enhance their growth potential, increase employment opportunities and competitiveness in 2013-2014.