18.08.2014 - Latvia is the 32nd country to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (CETS No. 201).
The Convention will enter into force as regards Latvia on 1 DecemberAugust 2014.
Increasing numbers of States are blocking children's access to information on spurious grounds of protection, with sex education, sexuality and drug use the main targets of censorship. These restrictions are doing more harm than good, according to a new CRIN policy paper, which outlines how access to honest, objective and age-appropriate information is vital for children's enjoyment of their human rights, including to life, health and protection.
Abuse can affect the lives of people regardless of age, gender or social status. Although people most often associate abuse with physical violence, it can come in many different forms including verbal abuse. Because of the nature of verbal abuse, its damaging effects are often underestimated and misunderstood. This can be a problem for people who are the victims of it. In addition, it can make it difficult for people who suspect that a friend or loved one is being verbally abused. To help combat verbal bullying it is important to educate people and raise awareness.
The National Network for Children - Bulgaria, Eurochild, Child Rights Connect, ChildPact and UNICEF – Bulgaria host the 7th Regional Meeting of NGOs Children’s Rights Coalitions in Europe to be held in Sofia, Bulgaria, from 28 to 30 April 2014.
The Children’s Rights Coalitions Meeting is intended to build on the discussions and learning from the meetings in Berlin (1998), Stockholm (1999), Vilnius (2002), Brussels (2005), Bucharest (2008) and Florence (2010).
Social Activities and Practices Institute launches a Call for Proposals for a small project for the establishment of Resilience Resource Center in Moldova and Latvia, in order to support deinstitutionalisation.
The 'Our Voices' project is coordinated by the International Centre: researching child sexual exploitation, violence and trafficking at the University of Bedfordshire in the UK. It is a three-year, pan-European initiative funded by the Oak Foundation, the University of Bedfordshire and other supporters.