© UNICEF/ Radu Sandovici/ From left to right: Dana Buzducea, Honorary President of the Federation of Child Protection NGOs, Adrian Dobre, State Secretary of the Ministry of Labour and Social Justice, Sandie Blanchet, UNICEF in Romania Representative, Sorin Grindeanu, Prime Minister of Romania, Ana Birchall, Minister Delegate for European Affairs, Gabriela Coman, President of the National Authority for Child Rights Protection, Gabriela Alexandrescu, Executive President Save the Children Romania and Mr. Pavel Năstase, Minister of Education.
End Violence Against Children
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Pathfinder Romania reaffirms commitment to fight violence against children at End Violence launch in Bucharest
BUCHAREST, 2 March 2017 –Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu of Romania, together with the Ministers of Education and for European Affairs and Secretaries of State from the Ministry of Labour and Social Justice, UNICEF, Embassies and representatives of civil society and children, reaffirmed his Government’s commitment to contribute to ending violence against children in Romania and beyond borders.
Prime Minister Grindeanu confirmed Romania’s position as one of 12 pathfinding countries of End Violence Global Partnership worldwide and showed concern over the increasing amplitude of the issue. “It is our responsibility to take a stand against violence, exploitation and abuse, in all its forms. We must raise children in a safe, violence free environment, and offer the access to a normal adulthood, free from the burden of childhood trauma,” said Grindeanu, who then outlined the country’s ambitious target to end violence by 2030, the recent progress in ratifying the Istanbul Convention on Preventing and Ending Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence, and the next steps in the implementation of national strategies.
The Prime Minister highlighted the existing collaboration between the Government, UNICEF, civil society, teachers, parents and children, as key to progress. He mentioned in particular a model of innovative cross-sectoral, preventive services focusing on vulnerable children and their families developed by the Government, UNICEF and local authorities, which will be replicated with EU funding.
“Despite Romania’s progress in recent years, violence remains the reality of many Romanian children. Romania is committed to build political will, accelerate reforms and strengthen collaboration within and outside the country to protect children from violence and to share its experience globally. UNICEF is working with the Government, the Parliament, civil society and other partners to support this commitment,” said UNICEF Representative in Romania Sandie Blanchet.
Within the Partnership, UNICEF and the Government of Romania launched a joint national awareness campaign on violence against children in society featuring “It’s not normal for it to be normal, violence against children is unacceptable”. The campaign places acts of violence against children in everyday life circumstances, thus dramatizing this “abnormal normality”.
Public service announcement of violence against children campaign in society: