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The International NGO Council on Violence Against Children was formed in 2007 to support strong and effective follow-up to the UN Study on Violence against Children. Its central role today is to work closely with the SRSG to ensure civil society participation in the follow up activities.
Who we are
The Council is composed of 18 members:
Nine Members representing international NGOs, and
Nine Members selected at regional level representing national and regional NGOs.
International representatives were nominated by NGOs and were selected based on the representative’s/organisation’s commitment to the study, expertise on violence against children, ability to relate to broader networks during the follow-up, past history of participation in the study process, and potential contribution to the follow-up process. Regional members were elected based on the same criteria. Each region organised its own appointment process.
1. Encouraging and facilitating NGO involvement at national, regional and international levels in follow-up advocacy with governments, UN agencies and others for full implementation of the UNSG’s Study recommendations;
2. Working with the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children in identifying key priorities and developing follow-up activities and strategies to ensure effective implementation of the Study’s recommendations;
3. Identifying and transmiting important information regarding VAC from the field level to the SRSG and other appropriate UN bodies;
4. Using and strengthening existing information channels and networks (e.g. CRIN, NGO Group mailing lists, etc.) to inform the child rights NGO community regarding the follow-up of the UNSG’s Study on VAC and its implementation;
5. Supporting the SRSG in developing a mechanism for the participation of children and young people in follow up activities
6. Participating in the monitoring of the implementation of the Study’s recommendations by member states
7. Developing advocacy tools for national NGOs in order to monitor the implementation of the Study's recommendations.
Jo Becker, Human Rights Watch (Co-Chair)
Peter Newell, Global Initiative to End all Corporal Punishment of Children (Co-Chair)
Arelys Bellorini, World Vision International
Ileana Bello, Defence for Children International
Theo Noten, ECPAT International
Fernanda Santana, World Organization Against Torture (OMCT)
Fiyola Hoosen-Steele, Plan International
Sara Johansson, Save the Children
Veronica Yates, Child Rights International Network (CRIN)
North America: Katherine Covell, Children's Rights Centre, Cape Breton University, Sydney, Nova Scotia Canada
South Asia: A.K.M. Masud Ali, INCIDIN Bangladesh
West and Central Africa: Mr MALLY Kwadjo Essediaba, WAO Afrique (Action to stop child exploitation), Lomé, Togo.
Latin America: Milena Grillo, Fundacion PANIAMOR, Costa Rica
The Caribbean: Silvia Mazzarelli, VIS/MDB, Dominican Republic
East and Southern Africa: Judith Mulenga, Zambia Civic Education Association, Zambia
East Asia & Pacific: Irene V. Fonacier-Fellizar, Center for the Promotion, Advocacy and Protection of the Rights of the Child Foundation, Inc., The Philippines
Middle East and North Africa: Thaira Shalan, Arab Council for Childhood and Development (ACCD), Egypt