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Young people’s engagement in accountability for the post-2015 agenda

Plan International released a report ‘Young people’s engagement in strengthening accountability for the post-2015 agenda’. The report states that young people must be perceived as key stakeholders participating in creating frameworks regarding youth rights . It provides guides, which enable to develop an effective accountability process involving young people on the local, national and international level.

The report is accessible here.

Source: Plan International

UNICEF report on violence against children

The UNICEF report ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’  gathers data on violence against children from 190 countries, including Central and Eastern Europe region. It reflects on physical violence and homicide rates, examines sexual violence (also among adolescents), explores most common forms of violence against children. It also shows the rate of peer violence and studies attitudes and social norms relating to the issue. The report reveals that homicide took lives of 95,000 children and adolescents in 2012 and about 6 in 10 children worldwide (between the age of 2 and 14) experience physical violence. Entering adolescence makes children more vulnerable to experience violence in peer groups and intimate relationships.  Almost 20% teens aged 13-15 in Macedonia were victims of physical attacks, whereas the rate of peer perpetrators is also high – across Europe a third of teenagers admitted being bullies. In all CEE countries less than 1% of girls reported being a victim of sexual violence,most frequently between ages 15-19 when victimized for the first time. The report reveals the stigmatization of violence survivors, as nearly half of all adolescent girls aged 15 to 19 who reported having experienced physical and/or sexual violence admitted that they never told anyone about it.

The whole report is accessible here.

Source: UNICEF

Polish parliament rejects the legislative proposal banning sexuality education

The legislative proposal  aiming to introduce penalties for provision of sexuality education was rejected by Polish Parliament early September. The proposal was prepared by Polish anti-choice organization ‘Pro-Foundation’. It collected 250 thousand signatures and was proposed to Polish parliament as citizens legislative initiative.

The proposal aimed to introduce changes to Polish Criminal Code (regarding the age of consent). Persons who would publicly popularize sexual activity of adolescents below the age of consent or enable them means to do so, would be punished with fine or 2-year imprisonment. Polish NGOs working in the area of sexuality education stated that the project was detrimental and advocated for its rejection.

The first reading and voting on the proposal took place early September. 264 parliamentarians from centre and left-wing parties appealed to reject the project in the first reading, whereas 169 right-wing deputies voted in favor of  further works on the project in parliamentarian commissions and 6 deputies abstained from voting.

 Source: Polish Press Agency


Resources on young people from AIDS 2014 Conference

UNAIDS collected all the resources regarding young people&adolescents launched at AIDS 2014 International Conference. The publications are related to conference sessions devoted to youth: prevention ,testing and treatment, social change and advocacy. They explore evidence and experiences of successful HIV prevention programmes, challenges faced in various communities and challenges faced by activists in AIDS response.

Access the resources here.

Source: ACT2015



Factsheet on youth in Eastern Europe and Central Asia by UNFPA

A new factsheet by UNFPA EECARO (Eastern Europe and Central Asia Regional Office) focuses on youth issues in the region. 

The Eastern Europe and Central Asia region has undergone intensive political, economic, and social transformations over the past decade, opening up new opportunities for people under the age of 25, who make up 22 per cent of the region’s population. But the pace and nature of change has also left adolescents (ages 10-19) and youth (ages 15-24) highly vulnerable to poverty; unemployment; health issues, including those related to sexual and reproductive health; and political disenfranchisement. Commitment to the development and promulgation of policies to address the needs of young people (all those ages 10-24) varies widely across the region, with ideological, political, and resource issues all coming into play.

This publication provides a brief overview of the key issues of concern regarding young people in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, UNFPA's work in the region, and priorities for the future.

The factsheet is accessible HERE.

Source: UNFPA

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