Turkey needs to prevent violence against children with disabilities

19 December 2018

On the 13th and 14th of December, 2018 the Confederation of the Disabled in Turkey delivered a two day workshop which focused on two key issues: 1. violence against children in Turkey and the current challenges and priorities for reducing this; and 2. National and international human rights mechanisms available to the State and civil society to implement the UNCRPD and uphold the rights of persons with disabilities.

This regional meeting took place in the context of the European Union (EU), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), European Disability Forum (EDF) and International Children’s Center (ICC) multi-country action on “Protecting children from violence and promoting social inclusion of children with disabilities in Western Balkans and Turkey”.

Speakers included: Isil Erdemli from the International Children’s Centre, Turkey and the national platform for protecting children from violence; Idil Seda from the DPO and NGO National network for the rights of children with disabilities; and Juan Ignacio Perez Bello, Human rights Officer from the International Disability Alliance, Geneva.

Participants contributed to discussions and generated ideas regarding the various methods civil society can use to influence policy and legislation reforms in Turkey.

Participants also discussed methods to create stronger partnership with the Government in order to implement and monitor the UNCRPD.

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