‘Act, Inspire and Scale-up’ in Agriculture and Value Chains - About 71% child labourers are in agriculture, including fishing, forestry, and farming. Agriculture is the only sector where child labour has increased, having an additional 10 million child labourers between 2012 and 2016. FAO identifies household poverty and food insecurity as the main driver of child labour in agriculture.
The EU Delegation in Rome organised a ‘Virtual Symposium on Ending Child Labour by 2025’, bringing together its partners to discuss the most critical challenges to accelerate progress towards meeting the SDG Target 8.7, the most pressing problems and barriers that need to be addressed, the impact of Covid-19, the key ingredients of successful partnerships, as well as how to inspire and scale up action on the way ahead.
One in three women globally have experienced violence. Violence against women and girls has further increased worldwide, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and of the many conflicts where women are primary victims. Today it is more important than ever to continue working tirelessly so that every woman can live a life free from violence. It is in this light that we mark the tenth anniversary of the Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention.
Another year of quasi-confinement did not stop the EU and all its offices around the world from marking Europe Day in all its glory with several innovative activities online to touch all our senses! Shades of blue and yellow adorned landmarks worldwide, the sound of music filled our homes, and our eyes feasted on an array of photographic exhibitions and movie screenings. Our brains were also put to the test with a number of quizzes, and kids enjoyed online games to their hearts’ content. Our taste buds also thanked the chefs who offered online cooking classes, and we even got to go on a trip to space!