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Webinar series

Children’s Rights in Palestine, Touching base on Palestinian Child’s Day

Defence for Children International (DCI) launched a series of webinars on 5th April 2024, International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian Child, to raise awareness about the rights of Palestinian children.

The subsequent webinars are scheduled for 8th May, 17th May, 31st May and one more on 2nd July with a hybrid meeting near Geneva on 2nd May, coinciding with the Annual Rafto Prize meeting of laureates. DCI-Palestine is the 2023 Rafto Prize Laureate.

The webinars bring together a range of high-level expert Palestinian and international speakers to discuss how best to support Palestinian children, meet their immediate needs, start healing the harms caused, provide pathways to a sense of justice and accountability, and ensure their rights are respected and implemented.

2nd July 2024, 14:00 – 16:00 CEST



Moderator: Bethany Ellis, Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict


  • Giovanni Di Girolamo, Head of the Middle East and North Africa Unit, Commission’s Directorate-General for European Humanitarian and Civil Protection Operations (ECHO)
  • Rana Nashashibi, Director of the Palestinian Counselling Centre
  • Francesca Albanese, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967
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Action points:

  1. Immediate Ceasefire: Call for an immediate ceasefire to halt the violence and protect civilians.
  2. Humanitarian Access: Ensure safe and unrestricted humanitarian access to and within Gaza to reach affected populations, including opening all access crossings.
  3. Safe Movement: Guarantee the safe movement of humanitarian workers and supplies to support aid delivery.
  4. Protect Civilian Infrastructure: Respect and protect civilian infrastructure, such as shelters, schools, health facilities, and utilities, to prevent loss of life, disease outbreaks, and ensure care for the sick and wounded.
  5. Respect International Law: Urge all parties to the conflict to respect international humanitarian law to safeguard civilian lives and property.
  6. Medical Access: Allow urgent medical cases to safely access critical health services or be evacuated, ensuring that children evacuated for medical reasons are accompanied by family members.
  7. Family-Based Care: Promote family-based care options for children deprived of parental care, avoiding excessive institutionalisation.
  8. Support for HRDs: Provide protection and support for Palestinian human rights defenders and NGOs documenting the situation, recognising their essential role despite crackdowns.
  9. Accountability and Justice: Press for accountability by urging the ICC to issue arrest warrants and for countries with universal jurisdiction to ensure justice is served for violations committed during the conflict.
Read full summary here

DCI-Italy launches new project for children deprived of parental care

Defence for Children International-Italy  launched on 1 December 2016 a new project titled «ELFO – Training for guardians and foster families for children and youth deprived of parental care «.

The project, lasting 24 months and co-financed by the European Union,involves DCI’s national section in Spain and partner organisations in Greece, Portugal and Bulgaria.

It seeks out to foster the protection of minors deprived or separated from their families through the training of guardians and foster parents who assume parental roles. Individuals taking up such responsibility are in fact often not adequately trained, leaving children exposed to potential abuses.

The overall scope is thus to enhance the guardians’ and the foster parents’ skills and therefore enact the United Nations Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children which state that

«no child should be without the support and protection of a legal guardian», and that «Persons exercising such legal responsibility should  [..]receive appropriate training and professional support in this regard. They should be in a position to make independent and impartial decisions that are in the best interests of the children concerned and that promote and safeguard each child’s welfare. «

Defence for Children Italy launching the ELFO project

The project will be developed through the following actions:

  1. Strengthening the skills and training of guardians and foster parents through the organization of 12 training cycles for relevant citizens and institutional representatives
  2. Launching support mechanisms and accompanying measures for such persons while they perform their role (supervision meetings, establishment of a permanent desk)
  3. Conducting awareness raising activities on the issue in the 5 European countries

Read more about the project here.

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