In the framework of South Programme III, the Council of Europe organised on 22 November 2018, in partnership with UNICEF and the Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences of Mohammedia, the awareness-raising workshop “Crossing perspectives on international instruments on children’s protection” on the occasion of the World Children’s day. The workshop gathered professors, students, international organisations, diplomatic representations and NGOs together with the Dean of the Faculty, the Head of the Council of Europe Office in Morocco and a representative of UNICEF.
Open discussions allowed raising participants’ awareness on child sexual exploitation and abuse, as well as on the need for prevention of such acts by means of existing international legal instruments. In this context, the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (known as the Lanzarote Convention), for which an accession procedure is underway for Morocco, as well as the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child – ratified by Morocco in 1993 – were presented and discussed by participants, notably in terms of their complementarity. This activity paved the way for other possible initiatives aimed in particular at aligning the Moroccan legislative framework for the protection of children with the provisions of these international instruments.