Spanking violates children’s rights. Canada still allows it

Spanking violates children’s rights. Canada still allows it

Despite self-conceptions, Canada is far from the best when it comes to children’s rights. A 2020 UNICEF report card measuring the well-being of children and youth in wealthy countries ranked Canada 30th out of 38 nations. And unbeknownst to many, Canada has an exemption in their Criminal Code, Section 43, that permits parents to hit their children. Read…

Study find millions may not recognise coercive control

Study find millions may not recognise coercive control

Four in ten (43%) British adults say their understanding of coercive control is poor or non-existent, according to a new study commissioned by Vodafone and domestic abuse charity Hestia as part of a campaign to raise awareness and provide support to anyone affected. The campaign, called ‘It’s Not Nothing’, has been created by Vodafone Foundation and aims to…

Buy-Now-Pay-Later: it is a credit

Buy-Now-Pay-Later: it is a credit

The revision of the EU Consumer Credit Directive is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to regulate BNPL in the same way as other forms of credit. CEO of Tinka Charly Toni believes this opportunity must not be missed. Regulating Buy-Now-Pay-Later in Europe: if something looks like credit, smells like credit, tastes like credit – it is credit.…

Serious abuses at slaughterhouse in the province of Utrecht

Serious abuses at slaughterhouse in the province of Utrecht

The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) has identified serious abuses at a medium-sized slaughterhouse in the province of Utrecht. For example, an employee has been caught bulling animals by stepping on them, hitting and kicking them. The business process has been stopped and the so-called slaughterhouse accreditation has been suspended. It is…

Abuse in top sport (Dutch)

Abuse in top sport (Dutch)

We hear more and more about transgressive behavior in the sports world. From gymnastics to hockey to judo. From physical and verbal abuse to sexual abuse. Read this interesting article and have a look at the documentary called the Gouden Lichting via broadcast VPRO.

Study reveals how intellectual humility influences existentially-relevant moral decisions

Study reveals how intellectual humility influences existentially-relevant moral decisions

Intellectual humility affects how people make moral decisions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the results of a cross-cultural experiment published in The Journal of Positive Psychology. “Research on humility has been on the rise. However, I wanted to focus on topics where people tend to get rather entrenched and situations where people may have…

Artificial Intelligence and children’s rights

Artificial Intelligence and children’s rights

Researchers, policymakers and industry should involve children and their caregivers when designing new policies and initiatives dealing with artificial intelligence (AI)-based technologies. This is the main recommendation of a recently published JRC report on Artificial Intelligence and the Rights of the Child. Artificial intelligence-based internet and digital technologies offer children many opportunities but, if not properly…

Human rights council discusses menstruation for the first time

Human rights council discusses menstruation for the first time

Human Rights Council 50th Session – panel discussion on menstrual hygiene management, human rights and gender equality Excellencies, friends, I am pleased to address you on a topic the Human Rights Council is discussing for the very-first time. In the last decade, a vibrant and diverse menstrual movement has emerged across the world. This movement…

Housing, cities and children’s rights

Housing, cities and children’s rights

Adequate housing is a right of every person — regardless of age, gender, race, or income level — and is the foundation for all human development, well-being and survival, as recognized by Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, or UDHR. As a leading global organization committed to adequate housing for all, Habitat has collaborated with the…

Dramatic impact internet shutdowns on human rights

Dramatic impact internet shutdowns on human rights

The dramatic real-life effects of internet shutdowns on people’s lives and human rights have been vastly underestimated, the UN Human Rights Office warns in a new report issued. The report urges states not to impose internet shutdowns. “Too often, major communication channels or entire communication networks are slowed down or blocked,” the report states, adding that…

Towards a separate criminalization of psychological abuse? (Dutch)

Towards a separate criminalization of psychological abuse? (Dutch)

The Minister for Legal Protection, also on behalf of the Minister of Justice and Security and the State Secretary for Health, Welfare and Sports, has prepared a research report with the title: ‘Towards a separate criminalization of psychological abuse? Pros and cons. The report was sent to the House of Representatives, by the Open University…

Human rights due diligence update

Human rights due diligence update

Human rights due diligence allows companies to proactively manage potential adverse human rights impacts, thus unsafe and unhealthy working conditions for workers, child labor and forced labor. They are involved in those, either through their activities or through its operations, products or services by its business relationships. According to the Office of the United Nations…

European court for human rights explained

European court for human rights explained

Not many people have heard of the European court for human rights (ECtHR). The ECtHR is an international court based in Strasbourg, France. It was established to enforce the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), an international treaty designed to protect human rights and basic freedoms in Europe. Forty-seven states signed up to the ECHR, including…

Netflix must-watch: Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey

Netflix must-watch: Keep Sweet: Pray and Obey

An in-depth look into the secretive polygamous sect of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and the rise of self-professed prophet Warren Jeffs. From forced underage marriage and pregnancy to a complete unraveling into an oppressive criminal cult under Warren Jeffs’ rule, the story uncovers extraordinary bravery battling tyrannical control in modern America.…

Origin of moral compass

Origin of moral compass

Are we naturally moral, or are we taught to be moral? That is the question researchers at Osaka University in Japan are looking to answer. In partnership with Otsuma Women’s University, NTT Communication Science Laboratories and the University of Tokyo, researchers analyzed 8-month-old infants and their ability to shame the wrongdoing or anti-social behavior of…

Children’s hyperactivity and harsh parenting are connected

Children’s hyperactivity and harsh parenting are connected

A new study published in Child Development finds that there is a reciprocal relationship between parenting style and child behaviors, suggesting that altering parenting behavior could greatly help children with socioemotional difficulties. Having socioemotional behaviors in childhood is linked with increased chances of adverse outcomes later in life, such as mental health issues and delinquent behavior. It…

Love with integrity

Love with integrity

I always say that choosing belonging over yourself is bloody painful and that integrity is not conditional. Integrity underlines how you view yourself, including your self-worth and how you relate to others, even when you are not around them. Some matters got me thinking about loving with integrity. Many people just go from one person…

TU Delft has launched the Digital Ethics Center for fair and safe AI

TU Delft has launched the Digital Ethics Center for fair and safe AI

Our society digitizes more and more. This creates opportunities to work more efficiently. At the same time, it raises many ethical questions. That is why TU Delft has opened the Digital Ethics Center. Researchers can investigate the ethical side of AI and digitization together with government institutions and companies, such as fairness, security and transparency.…

Fighting child sexual abuse: Commission proposes new rules to protect children

Fighting child sexual abuse: Commission proposes new rules to protect children

The Commission is proposing new EU legislation to prevent and combat child sexual abuse online. With 85 million pictures and videos depicting child sexual abuse reported worldwide in 2021 alone, and many more going unreported, child sexual abuse is pervasive. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the issue, with the Internet Watch foundation noting a 64% increase in…

New EU strategy to protect and empower children in the online world

New EU strategy to protect and empower children in the online world

The Commission has adopted a new European strategy for a Better Internet for Kids (BIK+), to improve age-appropriate digital services and to ensure that every child is protected, empowered and respected online. In the past ten years, digital technologies and the way children use them have changed dramatically. Most children use their smartphones daily and almost twice…

The defence of Roma children’s rights discussed in the Council of Europe

The defence of Roma children’s rights discussed in the Council of Europe

The Council of Europe held its 13th Dialogue Meeting with Roma and Traveler civil society in Strasbourg in hybrid format, focusing on the topic of defending the rights of the Roma and Traveler children. The meeting brought together 55 representatives of different Roma and Traveler civil society organizations, different services of the Council of Europe…

How leaders influence (un)ethical behaviors within organizations

How leaders influence (un)ethical behaviors within organizations

The Journal of Business Ethics published an interesting research on how leaders influence (un)ethical behaviors within organizations. A laboratory experiment on reporting choices was conducted to examine whether and how leaders influence workers’ (un)ethical behavior through financial reporting choices. The role of leaders or workers was randomly assigned to subjects, who could choose to report…

Women of impact: be brazen

Women of impact: be brazen

Julia Haart is known for her Netflix production called My unorthodox life. Recently, Julia Haart gave an interview at Women of impact. She sat down with Lisa Bilyeu to discuss her new book called Brazen and to explain how she broke free from an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in New York. To sum up: every single…

Love knows no coercion (Dutch)

Love knows no coercion (Dutch)

I am incredibly proud of what we are doing with this paid media production, part of the educational podcast series called Liefde kent geen dwang, thus Love knows no coercion, in collaboration with the Landelijk Knooppunt Huwelijksdwang en Achterlating and the Municipality of The Hague. There are even tears when I read an excerpt from…

About closed-up communities and who should have a microphone (Dutch)

About closed-up communities and who should have a microphone (Dutch)

Dit Paasweekend heb ik echt een prachtige podcast opgenomen met Lars Westra. De serie heet Kindervisie. Dit is één van de mooiste opnames tot nu toe. Binnenkort heb ik er nog twee die prachtig zijn en inzoomen op andere onderwerpen. We spreken over een zorgeloze jeugd, eindeloze religieuze regels met korte en langetermijnuitwerkingen, hoe patronen werken…

Widely-used legal handbook on the rights of the child now updated

Widely-used legal handbook on the rights of the child now updated

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights publish the second edition of their popular Handbook on European law relating to the rights of the child. The Handbook is a comprehensive and practical guide to European law in the area of child rights. It introduces legal practitioners, who are…

Children’s rights in crisis and emergency new priority for the Council of Europe in 2022-2027

Children’s rights in crisis and emergency new priority for the Council of Europe in 2022-2027

With climate change, the Covid-19 pandemic and the Russian Federation’s ongoing aggression against Ukraine, securing and protecting children’s rights in crisis and emergency situations has been designated a new priority in the Council of Europe’s Strategy for the Rights of the Child for 2022-2027 launched at a high-level conference in Rome. Other priorities included in the strategy are freedom…

New Council of Europe’s Strategy for the Rights of the Child to be launched in Rome on 7-8 April

New Council of Europe’s Strategy for the Rights of the Child to be launched in Rome on 7-8 April

The new strategy meant to guide the 46 member States of the Council of Europe in protecting and promoting the rights of the child in 2022-2027 will be officially launched on 7-8 April at a high-level conference in Rome. Children’s rights in crisis and emergency situations as one of the priorities of the strategy will be in the focus…

Communicating via someone else’s LinkedIn account without mentioning it: what do we think about it?

Communicating via someone else’s LinkedIn account without mentioning it: what do we think about it?

Generally speaking, it used to be quite transparent when a secretary or another company representative communicated with a relation on behalf of someone else. Nowadays, that is absolutely not the case, especially when this is done via LinkedIn. There are companies that communicate via someone else’s account with existing and new connections for business traffic…

64% of adults believe that violence against children is wrong

64% of adults believe that violence against children is wrong

A recent survey conducted by YouGov in England finds that 64% of the adults believe that violence against children is wrong. In other words, more than two-thirds of the grown-ups believe that it is immoral for parents or caretakers to physically punish children. Nearly 3000 people commissioned by the NSPCC participated in the poll. Other findings…