24 November 2014, Brussels - Combating all forms of violence against women and girls is a fundamental pillar of the respect for human or fundamental rights and remains a priority for the EU, both internally and externally. One year ago, the European Commission and EEAS jointly adopted the Communication on eliminating female genital mutilation, and we have continued our efforts in this area. The EU is funding projects promoting social change and preventing this practice, as well as providing support to victims and engaging with members of practising communities to advocate for attitudinal change.
22 November 2014, Brussels - "The adoption, in the United Nations General Assembly 3rd Committee yesterday, of the resolution "Moratorium on the use of death penalty" is a landmark step. The record number of 114 votes in favour confirms the steadfast abolitionist trend worldwide and is an encouragement to continue with our efforts to wipe out this inhumane punishment."
20 November 2014, Brussels - Children have always been and remain at the heart of EU policy. Inspired by the Convention, the EU promotes children's rights through specific Guidelines as well as through the EU Agenda for the rights of the child for internal action.
This year we celebrate the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the young Pakistani activist for female education Malala Yousafzai and to the Indian child right's activist Kailash Satyarthi. Both have fought courageously for the girls' right to education which the EU considers as the best investment we can make in development.