Dangers of childhood in the digital age

22nd of February 2018 (Thursday), Brussels, Belgium – The European Parliament held a workshop on the protection of minors in the digital age. The three main topics brought on the table were defining the problem of child safety online, the solutions and policy dilemmas, and finally, the recommendations for EU policy developments on protecting minors […]

Work-Family Balance: Let’s start the debate

On the 26th of April 2017, the European Commission released a Proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on work-life balance for parents and carers and repealing Council Directive 2010/28/EU. The purpose of this proposal is to address equal treatments and opportunities in today’s labour market; to promote non-discrimination and […]

Wings For Change: Children in the Refugee Crisis

Wise men say you learn something new every day if you pay attention. I’m sure everyone would agree, but then it’s hard to actually acknowledge the new things you absorb each and every day that makes you richer. Last Wednesday, though, I met a group of very special people that made me pay attention. They […]

Refugees in Palestine

In 1971 the European Union and UNWRA (The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East ) have established a strong partnership to enhance the humanitarian development of Palestine refugees and therefore to promote stability in the Middle East. Last Tuesday Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl delivered an utterly inspiring speech in […]

Refugees, the European Union and Human Rights

As the issue of migration and the refugee crisis is one of the major hot topics nowadays, on September 28th WYA was present at the report of the EU commission to the European Parliament on the progress made in the implementation of the EU-Turkey statement, one of the main deal to tackle the problem. The […]

Unaccompanied Refugee Minors in the European Migrant Crisis

Unaccompanied Refugee Minors in the European Migrant Crisis have been the principal victims not only of abuse back in their countries and during their dangerous displacements but also, and sadly, of neglect and violence in Europe by our bureaucratic systems and law enforcers, as well as common citizens. WYA Europe interns had the opportunity to […]

When users become abusers

The sexual exploitation of women and children start with pornography In the Age of the Internet, pornography has taken over not only online platforms but also many of our minds. According to researchers “pornography’s intense stimulation of the brain brings about significant changes in the brain similar to drug addiction.” [1] So “those with compulsive […]

Call to MEPs to Prevent Child Exposure to Pornography and Violence – Protect Children from Harmful Audiovisual Contents

The European Parliament is about to adopt its report on the revision of the EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive, which regulates TVs, On-Demand services (e.g. Netflix) and video-sharing platforms (e.g. Youtube). The current directive explicitly forbids that television broadcasts programmes that contain pornography or gratuitous violence, in order to protect minors from these harmful contents. […]

Exposure of children to pornography

Our internet focused societies are increasingly targeting children in pushing them into a culture of porn. WYA has been participating in the Conference on Exposure of Children to Pornography in the EU, which demonstrated the negative influence that porn has on society, especially targeting children, youth, and family. Concern was expressed regarding the new proposal […]

Our Children, Our Future

Children have always fascinated me. It could be because of their infectious jovialness, their naivety, or just how they always spur within me the need to protect them. A child’s love is one so pure. Being around them gives me a feeling of cleansing. Some of my best days have been spent playing, feeding, and […]