17 February 2023,

Last Tuesday, on the 14th of February, FAFCE Policy Manager, Bénédicte Colin, intervened at the European Parliament at an event on “a European Certificate of Parenthood?“, hosted by MEP Margarita de la Pisa (ECR, Spain). She tackled the issue of the violations of the best interests of the child in a recent proposal of the European Commission to create an automatic cross-border recognition of parenthood. If approved, the national legislations would automatically extend the legal effects of the filiation to all types of ‘parenthood’ legally acquired in one Member State, including through surrogacy.

According to Article 7 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the best interests of the child are to be raised by his or her parents. We recall that there is no right to have a child, only a responsibility of parents when they welcome the gift of life” – she stressed, quoting the words of FAFCE’s President from the Press release on The dangers of a “European parenthood certificate.

Here you can watch the conference again:

On Wednesday, the European Parliament adopted two resolutions regarding the EU ratification of the Istanbul Convention, and the EU priorities for the 67th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. This year, the 67th session will focus on gaps between men and women in digital access and skills (access to job in science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and cyber-violence experienced by women.

Our Federation stresses the need to tackle the issue of the hypersexualisation of women and children online and in advertising, with a key focus on online pornography.

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