The fifth of December is International Volunteer Day. Established by the ONU, this day reinforces the importance of valuing all members of the society who freely and spontaneously ally to provide ongoing support to the most vulnerable and disadvantage individuals in their community. For us, this date is intended to give voice and expression to national and international volunteering initiatives, seeking to give them fair visibility and merit through their impetus in APAV’s work; joint action to promote equality, cohesion, beneficence and civic justice.
Since its foundation, APAV has the privilege to collaborate with a huge and continuous number of volunteers, who act in an unselfish and free way to serve the mission and vision of the institution in supporting victims of crime, their families and friends. Each volunteer makes an essential contribute to our activity to providing support.
Publicly, we want to express our gratitude for all the generosity shown by the volunteers who make possible a better support for the victims of crime and violence.
Marking the date, APAV promoted the first APAV regional volunteer meeting, in Mercado de Culturas in Lisbon. Besides being an event of an educative, sharing, reflection and animation nature, this meeting sims to strengthen the good relationship between all and make the belonging spirit to APAV even stronger.
On the second and third of December, in Palacio de Congresos y Exposiciones de Sevilla, the tenth edition of the International Congress for the study of violence against women was held - a forum for meetings, participation, training and research on gender violence.
APAV was represented in the panel about the international experiences relates do gender violence, by Daniel Cotrim. The organization of this congress is based on the conviction that permanent and specialized training and information on gender violence and the participation of different areas directly related to its treatment, are the key to further advancing the prevention, care and eradication of gender-based violence.
The VSE´s Autumn Conference, this year with the motto “Victims’ Rights: time to act”, is taking place today at the Portuguese Permanent Representation to the European Union in Brussels.
João Lázaro, President of APAV and of VSE, delivered the welcome speech emphasizing not only the importance of holding moments of debate as the one’s that will be held throughout the day, but also the great honor of hosting the Conference at the Portuguese Permanent Representation to the EU (REPER).
The opening session was honoured with the presence of Ambassador Nuno Brito, Permanent Representative of Portugal to the EU and of Mervi Sarimo, Advisor to the Finnish Ministry of Justice, country that now holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
The Conference will also count with distinguished speakers such as Christian D’Cunha, Head of Private Office at the European Data Protection Supervisor, Katarzyna Janicka-Pawlowsca, Head of the Victims’ Rights policy team at the DG Justice, Joanna Goodey, Head of Department at the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and Antony Pemberton, Professor of Restorative Justice at KU Leuven (Belgium) and Professor of Victimology at the Tilburg University (The Netherlands).
The day will end with a Fundraising Gala at the Autoworld, a Museum of vintage cars located at the Parc du Cinquantenaire.
Please see here the complete Programme of the Conference.
APAV atended Universités Européennes contre le Racisme et les Discriminations, hosted by Maison des Potes, in Paris, between the October 30th and November 2nd.
The event intended to reach the civil society, national and european deputies regarding the fight against discrimination.
André Carpinelli (on the left) represented APAV in a debate with Thomas Samuel (lawyer and secretary-general of Maison des Potes) e Jean-Philippe Duhamel (lawyer from french Court de Cassation).