On 5-7 February 2013 the 2nd Workshop on Regional and International Child Protection Standards took place within the “Addressing the negative effects of migration on minors and families left behind” project. The workshop was attended by around 18 representatives of the Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Family of the Republic of Moldova, and aimed at familiarizing them with the main international legal frameworks regulating child rights protection. All the participants had the possibility to discuss the notion of child vulnerability from the rights-based perspective, scrutinize the main European and International Conventions regulating child protection, and discuss best practices and concrete examples of legislation and policy in different countries, such as Georgia, Switzerland, Sweden, etc. The workshop was led by Ms. Daja Wenke – an independent consultant and researcher on child rights/ child protection.
Afterward, the project results, achievements and plan of action for the next 9 months of the project were discussed on the 8th February during the 3rd meeting of the Inter Institutional Technical Committee, organized in Moldova. The meeting was attended by the main implementing partners such as the Ministry of Labour, Social Policies of Italy, the Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Family of the Republic of Moldova, the Bureau for Relations with Diaspora, Diaspora project partners and IOM Moldova. All the project partners highlighted the high profile of the initiative and the importance of further extending the project activities in order to increase the impact on both Moldovan migrant workers in Italy and their children and families left behind in Moldova. The project has been granted a non-cost extension until September 2013, kindly provided by the EU and the Italian Ministry of Labour and Social Policies.