ORK is member of 3 international networks
The European Network of Ombudspersons for Children (ENOC) is a non-profit making association of independent children's rights institutions. Its mandate is to facilitate the promotion and protection of children's rights as set out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. ENOC aims to establish links and share information and strategies with independent children's rights institutions - Ombudspersons for Children, Commissioners for Children, or focal points on children's rights in national human rights institutions or general ombudsman's offices.
ENOC holds an annual meeting every year. The European Network of Ombudspersons for Children (ENOC) links the independent offices that have been established in European countries to promote the fundamental rights of children.
The objectives and priorities of independent institutions for children may vary from country to country. They differ according to the situations of children and the variety of governmental and non-governmental institutions and structures affecting children and the promotion of human rights. The following is a summary of the objectives of existing independent institutions; not every office pursues all of these objectives. In particular, offices vary in whether or not they deal with individual cases and complaints from children.
The aims :
promoting the full implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child;
promoting a higher priority for children, whether at central, regional or local government level and in civil society, and improving public attitudes towards children;
influencing law, policy and practice, both by responding to government and other proposals and by actively proposing change;
promoting effective government coordination for children at all levels;
promoting the effective use of resources for children;
providing a channel for children's views, encouraging government and the public to have appropriate respect for children's views;
collecting and publishing data on the situation of children, encouraging the government to collect and publishing adequate data;
raising awareness of children's rights among children and adults;
conducting surveys and undertake or encourage research;
examining children's access to, and the effectiveness of, all forms of defence and redress systems, for example in institutions and schools, including children's access to the courts;
responding to individual complaints from children or those representing children, and if it is appropriate, initating or supporting legal action on behalf of children.
Role and mission:
The main mission of the Association des Ombudsmans et des Médiateurs de la Francophonie (AOMF) is to promote the role of the Ombudsman and Mediator in the Francophonie and to encourage the development and consolidation of independent mediation institutions in the French-speaking world.
The Association helps French-speaking countries to set up new mediation institutions. It also offers its expertise to existing institutions. AOMF and its members are committed to promoting and defending, through La Francophonie, democracy, the rule of law and social peace, as well as to ensuring respect for national and international human rights texts, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Bamako Declaration.
In November 2013, at the end of the Dakar Congress, the AOMF set itself five objectives:
Supporting member institutions in their professional development (training and effective sharing of good practices)
Strengthening institutions within their respective States
Expanding and positioning the AOMF towards Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Asia.
Strengthening the response for children
Intensifying internal and external communication.
With the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF) as its main financial backer, AOMF liaises with the official bodies of the Francophonie, in particular the Delegation for Peace, Democracy and Human Rights, which has supported AOMF's activities since its creation. AOMF's activities fall within the framework of the implementation of the provisions of Chapter V of the Bamako Declaration on the observation and permanent evaluation of the practices of democracy, rights and freedoms within the Francophonie.
Eurochild is a network of organisations and individuals working in and across Europe to promote the rights and well-being of children and young people.
Their vision is a society where children and young people grow up happy, healthy, confident and respected as individuals.
The mission is to promote the rights and well-being of children in policy and practice through advocacy, member exchange and research.
Eurochild's work is underpinned by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. An international human rights treaty that grants all children and young people a comprehensive set of rights.
The network is co-funded by the European Union's Employment and Social Innovation Programme (EaSI). A funding instrument at EU level that supports, among other things, the fight against social exclusion and poverty.
Eurochild has 184 members, including 136 full members, 46 associate members and 2 honorary members, in 33 European countries. 18 national networks of children's rights organisations have been designated as "national partner networks".
AOMF organizes a congress every three years, in close cooperation with the host institution.