On June 21, 2017 a National Round Table “Let’s open a new page in the understanding of corporal Punishment” was held.
The event was initiated and held in partnership between the Ombudsman Institution of the Republic of Bulgaria and the PULSE Foundation.
It is attended by Mrs. Rositsa Dimitrova, Deputy Minister MLSP, Mrs. Maria Semerdzhieva, Advisor to the Minister of Education, Mrs. Nikova, SACP, representatives of FPA, Sofia Municipality, NNC, ANIMUS Association Foundation, SAPI , NYF, Association “Parents”, NFCA, Foundation for the Development of Justice, Representatives of ALLIANCE for protection against gender-based violence and many other organizations.
During the forum Maya Manolova made a firm stand against the violence and corporal punishment of children. She provided data from a poll commissioned by the Ombudsman’s institution, in which more than 1,200 children and young people responded to two questions, within ten days, on the 24 hour newspaper website – were they subject to aggression and to whom they would turn if they had been victimized. 317 children, or 41.38% responded that they were not subjected to violence, 204, or 26.63% said this happened on the street, 158, or 20.63% – at school and 89, or 11.62% at home. The second question was answered by 440 children – 191, or 43.41% of them said they would turn to their parents 116, or 26.36% to the police, 14, or 3.18% to teachers or Child protection authorities, and 105 or 23.86% replied that they would not share with anyone.
Ekaterina Veleva and Mariana Evtimova from the PULSE Foundation presented data from a preliminary study of attitudes to corporal punishment against children.
Julia Andonova from the PULSE Foundation presented forthcoming activities to reduce corporal punishment. The upcoming events will take place within the project “Let’s Open a New Page – Movement to Help Children Against Physical Threat and Emotional Repression” funded by the EC.
During the round table, Maya Manolova initiated the creation of a National Coalition against Corporal Punishment and Violence against Children.
The PULSE Foundation team expresses its gratitude for the commitment and presence of all the participants in the forum.
We would like to express our gratitude to the Ombudsman of the Republic of Bulgaria, Maya Manolova and the team for the active civic position and professionalism, as well as for personal inclusion in the direction of positive parenting and changing attitudes of our society.
Photos from the event can be found on the Facebook page of the PULSE Foundation
Photographer: Vladimir Bichev