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Mirela Oprea

Thin girl versus thick bureaucracy. A few thoughts on structural violence against children.

Last year, on a hot summer day, in a big rush, I had just missed my subway train. Desperately running on the stairs and then the doors closing on me. The only other person on the platform was a very thin girl with a small baby in her arms. She looked sad and exhausted and […]

Despre rolul rudelor in sustinerea teatrului independent

Azi am avut un mic motiv de ridicare din spranceana. Am  fost criticata pe motive de rudenie. O doamna blogger, care scrie despre teatrul independent, criticand o piesa in care joaca (si) fratele meu, sugera ca rolul ‘rudelor’ artistilor din teatrul independent este cumva neadecvat, toxic, vin la spectacole ca sa incurajeze inoportun si inutil, […]

Thoughts for a Speech

On November 28 I was invited to speak at the Eurochild Annual Conference (in Bucharest, co-organized with Hope and Homes for Children Romania). Here are a few thoughts that I put down while preparing for the panel ‘Funding Advocacy for Children’s Rights’. How can civil society contribute to a more effective public spending on children? […]

Tavanul, gunoiul de sub pres si rahatul de sub cerul liber

Tavanul, gunoiul de sub pres si rahatul de sub cerul liber

Telefonul imi suna fix in timpul cuvantarii Comisarei Corinei Cretu. Nu pot sa raspund, dar sun dupa. –          ‘Da Madalina. Spune. De ce m-ai sunat? –          Ma scuzati ca va deranjez. Stiti, am vrut sa va intreb daca mai veniti maine la noi. Ca stiti, am ramas fara nici un ban in casa, nu am […]

Celebrating the UNCRC turning 25? Then let us stop working against children first!

Here are three definitions of the word ‘orphanage’. Definion 1: ‘Orphanage = a place where children whose parents have died can live and be cared for’. Definion 2. ‘Orphanage = a residential institutions for the care and education of orphans’. Definion 3. ‘Orphanage = a public institutions for the care and protection of children without […]

Cum am votat?

Trento este un oras italian asemanator cu Sibiul. Atat Trento cat si Sibiul sunt in zona muntoase, sunt foste teritorii ale imperiului austro-ungar, sunt orase cu oameni seriosi, organizati, mandrii de orasul lor.  Trento are ceva in plus fata de Sibiu: are autonomie administrativa. Trento face parte din regiunea autonoma Trentino-Alto Adige, una din cele […]

Scoala ca mecanism de excluziune sociala si de ce votez cu cine votez

Andrea si Madalina au fiecare cate 18 ani. Madalina e o fata de la tara, de langa Leordeni, judetul Arges. Andrea e bucuresteanca din Ferentari. Pe Madalina am cunoscut-o la metrou, la Basarab. Cersea cu un copil mic-mic in brate, care dormea dus. M-am speriat tare. Am crezut ca e unul din copiii aia drogati […]

Timpul votarii la Bruxelles

La Bruxelles ajung dupa 3 zile de concediu, petrecute la un festival al stiintei unde tema principala a fost timpul. Am auzit despre secunde intercalare, despre molusca ce isi poate inversa ciclul vital (baza imortalitatii?), despre cum creierul creaza senzatia continuitatii din perceptii sacadate (stiati ca in timp ce miscati ochii nu vedeti, insa creierul […]

Remember this name: Valentin Câmpeanu! It means that NGOs can bring states to the ECHR for abuse against institutionalized people.

For child protection practitioners it is no secret that child protection institutions (the so-called ‘orphanages’ where less than 2% of children are actually orphans) are harmful for children’s development. The famous Bucharest Early Intervention Project proved, scientifically and beyond doubt, that children in institutional care suffer profound deficits and delays in IQ and social & […]

About study visits and how they can go. Or what we’ve learned during ChildPact’s first study visit.

Some while ago I was invited by an inter-governmental organization to a study-visit on child protection issues. I was the only guest from the civil society and all the other participants were representatives of their national parliaments. I had the privilege of being invited as I had helped with the drafting of an official document […]