Eurochild Secretary General to lead Social Platform

Following Social Platform’s Annual General Assembly on 5 May, representatives of 49 members elected by majority Jana Hainsworth, Secretary General of Eurochild, as President of the largest European platform of social NGOs in Europe. Jana Hainsworth replaces Ms Heather Roy who has stepped down after serving the maximum term as President.

Jana Hainsworth said: “I am proud today to have the trust and mandate of the leaders of 49 European networks. A strong Social Platform is more necessary than ever in the current political climate and narrowing space for civil dialogue. As President I will strengthen our collective capacity to respond to the critical challenges we face today and to better anticipate those of the future”.

Jana will serve as President over two years, while managing the Eurochild network as it moves into its 11th year as the leading child rights network in Europe. "By strengthening the voice of social civil society networks in Europe, we will all benefit, not least children & young people. I hope that my new role as Social Platform President will create new partnerships and synergies for Eurochild members to be part of broader debates on civil dialogue”, she added.

As President, Jana will represent Social Platform at high level events such as the informal EPSCO meeting of Ministers of Employment and Social Affairs, meetings with Commissioners, Members of the European Parliament, and ministers of countries holding the EU presidency.

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About Social Platform

Social Platform is the largest civil society alliance fighting for social justice and participatory democracy in Europe. Consisting of 49 pan-European networks of NGOs, Social Platform campaigns to ensure that EU policies are developed in partnership with the people they affect, respecting fundamental rights, promoting solidarity and improving lives.