August 19, 2016

Campaign aims to increase social investment in children

A child worker helping owner at a roadside shop. Photo: Khaing Thanda Lwin
A child worker helping owner at a roadside shop.–Photo: Khaing Thanda Lwin

In an attempt to promote the child rights status in Myanmar, NGO Child Rights Working Group will conduct “vote for children” campaigns in townships across the country, starting September, Daw Ni Ni Hla of NCRWG said Sunday.  The NCRWG was established by Save the Children, World Vision and Pestalozzi in 2009 to protect and fulfill children’s rights with full participation of civil society. “The aim of campaign is to demand commitments from political candidates to increase social investment in children,” said Daw Ni Ni Hla, who is also head of programmes, Child Rights Governance and Save the Children. In the second week of September, the group will give one-day training to its active members interested in the campaigns to be launched in more than 50 townships across the country, she added. During the event, the trained children will meet candidates standing for the Election 2015 on 8 November in their constituencies. The candidates are expected to prioritize the issue of child rights in their election campaigns. According to Daw Ni Ni Hla, the main topics of the meeting will include child health care, quality education, drug use, child labour and violence against minors. “In addition, the children will urge voters to choose the political parties which will pay attention to the child rights.” U Aung Soe Oo of Pan Daing Shin, a community-based organization, said; “Many children in Shwepyitha township have often undergone domestic violence and sexual harassments.” “The main reason is lack of parental care and insecurity in the locality.” Most children in suburban areas have no birth registration certificates and household censuses, he said, adding that these documents can provide the full protection to suburbanites, he added.


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