GIS - 23 October, 2015: To commemorate Universal Children’s Day, celebrated on 20 November each year, a one-month awareness campaign for the rights of the child is being jointly organised, since 20 October 2015, by the Ministry of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, the National Children’s Council and Kolektif Drwa Zanfan Morisien, a grouping of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Associations working for the welfare of children.
The main highlights of the campaign was presented to the press by the Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, Mrs Marie-Aurore Perraud, yesterday in Port Louis. At the outset, Mrs Perraud stated that promoting and safeguarding children's rights is a national cause and should be everyone responsibility, the public and private sectors as well as the civil society. “Each of us has different but complementary roles and responsibilities in protecting our children,” she said.
According to the Minister, Government has adopted an inclusive and human approach in its mandates for gender equality, child development and family welfare. This approach, she stressed, entails the establishment of partnerships and collaborative endeavours in a common vision for the country. Mrs Perraud thus recalled the various activities undertaken in collaborative with NGOs and Media partners to create awareness on the various forms of abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence faced by children. The Minister also mentioned several consultations with stakeholders in the context of the finalisation of the Children’s Bill.
The objectives of the one-month national campaign are to raise the awareness of children on their rights but also their responsibilities which are protected by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child; inform social workers, the media and the public at large on these rights as well as their vital role in ensuring that children’s rights are respected and upheld. The campaign includes radio and television spots, launching of song and accompanying clip by local artist and ambassador, and the holding of a day of activity across the country with games and events for children.
The United Nation’s (UN) Universal Children’s Day, established in 1954, is celebrated on 20 November annually as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare. The date 20 November is important as it marks the day on which the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, in 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in 1989. The rights of the child include the rights to survive and thrive, to learn and grow, to make their voices heard and to reach their full potential.
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