With the slogan ‘Let us commit to make a child-friendly country by protecting child rights’, speakers at a human chain programme stressed on putting priority to the rights of children for ensuring a better future for them. As children comprise over 40 percent of the total population, they deserve utmost consideration in national programmes and policies, they said while addressing the event in front of the National Press Club on Wednesday.
They demanded implementation of the Children Act 2013, which was enacted to establish the rights of children. Drawing attention of the policymakers, they demanded action for ending all kinds of repression on children and ensuring their mental, physical and social growth. If the children are protected, the country will also remain protected, they added.
They said that all concerned, including the government, should take action for child rights now. They must commit to make sure every child enjoys the rights. Addressing the event, held to mark the World Children’s Day on Nov 20, they said the Day offers each of us an inspirational entry-point to advocate, promote and celebrate children's rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for children.
On behalf of Prevention of Child Trafficking through Strengthening Community and Networking (PCTSCN) Consortium, Social and Economic Enhancement Programme (SEEP), a member of the consortium, organized the event. About 100 children from different educational institutions in the capital took part in the programme.
Advocate Rafiqual Islam Khan, manager (policy and legal support) of INCIDIN Bangladesh, Sharifullah Reaz, coordinator of Community Participation and Development (CPD), Tarik Mohammad Gaddafi, coordinator of Social and Economic Enhancement Programme (SEEP), Momenul Haque, coordinator of Nari Maitree, and children from different schools, spoke at the event.
The United Nations' (UN) Universal Children's Day, which was established in 1954, is celebrated on November 20 each year to promote international togetherness and awareness among children worldwide. UNICEF promotes and coordinates this special day, which also works towards improving children's welfare.