“Children in Bangladesh - progress towards commitments 2015” a report launched to mark Child Rights Week 2016 in Bangladesh
“The Government should take necessary measures to immediately establish a “Child Directorate” under MoWCA and an independent administrative " National Children’s Commission”, to specifically deal with promotion as well as protection of children,” requested Mr Kazi Riazul Haque, Chairman, National Human Rights Commission.
Mr Haque was speaking at the launch of a new Report on children’s rights by Save the Children and the Child Rights Advocacy Coalition in Bangladesh. The report entitled “Children in Bangladesh- progress towards commitment 2015”, presents a snapshot of the lives of children in the year 2015, measured against the commitments of Bangladesh under the UN Convention on Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and other human rights treaties monitored by the UNCRC committee and the UN Human Rights Council.
The Report is positive in tone, emphasizing the effectiveness of Government policy and legislation for children. The Report notes that Bangladesh’s commitment to children’s rights is recognized internationally. In 2015 this was highlighted in particular within the context of its story of Millennium Development Goal success with primary net enrollment and reduction of under 5 mortality rates. In 2015, Bangladesh also raced ahead of the international pack in giving major attention to children in public financing through the introduction of a ‘child budget’ that measures the extent to which the State is investing in children.
However, the Report also draws attention to persistent and troubling challenges for children in 2015. Speaking at the launch, Hagar Russ, Director of Policy Rights and Governance at Save the Children, noted in her welcoming words that “even as Bangladesh’s economy goes from strength to strength, growth and development does not reach all children in the same way. Children in Bangladesh continue to face a range of deprivations that prevent the full realization of their rights. There are still many excluded children, who suffer from chronic poverty and lack opportunities to grow because of their gender, socioeconomic group, disability, and where they live or where they were born.”
The gaps in public policy around birth registration and the rising child of brutality against children by adults were raised by Tania Zaman – Head of Child Rights and Protection, Plan International Bangladesh and Syed Matlubar Rashid, Advisor, Education and Development Foundation – Educo. As noted above, the Chair of the National Human Rights Commission, proposed that stronger administrative coordination and response mechanism to children should be established to address such issues.
In her response to the presentations and the findings of the report, the Special Guest Ms Nasima Begum, Secretary of MoWCA thought that “an awareness campaign should be launched widely to sensitize the general public about children’s rights, as well as the need for a child friendly environment.” She added that”All the recommendations of the report would be considered”.
The launch came at the end of a series of events run to commemorate National Child Rights Week in Bangladesh by Save the Children and the Child Rights Advocacy Coalition. The Coalition membership is drawn from Ain O Salish Kendra, Action Aid Bangladesh, the Child Rights Governance Assembly, Education and Development Foundation, the National Girl Child Advocacy Forum, Plan International, Terre Des Homes- Netherlands, Save the Children Bangladesh and World Vision Bangladesh.
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