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Promoting Child Rights: 28th Anniversary Of UN Convention On The Rights Of The Child

20 November 2017

Myanmar marked the 28th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child on Monday in Yangon.

This event was organized by the Social Welfare department in cooperation with UNICEF, NGOs and INGOs.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is an international treaty adopted by the United Nations on the 20th of November in 1989.  The Convention established global standards to ensure the protection, survival, and development of all children, without discrimination.

Myanmar became a party to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on the 15th of August in 1991.

Director, Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, Dr. Kay Thi Kyaw said “We organize such an event like this every year to raise the pubic awareness about the rights of the children. To protect the rights of the children and to help them get fully rights, we also work together with local and international organizations as well as concerned departments. We too established training and community-based centers across the country. Children and youths from 17 training schools and NGOs also participated in this event.”

The government is working ensure the protection, survival, and development of all children, without discrimination based on the 4 basic principles of child rights.

Principal, Women Development Center (Yangon Region), Moe Moe Min said “Our center gives vocational training for the women aged over 18. Currently, there are 106 women at our center – all are orphans. Our training covers the courses like soap production, weaving, knitting, sewing and many others. We have a shop to sell the items they made.”

One of the girls saved from human trafficking stressed the importance of being strong.

Student, Training School for Girls, Ei Ei Phyu said “I am now 15 years old and a Grade-10 student. I was trafficked, saved and arrived at this Training School for Girls in 2007. What I want to say to all of orphans like me is not to depress yourself … be strong and try to live happily. My dream is to be a dancer.”

In Myanmar, the Child Law was promulgated in 1993, with by-laws enacted in 2001.