Health Desk-21 Nov, 2019: Speakers at a programme in Dhaka stressed on putting priority to the rights of children for ensuring a better future for the children.
As children comprise over 40 percent of the total population, they deserve utmost consideration in national programmes and policies, they said.
The speakers were addressing a human chain programme titled ‘Let us commit to make a child-friendly country by protecting child rights’, in front of the Jatiya Press Club in the capital on Wednesday marking the World Children’s Day.
In their speech, they also demanded implementation of the Children Act 2013, which was enacted to establish the rights of children, immediately.
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, organised the event.
Drawing attention to the policymakers, the speakers demanded action for ending all types of repression on children and ensuring mental, physical and social growth of them.
Mentioning the World Children Day as a special day, the speakers 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.
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) and Momenul Haque, coordinator of Nari Maitree, addressed the event.
UNICEF, the UN Children’s Fund, promotes and coordinates the day, which also works towards improving children’s welfare.