The Ministry of Interior yesterday urged sub-national administration officials to pay more attention on promoting and addressing the rights of women and children.
The call was made at a workshop on “Realising Children’s Rights through Improved Local Governance in Cambodia 2016-2018” in Phnom Penh, where three civil society organisations also announced the success of a three-year project to promote children’s rights in local governance.
Ing Chhe, deputy director of the Interior Ministry’s Municipality, District and Commune Administration Department, said at the workshop yesterday that since the Cambodian government became a party to the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1992, Cambodia has vowed to protect, promote and fulfil all rights of children.
He urged sub-national officials to pay more attention to organising action plans, strengthening their capability and collaborating with civil society organizations to promote child rights, address challenges, and provide better social services to the children and women.
“We hope that the sub-national administration, especially the municipal, provincial, district women’s and children’s consultative committees and commune committees for women and children will continue to carry out their duty to better promote children’s rights, especially for those with disabilities and those who are vulnerable, to make their lives better both in the present and the future,” Mr Chhe said.
Meanwhile, three NGOs, Save the Children, Buddhism for Social Development Action and Women Organization for Modern Economy and Nursing, yesterday announced the success so far of a project to promote child rights in local governance in Cambodia from 2016 to 2018 in Pursat, Tbonug Khmum and Prey Veng provinces.
Lork Ratha, project evaluation consultant of Save the Children, said yesterday that the project has empowered children to take part in social work, spread information on public services and raise problems that the authorities need to address.
However, he expressed concern that the children would lose the opportunity to continue with these activities once the project ends this year.
“So it will be good if the government provides a budget to help the children in the community to continue their activities, and other organisations help to expand the project to other provinces to empower children,” he said. “Children are a great resource for social development and if we train them to be brave, have knowledge and skill, our country will develop as well.”
Kong Mengla, a commune councillor in Pursat province, said yesterday that the project has strengthened the capacity of the local authorities to organise and budget for action plans to address the problems and needs of the people, especially the vulnerable children.
“We will keep working to help vulnerable children, children who lack learning materials and poor children in our community and provide better social services to the people,” she said.