Bijaya Prakash Sainju (Nepal)
Executive Director - CONCERN Nepal
Protecting Children’s Rights through a Global Network
The global poverty along with the increase trend of unemployment rate has put the whole world into a global economic crisis. Consequently, children under the age of 18 years are forced to work (willingly or unwillingly) in so many working sectors. Large portions of the child population have been working in worst situation just for their day-to-day survival. Child rights evolution in Nepal The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) was adopted in 1989 by the UN General Assembly held in New York. In 1990 Nepal went through a big people’s movement and the country entered into the multiparty democracy system. After the restoration of the multiparty democracy Nepal brought the new Laws on Children’s Acts for the first time in 1992. Child Statistics in Nepal Nepal consisted of 28.3 million populations including 48% children under the age of 18 years. The literate population figure shows only 63%, indicating the growth of literacy rate of only 1% every year. Central Bureau of Statistics shows the numbers of children who are economically active to be 34% in the age group between 6 to 14 years.
Since its inception in 1993, CONCERN Nepal has focused on the rehabilitation and reintegration of hundreds of deprived migrant children who were victims of economic, physical, mental and sexual exploitation. CONCERN Nepal promotes the UNCRC, and Nepal is one of the primary signatory countries of the UN member’s states.
CONCERN has been working for the removal and the rehabilitation of child laborers living and working in the worst conditions.
CONCERN believes that all forms of child exploitation can be completely abolished and that the empowerment of underprivileged children and working children in particular is a dire necessity
In the end CONCERN Nepal works with different line agencies of the government mechanism. It promotes child rights and creates awareness on CRC among local grassroots level society and launches activities, which protects and safeguards the children living in difficult conditions. CONCERN team would like to extend our cooperation and build a strong network through TBLI participants, which is not only hollow words, but shows the good examples of protecting children so that they will have a sound future and can lead a normal peaceful life, free from fear, poverty and exploitation.