|A large crowd of schoolgirls in Bangladesh gather near the national Parliament building to celebrate the country's launch of 'Say Yes for Children' in 2001.|
Parliamentarians can and should be among the foremost champions of children’s rights. They can legislate, oversee government activity, allocate financial resources and, as leaders within their nations and communities, raise awareness of issues and provide advocacy.
Parliaments are the principal representative institution of a State. They are responsible for representing the interests of all sectors of society, articulating these interests into relevant policies and making sure that these policies are implemented efficiently. Parliaments have the capacity not only to influence the decisions and actions of government but also to connect with communities and constituencies to influence opinions and actions.
Among the crucial steps parliamentarians can take to promote and protect children’s rights are the following:
To find out more about what parliamentarians can do to promote and protect children’s rights, contact your local UNICEF field office or National Committee. For links to resources for parliamentarians, see the ‘Resources’ section at left.