Children's messages for parliamentarians
Chisinau, 10 December 2009 – Members of the Parliament have the opportunity to find out what could make Moldovan children happier from an exhibit that opened in the hallway of the Parliament. The exhibit, dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, consists of a billboard that displays children’s messages.
The story of the billboard displayed in the Parliament started in November, when the entire international community celebrated 20 years since the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, a document of major importance for the wellbeing of all children in the world. To promote the provisions of the Convention, as well as to draw public attention on respecting children’s rights, UNICEF in partnership with the Youth Media Centre and Shopping Centre MallDova organized a celebration for children and parents. As part of the event, children left their handprints and wrote short messages to describe what would make them happier.
At the initiative of the Parliamentary Commission for Social Protection, Health and Family, in partnership with UNICEF and the Youth Media Centre, children’s messages were exhibited at the Parliament, for all legislators to see and note children’s opinions for later use in decision making.
“We launched this initiative, because we, members of the Parliament, are also parents, and understand the importance of listening to children’s opinions” declared Liliana Palihovici, the Head of the Commission for Social Protection, Health and Family. “Not only will this action help us demonstrate to the public that we offer children the possibility to freely express their opinion, but also that their thoughts will be taken into account whenever possible in our daily activity”.
“Through this initiative we would like to ensure some of the basic children’s rights – the right to opinion and to participation in taking decisions when it comes to their own lives. We want their voices, especially those of the most vulnerable, to be heard by the legislators”, mentioned Alexandra Yuster, the UNICEF Representative in Moldova.
On the day of its launch, the display succeeded in attracting the attention of the MPs, who carefully studied the handprints. The Head of the Parliament, Mihai Ghimpu, also took time to come to the hallway and read, what he considered, some “very important” messages.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted on 20 November 1989 by the General Assembly of the United Nations. The Convention was ratified by the Republic of Moldova in 1993. This document, the only one of its kind in history, traces the standards of care, treatment and protection of all children. It is the treaty that was signed by the most number of countries, 193 in total, which is more than United Nations Member States, or states that adhered to the Geneva Conventions.