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Religious and civil society organizations come together to take action for children

Religious and civil society organizations come together to take action for children
© UNICEF Mozambique/2012
Faith Based Organizations (FBO) and Civil Society Organizations (CSO) come together to take action for children

MAPUTO, Mozambique, 23 March 2012 - On March 22, Faith Based Organizations (FBO) and Civil Society Organizations (CSO) represented by ROSC met to discuss and agree on the establishment of a strong partnership to undertake joint activities aimed at addressing issues related to the promotion and protection of the rights of the children.

An agreement was reached during the workshop, in which the participants reflected on various problems affecting the well-being of children in the country. The discussions focused on areas such as birth registration, health and nutrition, early marriage, early pregnancy, alternative care and HIV/AIDS. The workshop was organized by ROSC in partnership with UNICEF and was attended by 17 religious institutions, members of COREM (the Mozambique Religious Council), the episcopal conference, representatives of the Government and the child parliament, Save the children, Rede da Criança and Plan International.

UNICEF helped facilitate the various technical sessions, thus allowing the participants to gain a deeper understanding of the situation in the areas being discussed. Child protection was in focus, with two facilitators followed by Communication, Advocacy, Participation and Partnerships (CAPP) and Health and Nutrition, which had one facilitator each. The topic of birth registration was facilitated by a representative of the Ministry of Justice, who also stayed in the workshop through the day.

Religious and civil society organizations come together to take action for children
© UNICEF Mozambique/2012
Religious groups agreed to work hand in hand with civil society organisations through ROSC in order to influence social policies and national and international legislation on child rights.

The agreement reached encourages, among other activities, the religious groups to discuss in a very systematic way issues affecting the well-being of children in their congregations during religious services, as well as to mobilize their members to develop a positive attitude towards the children in the country. In another development, the religious groups agreed to work hand in hand with civil society organisations through ROSC in order to influence social policies and national and international legislation on child rights.

For the implementation of the agreement, a technical working group comprising members of the COREM, ROSC and UNICEF, and later on representatives of the Government, will be set in motion to work on the development of an implementation strategy in the agreed areas. The implementation of such a strategy will be guided by a memorandum of understanding to be signed in the near future by the various participants.

For more information, please contact:

Arild Drivdal
, UNICEF Mozambique, tel. (+258) 21 481 100; email: maputo@unicef.org

Gabriel Pereira, UNICEF Mozambique, tel. (+258) 21 481 100; email: maputo@unicef.org

 

 
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