New tool for child rights monitoring
TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, 23 April 2012. - In accordance with UNICEF’s global mandate, the Uzbekistan Country Office is stepping up its assistance to improve child rights monitoring systems in the country in order to measure progress on the implementation of the Convention of the Rights of the Child.
A Manual for this purpose was developed by the National Human Rights Centre with UNICEF’s technical support, is part of this ongoing work. Uzbekistan is one of the first signatories to the Convention; yet monitoring the implementation of child rights remains a challenge due to the insufficient normative framework, need for a holistic approach, and gaps in institutional capacity.
The manual, published in Uzbek and Russian, attempts to address some of these gaps. It is a practical tool for national specialists and experts who are currently involved in observing to what extent children are able to realise their rights in health, education, nutrition and social protection sectors. The publication adresses both theory and practice by introducing monitoring concepts, principles and methodologies and outlining key steps in collecting, analyzing and reporting data. It also gives an overview of domestic laws that relate to the Convention and the current state of implementation of child rights in the above mentioned areas. Check lists and questionnaires are also annexed to facilitate this critical work.