A more effective system is needed to address the entire range of rights from survival and health to cultural and participation rights
Armenia lacks a holistic way of regular monitoring the situation of children, resulting, inter alia, from absence of an efficient system with appropriate capacity for regular collection of comparable data and insufficient coordination of efforts to analyze the situation. The National Commission of Child Rights Protection was established in 2005 (charter revised in 2012) with the goal to contribute to the development of a state policy on the protection of child rights and interests. However, the consultative status of the Commission, the lack of professional secretarial and expert support, and the Commission being led by one ministry has made the Commission neither functional nor effective. A more effective system is needed to address the entire range of rights from survival and health to cultural and participation rights, as defined by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Even though Armenia maintains a strong tradition of data collection, collation and dissemination through a number of reporting systems, several of which are led by MoLSA (Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs in Armenia), child rights related data is not compiled or accessible in a comprehensible and integrated data system. The new National Child Protection Strategy 2017-2021 was approved in mid-2017 followed by relevant contributions to the draft Law on Child Rights. The Strategy states the need for having a common Child Rights Monitoring(CRM) framework with relevant indicators.
A functional child rights monitoring (CRM) mechanism, which would be directly linked to the Prime Minister’s office would allow for effective coordination of different government agencies and non-state actors in policy and decision making for reducing child poverty and disparities, addressing issues of social inclusion, access to services, and effective targeting of the most vulnerable and marginalized children