Child Rights Monitoring

Putting the rights of children in the agenda

Child in Kindergarten
UNICEF/Geo-2018/Jibuti

The Challenge

Georgia still lacks a comprehensive data collection and evaluation system to track the status and progress in the realization of children’s rights.

 

Independent monitoring institutions, such as the Public Defender’s Office, and civil society organizations have weak capacities to appropriately monitor and address child rights violations.

Municipalities are accountable to provide necessary services and are well positioned to monitor how the rights of children and their families are protected. However, the provision of effective responses to the needs of children and families remain a serious challenge for municipalities. Existing services for children and families are scarce and not sufficient.  

Boy in class learning
UNICEF/Geo-2017/Korkotadze

The Solution

We support the Government to strengthen accountability for child rights through improved monitoring and reporting mechanisms to assess the effectiveness and relevance of policies and service delivery. We support the Interagency Council on the Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Child and have provided technical assistance to the Council for the development of a three-year action plan on children as part of the Government’s Action Plan on the Protection of Human Rights.

In collaboration with relevant line ministries, we undertake efforts to ensure that adequate and sufficient resources and expertise are provided to strengthen internal Child Rights Monitoring mechanisms within the Health, Education and Child Protection systems.

We also work with municipalities to strengthen their capacities in addressing family vulnerabilities and violence against children, as well as in developing social protection programmes and services for children with disabilities and children victims of violence.

We furthermore work with the Parliament in making sure that Georgia’s laws are in line with the Convention on the Rights of the Child and other international child rights standards.

 

 

We also work to improve the effectiveness and relevance of independent Child Rights Monitoring mechanisms and institutions, such as the Public Defender Office (PDO) through strengthening its regional and institutional capacity in skills building to identify and report child rights violations. 

Finally, we work to put the rights and well-being of the most disadvantaged children at the heart of social, political and economic national agendas and to stimulate public discussion and debates about children’s rights.