Children’s well-being is a direct reflection of the well-being of society
Ulaanbaatar, 1 June 2016 – Children’s Rights Group congratulates all mothers and children of Mongolia on this International Children's day and wishes them happiness, health and well-being.
International Children’s Day is that one day in a year when parents, families, caregivers and policymakers celebrate children nationwide. It is also the day when we celebrate children’s well-being as well as draw attention to children’s issues. Mongolia has made tremendous progress toward fulfilling and promoting child’s rights. There has been significant improvements on child, infant and maternal mortality over the past 25 years.
From 1990 to 2014, primary education enrollment increased from 75% to 96%. Since 1990, under 5 child mortality has been reduced by 2/3. Since 2003, maternal deaths have declined from 109.5 to 42.6 per 100 000 live births. These are not merely statistics. Every child saved from disease, every baby protected from premature death, every child learning in school, every child protected from violence, is a victory.
About 4 months ago the Parliament approved the stand-alone Law on Child Protection making a significant step towards fulfilling every child’s right to protection and that aims to respond to risks and vulnerabilities of children to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.
On this International Children’s Day the international organizations that make up the Child Rights Group stresses the right of every child to be protected from violence, exploitation and abuse. Yet, many children in Mongolia suffer violence, exploitation and abuse every day. Many more are at risk. If prevented, it is possible that many children would not go through difficulties.
Taking a full effect in September, 2016, newly approved Law on Child Protection will put an end to this. By implementing this legislation, continuum of child protection services will be provided to children who have been harmed, or are at risk of harm. The legislation clarifies the roles and responsibilities of the concerned parties. This is an important provision. Families have the primary responsibility for the upbringing, protection and development of their children. But if they are unable or unwilling to protect them, the child shall be taken care by the State.
The law prohibits all forms of violence, exploitation, neglect and abuse in all settings including in the homes, families, schools, care and justice systems, and workplaces. Further, this legislation identifies the people required by law to report harm or suspected harm to a child.
The causes of harm to children are numerous and that can have a detrimental effect on a child's physical or emotional health, development and well-being. Therefore, consistent implementation of this legislation is crucial.
Children’s well-being is a direct reflection of the well-being of society as a whole.
The Children’s Rights Group together with the Government of Mongolia and the partners across all sectors will continue working tirelessly to ensure an effective implementation of Law on Child protection.
Let our children be safe and happy!
Children’s Rights group
(UNICEF, World Vision, Save the Children and NLM)