Law-makers play a key role in transforming children’s lives
Parliamentarians can do much to advance the situation of children—they can pass laws that protect child rights, monitor the government’s performance on children, and approve budgets that ensure children are allocated the resources they need.
UNICEF is committed to continuing its partnership with Myanmar’s Members of Parliament and supporting law-makers to help ensure strong legislation, policies and budgets for children.
In 2018, in-depth briefings were held with law-makers on a new Child Rights Bill, as it was reviewed by the Parliament.
“To realise the hopes and aspirations of children, we have the responsibility to hear their concerns and challenges,” said U T Khun Myat, Speaker of the Union Parliament. “Together, let us ensure that every child is healthy, safe, educated and able to achieve their potential.”
In addition, for the first time in Myanmar, on World Children’s Day, children and adolescents represented by 100 U Reporters from across the country, took over the Union Parliament and engaged with more than 300 Parliamentarians on how to build Myanmar for children with children. Supported by the Union Parliament and UNICEF, the U-Reporters presented the most pressing issues for children and adolescents, based on the results of U-Report polls during 2018. During the year, 40 Parliamentarians from State and Regional Parliaments were mobilised to participate in the Out of School Initiative (OOSCI) workshops in Kayin, Mon, Kachin, Kayah, Chin, Shan and Rakhine.