Cambodia Commits to End Violence Against Children

The Royal Government of Cambodia commits to ending all forms of violence against children and becoming the 26th pathfinding country in the world, according to United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)'s press release received this morning.

Today, in a high-level event hosted by the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY), UNICEF, and the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children (GPEVAC), Cambodia reinforced its dedication to fully implement the inter-ministerial Action Plan to Prevent and Respond to Violence Against Children.

H.E. Vong Sauth, Minister of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation said in response to violence against children, the Government, under the wise leadership of Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, the Prime Minister of Cambodia, is always committed to respect and promote the Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC) to ensure that children can live in freedom, peace and prosperity.

The government has adopted many measures, including formulations of laws, policies, strategic plans, and legal procedures, to improve child protection. In this context, Cambodia became the leading country in the ASEAN region to conduct a national survey on violence against children. This scientific study clearly identified the scale of the problem and found concreate evidence of physical, sexual and emotional violence that children experienced. Based on these results, an Action Plan to Prevent and Respond to Violence Against Children 2017-2021 was established to address violence against children on time and to promote sustainable child protection and development solutions for every child, he underlined.

For her H.E. Ms. Men Sam An, Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of National Assembly-Senate Relations and Inspection, a high representative of Samdech Techo Hun Sen said the government has adopted the CRC and its optional protocols to protect children. The sixth Government Mandate prioritized children's issues in our policies, especially in the Rectangular Strategy Phase Four, the Human Development Strategy, and in Cambodia Sustainable Development Goals, which provide a strong foundation for the preparation of the National Strategic Development Plan (2019-2013), with concrete indicators, results and timeframes for implementation and consistency with policies of other sectors. To end violence against children, there is a need of joint responsibility from all stakeholders and all walks of society. And to be more effective, all efforts need to align with the existing national context and the CRC. Participation from all ministries, institutions, national and international non-governmental organizations and all stakeholders is a must.

Today marks a significant step in realizing the right of all Cambodian children to grow up safe and protected. Violence against children is unjustifiable and intolerable. It is possible to end violence against children and it is our shared responsibility to do so, said Ms. Cristian Munduate, UNICEF's Representative in Cambodia.

Mr. Howard Taylor, Executive Director of the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children participated at the launch event.

Today, we embark on a new partnership with the Government, civil society, private sector and other key groups and individuals in Cambodia. We unite behind a single goal: A society in which every child grows up safe and secure. Our efforts are smart investments in today's children with positive impacts over generations to come, said Mr. Taylor.

Cambodia is the fourth country in the region to officially join GPEVAC and become a pathfinding country, after Indonesia, the Philippines and Mongolia. The commitment is timely as Cambodia accelerates efforts to achieve its vision of becoming an upper middle-income country by 2030 and high-income country in 2050.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press