WMSU, Katilingban launch child rights orientation PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 17 September 2011 15:21

Western Mindanao State University-Center for Peace and Development (CPD), in partnership with Katilingban Para sa Lalambuan Inc. started off with the two-day orientation on the Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism (MRM) on child rights violations Tuesday at Marcian Garden Hotel of this city.

Spearheaded by CPD Director- Dr. Marcelina G. Carpizo, the UNICEF-sponsored event aims to create a core group to prevent occurrences and trigger immediate response to child rights violations, especially in armed conflict areas. The MRM was formally created by United Nations (UN) Security Council Working Group on Children Affected by Armed Conflict (SCWG CAAC) thru its Resolution No. 1612 in 2005.

Topics covered by the orientation will be mainly on Child Rights and Child Protection; awareness on Children Affected by Armed Conflict; and the processes of MRM and its instruments in ensuring protection of children in said situations.

Invited participants to the event belong mostly to the non-government organizations (NGOs), faith-based organizations and the academe.  Participants of the event came from Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Ipil, Pagadian, Basilan and from this city. Furthermore, these would-be partners will be trained on how to utilize the structured mechanism in their respective localities. In that way, sustainability and responsive linkages would be in effect.

Aside from talks on the key topics, the organizers also prepared open forum, group sessions and workshops. The wrapping up of the event will be on the afternoon of September 15. — Ekeena O. Lim, WMSU-PAO