Child Right Governance

FAST FACT

  • Theme: Child Rights Governance
  • Key donors: SIDA, EC, FRI, Lavazza
  • Local Partners: Vietnam Association for Protection of Children Rights (VACR), Institute for Management and Sustainable Development (MSD), Center for Rural Development in Central Vietnam (CRD), Yen Bai Center for Sustainable Development of Mountainous Communities (SUDECOM), Vietnam Youth Federation of Tran Yen District – Yen Bai province, Center for Development of Science Technology and Community Health Care (YEN BAI CDSH), Yen Bai Women Support Center, Dak Lak Department of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs (DOLISA),  Faculty of Social Work, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Can Tho Union of Friendship Organization, An Giang Department of Labour, Invalid and Social Affair, LGBT Youth Groups in community VietPride and other related agencies
  • Locations:  Yen Bai, Hanoi, Hue, HCMC, Can Tho, An Giang, Dak Lak and other provinces
  • Key beneficiaries:  Deprived children including migrant children, poor children, children and youth who are most at risk of abuse and out of the system, Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT), and victims of gender-based violence/bullying and PHP, ethnic minority children from 6 – 18 years old, ethnic minority young people at the age of 16-24 years. Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Community-based Organizations (CBOs), local Non-Government Organization (LNGOs).

Since Vietnam ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in 1990, the key milestone in implementation of Children Rights was achieved. However, the development process has brought along new and more problematic issues, which requires improvements in the legal framework and policies for child protection systems and child rights monitoring. Serious challenges limit the implementation of the Rights of the Child, including the lack of an effective mechanism for law enforcement, inadequate public awareness and knowledge levels of child rights as well as ineffective practical implementation on the ground. Thus, there is a need for close cooperation among various sectors and organizations, aiming at effective functioning of every stakeholder in implementing child rights as stated in the CRC. Our work is to strengthen the capacity of CSOs and connect them with other stakeholders in protecting and promoting the implementation of Child Rights with equality, non-discrimination and child participation.

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES

Advocate for realization of child rights for Every Last Child and support the monitoring of the implementation of UN Convention on Child Rights by building the capacity for CSOs to participate in the process.

STRATEGIC APPROACHES

Our Common Approach is Child Rights Reporting that ensures governments keep their promises to children (Monitoring and Demanding Child Rights). It is a process that children and CSOs can use to analyze, document and report violations of children’s rights. It gives them the opportunity to ‘speak out’ and offer recommendations on what needs to change. Child Rights Reporting ultimately helps children and CSOs shape the child rights agenda in countries. By engaging with children and civil society partners and by influencing global reporting mechanisms for legal changes and policy implementation, Save the Children has brought about real and lasting change for the rights of children.

DELIVERABLES

  • Save the Children worked closely with CSOs to empower and strengthen their confidence for constructive dialogues with the government regarding to child rights issues.
  • Save the Children also took the role of coordinating and enhancing existing child right networks at local, provincial and national levels including the ones from remote and mountainous areas, being involved in monitoring and demanding child rights implementation.
  • Enabling and enhancing CSOs engagement as an active agent in empowerment of youth in development process that ethnic minority youth are confident in acting for gender equality, improved employability skills and being recognized in decision making process.
  • Raising awareness and improving capacity of parents, ethnic minority children, local government, civil society organizations, businesses and supply chain actors for establishment of a multi-disciplinary and integrated system to protect and promote children’s rights. Developing the child’s rights guideline in coffee supply chain in Viet Nam, testing in selected communes and with supply chain actors and advocate for the CRBP solutions scale-up.
  • Empowering LGBT children and youth through the capacity building of LGBT groups, professional social workers, professional government agencies and mass organizations to provide services and support for this vulnerable population;
  • Intensify the public campaign promoting LGBT rights and reducing stigma to prevent mistreatment, discrimination and psychological distress among LGBT children and youth; Advocacy for recognition of LGBT groups within the community, mainstreaming of LGBT issues in relevant government policies and programs.

LESSONS LEARNED

  • CSOs need technical and financial support to enhance their capacity and position that enable them to fulfil their duties in monitoring the children’s right implementation and raising children’s voice to relevant decision makers.
  • Strengthening partnership between CSOs, businesses and government agencies and Child Rights network is one of the key determinants to ensure the implementation and realization of children’s rights.