Cambodia Launches Action Plan to Prevent and Respond to Violence against Children

AKP Phnom Penh, The Royal Government of Cambodia announced here yesterday the launch of its first ever Action Plan to Prevent and Respond to Violence against Children 2017-2021, marking another positive step forward in the country's commitment to ending all forms of violence against children.

Children are the future of our country. Fulfilling the rights of children to be protected from violence, abuse and exploitation is everybody's responsibility. The Government of Cambodia will continue to work with development partners and civil society to protect vulnerable children and families, to ensure that robust legal and policy frameworks are in place, and to strengthen the capacity of social service providers, all of which are critical to promoting the rights of children and their families, said H.E. Ms. Men Sam An, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of National Assembly-Senate Relations and Inspection.

The Action Plan sets the roles and responsibilities, as well as the activities to be carried out by various governmental and non-governmental agencies. It includes five key areas of interventions across the sectors of health, social welfare, education and justice at national, provincial, district and community levels.

Protecting children from violence is essential if we are to realise the vision of the sustainable development agenda of a world free from fear and violence for all children. The implementation of the Action Plan provides a pathway for Cambodia to achieve this global goal, as well as the ASEAN goal of ending violence against children in the region. It is now critical to move with a deep sense of urgency and ensure that the Action Plan produces tangible results that strengthen the protection of children and makes their right to a volence free childhood a reality, said Ms. Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children.

The launch of the Action Plan illustrated that under the wise leadership of Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Cambodia has joined the global movement asserting that violence against children is never justifiable, nor is it inevitable, said H.E. Ms. Ing Kanthaphavi, Minister of Women's Affairs.

If its underlying causes are identified and addressed, violence against children is preventable. I strongly hope that through this Action Plan, Cambodian children are safer and protected from violence, effective interventions are in place when children experience violence, and perpetrators are held accountable for their misconduct, she added.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press