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Govt prepares to issue new child rights policy

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Kathmandu, June 3

The government of Nepal is preparing to issue a new child rights policy in its effort to ensure all kinds of child rights of children in the country.

The Ministry of Children, Women and Senior Citizens has recently prepared a draft of the policy by revising the existing National Policy on Children, according to officials.

The National Child Rights Council’s executive director Milan Raj Dharel says the government will further prepare a 10-year strategic plan of action to implement the policy. He has called on stakeholders including civil society organisations to provide their comments on the document so as to make it the best possible.

Meanwhile, some national and international child rights NGOs organised a virtual meeting on Wednesday to discuss the policy draft.

During the meeting, they said the policy should address issues such as the implementation of child-friendly local governance, protection and safety of girls, sports rights of children, rights of the children in the families of the HIV-infected, and rights of the children in sexual minority groups and those living with disabilities.

Over 50 people representing child rights organisations and networks, development partners, and representatives of children and adolescents participated in the meeting, informs Tilottam Paudel, the president of Jagriti Child and Youth Concern Nepal (JCYCN), one of the organisers.

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