Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr. Win Myat Aye officially launched a campaign to end physical violence against children in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday. In his address, Dr. Win Myat Aye expressed hope that the programme would help end physical and sexual violence in Myanmar.
Violence against children is a challenge for every country, and Myanmar is also facing the same challenge over its eradication, said the Union Minister.
After assuming office, the new government has made efforts to improve the livelihood of people, so they can enjoy basic human rights and live with integrity.
Myanmar has been working with local and foreign organisations to end sexual abuse against children and rehabilitate them, he added.
As the Child Law enforced in 1993 was ineffective, the law was rewritten by the new government, and the new law is expected to be enacted soon, said Union Minister Dr. Win Myat Aye.
A campaign is being carried out by the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement and the World Vision for five years to end physical and sexual violence against children.
As part of the campaign, World Vision Myanmar will work together with its partner and civil organisations to raise awareness about violence against children, according to Suresh Bartlett, resident representative of World Vision Myanmar.
World Vision Myanmar will form committees to carry out educational activities targeting some 500,000 parents, teachers and children, as part of the efforts to prevent crime in Myanmar and fulfil the rights of children.