“Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center as a long-standing ambassador of the principles and values of the Convention on the Rights of the Child honors the International Day of the Rights of the Child in the shadow of the pandemic and its consequences. This day is extremely important for every child who should enjoy life, as well as for every adult who must ensure the protection and needs of the children.
Following the statement by the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Dunja Mijatović, on the long-term challenges and negative effects of the pandemic on the implementation of the rights of the child; the Organization holds meetings with political party leaders and government officials, in relation to the well-being of children. Specifically, during these meetings, representatives of Hope For Children convey the recommendations of the Organization for the creation of the Recovery and Resilience Plan of the Republic of Cyprus to deal with the pandemic, which were prepared while taking into account the knowledge and experience of the Organization as well as European and global recommendations. The primary goal of this initiative of the Organization is to strengthen the protection of the rights of the child following a multilevel approach to ensure their social and mental needs.
The effects of the pandemic on safeguarding children's rights are becoming increasingly evident, especially in terms of violence against children, neglect, poverty and their access to education and entertainment. For this reason, we call on the State and the competent authorities to prioritize issues related to the protection and welfare of children, and to intensify the efforts for the implementation of measures and mechanisms to respond to the needs of children.
As part of the targeted actions for the protection of the rights of the child, the Organization promotes the right to expression through the 24-hour Helpline 1466. In 2020, realizing the effects of the pandemic on child welfare and the increase in cases of violence, Hope For Children took the initiative to establish a support line so that every child and adult has the opportunity to call at any time anonymously and free of charge to request information, guidance and support.
In conclusion, "Hope For Children" CRC Policy Center loudly declares its presence in defending the rights of the child through hard and uninterrupted work. It is its duty to be by the side of all children in need on a daily basis and to fight in every way possible to secure their rights under the United Nations Convention, not only on this day, but also every other day of the year.
For more information about the Organization's programs and services, you can contact "Hope For Children" CRC Policy Center by calling 1466, as well as through the 24/7 online platform at www.uncrcpc.org.cy.