Many children are not aware of their rights, explains a young girl who took part in the programme, "The fact that we don't know our rights means that people will take advantage of us. But now we are aware and we can claim them". In the Republic of Congo, our partner REIPER also seized the opportunity to highlight children's rights! Two events were organised to raise awareness of children's rights in the town of Dolisie. A round table bringing together experts in the sector and high-ranking representatives of the public authorities was organised to further mobilise the authorities in the implementation of children's rights and to consolidate collaboration between local authorities and civil society. The round table was followed by a cultural performance by local children and artists on the theme of protection against all forms of violence and abuse.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, our partner ORPER organised an awareness-raising event on the rights of children in street situations, focusing on the following message: "Like all other children, they have rights that must be respected. They must be able to participate in building their own future". Another partner, the Communauté du Chemin Neuf (CCN), ran a campaign for children in its centres on how to report abuse, led by a police officer responsible for child protection.
In Cameroon, an open day at the Arts & Styles centre in Nyalla was organised to showcase the various objects made by the young girls who are trained by our partner, the Chaîne des foyers de St-Nicodème (CFSN). In addition, a graduation ceremony was organised for young minors supported by CFSN, at a prison in a disadvantaged district of Douala. New IT, secretarial and office automation graduates are now among the ranks of beneficiaries. In addition, 15 young people from the CFSN took part in a march organised by the department (Wouri).
These celebrations are a response to a major challenge: to raise awareness of children's rights in order to promote the participation of those who are primarily concerned in the promotion of their rights, the children themselves. We are committed to continuing to support them and listen to them in defence of their rights.
Children's rights are for all children, without exception!