'Destination unknown' children on the move campaign Formally launched in Nepal

On 4th December 2015, Destination unknown children on the move campaign was formally launched in Nepal by honourable Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Women Children and Social Welfare, Mr. CP Mainali. The deputy prime minister stressed on the compulsive factors for the children to be on the move and conduct the journey towards the unknown destination. He also emphasized that it is the duty of all of us to protect the children on the move by safeguarding and recognizing their right to move. The special guest of the program, Mr Ignatio Packer- general secretary of TDH International Federation highlighted the importance and relevance of the campaign in Nepal. He also informed the audiences with the examples of the problems of the children on the move across the world. The program was addressed by executive director of Central Child Welfare Board Mr. Tarak Dhital, who reminded the development sectors to address the protection issues of children and design and implement their programs accordingly. Likewise, Child Right activist Mr Milan Dharel explained the current situation of the children on the move in Nepal by stressing that around 1.1 million children are on the move in Nepal and an immediate need to address the issue of the children on the move.

The campaign, chaired by Mr. Krishna P Subedi- Team Leader of CWSIH, launched in presence of more than 70 people from civil society organisations, development support organisations, academicians and people from different government departments as well as representatives from media. The official launch of the program was preceded by one and half day national consultation and planning g workshop on children on the move in Nepal. The campaign has identified six sectors for intensive campaigning. They are children on the street, children in brick kilns, children in commercial sexual exploitation, domestic labour, children working in restaurant and tea stall and children in cross border trafficking. Intensive programs will be designed and implemented to address such issues. The program was organized by a working group of 7 organization and lead by DU-CoM secretariat, CWISH Nepal.