More 200 government officials and representatives of international organizations joined the launching of the Government’s Multi-sectoral Priority Action Plan in response to the Violence against Children Survey, and the Children’s Forum in Vientiane on May 31.
The launch event witnessed the presence of Deputy Prime Minister and President of the National Commission for the Advancement of Women, Mothers and Children Sonexay Siphandone.
The Party and government of the Lao PDR always gives priority to promoting, developing and supporting Lao children to grow up in a safe environment, receive education and have access to health services, said Deputy Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone.
Laos has recorded several achievements over the past year, one outstanding achievement of which is the increased societal knowledge and understanding that Children have an important role in the society and that Children are agents of change to continue protecting, developing and building our nation in the future.
Mr Sonexay expressed gratitude to international community, international organizations and national and international civil society organizations, UNICEF, Child Fund for their support and assistance to promote the implementation of strategies, action plans, and commitments to international and regional agreements.
Violence against children includes all forms of violence against people under 18 years old, whether perpetrated by parents or other caregivers, peers, romantic partners, or strangers, according to WHO.
Globally, it is estimated that up to 1 billion children aged 2�17 years, have experienced physical, sexual, or emotional violence or neglect in the past year.
Experiencing violence in childhood impacts lifelong health and well-being.
Target 16.2 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is to end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against, and torture of, children.
Evidence from around the world shows that violence against children can be prevented.
Impact of violence
Violence against children has lifelong impacts on health and well-being of children, families, communities, and nations.
It can result in, among others, death, homicide, impair brain and nervous system development, negative coping and health risk behaviours, and lead to unintended pregnancies, induced abortions, gynaecological problems, and sexually transmitted infections.
Source: Lao News Agency