Onno van Manen, Country Director at Save the Children International on Wednesday called on the Afghan government and the parliament to finalize and ensure swift implementation of Child Protection Act.
He said that Afghanistan’s gains in education sector, specially the rights of girls for schooling must be protected in the peace talks.
“The main point and the main question that I want to put out there today is that we really urgently need to ensure that the child act is put in place properly,” he said.
Meanwhile, Fawzia Kofi, chairperson of parliament’s women's affairs commission, said that Afghanistan is still coping with issues such as sexual abuse, Bachabazi, recruitment of children in armed groups.
“Some lawmakers are against approving child protection act. Our children are facing numerous challenges, including sexual abuse, exploitations such as Bachabazi. Both our male and female children are exploited in some cases,” said Kofi.
In addition, officials from Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MoLSAMD) urged the need for proper utilization of the funds flowed to Afghanistan for children.
“Since the last two years, we are engaging in consultation with the house of representatives about child protection act. Now the question is that what happened in parliament and why the act was not ratified in the parliament. There are discussions about it in media and criticisms were heard from various addresses, but we are trying to make sure that the act is approved,” said Najib Akhlaqi, head of children rights department of MoLSAMD.
Based on official statistics, around three million children are engaged in some type of manual labor in Afghanistan.