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Cambodia, UNICEF launch partnership cooperation to strengthen child protection

PHNOM PENH, March 20 (Xinhua) — The government of Cambodia, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and civil society on Tuesday jointly launched a child protection program, aiming at collecting data about vulnerable children and preventing children from abuse and exploitation.

The 3-year partnership program will focus on the collection of data about vulnerable children and their needs, according to a press release from the UNICEF-Cambodia.

It will also provide trainings to civil society organizations on child-protection services and will provide outreach services to more than 180,000 children and their families to reduce harmful practices.

In addition, the program will prevent and respond to child abuse, exploitation and violence. “The launch of this partnership is a significant step in the efforts of the government, civil society partners and development partners to work together to build a system of laws, structures and services that will allow Cambodian children to grow up in a safe and healthy environment,” said the press release. “The program will protect girls and boys from violence, exploitation, labor, and unnecessary separation from their families.”

Prak Chanthoeurn, director general of the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation, said that the program will be implemented in Phnom Penh and four other provinces including Battambang, Banteay Meanchey, Siem Reap and Preah Sihanouk.

The ministry, UNICEF and NGO Friends International have selected other 9 NGOs to implement the program, he said.

Suna Khim, deputy representative of UNICEF to Cambodia, said the UNICEF was the financial and technical sponsor for the program.

“The partnership is very important. The UNICEF would like to encourage other concerned parties to join force to strengthen child protection system in order to ensure that vulnerable children are free from all forms of abuses,” she said.

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Written by Kham

20/03/2012 at 7:44 pm

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