Sunday, January 29, 2023

‘Protect children from violence’ campaign launched in Dimapur

A children’s campaign on the theme, “Protect children from violence” initiated by Child Friendly Dimapur (CFD) ANMA Integrated Development Organisation (AIDA) was launched on December 1 by Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Dimapur, Mhalo Humtsoe.
A press release by AIDA informed that the main objective of the campaign was to bring together different Child Rights Clubs in Dimapur and Chümoukedima on a single platform and create awareness to protect children from all forms of violence i.e., physical, psychological, sexual and neglect.
Addressing the gathering after unveiling the campaign posture, Humtsoe appreciated AIDA for initiating CFD, a model based on child friendly cities initiative adopted by United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF).
She lamented on the forms of violence, physical and psychological abuse, that a child undergoes and the facilities that are required in order to make the cities child friendly.
In line with CFD activities to make the cities child friendly, she urged the civil society organizations, duty bearers and leaders from the community not to exclude children with special needs. She also challenged the children to raise their voice and let their voices be heard, get access to their rights yet not defame or disrespect their elders.
Executive Director, AIDA, Rev.Fr.Roy George enlightened the participants on the initiative of AIDA in four north eastern states namely Arunachal, Nagaland, Manipur and Assam. He expressed the joy of getting the support from the district administrators, municipal council, different departments, organizations, institutions and communities since the inception of CFD AIDA and appealed for their continuous support towards making Dimapur and Chümoukedima, child friendly districts.
CFD AIDA project coordinator, Garrol Lotha briefed the gathering on the concept and objective of the campaign i.e., to sensitize people towards protecting children from all forms of violence.
The programme was attended by child development protection officer, Gaon Bura union executive members, other dignitaries, representatives from different NGOs, child rights facilitators and child rights club members from different localities.

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