Child Rights Governance
Myanmar has ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC); however, the convention does not have constitutional status in Myanmar. This means that national laws and regulations override the UNCRC in court. Spending in the social sector is also very low; health and education combined for 1.5 per cent of GDP between 2000 and 2007, causing children to struggle for access to quality education and health services. Children, especially poor, vulnerable and ethnic minority groups, also have little access to networks that promote child participation. In order to fully implement the UNCRC, the government needs to follow 11 measures that have been recommended by INGOs and civil society organisations.
What we do:
Save the Children works with the government, child care and protection agencies, international organisations and local civil society organisations to activate and strengthen child rights committees at the local level to protect children’s rights. We monitor and report on child rights situation to hold the government to account. We organise children’s forums where children can discuss their rights directly with duty bearers.
We advocate for an increase in investment in children and for all children to attain citizenship without discrimination through birth registration. Across all our programmes, we work through national partners to empower them to achieve positive change for children.