in Europe
English

Children’s voice is in your vote

2011-04-29

Local elections will take place in Albania on 08 May 2011. Although the 929,000 Albanian children cannot themselves take part, the adults can represent their interest when they cast their vote. Terre des hommes in Albania, together with the BKTF Coalition and support from UNICEF and partners, have prepared and are distributing thousands of flyers (available at the top right corner of this page) all over the country to inform citizens about the current situation, as well as developments towards the realization of children’s rights in Albania. The flyer encourages all voters to actively discuss the remit of local government in establishing child-focused services and building child-friendly communities. The voters are also urged to press the candidates with specific questions to ensure that children’s rights and their protection are part of their election program.
Local governments are indeed important stakeholders. They are responsible for appropriately supporting and implementing local services for all children, especially those in need or at risk of abuse, neglect, exploitation and/or trafficking. Furthermore, they can ensure that children’s interests and voices are taken into account in their policies.
Despite Albania’s ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1992 and its law on the Protection of Children’s Rights approved at the end of 2010, much remains to be done. According to the UNICEF Report: State of the World’s Children 2011, 57% of Albanian children between the ages of 2-14 years old are subject to psychological and physical violence, whilst 12% of the children between the ages of 5-14 years old are still exploited for child labour.
Everyone has a role to play in improving this situation. Citizens, thanks to their vote, can influence the future of the children in Albania.