Overcoming the Challenge of the UNCRC Review Process in Nepal: Child Nepal (CN)
Child Nepal (CN) is an organization based in Kathmandu; it was established in 2003 by a group of social activists with the mission “Promoting Child Rights through Quality Education”. Besides many valuable projects in the field of promotion of child rights, quality education and child protection, they are also coordinating the preparation of the shadow reports of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) since 2007 in Nepal. The Government of Nepal ratified the UNCRC on 14th September 1990 and became a state party to this convention. Child Nepal holds various consultations with children and stakeholders now, while when it had just started its engagement in this work there were no funds or resources available for this activity, all they had was just a fair knowledge of the structure of the United Nations (UN). Today, Child Nepal works in consultation with hundreds of organizations throughout Nepal and 7 coalitions of associations working for children and child rights in the country. Besides, they also rely on a strong team of legal advisors and professionals who support their work technically and also play a crucial role in the preparation of the reports that have to be submitted to the UN. They merge data collection with campaigning actions through the network of organizations involved with them throughout the country. They not only collect first hand data, but also disseminate the results of the research through reports in order to enhance the advocacy and lobbying impact of their action. The reporting process is very important and meaningful for the protection of the rights of the children in Nepal. Along with the report, they have also developed a small illustrated pamphlet which they planned to distribute in every school and child club by the means of workshops at the district level. Subsequently, they have also developed a poster and a song, for each article of the Convention, along with one cartoon per Article drawn by members of the child clubs. For accomplishing this, they did not rely on one single donor but had to strive to cover the differential costs over and above the sources of funding, which they did by accepting contributions from several international or local organizations (for instance, one international organization carried out the editing of the research, etc.). They also developed 20 partnerships with local colleges and universities, establishing a network of high level professors. In these colleges, a two-day compulsory action experience is requested from the students, prior to the actions they carry out for Child Rights. For more information, please visit http://www.childnepal.org.