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PNHOM PENH, 20 November 2019 – The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) turns 30 today, and to celebrate this monumental occasion, key stakeholders came together in a massive event at The Factory warehouse in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This event marked the launch of a three-month national, joint campaign on child rights by European Union, UNICEF, Save the Children, USAID and Child Rights Now. The campaign aims to accelerate progress towards fulfilling CRC and translating rights into realities for Cambodian children.
It is Monday morning, and Channy, a 7-year-old girl, wears her school uniform and a bright smile as she walks to Kab Kralanh Primary School with her friends and classmates. However, Channy was not always so happy to attend school.
When Thida* hears the loud, male voice of her teacher in the classroom, she cannot help but imagine her father hurting her family. Thida, now a 17-year-old girl studying in tenth grade at the Cambodia-Japan Friendship High School in her village, used to be a victim of domestic violence in her family.
Ly Leakhena is a 14-year-old girl who is currently studying in ninth grade at Khael Chey Secondary School. She and her family live in Ou Svay Commune, Kampong Siem District, Kampong Cham Province close to the Mekong River in eastern Cambodia. While eating breakfast with her friends, Leakhena told us that she and her friends do not skip their morning meals anymore after attending a workshop with Save the Children.
The road is windy and lined with palm trees on the way to Baan Chantha’s house where she lives with her mother and five siblings in Preah Sdach commune, Prey Veng province. Baan Chantha is 17 years old, and comes from a family of farmers.
This report represents six priority areas for investment in child rights that can overcome these two key obstacles of inequality and rapidly changing context. Identifies as "game changers", they represent significant shifts in the current way of doing things, which will take leadership, resources, and dedication to achieve.