National Council for Infancy holds International Seminary for Children`s rights

Posted on May 4, 2015 · Posted in News

Last week the Chilean National Council for Infancy held the international seminar “Towards a State guarantor of rights for children and adolescents”, which aimed for two main objectives: to stregthen the basis for a public policy and a Law project that will ensure the protection and promotion of children`s and adolescent´s rights, and enriching the process of political, legislative and institutional reform with the critical reflections of international experts

At the cornerstone of this encounter lays the conviction that the recognition of persons under the age of 18 years old, which constitute a population of 4 million in Chile, as subjects of rights, is a fundamental aspect of the advancement towards the overcoming of exclusion and inequity. Hence, the protection of children`s and adolescents`capacity to exercise their rights must be located at the core of the National Policy Plan.

Many figures of the chilean policy making class participated, such as representatives of several ministries, both chambers of congress, the National Council for Infancy, and president Bachelet herself. They shared this instance with important international personalities and institutions, including the United Nations, CEPAL, EUROsocial, UNICEF; and with representatives of the civil society.

President Bachelet took the oportunity to recognize the value of the process of elaboration of the Law project held by the National Council, which has included all relevant sectors, project that should be sent to the Senate by August. She announced that the project contemplates the creation of a Defender of Children Deparment, that will provide underage persons with autonomous institutions to defend and protect them on all diferent spheres of dispute.

The seminar contributes greatly to the instauration of a new institutional definition, that in the words of executive secretary of the National Council for Infancy: “has Chile advancing with giant steps towards the recognition of children as subjects of rights”.