MANILA, Philippines — In partnership with Save the Children Philippines (SCP), the Ateneo Human Rights Center (AHRC) and its child rights desk Adhikain Para sa Karapatang Pambata (AKAP) will host “Building a Child-friendly ASEAN with Child Rights Champions”, a webinar series and advocacy plan workshop.
The four-day webinar series will run from August to September 2021. It aims to raise awareness on the ten (10) child rights and business principles (CRBP) and how these are relevant to the promotion and protection of children’s rights concerning business operations within the ASEAN member states. Each session will tackle various relevant topics that would provide an overview of basic CRBP concepts and their applications in both the public and private sectors. In addition, the webinar will cover how CRBP continues to be a significant issue in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the end of the series, the participants will collaborate to develop a regional advocacy plan. This will be published as the “ASEAN CRBP Advocacy Plan of 2021”, and will serve as a blueprint for programs and initiatives for CRBP in the region. In addition, this plan will guide both the public and private sectors in the ASEAN region on opportunities to collaborate in raising awareness on CRBP and its incorporation in various business operations.
This series is part of the AHRC’s continuous efforts to raise awareness for children’s rights concerning business practices and operations among the public and private sectors. In this light, the AHRC aims to expand and elevate the discussion on CRBP at the ASEAN level, where the concept of CRBP will be introduced to the member states and their mechanisms. According to the Child Rights Situational Analysis in the ASEAN published by the AHRC last 2020, CRBP is one of the emerging trends in the region following the recent recognition of the potential contributions to or violations of children’s rights in the private sector. Thus, the webinar hopes to expand the incorporation of CRBP within the region, where members, mechanisms, and civil society organizations can aid in the promotion and protection of such advocacy.
The four-day session will be held every Friday from August 13 to September 3, 2021 and the advocacy workshop will be held on September 17, 2021.