By Elias Hakizimana.
Bishop John Rucyahana has been nominated as ambassador of children’s rights by CLADHO, an umbrella of civil societies organizations in advocating for child’s rights.
Evariste Murwanashyaka , the programs manager and child rights focal person at CLADHO said that nominated Rucyahana as ambassador of children’s rights because he has experience and expertise in child’s rights protection he got from his own initiative, church and crossing international borders.
“He will help us enhance level of advocacy like meeting ambassadors to the children from other countries. This is partnership advocacy where we have to engage people with potential in advocating for children’s rights,” he said.
Rucyahana said:“Being ambassador of children’s rights is becoming advocator who helps them raise their problems, knowing their vision and targeted achievements,” he said.
He said that what he will do is to tell society the problems that are facing children so that it plays its role to protect children’s rights.
He highlighted that issues that are still affecting children include abuse against children, defilement, stunting, impregnation among others
“We have been attacked by the threat from families who marginalize their children and trigger street life for them and exposure to bad behavior. The value of child reflects the value of their parents.
Parents should protect them, give them basic needs but some do not do so despite having financial capacity to do so. We have to collaborate in not only advocating for children’s rights but also bringing action and change,” he said.
He also mentioned the issue of defilers who are still hiding.
“The victims must access to justice by pursuing the defilers. Some victims are infected with diseases; others drop out of school. We have to stir inspiration of children so that they know their dignity and fight for it, “he noted.
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