Equal Protection For Children
SAIEVAC, the SAARC Apex Body for Children, launches the first ever inter-governmental campaign against corporal punishment in South Asia. The Campaign "Equal Protection for Children" aims at ending the legality, social acceptance and practice of corporal punishment in South Asia.
The SAIEVAC "Equal Protection for Children" campaign is guided by the articles, values and principles of UNCRC, including non-violence, maximum development, non-discrimination and child participation.
SAIEVAC regional and national mechanisms will lead the campaign supported by the South Asia Coordination Group on Action against Violence against Children (SACG) and its national counterparts, NACGs, in the respective Member States.
Positive parenting & discipline refers to adult's behaviour towards children based on the best interest and respecting evolving capacities of the child. It takes into account wider practices and principles of child development, child rearing and childcare.
An Orientation on Positive Discipline and Legal Reform’ for the SAIEVAC national mechanisms was held on 20 – 21 December, 2013 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The SAIEVAC Coordinators and the Chairs, Co-Chairs and the Representatives of the National Action and Coordinating Group against Violence against Children from the SAIEVAC member states had participated in the orientation. The program was hosted by the National Child Protection Authority of Sri Lanka.
A documentary on the SAIEVAC’s Regional Campaign against Corporal Punishment of Children has been finalized. The documentary is based on the footage from 12th SAIEVAC-SAARCLAW Conference held in Thimphu, Bhutan in May 2013. The video highlights the human rights imperative to end corporal punishment as well as the launching of the Regional Campaign against Corporal Punishment of Children.
A Technical Consultation on Harmful Practices Affecting Children was held during 26 – 27 September 2013 in Thimphu, Bhutan with the overall goal of contributing to the elimination of harmful practices in South Asia based on renewed SAARC and other commitments. The Consultation was hosted by the Royal Government of Bhutan and organized by SAIEVAC Regional Secretariat through the support of the South Asia Coordinating Group on Action against Violence against Children and the SAARC Development Fund in Collaboration with the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children. Among other considerations, the consultation involved the review of measures taken and results achieved by member states in addressing corporal punishment as well as the sharing of best practices and positive examples in addressing corporal punishment.