Welcome to Viable and Operable Ideas for Child Equality (VOICE) Conference, co-hosted by PUSKAPA and the Care and Protection of Children (CPC) Learning Network, with 2018 theme: "Finding Scientific Answer to the 21st Century Challenges for Families, Communities, and Public Policy".
This year will mark the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.The ratification and adaptation of the UNCRC to national policies have brought significant improvements in many areas of child development such as health and education.However, the work is far from done,and the global landscape is rapidly shifting.Children are surviving to age five at greater rates than ever before, but their quality of life is not yet ensured: fully half othe approximately 1 billion people living on $2 a day or less in our increasingly unequal world. Human society has entered a new period of intense social and economic transformation, upending many old patterns of family, community,national, and international life.There are dangers and opportunities that could impede or support children to thrive.
State interventions as they stand today through policy and professional practices have emerged as a more a coordinated and multi sectoral approach to protect children’s healthy and safe development.Along with that, there is a growing realization that actions for children should no longer be based on good intentions but evidence, and should no longer be responses but also prevention. Now,we see more and more integrated programs being rolled out around the world. Following the world’s commitment to achieve the SDG targets, initiatives towards fulfilling the children-related SDG targets have also emerged.The 17 SDG goals are connected with the lives of childrenand families, therefore children should be at the center of all discussions around SDG.
Countries are currently faced with the challenge of achieving their national targets and the 2030 global SDGs for children while dealing with a rapidly changing and complex environment. As we must be more vigilant to the latest challenges in the area of child protection, this conference will convene interdisciplinary experts, researchers, practitioners, and decision makers in the area of human rights law and activism, public health, education, psychology, anthropology, sociology and social work—and topical expertise that covered child rights, child protection, violence against children, violence against women and girls, psychosocial support, community child protection, social norms change, and others.
Within the broad rubric of children’s rights, child protection, and family welfare, the conference will pay special attention to three themes that are changing how children are growing up in the modern world.
The conference themes include:
- Children and migration
- Toxic Social Norms and Values, and
- Children and technology