Nearly 100 children between the ages of 14-17 affected by OCSE came together on Oct 24 - 25, 2018 to share their experiences with each other and propose solutions to address the threat of OSEC that can be implemented at the local and national levels.
At the closing of the summit, the children collectively signed a manifesto that lists the solutions and calls to action they agreed upon during the summit to accelerate the progress on the eradication of OSEC in the Philippines.
Some of the calls to action listed in the manifesto include:
- Strengthened internet surveillance
- Stronger international and local collaborations
- Better promotion of the rights of the child to be educated and participate as part of the civil society
- Intensified justice system and strengthened functional referral process
- Strengthened government policies to eradicate OSEC
- Development of a global child helpline
- Adequate medical care, police protection and legal advice for victims of OSEC
The children and young people who participated in the summit believe that the collective ideas and child-led solutions in this manifesto will strengthen the fight against OSEC in the Philippines. The implementation of the said recommendations and suggestions would be a huge step in achieving an OSEC-free country.
The Summit was organised by the Joining Forces-Child Rights Now Initiative, which is a group of leading child-focused agencies. Terre des Hommes, along with Plan International, World Vision Philippines, Terre des hommes, Save the Children Philippines, ChildFund Philippines and SOS Children's Villages Philippines have joined forces to end violence against children.
*Photos courtesy of Plan International Philippines.