22-09-2017 - On their way to the Human Rights Council in Geneva for the Universal Periodic Review to defend the rights of children and indigenous communities, Eule Bonganay and Eufemia Culamat made a stop in Belgium. To different audiences they explained the effects from the war on drugs, war in Marawi and the attacks on Lumad schools on children.
Salilahi, an Alliance for Children’s Concerns and KIYO together aim to increase during their next five year program:
1. Children’s participation in social debates and decision-making process 2. The role of civil society as watchdogs for child-friendly budgeting by government 3. Public awareness on children’s rights and responsibilities of government as primary duty bearer, in particular in regards to Child labor and children in armed conflicts.
The visit of Eule and Eufemia was succesful and increased the solidarity in Belgium for children and indigenous people impacted by human rights violations in the Philippines.