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SUDAN : Parliamentary lobby group for children launched.

The South Sudan Parliamentary Lobby Group for Children (SSPLGC), founded and established in 2011 by members of the National Legislative Assembly to speak and act for Children Rights in the Assemble and beyond, launched its activities on Thursday 16th February 2012 at the Assembly main Hall. Supported and guided by Save the Children Organization SSPLGC is a voluntary lobby group of twenty registered members whose mission is to promote the welfare, protection, development and participation of children through voicing their concerns in budgetary, legislative and policy decisions.

Addressing the launch as a guest of honor, Deputy Speaker of the National Legislative Assembly NLA, Hon. Fathima Nyawang said the August House would fight hard to make sure that budget given to institutions concern with the welfare and protection of children is spent in the correct way for the benefit children. She added that all members of the house and the Committee of Gender and Social Welfare will stand firm and support the programmes of the group.

Chairperson of the South Sudan Parliamentary lobby Group for Children Ms. Mary Nawai appealed to the Assembly to assist the group in establishing its office in order to carry out its obligation towards the welfare of children. She cited lack of finance and premises as main challenges facing the group. She complimented the role of Save the Children for supporting the activities of the group.

The function was attended by members of Ugandan Parliament headed by Ms. Florence Mutyamula Chairperson of Ugandan Parliamentary Forum for Children UPFC. Ms. Mutyambula shared the UPFC experience with the SSPLGC. UPFC was a founded in 2005 with the support of Save the Children Organization.

Children from Lologo and Juba orphanage centre presented speeches and drama conveying messages to the government and the society at large to take good care of the children by providing them protection, education, healthcare and basic needs. Representative of Juba Orphanage Centre said the orphans are not sponsored for their higher education after leaving secondary education. Are we to stay in the orphanage for all our life he asked. According to him orphans should not be left to reach the age of twenty in the centre.

Addressing the same occasion United Nations Children Emergency Fund UNICEF Ms. Yasmin Al Haque assured of UN body s commitment to work closely with the government of the young Nation and the Parliamentary Group to ensure that children are protected and given all their rights.

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