At the event (Photo: VNA)
 
Dong Thap (VNA) – More than 100 children from across the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap took part in an open discussion on child abuse held in Cao Lanh city on June 29-30.

At the event, provincial authorities and UNICEF representatives listened to young participants’ views and aspirations regarding the issues of school violence, sexual abuse, labour exploitation, and self-defence skills.

Doan Tan Buu, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, said local efforts to protect and educate children have been facing various difficulties, while the rate of juvenile delinquency remains high.

Child abuse is on the rise, he said, adding that local authorities have promptly supported the abused and minimised the number of child-related cases.
 
According to Huynh Duy Khuong, deputy director of the Dong Thap Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, the annual forum aims at raising public responsibility for the implementation of children’s rights and duties and helping children engage in more social activities.

It also contributes to building a more friendly and safe environment for the younger generation to live in, he noted.

Within the framework of the forum, the participating children also joined a range of activities, such as painting pictures and performing music on the stage.

According to the provincial Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, by the end of June, the province had 45,000 disadvantaged children vulnerable to mistreatment.-VNA