Young delegates at the 5th national children's forum (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) –
The fifth national children’s forum convened in Hanoi on August 24, gathering 200 children aged between 9 and 15 from 48 provinces and cities, the largest number of participants to date.

The young delegates spent the first session conveying their strong wishes to be protected from early marriage and abuse.

The forum lasts until August 26, with four key topics on violence against children, sexual abuse and early marriage, child labour, and abuse in cyberspace.

On the morning of August 26, participating children will join a dialogue with representatives from different State agencies and organisations.

Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Hong Lan said the forum helps children’ voices be listened by authorities and gain feedback.

The first biennial forum took place in Hanoi in 2009.-VNA