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Connecting Children to the Local Government

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The project conducted ten dialogue sessions between Child Clubs and Local Government Representatives in various rural/municipalities. The dialogue sessions were led by the child rights communicators trained by the project. The dialogue sessions are conducted to bridge the gap between children and the elected representatives and to bring them on a common platform to discuss issues of child protection and Trafficking in Persons (TIP). Two hundred and seventy-five participants including Child Club members, elected representatives, municipal officials, law enforcement agencies, and also civil society representatives engaged in the ten dialogue sessions conducted in various municipalities ((Birendranagar Municipality-2, Birendranagar Municipality-4, Hetauda Municipality-17, Ratnanagar Municipality-1, Mahalaxmi Municipality-9, Dakshinkali Municipality-3, Mahalaxmi Municipality-10, Tokha municipality-5, Suryabinayak Municipality-1, and Panauti Municipality-2)

In the dialogue sessions, the participants discussed the changing dimensions of TIP, the role of the Local Child Rights Committee (LCRC) in combatting TIP, measures to ensure child-friendly local governance, and emerging issues of cyber-crimes and online safety. The local government has been very welcoming of such dialogue sessions and has encouraged the child rights communicators to engage in more awareness-raising programs as such.