On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child, Coalition of NGOs for the Protection of Children – KOMF, through the Media, called toward institutions to take all preparatory actions for the implementation of the Law on Child Protection, in order to ensure the protection of children.
In June this year, Kosovo for the first time adopted the Law on Child Protection, which aims to protect children from all forms of violence, abuse, neglect or any other form that put children in danger to life, child safety, health, education and development. This law shall enter into force one year after its publication in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Kosovo.
KOMF declares that the situation of children in Kosovo is grave. Recent data speak of child poverty rate of 20.7%. 10.7% of children in Kosovo are involved in work, while 6.8% of them work in hazardous conditions. 61.4% of children in Kosovo reported experiencing physical or psychological violence during the last month of the interview, when the survey was conducted. Only 10% of children with disabilities have access to quality health, social and education services. Reports from government and non-governmental institutions speak of increased involvement of children in violations of the law, including violence, the consequences of which in some cases have been fatal to the children themselves.
KOMF remains committed to support the social protection reform for children, which guarantees child protection, focusing on vulnerable children: children without parental care, children victims of abuse, children involved in hard labor, children with disabilities, etc. KOMF will continue to support early childhood development and advocate for quality enhancement and integration of social welfare, health and education services. KOMF as a coalition of 29 non-governmental organizations, based on its objectives, will continue to empower local organizations in the field of child protection.