Advocating the Rights of Children (ARC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Ministry of Gender, Family and Social Services today, to continue work in collaboration to prevent child abuse and to empower children against all forms of violence. The MoU was signed by Managing Director, Mr. Muruthala Moosa on behalf of ARC and Minister of State, Ms. Ifham Hussain on behalf of the Ministry.
ARC has been working in partnership with the Ministry to carry out awareness sessions of ARC’s HOPE Campaign to empower children against abuse in Male’ and the atolls since 2016. Through this partnership, outreach has been expanded to over 5000 students studying in grades 4 to 8 in all islands of Kaafu, Vaavu, Meemu, Fuvamulah and Gaaf Dhaalu Atoll as well as some islands of Haa Alif, Haa Dhaalu, Shaviyani and Laamu Atoll to date. These awareness sessions focus on teaching children how to protect themselves from abuse and neglect and ways to respond and report abuse.
HOPE Campaign was launched by ARC in 2010, to prevent child abuse and neglect and includes awareness sessions for children and parents as well as workshops for teachers. ARC looks forward to continue working closely with relevant stakeholders, to further raise awareness to combat all forms of violence against children.