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LN – Childhood: priorities that can not be missed in the electoral debate

In a context where almost half of the boys live in poor homes, the defenders of provincial girls and boys answer what issues can not be missing from the political agenda Credit: Diego Lima

The five provincial defenders of Girls, Boys and Adolescents established the most urgent issues facing the electoral year: poverty in early childhood, education, child labor and the need to have specific budget items, among other points.

Juan Pablo Meaca, defender of La Pampa

“Infringement in childhood is at a critical point and requires the candidates clear proposals and apply them once in office.The following are central issues: 1) Immediately address the situation of poverty and indigence in which there is almost 50% of girls, boys and adolescents One tool is the Universal Child Allocation (AUH), making it progressive and meaningful, ensuring the feeding, education and health of children 2) Guaranteeing effective access to quality public education 3) Eradicate child and adolescent labor 4) A clear, funded and effective policy on Comprehensive Sexual Education (ESI), Sexual Abuse in Children (ASI), contraception, adolescent pregnancy and Legal Interruption of the Pregnancy (ILE) 5) A juvenile penal system according to our laws and treaties, focused on social integration, should not be proposed the lowering of age, which is not accompanied by any body and Statal, social or community specialized. 6) Immediately remove children from adult prison facilities. “

Analía Colombo, defender of Santa Fe

“UNICEF data for 2019 show that, nationwide, more than 40% of children and adolescents live below the poverty line and that almost half suffer from deprivation of at least one of their rights. the center of the public and political agenda for children and adolescents, and it is necessary to broaden the outlook to their family and community nuclei, strengthening roles, providing greater access to rights and improving alternative family care programs; role of the State as guarantor of comprehensive social policies 30 years after the Convention on the Rights of the Child (incorporated into the Constitution) and in an unfavorable context, it is the State's fundamental obligation to strengthen and reinforce investment in protection systems to guarantee the principle of the best interests of the child up to the maximum of the resources available. Children and adolescents should not be the variable of economic adjustment “.

The five defenders of Girls, Boys and Adolescents (from left to right): Juan Pablo Meaca, Analía Colombo, Amelia López, Miguel Ángel Molina and Luis Santucho
The five defenders of Girls, Boys and Adolescents (from left to right): Juan Pablo Meaca, Analía Colombo, Amelia López, Miguel Ángel Molina and Luis Santucho Credit: Courtesy

Miguel Molina, defender of Misiones

“The time has come for society and the government to deal seriously with the issues that affect children and adolescents.” Many times, children are spoken of in metaphorical terms, of the future, of good intentions, but in the concrete There is a consensus that a child has to be in a family and a school, but it also needs to be in the budgets.Every decision has a cost and must be reflected in specific items that constitute public policies Attention and containment We also need specific organizations Childhood requires the Executive, but many of the bodies we have are deliberative, childhood councils, NGOs Child rights issues are closely linked to actions of civil society, when guarantee corresponds to the State, this is what the Convention obliges .. Regarding specific priorities, nutrition, health and education are cross-cutting themes fundamentals “.

Amelia López, defender of Córdoba

“In a country where one of every two children lives in multidimensional poverty, it would be desirable for the electoral agenda to specify the prioritization of children and adolescents from a rights-based approach, which implies concrete proposals.” The improvement with quality innovation education, the prevention of school dropouts and the inclusion of those who have defected, and universal early childhood policies, are other priorities.We must focus on challenges such as mental health, contexts of violence, consumption of toxic substances, adolescent pregnancy and sexuality, not only expressing goodwill, but expressing it in terms of financing and strategies.The improvement of the protection system requires an important investment and juvenile justice is a pending issue.The defenders have been firm: you can not lower the age of accountability when rights are not fulfilled Inclusion is the best response to security, not exclusion. “

Luis Santucho, defender of Santiago del Estero

“It is important to pay attention to adolescence in our country, there is a lack of prevention policies and that has serious consequences, and diffusion campaigns are needed to generate spaces for reflection in the family and the school.” It is very common to miss the pedagogical trajectory of the schooled child, which is generally dispersed and is not used as a source of information, where the historical nucleus of the new citizens of the world is concentrated.This input, as well as support for school integration, is decisive in prevention actions In addition, it is important to highlight that in Argentina 16% of births are adolescent girls, where the drama of child abuse also appears, among the opponents to the ESI is an amazing lack of knowledge, starting by not taking into account the condition of subject of law, since the Comprehensive Protection System for the Rights of Children and Adolescents allows us to assert that they are not the property of the parents, the State or any civil or religious institution. “

They ask that the Congress ratify the National Defender

The five provincial defenders agreed on the need for Congress to urgently ratify the appointment of attorney Marisa Graham as head of the National Ombudsman for Girls and Adolescents, a position that has now been vacant for 14 years. On April 25, after an extensive public contest, Graham, a specialist in Family Law, was chosen by a bicameral parliamentary commission that selected her from 15 applicants.


Publicado en el diario La Nación