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Democracy and Children in Maldives

My #DQT moment today was with a child. In a #heart2heart conversation that we had, the child said that grown ups were all the same. That we were too preoccupied with politics all the time. The child said that we grown ups always talk about their party and the other party and the leaders they love and the leaders they hate. That grown ups were corrupting the minds of young people. This when asked, what friends of the same age thought of politics and who they supported.

According to the child they had no leaders they liked. They made fun of the leaders and one another. To them, once elected to leadership positions what they were concerned about was only how to get things better for them, and getting higher paying jobs for their family and friends.

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Posted by on May 29, 2012 in Society


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Maldives: Celebrating the Children’s Day

Everyone seems to be so eager to celebrate the Children’s Day. The good intentions are well appreciated. Yet there are my concerns with the way it is done.

The government’s commitment to children is still not clear despite the 1992 Children’s Act. There aren’t sufficient legal and institutional mechanisms put in place for the protection and care of children. The reason being that the issues of children are not an action priority for the government and the people who pressure the government from positions of influence and power. Children are a forgotten species, it seems!

There is a lack of commitment and passion to the cause of children in the vibrant lobby community of Maldives, who can move things in a matter of twenty-four hours to please the supremos they almost relish with divinity.

Children’s Rights are a priority in meaningless reports and seminars, but not in action. The President and numerous government officials will grab this opportunity, for many things. They will forget the children who are the reason for them being on stage for this day and the center of attention, within twenty four hours.

Children should have the right to vote! That is the only way there can be a difference on how children are treated. PERIOD

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Posted by on May 10, 2012 in CAWM


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