PANAMA CITY.- The Government of Panama announced that has joined a global campaign led by the 2014 nobel peace prize Kailash Satyarthi, which seeks to mobilize 100 million of young people to fight for the rights of 100 million of excluded children.
"Through this campaign, it seeks to bring together 100 million young people from all over the world to channel their energy to fight for the rights of the nearly 100 million children left outside and whose basic rights such as education and adequate health care are denied," the Presidency said.
The invitation to participate in the "100 million to 100 million" initiative was made by Satyarthi to the first lady, Lorena Castillo, during the "Laureates and Leaders for Children 2016" summit summoned by the Indian Nobel Prize and activist in New Delhi, a statement said.
The campaign will mainly use social networks to sensitize people, raise awareness of the causes and ask corporations to ensure that there is no child labor, slave children or young people involved in their supply and production chains.
It will also bring together citizens to be petitioners, changemakers and leaders so that those 100 million children affected are part of the development that each country is experiencing, the official source said.
According to the nobel, almost 100 million children are set aside and denied basic rights, freedom, education and health care.
"For me it is a great honor that the Nobel Prize has taken Panama into account to be part of this campaign. I have acquired the commitment to carry the message for the launch of this campaign that aims to guarantee the rights of all children and adolescents," the first lady said, according to official information.
Castillo noted that Panama is making great progress in eradicating child labor and reiterated the Government's commitment to push for the elimination of this social scourge.
The first lady, who is a special ambassador of Onusida, said that the government of her country guarantees the school stay of 1,500 new children a year, rescued from desertion or child labor and inserted into the school system, where scholarships, monitoring, educational leveling and sports activities are given to them.
Last May, the International Labor Organization said that some 26,700 minors currently work in Panama, equivalent to 2.9 per 100 children, one of the lowest in the region and the best in Central America. EFE