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Our Work

Voice of the Children engages in a range of programs and activities to ensure the rights of children are protected and respected. We work both in East and West Malaysia, collaborating with a diverse network of partners to champion children’s rights. Below are the primary tools for change VoC exercises.

Advocacy

Often, children do not have the resources, tools or audience to cry out when they are violated. Their voices are smaller, quieter and can be overlooked by those in charge of making decisions for and about them.

VoC strives to act as a bridge between children and the policy makers, advocating on behalf of the best interests of children. VoC has taken on a number of children’s issues in Malaysia, including the growing trend of statelessness, child protection within the legal system and unregistered children. This advocacy manifests itself in a number of ways, including, but not limited to, press releases, researched reports, children’s books, rights awareness events and collaborative partnerships.

Please peruse the website for updates on VoC’s most recent campaigns and projects.

Click here to learn more about VoC’s children’s books, available for sale online and in stores.

Judicial and Legal Training

The Malaysian court system should be an environment where children’s dignity, physiological needs and emotional development are both protected and respected. It should be an environment that embraces the guidelines of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and actively follows the code of the Child Act. However, due to lack of training and knowledge, lawyers, judges, magistrates and other legal stakeholders sometimes fall short of their duty in protecting the best interests of children.

To improve this situation, VoC conducts trainings and workshops designed to promote children’s rights throughout the legal system. VoC invites prominent experts within the Malaysian and international legal community as panelists and speakers. Likewise, we encourage collaborative participation and input from all sectors of Malaysia’s legal arena, asking lawyers, members of the Attorney General’s Chambers, magistrates and judges to partake.

Click here to learn more about VoC’s legal training program.

Underpinning every training event and exercise is the question what is in the best interest of the child? VoC holds the firm belief that with knowledge comes empathy, and with knowledge and empathy comes the confidence to guarantee the best interests of the child.

If you wish to participate in a VoC training, please contact us here.

What Have We Achieved?

  • Part of Malaysia’s delegation back in 2008 for the World Congress III Against Sexual Exploitation of Children & Adolescents in Rio de Janeiro.
  • Participated in Southeast Asia conference on Child Sex Tourism in 2009.
  • Member of the Working Committee to provide advice and support on the National Study of the Juvenile Justice System in Malaysia in 2009
  • Participated in a National Dialogue with the Ministry of Women, Family & Community Development in the same year.
  • Part of the Joint Steering Committee to prepare civil society report on Malaysia’s implementation of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
  • Part of the newly formed Child Rights Coalition (CRC) Malaysia working towards upholding the rights of every child in Malaysia