Every November 20, Good Neighbors International Philippines (GNIP), a child focused non-governmental organization, celebrates with many other countries the international day of children’s rights. At present, GNIP operates in the following community development project areas: 1.) Prieto Diaz, Sorsogon 2.) Hagonoy, Bulacan 3.) Rodriguez, Rizal 4.) Tingloy,Batangas 5.) Gigmoto, Catanduanes 6.) Laak, Compostela Valley.
This celebration is in response to a 1954 resolution of the United Nations General Assembly that recommends every country to initiate a Universal Children’s Day as a day to focus on children’s well-being. The day also marks the anniversary of the assembly’s adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
One of the ways that GNIP devotes itself to making a difference in the lives of children is by making the public aware about children’s rights. For this year’s child rights day celebration, GNIP is conducting a photowalk, among other activities. The photowalk will revolve around the theme “I Live, Inform, Educate: Karapatan para sa kabataan” or I LIKE, GNIP’s brand for child rights day celebration. Simply put, the activity aims to gather potential advocates who can capture random situations with their cameras in a given area and within a specified time frame, and use the photographs to inform and educate the society about the rights of the children.
The photowalk is open to professional and amateur photographers and hobbyists of all ages. Only 50 participants will get listed through a pre-registration on Facebook that started last October 14 and will end on November 8. Official registration will be done on the day of the walk, which is on November 23, 2013 at 2:00 in the afternoon. The walk will be held within the Quezon Memorial Circle. led by Mr. Romeo “Romy” Mariano, a veteran photojournalist and the current chief photographer of Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, who gained prominence as a photographer because of his powerful images of EDSA Revolution during the Marcos regime.
Press release from Good Neighbors International Philippines.