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20 November 2014, London: Gsma joins forces with Child Helpline International to promote child protection worldwide

11/20/2014 - 01:00 PM

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The GSMA has marked the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) by forming a partnership with Child Helpline International (CHI) to protect young people and safeguard their right to be heard.  

On 20 November 2014, the GSMA has marked the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) by forming a partnership with Child Helpline International (CHI) to protect young people and safeguard their right to be heard.

The GSMA and CHI have signed an agreement that establishes a roadmap for promoting child helplines across the globe, including measures to strengthen relationships between national mobile operators and their in-country helplines and foster collaboration on issues such as a safer Internet for children.

Child Helpline International’s mission is to ensure that every call is answered, so every child in need of being heard can be heard. The GSMA is committed to faplaying its part in achieving this important goal,” said Anne Bouverot, Director General, GSMA. “The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child was established in 1989, which is also the year that the World Wide Web was born.” According to Nenita La Rose, Executive Director, Child Helpline International: “ I am delighted to formalise this crucial partnership with the GSMA by signing a Memorandum of Understanding to work together on our shared goal to answer every call from every child.”

GSMA operator members who have pledged to support child helplines in their markets include Telecom Italia, with Bouygues, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom,  NTT DOCOMO, Orange, Telefónica, Telekom Austria, Telenor Group, TeliaSonera, Vodafone and other companies. Existing and potential commitments amongst the mobile operators include, for example: assisting in the establishment of a helpline if none exists nationally; increasing awareness of helplines; and providing in-kind support or sponsorship. Commitments will vary by operator and by market.

Last month, CHI launched the ‘Free Our Voices’ campaign to generate public support for child helplines internationally.