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65.Several NGOs organized discussions with journalist to sensitize them on the issues around child rights, sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking, and various training organized. A draft code of conduct for newspaper reporters on ethical reporting has been prepared. The State Party has issued a circular to counsel avoiding using pictures of sexually abused children in the daily newspaper. Meena Day (24 September) is regularly celebrated by a number of Government and NGO partners in Dhaka and throughout Bangladesh. New Meena Episode, Fair Play of Girls, Aar Noy Kanna, Protul Bannyai (WES), Phenomena (ARI), Bannyai Nirapode Thaki and Amader Dekhbo Amra (child protection) were developed.

66.NGOs, children’s organizations, Scouts, mothers’ clubs and the media as well distributed Behavioural Change and Communication (BCC) materials in different workshops, seminars, discussion sessions and training programmes. In addition to the above, several NGOs/Forums/CBOs and civil society are implementing both short and long term programmes in developing awareness about various child issues. The BSAF, for instance, through its 235 organizations, has been regularly implementing such programmes/activities throughout the country. It utilizes both print and electronic media to this effect. The specific activities of these organizations include:

Building capacity of community Based organizations, NGO and GO

Mobilizing vulnerable groups like adolescent girls, women etc

Mobilizing community leaders

Awareness raising on relevant issues

Organize rallies, observance of special days, workshops and seminars

Dissemination of concluding observations

67.The Committee’s Concluding Observations issued in October 2003 on Bangladesh’s Second Report have been translated and widely disseminated. One children’s version in Bangla was also published and distributed.

Preparation of periodic report

68.The preparation of the present report has been coordinated by MoWCA with support from UNICEF. The report is based on information collected by MoWCA from all the relevant ministries, departments and agencies along with data from many other sources. The child focal persons from all relevant Ministries were identified and they received an orientation on CRC Periodic Report preparation in early June 2006. Headed by the Secretary, MoWCA, a multidisciplinary body of departments was formed. Initial draft of the Report was prepared by MoWCA in association with UNICEF. The group reviewed the drafts of the document, arranged discussion, organized consultation meetings in Dhaka and at sub-national level, helped recording discussions and prepare minutes, incorporate recommended revisions and inputs, arranged children’s participation, and finalised the document.

69.As discussed elsewhere, the concerned offices at field levels were involved in the process of preparation of this CRC Report through organizing workshops/consultations at Divisional and

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