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July 08, 2011 to July 09, 2011


State Consultation on “Protecting Children in Tourism Role of the Goa Children’s Act”


Consultation Organised by CRG, CRT and EQUATIONS

8th and 9th July 2011 at Goa

The Goa Children’s Act 2003 came into effect on 8th of July 2003, with 2011 marking the completion of 8 years of the Goa Children’s Act. Children's Rights in Goa (CRG), Centre for Responsible Tourism, Goa (CRT) and EQUATIONS, have come together to organise a two day consultation on “Protecting Children in Tourism: Role of the Goa Children’s Act” to take stock of experiences, roles, responsibilities and implementation of the Goa Children’s Act 2003 and Rules 2004.

This Act came into existence after intensive lobbying and advocacy by civil society groups in Goa working on child rights and child protection and the efforts of a proactive Secretary for Women and Child Development. To date Goa continues to be the only state that has legislation of this nature. This was the first legislation that recognised exploitation of children in tourism as well and incorporated provisions that recognize and deal with the protection of children in the context of tourism. However after eight years of the enactment of the Act, only three cases have come before the Children’s Court and not a single conviction has taken place.

Programme Schedule:

Day 1- 8th July 2011
Time Issue Presenter/Facilitator
10:00 Welcome & Context Setting Ms.  S.Vidya,
Programme Coordinator, EQUATIONS
Welcome Address H.E Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao
An overview of Goa Children’s Act 2003 Dr. Nishtha Desai, Director  Children’s Rights Goa
Key Note address
  • Ms. Rina Ray, Secretary,
    Department of Art, Culture, Tourism & Education, Govt. of NCT of Delhi.
  • Release of the booklet “BE SMART STAY SAFE”.
11:00 COFFEE BREAK
11:15 Experiences and Implementation of the Goa Children’s Act 2003 (GCA) Mr. Ranjan Solomon, Director, ALTEERNATIVES-BADAYL
Code of Conduct on Safe and Honourable Tourism Ms. Roma Singh, Regional Director, Ministry of Tourism
Unique Provisions of the GCA: Role and Responsibility of DWCD in protection of children in tourism Mr. Sanjiv Gadkar, Director, DWCD
Role of the Department of Tourism in protecting children from exploitation in tourism:  Experiences and Implementation of the GCA Mr. Swapnil Naik, Director, Department of Tourism
The Tourism Industry’s contribution to chid protection: Experience and challenges of TTAG in adopting a Child Friendly Tourism Code Mr. Simon Pereira, Travel and Tourism Association of Goa
Role and Responsibility of the tourism industry in protecting children from exploitation in tourism Ms. Saira Vaz, General Manager, KUONI
Discussion
13:30
LUNCH
14:30 Lacunae and Challenges in implementation of GCA Fr. Maverick Fernandes
Director, Caritas-Goa Executive Secretary, CSJP
  Difficulties in implementation of GCA in cases of travelling sex offenders Ms. Bernie D’Souza, Jan Ugahi
  Lacunae in the GCA - Challenges in protecting children from travelling sex offenders Advocate Maharukh Adenwala,  Bombay High Court
  Experiences and Challenges of the informal sector in the tourism industry towards protecting children from exploitation in tourism Ms. Annabel  Da Gama, Centre for Responsible Tourism
15:30 COFFEE BREAK
15:45 The Role and Challenges of Village Child Committees in Protecting Children in tourism Dr. Nandita D’ Souza Sethu, Member, Village Child Committee
  Accountability of the academic institutions in effective implementation of GCA  towards protecting children from exploitation in tourism Ms. Anita Haladi, Academician
  The GCA - Law Commissions Insights: Gaps and  lacunae in the  legislation 
Advocate Mario Pinto Almeida, Member, Goa Law Commission
  Discussion
DAY 2- 9th July 2011
09:45 Recap of the discussions and recommendations from day one S.Vidya, EQUATIONS
10:00 Effectiveness of the Existing Mechanisms: Challenges and Recommendations Dr. Nishta Desai, Director, CRG
  Perspectives on the Children’s Court being able to guide the best interest of the child towards protection of children from exploitation in tourism Advocate Poonam Bharne, Public Prosecutor
  The Children’s Court from a child worker’s perspective Ms. Sarita Santamaria, Counsellor, CRG
  Roles, functions and challenges of the tourism police towards protection of children from exploitation in toruism Goa Police
  Challenges in the existing mechanisms and recommendations towards protection of children from exploitation in tourism Ms Susan D’ Souza
  Discussions 
11:15 COFFEE BREAK 
11:30
Challenges of the informal sector, CSOs and the Media in combating child exploitation in tourism: Sharing of Experiences
Fr. Valeriano Vaz, Director, Caritas, Goa
  Federation of Associations of Taxi Owners and Drivers Mr. Jorge Fernandes, FATTOD
  Shack Owners Welfare Society Mr Cruz Cardoza, SOWS
  Federation of Small and Medium Guest Houses in Goa (FOSAM) Mr. Serafina Cota, FOSAM
  Gaps, challenges in using the GCA in cases of trafficking of children and recommendations Mr. Arun Pandey, Director, ARZ
  Challenges and Recommendations Advocate Albertina Almeida
  Discussion
13:30 LUNCH
14:30 Way Forward Mr. Tomazinho Cardozo, Academician
  Recommendations from the two day deliberations Dr. Nishtha  Desai and Ms. Sushma, CRG
  Sharing of existing Code of Conduct towards protection of children in travel and tourism in India Ms. S.Vidya, EQUATIONS
  Concluding Remarks Mr. Sahoo, Secretary of Tourism
Mr. Swapil Naik, Director of Tourism, CRG Government of Goa
16:30 Vote of Thanks Mr. Ranjan Solomon, CRT

Thank you for your participation and your commitment to the protection of children in tourism!

Contact:

Ms. Nishtha Desai, Director, Children's Rights in Goa
crg.goa@gmail.com
http://www.childrightsgoa.org/
Fr. Maverick Fernandes, Director, Executive Secretary, CSJP
csjpgoa@gmail.com
http://www.caritasgoa.org/
Mr. Ranjan Solomon, Director, ALTEERNATIVES-BADAYL
ranjan.solomon@gmail.com
http://www.badayl.org/
Ms. S.Vidya, Programme Coordinator, EQUATIONS
vidya.s@equitabletourism.org or info@equitabletourism.org
http://www.equitabletourism.org/