Featured speaker Mercedes Roman, an Ecuadorian sociologist and UN representative for Defense for Children International (DCI), told attendees, "There are many examples of how the Convention on the Rights of the Child has changed conditions for the better in many countries."
, also Latin American Coordinator for the Global Network of Religions for Children
, cited an increase in the number of children attending schools.
said, "Governments have begun to understand that education is the door to social and cultural development.
"I can say that there has been some progress toward the reign of God in some areas," she
"The understanding of children as persons with rights is growing.
More people and governments understand that when the status of women advances, the status of children advances."
said in some parts of the world, the condition of children has either stayed the same or worsened.
"The number of children with HIV
in Africa is growing, along with new means of trafficking in children and sexual abuse.
are the primary victims of growing drug abuse, and in many places children are becoming sexually active at younger ages," she