A local coalition is expressing concerns over the participation of children in public events, such as political rallies.
Dominica is presently in the midst of political campaigning for general election to be held on December 8 and rallies are being held all over the island.
According to the Dominica NGO Coalition children are often seen at these rallies inappropriately dressed making them “vulnerable to exploitation, potential accidents, neglect and abuse.”
Furthermore, the coalition said, teachers and social workers has send out an alert saying that “children who attend the late night events are often late to school the following morning and are without completed homework, breakfast and snack.”
“We urge parents to set a good example in dress code and attitude to promote politics as a serious democratic activity and to recognize that children have a right to be safe in all social contexts,” the coalition said in a release. “We further advise parents to exercise discretion about what is age appropriate, healthy and safe for their children at all times.”