Marc Dullaert (1963) is the first-ever Ombudsman for Children of the Netherlands, appointed by the Dutch parliament in February 2011. Dullaert studied Theology before obtaining a Master’s degree in Social Sciences and Communication Science. He also earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration. Marc is the founder and chairman of the KidsRights foundation, which champions children’s rights in developing countries worldwide. He initiated the international Children’s Peace Prize and currently chairs the associated expert committee. Each year, the message and example of these young winners inspire more than a billion people worldwide. He was also the initiator of the KidsRights Millennium Development Goals Conference, which was chaired jointly by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and former President of South Africa F.W. de Klerk. Marc has extensive experience in the world of media. His last assignment was as CEO and shareholder of the European D&D media group from 2003 until 2009. Marc Dullaert is also chair of the European Network for Ombudsman for Children.
The Ombudsman for Children monitors whether children’s rights are adhered to in the Netherlands by the central and local government. But also by private organisations in education, childcare, child welfare and health care. The Ombudsman for Children provides advice to the government and Parliament regarding laws and policies that have an effect on children's rights. He raises awareness of children's rights. The Ombudsman for children is an independent institute that exists since 1 April 2011. De Kinderombudsman has his own mandate and reports annually to Parliament.
KidsRights protects the position of highly vulnerable children around the world. For this KidsRights offers direct, tailored support to these children and requires attention to their position and their rights. Kids Rights assists by existing, well-run local funding projects that focus on five key basic services : health, nutrition, education, shelter and attention. KidsRights also requires attention by offering children a stage, children often are not able to attract the attention of the world. As Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu said: " Kids Rights seeks to give a voice to the voiceless ."
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