UAE work­ing on ‘mother, child and youth strat­egy’

Khaleej Times - - NATION -

abu dhabi — The Supreme Coun­cil for Moth­er­hood and Child­hood is pre­par­ing a na­tional strat­egy to make the UAE mother-, child- and youth-friendly.

Sheikha Fa­tima bint Mubarak, Chair­woman of the Gen­eral Women’s Union, Pres­i­dent of the Supreme Coun­cil for Moth­er­hood and Child­hood and Supreme Pres­i­dent of the Fam­ily De­vel­op­ment Foun­da­tion, in­structed the Coun­cil to pre­pare this strat­egy through a res­o­lu­tion, is­sued in ac­cor­dance with the cabi­net’s en­dorse­ment of the Emi­rati Chil­dren’s Day.

The prepa­ra­tion of the strat­egy in­di­cates the lead­er­ship’s con­tin­u­ous ef­forts en­cour­ag­ing the con­tri­bu­tions of moth­ers, chil­dren, youth and chil­dren of de­ter­mi­na­tion in build­ing the so­ci­ety and em­pow­er­ing them.

The strat­egy is based on the in­ter­na­tional stan­dards adopted by the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WHO) and the United Na­tions

Chil­dren’s Fund (Unicef). It seeks to in­clude the rights of moth­ers, chil­dren and ado­les­cents as key com­po­nents of de­vel­op­ment trends, ob­jec­tives, poli­cies, ini­tia­tives and projects, to pro­vide sup­port and op­por­tu­ni­ties for ma­ter­nal health care, pro­vid­ing ap­pro­pri­ate en­vi­ron­ments in pub­lic places, and to work with moth­ers and chil­dren.

The an­nounce­ment of the new strat­egy co­in­cided with the

UAE’s first cel­e­bra­tion in March of “Emi­rati Chil­dren’s Day”, which aims to raise the com­mu­nity’s aware­ness about chil­dren’s rights as stip­u­lated by the Wadima law. The law is an im­por­tant mile­stone in the pro­tec­tion of the rights of the child, en­sur­ing a healthy, safe and sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment for chil­dren and en­hanc­ing their aware­ness and un­der­stand­ing of their rights and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. —

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