UAE working on ‘mother, child and youth strategy’
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. —