Strength­en­ing Chil­dren’s Rights

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So­ma­lia and the United Na­tions In­ter­na­tional Chil­dren’s Emer­gency Fund (UNICEF) on Novem­ber 16 launched the draft­ing process of its Child Rights Bill as part of its ef­forts to strengthen the rights of chil­dren in the Horn of Africa na­tion.

The Child Rights Bill, once ap­proved, will be the foun­da­tion for the pro­mo­tion and pro­tec­tion of all chil­dren’s rights in the coun­try fol­low­ing the rat­i­fi­ca­tion by the coun­try of the Con­ven­tion on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in Oc­to­ber 2015.

So­ma­lia’s Min­is­ter of Women and Hu­man Rights De­vel­op­ment Deqa Yasin Hagi Yusuf, and UNICEF’S Re­gional Di­rec­tor for East­ern and South­ern Africa Leila Pakkala launched the process in So­mali cap­i­tal Mo­gadishu.

“The launch of the draft­ing process of this com­pre­hen­sive chil­dren’s law to­day shows the de­ter­mi­na­tion of the govern­ment to en­sure the ar­ti­cles in the CRC be­come a re­al­ity in So­ma­lia,” Yusuf said in a state­ment is­sued af­ter the launch.

Chil­dren here have been se­ri­ously af­fected by armed con­flict, drought and many other chal­lenges. “We should now fo­cus on guar­an­tee­ing their fu­ture by strength­en­ing the le­gal frame­work which will en­able them to en­joy their rights, in­clud­ing the right to de­vel­op­ment, ed­u­ca­tion, and pro­tec­tion among others,” she said.ca

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