Banjul, 24 Could 2022: The Gambia is at the moment internet hosting a gathering of administrators in control of little one safety and human rights, bringing collectively the beneficiary nations of the Assist Undertaking for the Safety of Youngster Victims of Violations of their Rights, initiated by the West Africa Regional Workplace of the Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights (WARO-OHCHR) from 23rd of Could, 2022.
This assembly initiated by ECOWAS by its Centre for Gender Improvement and the Regional Workplace of the Workplace of the Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is held as a prelude to the Excessive Degree Convention of Ministers in control of Gender and Youngster Safety of ECOWAS Member States and beneficiaries of the PAPEV, scheduled for 26 Could 2022 in Banjul.
The Assembly is Chaired by Mrs. Bintou HK Fatty, Director of Youngsters Affairs of the Ministry of Gender, Youngsters and Social Welfare of The Gambia, the official opening ceremony was a possibility for her to recall the expectations initially of the work: “We hope that this dialogue can be a stepping stone in the direction of constructing a broader consensus round profitable rising approaches and a manner ahead for coverage makers, researchers to create as Africans, a world the place each little one can develop and flourish in dignity; the place violence and abuse of youngsters is legally prohibited and socially unacceptable.
Certainly, the intention of this technical assembly is to share the experiences and finest practices of nations and their companions, to outline precedence advocacy actions to deal with the difficulty of transnational mobility of trafficked kids. Mrs. Jagne Siga, ECOWAS Commissioner for Social Affairs, insisted on the significance of a regional strategy for the harmonisation of authorized and institutional frameworks referring to the safety of youngsters and the promotion of their rights within the beneficiary nations.
In the identical vein, Mrs. Aminata Kébé, Regional Coordinator of the WARO-OHCHR, talking on behalf of the Regional Director of the OHCHR, Mr. Andrea Ori, recalled the progress made by the undertaking, primarily by the assist of authorized and institutional reforms within the beneficiary nations, but additionally the implementation of the suggestions of human rights safety mechanisms.
In line with Ms Kebe, this has allowed: “the strengthening of entry and high quality of providers with the gear of almost 47 childcare centres within the beneficiary nations, the availability of three,330 dignity kits to kids for cover towards COVID-19”, but additionally and above all “assist for the identification and household reintegration of 125 kids between Senegal, Gambia, Guinea and Guinea Bissau. This outcomes to the partnership that introduced collectively governments and regional companions such because the Community for the Safety of Youngsters in Transnational Mobility in West Africa.
The originality of the PAPEV is that it’s the first regional little one safety undertaking that covers The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali and Niger. In line with the Chairperson of the Steering Committee in The Gambia, Mr. KAJALI SONKO, harmonization and domestication of regional, sub-regional and worldwide little one safety frameworks aren’t sufficient, he mentioned that actors “should make sure that the insurance policies accepted and commitments made by member states are adopted and applied as deliberate and above all, make sure that satisfactory funding is on the market for the implementation of the PAPEV in its second part of implementation.
For her half, Ms Eugenia PISANI, Programme Officer on the Italian Company for Improvement Cooperation (AICS), the principle monetary associate of the undertaking, welcomed the holding of this assembly and the progress made by the undertaking since its launch.
As a reminder, the PAPEV is an initiative of the OHCHR Regional Workplace that goals to assist States in strengthening their nationwide little one safety methods and to advertise transnational cooperation within the safety of kid victims of violations of their rights.