The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection will today join the rest of the world in commemorating the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
Due to the ongoing Ebola crisis which has orphaned thousands of children, Liberia’s activities will focus on the children affected and infected by the Ebola virus, interim care centers, transit homes and the response of communities to child survivors.
The UNCRC was established to ensure that children have their own specific set of rights that enable them to live, learn and participate in a safe society.
The CRC, which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on Nov. 20th 1989, was signed by 61 countries, including Liberia.
The Liberian Government ratified it on June 4th 1993. Since its ratification, the government has made significant progress towards the realization of the rights enshrined in the convention for all children.
The UNCRC includes the children’s rights to play, to participate, to be free from harm, to get an education, to be protected, to be listened to, to be alive, to receive healthcare and so on.
This year’s UNCRC anniversary will be observed globally under the theme, “CHILDREN’s RIGHT” and it is expected to highlight the need to ensure that the fundamental rights of the child are guaranteed under the international convention.
A Gender Ministry release said, through its Children’s Division, it has developed a new framework focusing on ensuring that every child in Liberia receives healthcare which is mandatory under this year’s UNCRC anniversary.
The Ministry will observe the anniversary under the national theme: “Child Rights to Healthcare and Protection in Emergencies”.
The CRC binds Liberia to ensure that the rights of children to survival, growth, development and protection are fully realized.
“It is no secret that Children still suffer tremendously from poverty, are victims of abuses, are dragged into conflicts and lack opportunities to fully participate in society. We therefore call on all parents and local children related institutions to fulfill their obligations and implement the UNCRC, so that children can live in and contribute to a world of peace, solidarity and prosperity for everyone,” the Ministry’s release said.
Children will gather at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in an interactive forum to discuss the national theme of the CRC celebration.