GOOD MASTERY OF CHILD’s RIGHTS is IMPERATIVE FOR ALL.
Every June 16 Cameroon joints the African community in celebrating the Day of the African Child. The theme of 27th edition was “The2030 Agenda for sustainable Development in favour of Children in Africa: Let’s encourage their protection, empowerment and equal opportunities for all”.
To this effect, the meeting of the 19th session of Children’s Parliament took place in the Hemicycle of the National Assembly under the theme “Culture of patriotic spirit and mastery of the rush of young people towards Information and Communication Technologies”.
In attendance were the President of the National Assembly, the Right Honourable CAVAYE YEGUIE Djibrill, members of Government amongst whom the Minister of Women’s Empowerment and the Family, Madam Marie Thérèse ABENA ONDOA, and special invitees.
Her active participation at the questions/answers session was highly justified, after her involvement at the 75th session of the Committee on the Right of the Child held in Geneva. During which the committee saluted the progress of Cameroon in the domain before formulating a number of recommendations on certain aspects that still warrants attention.As a mother, she gave a conceptual response to the worries put forward by the Junior Honourable MENOUNGA FEGUE Abdon Leroc from the Centre Region, in relation to Government’s action to end the cultural practices that result in early marriages, exploitation of children, school drop-out, rape and other abuses.
The Minister seized the opportunity to appreciate the place given to issues raised during the session. It cannot be over-emphasized that children are the future of our countries, she stressed on. A lot has been done for example, the treatment of files according to international and national legal dispositions, the vulgarisation of the New Penal Code in its provisions relating to the rights of children and women, the creation of Family and Women Empowerment Centres to train and support young boys and girls in order to acquire basic knowledge necessary for their socio-professional integration. She equally reiterated on Government’s determination in curbing societal inequalities under the high impetus of the Head of State, through the coordination of the Prime Minister, Head of Government.
Madam Marie-Thérèse ABENA ONDOA lauded the constant support of development partners and the civil society organisations of sparing no efforts to assure greater protection of vulnerable persons. Before ending her response, she advocated and exhorted everyone’s commitment in the fight especially families, communities, elected leaders. It is a crucial and vital concern for all in promoting and protecting the rights of children, girls, and families. /-