Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection has made a passionate call to Ghanaians to create a country that fulfills its promise of a better future for her children as enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
According to her, though Ghana is doing so much to make the lives of children better, they still face lots of abuses as shown by statistics, which indicate 33% of children in Ghana have been sexually abused including rape, molestation, touching of the private part, watching pornography and use of inappropriate language among others.
Hon. Cynthia Mamle Morrison made the call in a statement she delivered to Parliament to commemorate United Nations World Children’s Day.
The day, which is celebrated on November 20th every year, was established in 1954 to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide and improving children’s welfare.
It is also the date in 1959when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and also the date in 1989 when the UN Assembly adopted the CRC.
The Minister noted that the day is worth celebrating because the CRC is the most signed and ratified UN Convention in the world and stressed that Ghana made history by being the 1st Member State to ratify the convention.
According to her, the day is important to celebrate the progress that children have made and also ask leaders to commit to protection and promotion of children’s rights including their development and to discuss the prevention and elimination of violence,abuse and exploitation of children.
“It’s a day for children by children, when the world’s youngest citizens are uniting together to call on governments to invest in the future of their countries by giving every child access to quality education in a safe environment,” she stated.
Madam Mamle Morrison noted that this year children are taking over and turning the world blue and appealed to institutions, political leaders and influential individuals to listen to children and give them a platform to Go Blue for the day.
She said, “We call on all Ghanaians to also go blue for every child and to take a stand against child abuse so that no child is left behind in the development of our country.”
Member for Pusiga, Hon.Laadi Ayii Ayamba who also contributed to that statement argued that poverty does necessarily hinder children from fulfilling their aspiration in life if they get the absolute support of their parents.
According to her, failure of parents to take good care and provide the basic needs of children has led to social vices and increased crimes.
Hon. Laadi Ayamba indicated that the girl-child has special needs, especially when she starts he cycle but if these needs are not satisfied by the parents she is compelled to look for other sources of support that would lead her into prostitution and other vices
She argued that girl-child education must be made a top priority not only by parents but also the government to ensure girls are given sound foundation in life.
She appealed to government and institutions to get involved in addressing issues of children because that is the only way to ensure better continuity for the state and society.
By Osumanu Al-Hassanfirstname.lastname@example.org