By: Ismail Fadl
Khartoum, June 20 (Sudanow)- The National Council for Child Welfare (NCCW) has affirmed continuation of its efforts to formulate policies and develop plans to guarantee the rights of the child.
This came in a statement issued by NCCW today on the occasion of the celebration of the Day of the African Child, June 16, which is marked this year under the theme of “Eliminating Harmful Practices Affecting Children: Progress on Policy & Practice since 2013”.
The statement reviewed the measures taken by the Government of Sudan to end harmful practices by developing the National Strategy to Eliminate Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) 2010-2018, and approved the National Action Plan to End FGM 2021-2031.
The statement explained that the plan was based on previous measures and experiences to end harmful traditional practices, according to the constitutional document of the transitional government of the Republic of Sudan, in addition to approving the national plan to end child marriage in Sudan 2021-2031, at the level of the social sector of the Council of Ministers.
The statement referred to the issuance of Article (141) in the Criminal Law regarding criminalization of FGM, noting that this year’s celebration coincides with the declaration of 2022 as the year of birth registration in Sudan, and the launch of model application of the national media campaign for birth registration.
At the conclusion of the statement, the National Council for Child Welfare reaffirmed the Sudanese government’s commitment to the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child and Africa 2040 Agenda, explaining that it had taken from the agenda an action plan at the level of the center and the states so that by 2040 the children of Sudan would enjoy all their rights and eliminate all harmful practices that affect them.
It is noteworthy that the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child is a regional human rights treaty adopted in 1990 and which came into force in 1999. It sets out rights and defines principles for the status of children.
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