Child Protection Alliance (CPA) last Monday convened a two-day community mobilisation and sensitisation workshop, on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) recommendations relating to the Rights of Children for community and women leaders in Kololi and Ebo Town wards in the Kanifing Municipality and Brikama in the West Coast Region respectively.
The event funded by Save the Children International based in Dakar, was separately done in the two targeted areas bringing together a total of 70 participants from the selected wards in Kanifing and West Coast Region.
Speaking at the opening ceremony held at the Kanifing Municipality premises, Momodou Jaiteh, Deputy Mayor of KMC, who also doubles as the Councillor for Kololi Ward, said the attendance was cross cutting, noting that some are women leaders, alkalolu, imams and the youths.
He acknowledged that the hope of this country is on the children of today so safeguarding and fulfilling their rights should be the business of all.
Jaiteh noted that the leadership of the country has taken firm steps in the protection and promotion of the rights of children as demonstrated in the recent banning of child marriage in the country.
He thus urged the participants to make the best use of the forum and share the information with their community members.
Lamin K Saidy, Youth Coordinator at CPA expressed gratitude to the participants for responding to their call; something he observed shows their commitment towards the protection and fulfilment of the rights of children in The Gambia.
Saidy indicated that CPA recognised that they need to work hand in glove with community leaders in order to achieve their goal of ensuring child protection at every level.
According to him, the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) created by the United Nations as a process to periodically review the human rights situations in all 193 UN member states, looks at the extent to which governments are meeting their obligation to protect and respect these rights including child rights in their countries as well as their progress, challenges and needs for improvement.
The CPA Youth Coordinator maintained that countries are reviewed every four years and the activity will be characterised by discussions centered on these issues to boost the understanding of participants in order for them to inculcate the knowledge to the people in their communities for a more protective society for children.
by Fatou Sowe