CAIRO, 25 May 2005 – Calling on media outlets and journalists to “support dynamic cooperation in ventilating violence issues affecting children in the Arab countries, the Middle East and Iran”, Ambassador Moushira Khattab, Secretary General of the National Council of Childhood and Motherhood officially announced the MENA Regional Consultation on Violence Against Children, to take place in Cairo next June 27-29th.
Following high level discussions by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, the 2001 General Assembly adopted a resolution requesting the Secretary General to prepare an in-depth study on the question of violence against children, which would put forward recommendations for consideration by member states for appropriate action in terms of legislation, policy and programmes relating to the prevention of and responses to violence against children.
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan appointed independent expert, Professor Paulo Sergio Pinheiro to lead the study, which is to receive feeds from nine regional consultations presently taking place around the globe.
Hosted by the National Council of Childhood and Motherhood, the MENA Regional Consultation is considered an excellent opportunity for various stakeholders at all levels, which includes high level representatives of government, Parliamentarians, professionals, NGOs, children and civil society to come together and discuss issues around violence against children in the region. The First lady of Egypt H.E, Ms. Suzanne Mubarak will attend the closing session to take place on Wednesday , June 29th .
“The added value of this consultation is that it will analyse regional realities, interpret available figures and provide forward-looking ways of sustained action to curb diverse forms of violence affecting children in this region. Most importantly, children and young people themselves will provide us with inputs and priority issues identified by them for concrete action”, said Erma Manoncourt, UNICEF Egypt Representative.
The UN Global Study on Violence Against Children will seek to provide an understanding of the nature, extent, causes and consequences of different forms of violence against children, taking into account the various settings in which violence takes place. It will pay special attention to violence against children in the family; honour killings, sexual abuse in the context of early and forced marriages, female genital mutilation and other harmful traditional practices; violence at institutional care centres and children in conflict with the law and violence in the community. The causes and consequences of violence against children will be addressed, and the systems, structures and social realities that lie behind violence and its linkages to poverty and globalization will be explored.
“Another vital aspect of the Consultation is given by the actual sharing of best practices and already available solutions and responses to violence against children in several countries in the region”, Ambassador Khattab concluded.
For further information please contact:
M. Anis Salem
Regional Communication Adviser
Child Protection Officer
Mobile: 00-201231 55001
Noha El Labban
Child Rights Programme Coordinator
International Cooperation Unit – NCCM
The National Council for Childhood& Motherhood (NCCM)