South Sudanese high-level policy advocacy group to promote rights of vulnerable children
UNICEF Congratulates the Ministry of Gender, Child, Social Welfare, Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management on the establishment of the Child’s Rights and Social Protection Consortium, the first of its kind in South Sudan
Juba, 29 November 2013 – The Ministry of Gender, Child, Social Welfare, Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management is today launching the first high-level policy advocacy group in South Sudan, to promote the rights of children, especially vulnerable children, in South Sudan.
“The poorest and most vulnerable children in any country are always at risk and we applaud this ground-breaking and wholly South Sudanese measure to ensure those who are most vulnerable will be protected,” said UNICEF Representative Iyorlumun Uhaa.
UNICEF provided technical assistance to the Ministry in setting up the consortium.
The Child’s Rights and Social Protection Consortium is comprised of influential South Sudanese leaders, including former Cabinet Ministers and Members of Parliament. Its primary function will be to lobby the Government and assist the Ministry in building its capacities to develop appropriate policies to ensure all children, especially the most vulnerable, are cared for in South Sudan.
The Consortium will also conduct research to ensure that policies can be based on sound evidence, and it will provide a platform for public debate and dialogue on important policy issues about child rights.
Some of the social protection interventions that will be under discussion and development will include nutritional supplements and for children under five, free education and birth registration. The child grant, which is one of the provisions of the 2011-2016 South Sudan Development Plan and which would provide financial assistance to families with children under five, is also one of the interventions that will be taken up by the consortium.
Five South Sudanese institutions are the founding members of the Consortium; they are the Ebony Center for Strategic Studies, the College of Social and Economic Studies at the University of Juba, Partners in Development Services, the South Sudan Economic Association, and the South Sudan Law Society. Each of the institutions brings specific skills and talents that will be invaluable in providing policy guidance, research and a platform for dialogue.
At the launch ceremony, to be held in Juba on the evening of Friday 29 November, advocates will discuss the rights of children without parental care, following a presentation on the issue by the Minister, Awut Deng Acuil.
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