United Nations Special Representative on Violence against Children visits Jamaica to call for enhanced protection of children’s rights
Invited by the Government, Dr. Najat Maalla M’jid will meet with children, members of the Government, human rights institutions and civil society on a four-day visit to support and mobilise further action to protect children from violence.
New York, 14 October 2022 – The United Nations Special Representative on Violence against Children, Dr. Najat Maalla M’jid, will pay an official visit to Jamaica from Tuesday, 18 October to Friday, 21 October 2022.
This visit presents an opportunity for broad engagement with key stakeholders on the priority issue of the elimination of violence against children in the country.
The country mission allows the UN Special Representative to witness first-hand the progress made in the protection of children from violence and the efforts being undertaken by the Government of Jamaica to surmount the challenges that remain, in particular in the context of the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
During the four days, Dr. Maalla M’jid will engage in various field visits and meaningful interactions with children and young people to discuss the challenges faced by Jamaica in the field of children’s rights, including in relation to children in institutions and access to justice.
This visit – the first by Dr. Maalla M’jid to the country as Special Representative aims to reinforce the long-lasting close collaboration of Jamaica with the Office of the United Nations Special Representative on Violence against Children. In 2014 a regional consultation on the prevention and elimination of violence in early childhood was organized in Kingston with the Office of the Special Representative in close cooperation with UNICEF and the Government of Jamaica.
The visit is particularly timely as Jamaica presented its second Voluntary National Review, in July of 2022, at the UN High-Level Political Forum in New York, which reflected Jamaica’s continued progress and commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and Vision 2030 Jamaica – National Development Plan.
Office of the Special Representative on Violence against Children
SRSG is a global independent advocate in favour of the prevention and elimination of all forms of violence against children. The SRSG acts as a bridge builder and a catalyst of actions in all regions, and across sectors and settings where violence against children may occur. She mobilises action and political support to maintain momentum around this agenda and generate renewed concern at the harmful effects of violence on children; to promote behavioural and social change, meaningful child participation and to achieve effective progress.
The SRSG reports annually to the Human Rights Council and the General Assembly. In addition to her regular reports, the SRSG can issue thematic reports on key areas of concern.
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