CPA sensitisation forum wraps up

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Child Protection Alliance (CPA) recently ended a two-day sensitisation forum for its member organisations and partners on the reports of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) Concluding Observations, and the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Recommendations.

The forum, held at the NaNA Conference Hall in Kanifing from 8 to 9 June 2015, was meant to disseminate the outcome of the two reports to stakeholders to create greater awareness for its implementation.

Speaking on the occasion, CPA chairperson Sheikh Lewis said participants at the forum had discussed, shared ideas, made recommendation on the CRC Concluding Observation, and UPR Recommendation on the way forward.

In his opening statement, TANGO executive director Ousman Yabo said the CRC report stated that lack of legislation could contribute to corporal punishment for children and other issues like female genital mutilation of children. 

He said there should be clearly defined laws prohibiting corporal punishment and FGM for children. 

Such legislation should have definite minimum legal age for marriage and engagement in formal employment, among other things, he said.

Madam Amie Kujabi, programme officer of CPA, urged participants to look at the reports properly and make recommendations.

Author: Abdoulie Nyockeh