Childhood and Motherhood: A consultative meeting is held with civil society to discuss the issue of children in Egypt

Childhood and Motherhood: A consultative meeting is held with civil society to discuss the issue of children in Egypt


Aya Amer

Published on: Thursday, April 4, 2024 – 4:22 PM | Last updated: Thursday, April 4, 2024 – 4:22 pm

Yesterday, Wednesday, the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood held a consultative meeting with civil society partners in the civil and international sectors to discuss the children’s issue in Egypt. The meeting was hosted by Dr. Talaat Abdel-Qawi, President of the General Union of Associations and Non-Governmental Institutions.

Nevin Othman, Secretary-General of the Council, discussed some of the aspirations that the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood includes on its priority agenda for the coming period, such as activating the National Observatory for Children’s Rights, which is considered a national mechanism for collecting reliable data and information and closely following up on children’s conditions at the level of the Arab Republic of Egypt, in order to formulate policies and strategies. A national plan that would improve the conditions of childhood and raise the level of community awareness of children’s issues by working and coordinating with the relevant ministries and institutions, in addition to the Council’s efforts to update the strategic framework and the National Plan for Childhood and Motherhood 2024-2030, review the progress achieved and link the national plan to development indicators.

The national strategic framework for eliminating violence against children in Egypt was also evaluated, as well as the launch of the “National Strategy for Early Childhood Development” and its implementation plan 2024-2029 at the beginning of last March, as well as enhancing the child’s right to participate through activities that ensure that children are given the opportunity to express their opinions. Including the launch of the Children’s Parliament, and confronting the exploitation and abuse of children via the Internet and cyberbullying of children.

Othman said that Egypt was one of the first countries to ratify the International Convention on the Rights of the Child, which became a national law, and accordingly the Egyptian state committed to enforcing its provisions while ensuring that they obtain all their rights, stressing that the Egyptian state has taken several protective measures for childhood during the past years with the support of The political leadership that paid special attention to children’s rights and to upholding children’s rights and placing them in the position they deserve, through a strong legislative environment and policies and programs for social care, as well as issuing a law reorganizing the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood, which enables the Council to perform its mission and role in the manner it desired. The legislature created it to achieve the best interest of the child.

Othman discussed special protection measures and Egypt’s efforts to end the detention of children in street conditions, and to ensure that they receive protection and assistance from social circles instead of dealing with them within the framework of criminal justice, stressing that the Egyptian state cared about child victims and witnesses, and children in contact with the law, By establishing specialized courts to exclusively consider all cases related to children, in addition to special criminal treatment for them, while working to achieve a child-friendly work environment and paying attention to the rehabilitative aspect rather than the punitive path by achieving restorative justice, as well as strengthening social protection and special assistance programs. economically exploited children, and civil rights and freedoms, which include the state’s efforts to end harmful practices and abuse against children, in addition to efforts made to develop the alternative family care system and encourage the placement of children in extended families, foster families, and other places that provide an appropriate family environment for them.

For his part, Dr. Talaat Abdel Qawi, President of the General Union of Civil Associations and Institutions, expressed his happiness at hosting this important meeting organized by the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood under the leadership of engineer Nevin Othman, thanking and appreciating her for her efforts to achieve and enforce children’s rights at all levels, appreciating the Council’s role in confronting… Challenges related to the situation of childhood and motherhood in the Arab Republic of Egypt. It is the highest national body responsible for the largest age segment of Egyptian society, namely children, who represent more than 40% of the population, in addition to its responsibility for all children in Egypt, including non-Egyptians.

He expressed his happiness with the issuance of the Council’s reorganization law and its attainment of its independence, which will be reflected in the implementation of its assigned roles through drawing up policies and strategies and following up on their implementation.

Abdel-Qawi appreciated the partnership of the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood with civil society and international society and its keen interest in constant communication with them, as they are the arms working in the field in order to achieve the highest benefit and to serve a large number of beneficiaries, stressing the appreciation of the civil associations and institutions for the efforts of the Council and always standing side by side with it. And support him in all issues related to the mother and child.


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