The Ministry For Gender, Children and Social Protection Hold A Summit to Address Issues of Children and The Vulnerable.

MINISTRY OF GENDER

The plight of Children and the Vulnerable was brought to focus during the period of the COVID 19 pandemic. They suffer from issues of rape, Gender-Based Violence, Child marriages, defilement, and human trafficking.

At the second annual summit of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, which came on this Tuesday, Stakeholders pledged to help mobilize financial resources to address issues of Children and the Vulnerable.

The Ministry’s main agenda is to strengthen their partnership and also focus on promoting and protecting the welfare of Children and the Vulnerable.

The Deputy Minister, Ms Freda Prempeh, said 2020 has been a challenging year due to the COVID 19 pandemic. However, they were going to assess the implementation of work plan in 2020, and address some of the issues that was identified.

There should be a strengthened stakeholder collaboration to help the Ministry perform, and develop further strategies to ensure safety of Children”, explained Ms Freda Prempeh.

” The Summit provides the opportunity for attracting contributions from stakeholders who are also working to influence policies that will benefit Children and the Vulnerable”, explained Dr. Agnes Ntibanyurwa, the UNFPA Deputy Country Representative.

She continued to say that the 25th Anniversary of the landmark Beijing Declaration and Platform for action will help increase the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, which will help protect and promote right of the Vulnerable and all.

The COVID 19 pandemic has been a stumbling block to the works of the Ministry and the world at large, in dealing with socio-economic welfare of women and children, she continued.

If the world wants to achieve the fight for the protection of Children and the Vulnerable, then there is the need to implement gender- sensitive responses to tackle issues of discrimination, poverty, inequalities faced by women and girls, Dr Agnes narrated.

The government was spoken high of by Ms Annie-Claire Dufay, the UNICEF Country Representative. She said the government has been able to put in place competent measures to help prevent the spread of Covid 19 amongst the Vulnerable and all.

She said the incidence of violence, poverty, disability and Social exclusion experienced by young people, poses a threat to the gains that were been made towards gender equality and empowerment of women and girls.

“Incidence of child labour, streetism, and fear of many Children becoming victims of sexual predators owning to long hours on the internet, and domestic violence is on an increase”, Ms Dufay explained.

Though lots of sectors have worked hard to help the Vulnerable, but there is still more to be done. This can be achieved if we work together. Ms. Dufay explained.

She also called for strengthening of the coordination across all sectors, since needs of children and families required integrated response.

Mr. Mawutor Ablo, the Director for Policy Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, also gave a brief overview of the performances of the Ministry. “In spite of the COVID 19, the Ministry was able to make some modest achievements”, narrated Mr. Mawutor.

Furthermore, he went on to mention some of the Ministry’s achievements. Which includes; improvement in LEAP, School Feeding, Capitation, Job programmes, Youth empowerment, and also increasing public awareness of issues faced by Children, and the need to protect Child right.

186 District Officers in 26 districts have been trained to enhance capacity of its workforce. Two residential homes have been closed down due to non-adherence to standards. Also new relicenses have been given to others who met the requirements. Mr. Mawutor explained.

In addition, several children have been rescued from traffickers and the street and have been handed over to their families. A program has also been developed by the Ministry to support alleged witches. Work is being done to improve management of Universities, to run diploma courses to address human resource shortages of the Ministry.