Strategic Plan for Child Protection Policy presented in Praia

United Nations, Praia,  December 22, 2011 - This morning, the Commission on Legal and Institutional Reform regarding Childhood and Adolescence presented the law project proposal regarding the Law on Childhood and Adolescence (CAL), which establishes the system of children and adolescents protection and defines their fundamental rights.

Considering the expression “from minors to citizens”, which acknowledges that children and adolescents have civil rights, this diploma, according to the Dr. Vital Moeda, attorney general and commission member, reinforces what an ordinary law and the Constitution of the Republic have already set out in relation to the civil, political, economic, social, health and cultural rights of children and adolescents.
This document, which has been prepared for years, brings proposals that will allow restoring the child right towards all forms of activity or threat of sexual exploitation and abuse. Besides, it considers the questions related to the right to health and education,  
The law project reinforces the family role and responsibility for providing education, security, creation of propitious conditions and protection in order to avoid the alcoholic drinks and harmful drugs use, which affects the children and adolescents’ development.
During the opening session, in which that document was presented, Petra Lantz – UNICEF member, considered that the legal and institutional reform in terms of children and adolescents’ rights - the one Cape Verde decided to implement since 2005- fulfills the aims of the goals recommended by the country since its independence, concerning the reinforcement and integral guarantee of the children’s rights. Indeed the reform based on the model of the child’s rights is ruled by universal principles, according to The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
Ahead of this conference, Janira Hopffer Almada, Minister of Youth, Employment and Human Resources Development, in Cape Verde, stated that this legal and institutional reform, concerning childhood and adolescence, mentioned that it is valuable for the whole country and families and especially for children from Cape Verde. She also said that the CAL intends not only to guarantee the children and adolescents’ rights, but also to protect its autonomy and the government, society and family responsibility.

After the meeting and gathering of the participants’ subsidies, the law project will be lead to the Ministers Council and afterwards to the National Assembly for approval. The document containing the law proposal counts on the technical and financial UNICEF partnership.

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