Accra, 20 November, 2020 / 9:05 pm (ACI Africa).
A nation-wide coalition of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Ghana spearheaded by a church-based humanitarian institution has called on the Government of the West African nation to make the safeguarding of child rights a priority in 2021 and beyond ahead of the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the convention of the rights of the child to be marked Friday, November 20.
“We call on the Government of Ghana to commit to making sure all children in Ghana can enjoy their basic rights. Let us join forces and work together to achieve this laudable goal,” Sr. Olivia Umoh, Director of Safe-Child Advocacy (SCA), a humanitarian organization run by Ghana’s Archdiocese of Kumasi told ACI Africa Correspondent Tuesday, November 17.
Speaking on behalf of the coalition, the Catholic Nun said, “Thirty years ago, Ghana made a historic commitment by being the first country in the world to ratify the United Nations Convention on the rights of the child, an international agreement on childhood and the basic rights that every child is entitled to.”
She added, “It is up to our generation to demand that leaders from government and communities fulfil their responsibilities and take action for child rights now, once and for all.”
The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) was adopted on 20 November 1989. It is the world’s most widely ratified human rights treaty, which sets out a basic, universal standard for a healthy, protected, decent childhood for all.