The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) on Thursday (August 21st) convened a four-day consultative workshop in Mogadishu to draft Somalia's first policy on child protection, the mission said in a statement.
AMISOM's Protection, Gender and Human Rights Unit is holding the workshop in collaboration with the Somali government and civil society groups, with the aim of discussing how the policy can be further developed to ensure protection and welfare of the rights of children.
Somali Minister of Women and Human Rights Khadijo Mohamed Diriye thanked AMISOM and civil society groups for spearheading the initiative.
"The policy will assist our government in monitoring, reporting and taking necessary measures to improve the rights of children in the country because children are the future generation of this country," Diriye said. Speaking during the workshop, AMISOM's Women and Child Protection Officer Kaoutar Kaddouri noted the importance of engaging government, civil society, youth activists, religious leaders and elders on the discussions.
"The Somali government is on the right path in building its human rights machinery and today is an example," she said. "It is a great initiative and this is a great collaboration between the Somali federal government and AMISOM in drafting the policy on child protection."
This latest initiative follows last year's collaborative efforts between the Somali government and AMISOM to draft a gender policy, which focused on women's economic and political empowerment, and on equal access to health and education.