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The African Committee calls for an increased allocation of resources to the Ministry of Gender

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The African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) has called on the government to increase the allocation of resources to the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Welfare (MoGCSP).

Ms. Kembo Takam Gatsing Hermine, Country Rapporteur for Ghana, who launched the appeal on the sidelines of a debriefing and wrap-up session of an ACERWC follow-up mission to Ghana, said that the allocation of adequate resources in the department would improve its functioning. .

The mission was to assess the status of implementation of the ACERWC’s concluding observations and recommendations.

The ACERWC was established in 2001, with a mandate to work to make Africa a continent fit for children by protecting and respecting their rights.

Its main functions include collecting information, interpreting the provisions of the Charter, monitoring its implementation and making recommendations to governments to work with child rights organisations.

Ms Hermine said the ministry was under-resourced, despite its large portfolio. “If we’re talking about social protection, we’re talking about the basics, the bigger your wallet, the bigger the population you have to cater to,” she said.

The county rapporteur noted that the ministry is donor dependent and commended the government and citizens for their commitment and coordination in the fight against child protection.

However, Ms. Hermine said that the absence of a substantive minister for the ministry would slow down processes and delay progress in the sector and encouraged the government to drastically address teenage pregnancies and childbirth issues. child marriage.

Dr. Afisah Zakariah, Director of MoGCSP, reiterated the government’s commitment to child protection.

She said the ministry will implement the committee’s recommendations.

Dr. Zakariah advised parents and guardians to help the Ministry fulfill its mandate to ensure the protection of children.

“We are conducting community outreach to educate children and parents about teen pregnancy,” she added.

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