07/19/2009 11:10 PM | WAM
Abu Dhabi: The General Women's Union has started preparing a national childhood strategy.
The strategy is being developed under the patronage of Her Highness Shaikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairperson of the General Women's Union, Chairperson of the Sup-reme Council for Maternity and Childcare and Supreme Chairperson of the Family Development Foundation, and within the framework of cooperation with Unicef.
Shaikha Fatima stressed the importance of ensuring that the strategy should conform to the tenets of the Islamic law as well as the global and Arab perspectives of child welfare. The strategy should also reflect the UAE's commitment in protecting children and should contribute to the building of an environment where the abilities of children will thrive. This may necessitate legislations, policies and programmes to help develop the physical, intellectual, social and emotional aspects of a child, Shaikha Fatima said.
The strategy is based largely on the recommendations of the "The Arab Childhood Plan 2004-2015", which was issued by the Arab League with a call to the member states to adopt it as a guideline.
The plan was ratified by the member states at the third conference on Childhood Rights held in Tunisia in 2004.
The Director of the General Women's Union, Nora Al Suwaidi, said that the strategy will constitute a general framework, from which the decision makers will seek guidance for developing detailed programmes targeting children and guaranteeing their rights.
The strategy also asserts UAE's commitment towards the international conventions, especially those related to the protection of childhood rights, Al Suwaidi added.