The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection led by the Minister, Hon. Cynthia Mamle Morrison on October 1st, 2019 participated in the 2019 Ghana NGO Forum held at the World Bank Auditorium, Legon.
The 2019 NGO Forum was organized by O Africa in collaboration with the Department of Children, under the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection with support from the European Union on the theme “Preventing Child Neglect: Whose Responsibility?
According to the Ghana NGOs Coalition on the Right of the Child, Ghana needs to “prioritize and substantially increase the budgetary allocations in the social sectors, ensuring implementation of the economic, social and cultural rights of children, particularly for the improvement of health-care services, education and protection of vulnerable groups of children.”
Deputy Director of O Africa, Mr. Mawuena Hayibor in his opening remarks stated that “Majority of children in Ghana still experience unacceptable levels of physical abuse at homes and in schools and as a way to curb it, O Africa embarked on an awareness campaign to educate the general public about the rights of children.”
Also, the Deputy Head of the European Union Delegation, Mr. Pieter Smidt Van Gelder in his statement said the European Union seeks to improve the rights of children, women and persons living with disability since all deserve to live a meaningful life.
The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Hon. Cynthia Mamle Morrison in her keynote address stated that, “child neglect is the failure to provide adequate healthcare, clothing, shelter, educational and emotional safety needs since provision for the needs of children is everyone’s responsibility. “
She added that, the Government of Ghana has assured its commitment in matters that protect the rights of children both nationally and internationally. This she said is evident by the fact that, Ghana has been the first country to ratify the UN convention on the rights of the child.
There was a sketch by the students of Adjen Kotoku Senior high school for parents to be responsible for their children a move to prevent an increase in social vices and child neglect.