Jordan to celebrate World Children's Day Sunday-NCFA

[19-11-2022 11:00 AM]

Ammon News - Jordan will celebrate on Sunday the World Children's Day (WCD) due to the importance of promoting and implementing children’s rights to advance childhood and build a better future for children.

WCD is marked as set by the United Nations on November 20 annually and 2022 celebration comes under the theme: "Inclusion for Every Child".

In a statement on Saturday, Secretary-General of the National Council for Family Affairs (NCFA), Dr. Mohammad Miqdadi, said the council, since its establishment, has adopted a "clear" vision related to childhood and early childhood issues, pointing out that NCFA inception came as a follow-up to Early Childhood Development Strategy for 2000.

NCFA sought to achieve the strategy's objectives and implement its activities to ensure provision of comprehensive care for children, he noted.

Miqdadi added that the Jordanian government's approval of the Child Rights Law No. (17) of 2022, which coincided with the 20th anniversary of NCFA's establishment, is its "most significant" achievement, as a constitution for child protection with its legal articles that preserve childhood rights, especially in light of their continued exposure to violence in its various forms.

According to Miqdadi, results of the national study on anti-child violence in Jordan, which was prepared by NCFA in cooperation with UNICEF in 2020, showed that 74.6% of children in the 8-17 age group were exposed to at least one form of physical violence, while 58.3% and 27.3 of the same group suffered at least one form of psychological and sexual violence, respectively.

Meanwhile, 13.2% of the same group age were reportedly exposed to at least a single form of cyber-bullying, he noted.

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