Somalia’s government on Thursday signed the principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in to national law.
The law was unanimously signed during a cabinet meeting in the capital, Mogadishu chaired by Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh.
Children and women in Somalia have long faced neglect and discrimination. They have become increasingly vulnerable to all forms of violence, abuse and exploitation, much of it is practiced in a climate of total impunity.
The new law signifies a serious commitment from the government toward the rights and future of its children.
Somalia is arguably one of its least protective environments for children. Much of the country has been entrenched in civil conflict for over two decades with children as young as nine forced to fight. The administration and local institutions are unable to provide children with an adequate protective environment that safeguards their rights.