Dominica marks the celebration of Children’s Day with a week of activities which advocates for the rights of the child.
Children’s day is celebrated annually on November, 20th, 2020 around the world.
This year marks the 31st anniversary of the convention on the ‘Rights of the Child’ a time to celebrate and a time to demand action for child rights.
Minister for Youth Development and Empowerment, Youth at Risk, Gender Affairs, Seniors’ Security and Dominicans with Disabilities Honourable Dr. Adis King stated that Dominica ratified the convention on March 13th, 1991.
Dr. King noted that citizens should ensure that they are protecting the country’s children so that they can lead fulfilling lives.
“In recognition of World Children’s Day, the Ministry of Youth Development and Empowerment, Youth at Risk, Gender Affairs, Senior’s Security and Dominican’s with Disabilities wishes to reiterate its commitment to continue taking decisions in the best interest of all children. We should all take a moment to reflect on what we have done and what we are doing to protect, nurture and empower our children; they must be encouraged and supported to go on to lead happy and fulfilling lives,” Dr. King stated.
The onset of the covid-19 pandemic has further highlighted the need to prioritize and safeguard our children. The theme for this year’s children’s day is “Reimagine the Future”.
Dr. King says the theme sheds light on the need for children to imagine a bright future despite covid-19.
“When I speak of a bright future, I refer to greater protection; a bright future whereby parents particularly father would safeguard and fulfill their God-given role and responsibility; a bright future with children not subjected to abuse and neglect; and a bright future where children’s dreams and aspirations would be fully achieved. Through my Ministry, the Government of Dominica will continue to play its part in protecting our children. However, we need the support of all sectors in society to build a brighter future. Urgent action is needed now to safeguard our children’s future,” the Youth Minister noted.
World Children's Day offers each citizen an inspirational entry-point to advocate, promote and celebrate children's rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for children.