On 16th June, the African Union (AU) celebrated the Day of the African Child, under the banner: Humanitarian action in Africa, the rights of the child first”. In Equatorial Guinea, the First Lady, Constancia Mangue de Obiang, issued a message in her capacity as National President of the Commission on Childreni’s Rights.
The AU marked the Day of the African Child by paying tribute to the South African students who, on 16th June 1976, were killed in Soweto in a demonstration claiming their right to quality education free from racial or ethnic discrimination.
The theme taken this year by the African Union, Humanitarian action in Africa, the rights of the child first”, basically recognises that the African child continues to suffer from the most serious consequences of armed conflict, political tensions, natural disasters and humanitarian crises.
In her statement, Mangue de Obiang highlighted the efforts deployed by H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and his Government to guarantee peace, stability and emerging development in favour of all Equatoguinean families, above all the most vulnerable, for the benefit of children and teenagers in our country. Mangue de Obiang also pointed out that the Government is taking the action necessary so that during 2019 they can launch the first Children’s Parliament in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.
According to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), one in four children live in countries affected by humanitarian crises, leading to a violation of their rights, and where evil practices require recognition and children’s rights need continuous protection.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office