Egypt’s NCHR president reviews cooperation on human rights with UNICEF Egypt representative

Ahram Online , Sunday 8 May 2022

Ambassador Moushira Khattab, the president of the National Council of Human Rights (NCHR), received on Sunday Jeremy Hopkins, the UNICEF Representative in Egypt, to discuss cooperation on implementing the country's recently launched human rights strategy, an official statement read.

President of the National Council of Human Rights (NCHR) Ambassador Moushira Khattab receives UNICEF Representative in Egypt Jeremy Hopkins, 8 May 2022


During the meeting, Khattab and Hopkins agreed on the outlines of the mutual cooperation between UNICEF, the NCHR, and the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM) to implement the country's recently launched National Human Rights Strategy.

Khattab lauded the NCCM’s expertise in a wide range of areas, including children’s helpline, children with disabilities helpline, and family consultations.

She added that the complaints mechanism in NCHR shall benefit from the NCCM's pioneering experience.

The two sides have agreed to use the NCCM experience to implement the national human rights strategy to protect children from school dropout and child labour, according to the statement.

Furthermore, the NCHR president highlighted that the legal framework for the protection of children in Egypt complies with the highest international human rights standards.

Khattab noted that the constitutional status of NCCM shall boost the ability of law enforcement to protect children from school dropout and the population explosion, which undermine the country’s development.

She also commended the cooperation with UNICEF in the implementation of the girls’ education initiative, as part of the platform to address all forms of violence against children, including marriage of minors and child labour.

She also added that the Egyptian experience in girls’ schools constitute a pioneering experience in the provision of high quality education that was documented by UNICEF and inspired many countries worldwide.

Egypt has been working closely with UNICEF to spread awareness about protecting children’s rights and has expressed keenness to enhance cooperation with UNICEF.

Last December, Egypt's Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities lit up the Giza Plateau in blue for one hour to celebrate the 75th anniversary of UNICEF. The foreign ministry also lit up its headquarters with the word UNICEF75.

UNICEF celebrates its anniversary on 11 December every year.

In a speech during a ceremony in Cairo sponsored by the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UNICEF to mark the anniversary, Egypt’s FM Sameh Shoukry said the longstanding cooperation and partnership between Egypt and UNICEF is entering a new phase.

This cooperation comes amid ongoing efforts to complete the UNICEF Egypt Country Programme Document (CPD) 2023-2027 as a regulatory framework for all the fund’s activities in the country, he affirmed.

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