The proposed deputy minister of social welfare gender and children’s affairs, Jenneh Kandeh, has said her first task will be to look into the welfare of disadvantaged children.
Speaking to Awoko yesterday at parliament about issues of disadvantaged women and children, she said she would be dealing with two areas as a mother and as a woman who would pay more attention to women and children’s affairs.
“I am going to make sure that gender and children’s issues are reflected in the ministry to meet government’s priorities,” she said.
Mrs Kandeh explained that her ministry would make sure for an increase in child protection and to implement the child rights bill for the good of children.
She emphasized that, “children should not only to be seen but to be heard as well in decision making.”
She said, “it will be a concern for my ministry to look at the issues of children’s involvement in street-trading and also sleeping in the open”.
These children, she went on, “have a right to education and the rights to life. We have to stop that completely.”
She however mentioned that orphaned children would be cared for and concerns of ill-treatments children face at the prisons and the marginalization faced by women.