Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 25 August 2019

Families key to success of UAE's children's rights law

Majilis event organised by the ministry of community development outlined the importance of family stability

Hessa  Buhumaid, minister of community development, attended a majilis event highlighting the role of the family in keeping children safe. Pawan Singh / The National
Hessa  Buhumaid, minister of community development, attended a majilis event highlighting the role of the family in keeping children safe. Pawan Singh / The National

Families have a vital role to play in the success of a UAE law set up to protect the rights of children, a majilis event heard.

The child's rights law - widely known as Wadeema's Law - was introduced in 2013 in a bid to safeguard children from the threat of all types of abuse and lay out their legal rights until the age of 18.

The ministry of community development held a majilis event in Dubai to highlight the importance of the law, as well as promoting family cohesion and Emirati heritage.

The meeting was attended by Hessa Buhumaid, minister of community development, along with a number of ministry officials and government and social sector representatives.

Participants in the majilis discussed the ministry's efforts to support family stability and highlighted the role of the family in championing the law and ensuring it is adhered to.

The law is named in memory of Wadeema, an eight-year-old Emirati girl who was tortured to death by her father and another suspect in 2012.

Parents were also told they are crucial to the fight against cyber crime and must help children to understand the power and potential dangers of social media.

Updated: May 18, 2019 07:36 PM

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