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Iraqi Commission for Children’s Welfare Holds Fifth Conference in Najaf

Iraqi Commission for Children’s Welfare Conference

Iraqi Commission for Children’s Welfare Conference

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Under the slogan, “Building a Child’s Character Is Everyone’s Responsibility,” the Iraqi Commission for Children’s Welfare recently held its fifth conference on the protection of children’s rights at the Kufa University auditorium in the holy city of Najaf. The conference witnessed the participation of numerous members of the Council of Representatives, Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Mohammed Sheikh Radi, Minister of Governorate Affairs, Deputy Minister of Women’s Affairs, Governor of Najaf, Asaad Sultan Abu Kilal, as well as numerous Iraqi and international agencies concerned with family, women, and children’s issues.

In his speech during the conference, the Minister of Labor and Social Affairs confirmed that numerous projects, especially designed for Iraqi children, will be launched in the near future such as the Childhood Law and the Children’s Parliament.

He added that the Commission for Children’s Welfare will be releasing an annual report that provides information on the state of and the suffering of Iraqi children. The report, which is based on gathered field information, provides an objective view and aims to establish a database that contributes to the making of relevant decisions.

Sheikh Radi stated that the legal framework, which was devised to protect Iraqi children from violence and abuse, will be released in the near future. The Commission for Children’s Welfare is also collaborating with the Ministry of Health to establish a specialized center for the treatment of children suffering from war-related shock and those subjected to the dangers of fighting and terrorism.

He explained that the Commission for Children’s Welfare will release an annual report that details improvements and dangers that children face. The report will contribute to a database, which will be submitted to decision makers. In addition, the commission established the Iraqi Child Parliament. The legal framework for this establishment has been drafted so it can be legislated and passed. Sheik Radi noted that the ministry took the initiative through expanding social security networks that provide numerous welfare programs to families, in general, and children, in specific. These programs include small loan programs, training opportunities, handicapped care, and children daycare centers. In addition, the commission’s activities are being expanded to include all governorates.

Kawthar Ibrahim, Director of the Commission for Children’s Welfare office in Iraq, gave a speech during the conference, and stated that children have many rights, most notably the rights to education, healthcare, and security. She added that children should be protected from harmful labor and all conditions that can potentially undermine their dignity.

Ibrahim explained that the commission is aiming to reduce a number of phenomena that Iraqi children struggle with including begging, child labor, and trafficking.

Ibrahim called for bilateral agreements with countries in the region to prevent child trafficking, and to legislate laws that prohibit this phenomenon and institute appropriate punishments in order to protect Iraqi children.

It is noteworthy that 12 ministries have affiliations with the Commission for Children’s Welfare. Numerous conferences focusing on the protection of Iraqi children’s rights and the provision of suitable living conditions were also held.

Ibrahim stated that the conference in Najaf for the protection of children’s rights was held based on recommendations from the second conference, which was held in Erbil in 2006.

The conference was also attended by the Minister of State for Governorate Affairs, Dr. Kholoud Al Maajoun, the senior deputy at the Ministry of Culture, Jaber Al-Jaberi, a number of directors from the Ministry of Labor, the Governor of Najaf, the chairman of the Najaf Governorate Council, the president of Kufa University, and a number of personalities concerned with children’s issues.




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    Joint custody reduces the divorce rate in courts. The custody of children in divorced families is one of the core issues that exacerbate the conflict between parents. Custody can be for either the mother or the father, or it can be joint custody. Note that joint custody is the most common in foreign and Western countries, as both parents bear responsibility for their children after a divorce. Therefore, children can stay with their mothers for a period, and with their fathers for another period in turn, in order not to cut off the link between the children and both parents. Scientists studied models of such families and discovered that their children feel less frustrated, because the parents participate in the discussion of the problems of joint custody. Hence, we can see that the continuing disputes between the parents affect the mental health of children after divorce, and may cause some psycho-physical symptoms, i.e. somatization to them, such as headaches and repeated gastrointestinal disorders, as well as hostile behavior among some of them, while others may become introverted. Often, this leads to worsening the conflict between the parents, because each one of them tries to blame the other and considers him/her responsible for the behavior of the children. We can summarize the results and the implications of discord, conflict and divorce on children, in the following points: 1- The conflicts and disputes between parents in a divorce have negative effects on academic achievement. The negative impacts may continue during all growth stages, from childhood to adolescence, and beyond that until after the age of majority. 2- The fights, disagreements, divorce and mutual hatred between the parents is one of the most destructive things for the children. 3- Despite the end of disagreements between the parents after a divorce in the home, often it will continue affecting the children, as these disputes continue as well. News from Denmark. Excerpts from the Code of New Joint Custody Law... Translation by Colleague: Safa al-Moussawi Iraqi Archive / Copenhagen. Akhbar Newspaper mentioned today, 01/10/2007, that with the adoption of the new law that became effective as of 1/10/2007 regarding custody of the children by the separated parents, thousands of fathers are waiting to file cases to demand joint custody between the separated parents***truncated due to length.