THAT, aware that the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child is the most complete statement of children rights ever produced and is the most widely ratified International Human Rights Treaty in history, ratification which Kenya is party to; NOTING that the Convention has 54 articles that covers all aspects of a child’s life and set out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights that all children are entitled to and also explains how adults and governments must work together to make sure all children enjoy all their rights; CONCERNED that ensuring child’s rights in Kenya is still a challenge, 31 years after ratification of the treaty, the efforts by the State to enforce these rights have not been sufficient, as evidenced by rampant cases of abuse and neglect. FURTHER CONCERNED that there are many children heading households in urban informal settlements facing specific vulnerabilities shaped by limitations on their opportunities and capabilities within the context of urban inequalities, which affects their well-being; NOTING that Section 62 of the Children Act, 2022 provides for the County Government to establish welfare schemes to provide or facilitate the provision of childcare facilities and programmes for children, including children with disabilities; RECOGNIZING that if county governments do not supplement efforts to address child’s rights by National Government, the implementation of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) charter will remain a mirage considering the huge mandate that the Nairobi City County has in respect to the children; ACKNOWLEDGING that the County is in the process of enacting a policy and legislation on children welfare; NOW THEREFORE, this Assembly urges that the County Government to;-
  1. Develop a comprehensive policy that will promote sustainable solutions to child headed households; and,
  2. develop programmes that will create awareness and address needs of child headed households, skills training on issues of reproductive health, children’s rights, drug abuse, home management and conflict resolution for children in child headed households within the Nairobi City County.
Notice of Motion 26th September, 2023
Mover Hon. Perpetua Mponjiwa, MCA
Seconder Hon. Diana Katile, MCA
Dates Debated and/or Concluded 4th October, 2023
Remarks Adopted
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