Al-Shammat: Unit for protecting women and children to be established

Damascus, SANA – The Higher Committee for Relief held a meeting on Wednesday to discuss means for protecting women and children as part of the humanitarian response plan signed by the Syrian government and UN organizations.

Social Affairs Minister Kinda al-Shammat stressed the need for an effective system for protecting women and children and addressing their needs in light of the repercussions of the crisis, asserting the need to protect vulnerable groups from all forms of violence and exploitation.

She said that a social protection unit will be established at the Ministry by the end of 2014 with the goal of addressing this issue in cooperation with civil society and UN organizations operating in Syria.

The Minister asserted the need to document violations against women and children, particularly those committed by terrorist organizations, and providing care for victims, as well as curbing all forms of violence, human trafficking, children recruitment for combat, and violence based on social type.

Participants in the meeting said the national plan for social protection must be implemented in cooperation with all relevant ministries and sides, calling for amending legislations to provide more protection to women and children, as well as caring for the elderly and people with special needs.

Hazem Sabbagh

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