Sheikha Jawaher during an event. 'Kanaf' is the first-of-its-kind entity in the UAE and the Arab world.
The directive aligns with the emirate's efforts over the past 40 years to adopt the highest local and international child-and-family-friendly standards and support all legislation and laws relevant to child protection and care to ensure that children grow up in a safe and nurturing environment.
As per the directive, Hanadi Al Yafei, Director of the Child Safety Department (CSD), will head the Higher Committee. Members comprise Counselor Anwar Amin Al Harmoudi, Head of Sharjah Public Prosecution; Dr Mohamed Obaid Al Kaabi, Chairman of the Sharjah Federal Court of First Instance; Major General Saif Al Zari Al Shamsi, Commander-in-Chief of Sharjah Police; and Afaf Ibrahim Al Marri, Head of the Sharjah Social Services Department.
The Higher Committee also includes Dr Fatima Muhammad Al Khumairi, Head of Forensic Medicine Department at the Ministry of Justice; Dr Safia Al Khaja, Director of Al Qassimi Women's and Children's Hospital; Modhi Al Shamsi, Chairperson of the Department of Family Development Centres; and Dr Hessa Al Kaabi, Head of the Child Protection Unit at Emirates Schools Establishment.
According to the directive, the committee will oversee the implementation of the Articles of Agreement of the Kanaf project and follow the standards outlined in the agreement between competent entities to manage and operate it. The Higher Committee will also initiate action to form an executive committee to manage the internal operations at Kanaf.
"The Kanaf programme is a landmark initiative founded and supported by Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of the Ruler of Sharjah, to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and bring together Sharjah's specialised entities under one umbrella. Kanaf will utilise local expertise and build on the strengths of the child-protection legislative ecosystem in Sharjah and the UAE to foster a comprehensive and resilient mechanism that supports and safeguards children," Al Yafei said.
The CSD Director added, "Kanaf is the first-of-its-kind entity in the UAE and the Arab world. It is a new operational structure which is aligned with the laws and legislative systems of the UAE and Sharjah that places child protection and care at the forefront of its priorities and legislation."
"We have studied global child protection models and developed Kanaf in alignment with the culture and values of the Emirati community. Together with our partners, we will provide comprehensive protection to children who experience any form of abuse by implementing the highest support and protection standards and will position the project as an inspiring model that ensures children's safety and wellbeing," Al Yafei continued.
Following the announcement of the Kanaf project in 2020, CSD organised several meetings and workshops with partners of the first phase of the project to streamline the processes of providing a wide range of care and protection services to children under Kanaf. The meetings also outlined strategies for concerned authorities to communicate with both families and children in line with its integrated protection and follow-up procedures.
The Public Prosecution on Monday published an awareness video on its social media accounts, coinciding with the Emirati Children’s Day.
An interim report by the Royal Commission of Inquiry found children, some from as young as nine months old, suffered years of abuse, which included rape and electric shock treatment, by staff at psychiatric and state care facilities, clergy and foster guardians.
The report estimates that 650 million girls and women alive today were married in childhood, about half of them in Bangladesh, Brazil, Ethiopia, India or Nigeria.
“Without them, we would not have written the letters of our lives.. Without them, our countries would not have advanced in science,”Sheikh Mohammed tweeted on Wednesday.
This was announced by Mohammed Hassan Khalaf, through the "Direct Line" programme, via Sharjah Radio, showing an image of the location of Salem Bin Abdullah Al Owais Mosque.
A trial opened on Wednesday in Spain over a 2013 train derailment that killed 80 passengers and injured 145 others. Prosecutors are seeking four-year prison sentences for the train driver and for a former security director at state-owned rail infrastructure company ADIF.