Dewa supports initiative to protect children

As part of its efforts to collaborate with government departments and continuously support non-profit organisations, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has sponsored a range of activities for children at the Emirates Human Rights Association (EHRA) to raise awareness about protecting children and their rights.

By Staff Reporter

Published: Mon 25 Jun 2012, 10:01 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 1:20 PM

Commenting on the partnership, Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dewa, said: “Dewa’s support for child-protection activities at the EHRA highlights our strategy and commitment to social responsibility by working with non-profit organisations to spread awareness throughout society about their initiatives. Building on this support, we call upon everyone to educate children about their rights and responsibilities. This policy fits perfectly with the Government of Dubai’s laws and policies to protect children’s rights and make sure that they are raised in a healthy and constructive environment, which takes into account all of their requirements and not just one or two of them.”

“We, at Dewa, recognise the importance of protecting children’s rights by supporting the initiatives of EHRA and its continuous and productive efforts to study and find solutions to issues related to children, and these must be respected and adhered to by all involved parties, including Dewa,” said Khawla Al Mehairi, Vice-President, Marketing & Corporate Communications of Dewa.

The EHRA, with the supervision of the Chairman of the Children’s Committee, Abdul Rahman Ghanem, is rolling out a special brochure clarifying the committee’s vision, message and objectives. It highlights a number of clauses in the Unicef Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which the UAE is a signatory. The brochure also highlights some violations faced by children and ways to reduce and deter them. It will be distributed at all UAE schools to ensure a brighter future for children by preventing any potential incidents that might affect their well-being. The committee also works on celebrating all international days involving children, with a special focus on the Universal Children’s Day on November 20 of each year.

“The EHRA aspires to achieve the vision of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, by supporting all such initiatives that spread awareness about human rights and responsibilities in Emirati society, especially the protection of children’s rights. Therefore, the EHRA has been represented within the Children’s Committee and is actively engaging children and their families through workshops and lectures at schools, publishing brochures and arranging activities that suit children’s mindsets and helps to deliver the message to all members of our society. I would like to extend my appreciation to Dewa for its involvement with the EHRA, which clearly highlights their leadership’s ongoing support to civil society for the ultimate good of Emirati society,” said Mohammed Hussein Al Hammadi, Secretary-General of EHRA.

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