Protect children

Minister for Women Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa with her Indonesian counterpart Yohana Susana Yembisei at the Veilomani Boys Home in Ba. Picture: SUPPLIED

INDONESIA’S Minister for Women Empowerment and Child Protection Yohana Susana Yembise says people in powerful positions should protect every child’s right without discrimination.

While speaking at the Veilomani Boys Home in Ba on Friday, she said the protection of a child was every person’s responsibility.

“Children have rights and they must always be protected,” she said.

“We as leaders have to protect children without discrimination because they are the future leaders of a country.”

She said the Indonesian Government looked after more than 20 million children.

“We have a population of 256 million people and you can imagine the amount of children and women that we cater for,” she said.

“But despite that we work with our development partners including the church, NGOs and traditional leaders to protect a child’s rights.”

She said she was happy to learn about the Veilomani Boys Home and the work that the Methodist Church of Fiji did to care for and educate young boys and men.

“I appreciate the work that the Methodist Church is doing for the Home and I commend them for playing an important role in these young men’s lives.”

A West Papuan native, Mrs Yembise is in the country for the Ministry of Women’s Joint Technical Group Meeting between Indonesia and Fiji.

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