The International Women’s Resource Network is once again issuing a strong appeal to parents and guardians to be mindful of their responsibility to ensure the safety of their children.
The IWRN via a media release highlighted the recent incidents involving the drowning of three-year old Messi Gorkin in Chaguaramas and the abandonment of an eight-year old girl in the Couva district.
The statement severed as a reminder to parents that despite their busy schedules, the safety of children remains their ultimate responsibility and in fact should be your number one priority.
In the case of the drowning of little Messi Gorkin, the Chaguaramas Development Authority has indicated that they would re-visit their arrangements involving lifeguards.
However culpability for this incident must lie solely in the laps of the parents and/or relatives in whose custody the child was at the time of the incident. From birth to 5 years, children are extremely swift in their actions and therefore must be monitored on a 24/7 basis.
It went on to say that abandonment and neglect being meted out to children are of major concern to the organization and it is even more disturbing, if the child is left in unsanitary conditions as obtained in the incident involving the eight-year old girl.
IWRN’s President, Sandrine Rattan stated that children are the most vulnerable group in all societies, and adults are tasked with the responsibility to nurture and protect them by all means necessary.