Africa

Meetings held in 2009 with the African Union Commissioner (AUC) for Social Affairs and the Chairperson of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) initiated institutional collaboration, including mapping positive initiatives across the region, supporting legislative reforms and consolidating national information and data systems on violence against children. This collaborative framework was further strengthened in 2010 by the thematic debate on violence against children, held by the African Committee with the association of the Special Representative. At the meeting, an agreement was reached on a strategic follow-up through enhanced advocacy to protect children from violence and promote positive alternatives to violent discipline; support for legislative and policy reforms to ban all forms of violence; the development of an African report on this issue; and the inclusion of the protection of children from all forms of violence in the agenda of a future summit of African Heads of State and Government.

Following the joint request by the Special Representative and the African Committee for more country-specific evidence of violence against children on the continent, the African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) embarked, in close cooperation with the Office of the SRSRG, on the development of an African Report on Violence against Children (forthcoming).  The report provides a sound contribution to support Governments in their efforts to overcome persisting and emerging challenges, and to seize opportunities for improvement in violence prevention and children’s effective protection in Africa.

The African Report on Violence against Children will greatly contribute to the wider Africa Fit for Children report by the AU, which seeks to evaluate the implementation of the commitments undertaken by Governments and examines the state of Africa’s children in all dimensions. 

The Office of the Special Representative enjoys a close collaboration with African partners to advance the right of all children across the continent to enjoy a childhood free from all forms of violence. 

 

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SRSG Santos Pais message on the occasion of the Day of the African Child
16/06/2015

25 years after the adoption of the African Children’s Charter, millions of children, particularly girls, continue to suffer from many forms of violence, including harmful practices such as child, early and forced marriage. As we all know, this practice has devastating consequences on the child’s life, health, development, education and protection.

Child marriage does...

01/07/2014

We, the Representatives of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Council of the Baltic Sea States, the Council of Europe, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the League of Arab States, MERCOSUR and the Latin-American and Caribbean Movement for Children (MMILAC), participating in the meeting promoted by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Violence against Children (SRSG on VAC)...

SRSG joins launch of Study on Violence against Children in Malawi
25/03/2015

Lilongwe, Malawi. 25th March 2015– 2 out of every 3 Malawians experience violence in childhood, 1 in every 5 girls were sexually abused before they celebrated their 18th birthday, and nearly 2 out of every 3 boys suffered physical violence before the age of 18, a violence against children and young women study launched today has revealed.

The study, Malawi’s first nationally representative examination of...

20/03/2015

SRSG Santos Pais is visiting Malawi from 22 – 26 March 2015 to support the launch of a new study, commissioned by the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare, on the prevalence of violence against children in the country. She will hold discussions with senior officials of the Government of Malawi, Parliamentarians and other key stakeholders, including civil society...

01/10/2014

This report summarises the findings of studies conducted by the African Child Policy forum (ACPF) in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Malawi, Morocco, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe and incorporates information from a wide variety of other sources. ACPF acknowledges with gratitude all individuals and organisations that participated in this project and whose own research made a contribution, particularly those children whose views helped inform the report...

18/06/2015

The Cross-Regional Round Table will focus on the prevention and elimination of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children. 2015 marks the fifteenth anniversary of the adoption of the UN Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography and five years since the entry into force of the Council of Europe Convention for the protection of children against sexual exploitation and...