Africa

Meetings held in 2009 with the African Union Commissioner for Social Affairs and the Chairperson of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child 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.

Strategic Developments

Report of the 15th Session of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child

The 15th Meeting of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) was held at the AU Conference Centre, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 15 to 19 March 2010. Its main objective was to share experiences on the promotion of child rights in Africa, consider State Party Reports and agree on recommendations for more effective action to improve the welfare of children.

 

Other articles concerning this region:
11/10/2011

We, the representatives of the Council of Europe, the League of Arab States, MERCOSUR Pro-Tempore Chairmanship of the Permanent Commission of the Initiative Nin@Sur, the South Asia Initiative to End Violence Against Children (SAIEVAC), and the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child participating, with UNICEF, in the first held meeting of Regional Organizations and Institutions on Violence against Children,...

SRSG joins young advocates from West and Central Africa in a regional Forum on H
02/09/2013

The Children and youth Forum was co-organised with Plan International, UNICEF and other child rights organisations and hosted by the Ghanaian Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Ms Nana Oye Lithur. The Forum brought together 100 young advocates from 13 countries in West and Central Africa who shared experiences and discussed strategies to abandon harmful practices against children and young people...

Business Ghana - "Ghana hosts meeting on Violence Against Children"
03/09/2013

About 100 children and young people from 13 countries in West and Central Africa are in Accra to deliberate on issues on Violence Against Children.

The five-day, conference which opens on Tuesday, September 3, would be attended by Marta Santos Pais, the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) on Violence Against Children (VAC).

The conference aims...

Thompson Reuters Foundation - "Children and Youth to meet UN Special Representat
03/09/2013

Accra (Ghana): About 100 children and youth from 13 countries in West and Central Africa have gathered in Accra this week to meet the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General(SRSG) on Violence against Children (VAC), Marta Santos Pais. They will discuss the issue of harmful practices that violate the rights of children and young people in the...

Day of the African Child - Marta Santos Pais
14/06/2013

"On the commemoration of the Day of the African Child, it is imperative to express our determination to work for the protection of children from all forms of violence, including harmful practices.

I wholeheartedly welcome the decision of the African Committee on the Rights and Welfare of the Child and the African Union for the crucial attention given in this year’s...