New York, 20 November 2014 - Today as the world celebrates the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, we reflect on its continuing relevance and how far its solemn promises are being kept. In 1989, a compelling vision for a better world for children was carefully and comprehensively set out in the Convention’s 54 articles and embraced by the...
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.
Human Rights standards
Other articles concerning this region:
The declaration, adopted during the last session of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, urges “Member States to combat child marriage through setting the minimum age for marriage at 18 years for both girls...
1. We, the participants in the Pan-African Forum on the Future of Children, meeting in Cairo, Egypt from 28 – 31 May 2001, within the framework of OAU Council of Ministers decision CM/Dec. 542 (LXXII) endorsed by the 36th Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the Organization of African Unity (OAU); mandating the OAU Secretariat to develop an African Common Position, in consultation with relevant...
African Union (AU) Member States have long recognised that “children hold a unique and privileged position in an African society,” and even though efforts and progress has been made by countries to improve the lives of their children, the situation still remains dire.The reality of a number of children unfortunately is far from ideal, as many children in...
In 2007 in Cairo, the Ministers of African Union member states responsible for promoting and safeguarding the rights and welfare of children undertook a review of the “Call for Accelerated Action on the Implementation of the Plan of Action towards Africa Fit for Children.” They focused on ten priorities:
• devising an overall framework;
• enhancing life chances;
• overcoming HIV/AIDS;
Protéger les enfants contreles pratiques néfastes dans
les systèmes juridiques pluriels
Avec un accent particulier sur l’Afrique
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,...