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.  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 greatly contributed 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. 

 

Other articles concerning this region:
24/04/2012

Marta Santos Pais, the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Violence Against Children, visited Tanzania in September 2011. During her four day visit, Marta Santos Pais advocated for Ministers and Senior Government officials both on the Mainland and Zanzibar to translate their commitment statements into tangible actions, to prevent and respond to all forms of violence against children.

 

Marta Santos Pais and other Child Rights Defenders Expected at the GNRC Forum
18/05/2012

Dr. Graca Machel, Rev. Keishi Miyamoto, H.E. Ofelia Ortega, H.E. Dr. Sam Kobia, His Grace Bishop Dr. Method Kilaini, H.E. Amb. Stephen Lewis, H.E. Joachim Chissano, Prof. P.L.O. Lumumba, Dr. Marta Pais Dos Santo, Prof. Anis Ahmad, Prof. Anna Tibaijuka and Father Leonidas Ortis will join a group of distinguished presenters and participants from around the world at the GNRC Fourth Forum in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania next month.

The Forum,...

04/11/2010

Commemorating the first anniversary of her mandate, SRSG Santos Pais met in Ghana with more than 80 children from the West African region, to assess the impact of violence on their lives and about ways of promoting children’s participation to prevent and respond to all forms of violence, and to ensure children’s voices are heard in the follow up process to the UN Study on Violence against Children.

 

19/12/2011

New York, 19 December 2011 – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, welcomes the adoption by the General Assembly of a...

Marta Santos Pais meets Vice President of Tanzania H.E Dr. Mohamed Gharib Bilal
20/09/2011

 On a four day visit to Tanzania, the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence Against Children, Marta Santos Pais, welcomed the ground breaking national study on violence against children, and the strategic priority responses announced by the Government to address the findings of the study.

The study was based on interviews with 6000 young people between 13 and 24 years of age...

South Sudan becomes 30th country to prohibit all forms of violence against child
29/07/2011

With the achievement of independence on 9 July, South Sudan can now be recognized as the 30th country to prohibit all forms of violence against children, including by parents. Prohibiting legislation was originally enacted in 2005 under the Interim Government of South Sudan, in article 21 of the Interim Constitution of Southern Sudan. Prohibition was subsequently confirmed in article 21 of the Child Act (2008).

Now a new Constitution...

16/06/2011

On June 16, we commemorate the Day of the African Child, established in honour of the courageous protests by thousands of school children in 1976, in Soweto, South Africa, who were demanding an education of quality and the right to learn in their own language. That moment was the beginning of a dream for the recognition of children’s rights everywhere and at all times, a dream we remain committed to pursue!

The Decision of the...