The need for addressing the deficit in implementation of children’s rights

Nearly three decades has passed since the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC) and, evidently, there is a progressive movement towards the acceptance, recognition, institutionalisation, and implementation of children’s rights in Africa. Today, most African countries have put in place fairly comprehensive laws and policies pertaining to children. The main challenges, as elaborated in greater depth in the African Report on Child Wellbeing 2016, are in relation to the implementation of the commitments made in these laws and policies. There is, therefore, an urgent need for addressing the deficit in implementation of children’s rights in Africa which calls upon, particularly, governments to take appropriate measures to bridge the gap between policy and practice.

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The African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) 
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Engaging with Regional Economic Communities

 

Regional Economic Communities’
 
Regional Learning Workshop on Strengthening National Child Protection Systems in the EAC region<br />October 30-31, 2017, Kigali RwandaRegional Learning Workshop on Strengthening National Child Protection Systems in the EAC region
October 30-31, 2017, Kigali Rwanda
The workshop was organised by ACPF and the Secretariat of the East African Community.  Participants included mostly government experts from Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania.  The workshop provided an opportunity to converse on what needs to be done to further strengthen national child protection systems in the East African region. This included a detailed discussion on a proposed regional framework for Strengthening Child Protection Systems in the East African Region. The workshop concluded with a resounding endorsement of the regional framework.