New UN-backed plan aims to enhance child rights in Republic of Congo

CONGO-BRAZZAVILLE, July 2010. President Denis Sassou Nguesso announced the new child protection framework during recent celebrations to mark the Day of the African Child, making Congo the fifth French-speaking African nation to pass such measures.“This framework will better monitor the violation of children’s rights abuses and help to improve the situation to build a protective environment for children,” said Marianne Flach, UNICEF Representative in Congo.“It is a major breakthrough that opens new perspectives in the protection and realization of children’s rights in Congo,” Ms. Flach stated in a news release.The framework is comprised of a collection of texts covering all aspect...

Fight against girls exodus and children begging in Senegal

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4th Edition of the Children Kingdom Festival in Senegal (June 2010)

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The MAEJT celebrates the Day of the African Child

June 2010- The African Movement for Children and Young Workers (MAEJT) celebrated the Day of the African Child on June 16th. This day offered the opportunity to all delegations of the MAEJT to express their point of view, make declarations on Child’s rights, and organize activities to guarantee a protective environment for children in Africa. In Burundi, the MAEJT national delegate participated to a radio talk show with State authorities. In Cameroun, a street walk was organized by the EJT to celebrate this day. In Ivory Cost, the MAEJT national coordination mobilized all who defend child’s cause. In Ethiopia, demonstrations were organized in schools and in Mali a speech was made about ...

Need to Mainstream Gender Equality into all Policies

June 29th, 2010, Lusaka (IPS) - Despite the adoption almost a decade ago of a national gender policy that aims to ensure fair participation of men and women in the development process, most of the Zambian government’s policies still remain gender blind, say civil society and women's rights associations. Critics say the most glaring of these policies is the country’s national budget that fails to disaggregate resource allocation and incentives by gender. Gender is also not one of the considerations in setting targets for various programmes like access to land and credit by government."Gender equity cannot be achieved in the absence of pro-active policies, and such policies have to be mai...

SOMALIA: Disabled children in Somaliland "must come first"

Hargesia, 17 June 2010  - Children with disabilities in the self-declared republic of Somaliland should be given priority in education, livelihood and health policies, child rights activists said on 16 June, during a ceremony marking the Day of the African Child.“The physical environment [access to schools and hospitals], attitudes of people and lack of public awareness and sensitization are the real barriers to the development of these children and not their impairments,” said Ali Jama Hassan of the Disability Action Network (DAN), the largest NGO supporting children with physical and/or psychological disabilities.The theme for the ceremony was Planning and Budgeting for the Wellbe...

BURKINA FASO: Young girls at risk as they join exodus to cities

Louta, 4 June 2010  - Migration in search of work has long been common in Sourou Province, northern Burkina Faso, but the trend is increasingly for younger girls to join the exodus, according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the NGO Terre des hommes (Tdh).“Migration is after all a method of survival,” Herman Zoungrana, head of Tdh’s protection programme in Burkina Faso, told IRIN. He said traditionally after the harvest people would fill up their granaries then set out to find work until the next planting season.“But with younger and younger girls migrating, the risk of exploitation and violence grows,” he said. Residents told IRIN in many cases parents encouraged thei...

Universal Education an Empty Promise for Liberia's Girls

26th May 2010, Monrovia - In a small office tucked behind the stairwell in Liberia’s Ministry of Education, the once-proud staff of the Girls’ Education Unit appear defeated.The workers in this fourth floor office, entrusted with charting a new course for the education of the country's girls and women, have no salaries, no budget, and few projects under way."We attend meetings. We attend workshops. But when we put a project proposal together, it is not supported," sighs the Unit’s director, Lorpu G. Mannah.Despite the 2006 election of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Africa’s first female president, and the introduction of free and compulsory primary education, many young girls in this post-co...

 

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