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PROMOTING AND PROTECTING CHILDREN’S RIGHTS

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and African Children’s Charter, the GMT has partnered with a number of like-minded organisations over the years to implement child rights governance and child protection initiatives. These include the African Committee on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, the African Child Policy Forum, Save the Children, UNICEF, UNFPA, Girls Not Brides and civil society networks working to end gender-based violence, child marriage, extreme violence against children and female genital mutilation.

The African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (African Children’s Charter) sets out rights of children and defines universal principles and norms for the status of children on the continent. It was adopted by the Organization of African Unity, now the African Union (AU), in 1990. The African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) was established a little after that, in 2001, with a mandate to promote and protect the rights enshrined in the African Charter. The ACERWC came into existence to complement the efforts of the already existing human rights mechanisms such as the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, the African Commission and the African Court.

The Trust and the Save the Children Regional Multi Country Programming Unit have partnered in identifying good practice and gaps in the utilization of these complaints procedures by children and civil society. The aim of the project is to come up with ways of improving the use of the complaints procedures by working closely with the ACERWC, civil society, children, children’s organizations and National Human Rights Institutions in East and Southern Africa to improve this important.

ENDING CHILD MARRIAGES

The Trust believes that any child who is married under the age of eighteen is a victim of child marriage. It is estimated that globally, over 25,000 children under the age of 18 are forced into marriage every day. These numbers highlight gross violations of children’s rights.

Through advocacy and community-level action support engaged in by the Trust and partners, the Children’s Rights Programme supports networks and civil society organisations working towards Ending Child Marriage and female genital mutilation.

The Trust is part of the civil societies voice for affected girls and is active in advocating for policy reforms and enactment of substantive laws to end child marriage. These multiple voices have been advocating for social transformation at community level to eradicate gender inequality and harmful religious and traditional customs and practices which continue to be key obstacles in ending child marriages and providing support to already affected girls.

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Ending Child Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation Priority Countries

Through regional and global partnerships with organisations and ending child marriage networks such as UNFPA, Girls Not Brides, and UNICEF in Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia, the Trust contributes to efforts to end child marriage in this generation. The work involves high level advocacy facilitating dialogues, media engagements and civil society mobilisation and capacity building. In the Mara region of Tanzania, the Trust has mobilised and is supporting a coalition of civil society organisations called the Mara Alliance, whose aim is to fight child marriage, end female genital mutilation and promote education, particularly for girls.

 

CONTRIBUTING TOWARDS THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDGs)


End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Alleviating the suffering and building the resilience of those individuals still living in extreme poverty, in particular in sub-Saharan Africa. Social protection systems need to be expanded and risks need to be mitigated for disaster-prone countries, which also tend to be the most impoverished.

http://wwww.un.org.sustainabledevelopmet/

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all ages is essential to sustainable development. Significant strides have been made in increasing life expectancy and reducing some of the common killers associated with child and maternal mortality. Major progress has been made on increasing access to clean water and sanitation, reducing malaria, tuberculosis, polio and the spread of HIV/AIDS.

http://www..un.org.sustainabledevelopmet/

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Gender equality is a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. Providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies.

http://www..un.org.sustainabledevelopmet/