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More than 100 child rights experts, advocates, defenders, campaigners, policy-makers, lawyers and academics are calling for action to make access to justice a reality for all African children.

By
Dr
Assefa
Bequele,
Executive
Director,
Africa
n
Child
Policy
Forum
(ACPF)
We’re
often
told
that
a
ctions
speak
louder
than
words,
and
it’s
true
we
won’t
change
lives
by
simply
talking
about
the
problems.
But
I
also
think
that
you
can’t
make
a
real
impact
unless
you’ve
thoroughly
debated
and
agreed
what
needs
to
be
done.
Words
first,
th
en
actions.
By
Dr
Assefa
Bequele,
Executive
Director,
Africa
n
Child
Policy
Forum
(ACPF)
We’re
often
told
that
a
ctions
speak
louder
than
words,
and
it’s
true
we
won’t
change
lives
by
simply
talking
about
the
problems.
But
I
also
think
that
you
can’t
make
a
real
impact
unless
you’ve
thoroughly
debated
and
agreed
what
needs
to
be
done.
Words
first,
th
en
actions.

By Dr Assefa Bequele, Executive Director, African Child Policy Forum (ACPF)

We’re often told that actions speak louder than words, and it’s true we won’t change lives by simply talking about the problems. But I also think that you can’t make a real impact unless you’ve thoroughly debated and agreed what needs to be done. Words first, then actions.

Continental Conference on Access to Justice for Children in Africa - Spotlighting the Invisible

Viewpoint by Assefa Bequele and Alex Kamarotos*
ADDIS ABABA (IDN) – Let us begin with the positive. Unlike some years back, children are now very much on the political and public agenda in Africa. Every politician loves to talk about them, and the African Union has adopted a charter to protect them and a mechanism to hold governments accountable for the fulfilment of their rights. Even so, the reality on the ground is sombre and sobering.

First Lady Auxilia Mnangagwa is consulting legal experts to help come up with legislation to protect female tertiary students from sexual harassment at colleges and the workplace while on industrial attachment. "Sexual harassment at colleges and during student attachment must be nipped in the bud and perpetrators of such violence brought to book," she said.

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