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Friday, 01 June 2018 00:00

A CALL TO ACTION TO LEAVE NO CHILD BEHIND

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An open letter in support of a 2019 Rights of the Child resolution on children without parental care

Even as you read this, thousands of children are incarcerated in prisons across Africa. I’ll pause to let that sink in. Thousands of children behind bars, deprived of their liberty, victims of a dysfunctional and discriminatory justice system which lets down some of the most vulnerable groups — including girls, disabled children, trafficked children and orphans.

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.

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