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26 September 2013 - The decision by the Appeals Chamber of the Special Court for Sierra Leone to uphold Charles Taylor’s conviction sends a clear message that those who recruit and use children in hostilities will be held to account for their crimes, the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict said today.

Wednesday, 03 July 2013 16:04

Child Law Resources 2013

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The Child Law Resources (CLR) is a comprehensive database to be published in September 2013 on the legal and policy framework concerning children in Africa. Among other things, the CLR will contain international and regional instruments related to children, domestic laws and policies of all African countries related to children, State Party reports submitted to the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, and the Concluding Recommendations and Concluding Observations from the two committees respectively. The CLR will also provide key publications on children and the law in Africa and thematic summaries of harmonisation of laws on children, which will provide users with quick up-to-date references to the current legal framework on children in Africa.

The CLR will serve as a useful resource to both governments and non-governmental stakeholders in their work on child rights and wellbeing, and will further inform the work of the treaty bodies, as they monitor progress on the promotion and protection of child rights by States Parties.

The Executive Secretary of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, Dr. Mary Maboreke, would like to share the attached letter and questionnaire to as many networks, organizations and individuals working on gender related matters as possible. The responses inform the report that is being prepared on the situation of women human rights defenders in Africa and their protection needs that is going to be presented to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) in April 2013.

Le Secrétaire exécutif de la Commission africaine des droits de l'homme et des peuples, le Dr. Mary Maboreke, voudrait partager avec vous la lettre ci-jointe ainsi que le questionnaire avec le plus grand nombre possible de réseaux, d'organisations et de particuliers qui travaillent sur les problèmes liés au genre. Les réponses de ce questionnaire serviront de base d'informations au rapport qui va être préparé sur la situation des femmes défenseurs de droits de l'homme en Afrique et leurs besoins en termes de protection. Cette étude sera présentée à la Commission africaine des droits de l'homme et des peuples (CADHP) en avril 2013.


- English

- French

- Arabic

- Portuguese

More information in English or French.


Institut Universitaire Kurt Bösch, Switzerland (Sion and Fribourg) l Click here for more information l

New deadline for application: 30 September 2012


The RIATT-ESA invites you to join our time-bound discussion forum "How should the New Investment Framework for the Global HIV Response work for children?"


In June 2011 a policy paper was published in The Lancet periodical that laid out a new framework for investment for the global HIV response. The new framework is based on existing evidence of what works in HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. It is intended to facilitate more focused and strategic use of scarce resources, and sets out a model for HIV investment and HIV programming for the next decade.

The framework was developed by an international group of experts from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), The Global Fund to Fights AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The World Bank, the World Health Organization (WHO), and academic and policy institutions.

The New Investment Framework for the Global HIV Response (NIF) is now being widely adopted and promoted by key partners, donors and stakeholders across the region. This eForum discussion therefore aims to facilitate a wider regional knowledge and understanding of the Framework and its key components. It also seeks to foster a regional dialogue on the Framework and  explore the avenues by which children’s care and support issues can be more fully and clearly included within the Framework’s rationale i.e. critical enablers, programmatic areas, and synergies).

Objectives of the eForum

This eForum discussion aims to:

* Raise awareness and understanding of the New Investment Framework and its various components and rationale;

* Identify regional priority areas and gaps with regards to vulnerable children and HIV that should be addressed through the New Investment Framework;

* Identify opportunities for advocacy and further action to ensure vulnerable children and HIV can be included and addressed through the New Investment Framework.

Discussion Topics

The eForum will be structured around 3 main topics:

* What is the New Investment Framework? Examination of the components and rationale of the NIF.

* What are the gaps relating to the care, support and protection for children affected by HIV in the New Investment Framework? Determining the regional priority areas and defining what evidence is needed to support advocacy for their inclusion in the NIF.

* How to engage with, and advocate for better inclusion of vulnerable children and HIV priority areas within the Framework? Who are the key stakeholders to engage, what are the specific entry points, and what is now required to move forward?

Guest Contributors

Guest experts participating in the discussion include:

* Mike Podmore – International HIV/AIDS Alliance
* Kate Iorpenda  – International HIV/AIDS Alliance

Target Audience

The eForum discussion is aimed at the RIATT-ESA partners and external stakeholders involved in child and youth focused HIV programming in the east and southern Africa region. These include local, regional and national implementing partners (CSO and Government), policy-makers, academics, donors.


The eForum will take place over 10 days from July 4 – 13, 2012. The outcomes of the discussion will be documented and used to develop a brief on the vulnerable children and HIV and the NIF.

Source: RIATT Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Inter Agency Task Team on Children and AIDS

Tuesday, 12 June 2012 14:47

22nd Edition of the Day of the African Child

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The Day of the African Child is celebrated on 16 June every year in commemoration of the 1976 massacre of SOWETO children in the then apartheid South Africa. The theme for this year is "Rights of Children with Disability: Duty to Protect, to Respect, to Promote, and to Fulfil". We present below a collection of resources on this year's theme including a message from the Chairperson of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, C a statement by the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence Against Children and much more. We believe that these resources are important in promoting this year's theme. Any related submissions are welcome (please send them to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).


African UnionMessage of the Chairperson of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) on the occasion of the 22nd Commemoration of the Day of the African Child (DAC), 2012 l English l French l

Theme: Rights of Children with Disability: Duty to Protect, to Respect, to Promote, and to Fulfil

Concept Note, Day of the African Child 2012, African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) l English l French l



Marta Santos PaisMessage of the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children on the 22nd edition of the Day of the African Child l Download l



The Sixth Civil Society Organisations Forum on the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (CSO Forum), 21-23 March, 2012, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Report of the Sixth Civil Society Forum on the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child l Download l

Communique to African States by Sixth CSO Forum on the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC) l English l French l

Recommendations to the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) by the Sixth CSO Forum on the ACRWC l English l French l

Key Recommendations from the Sixth CSO Forum on the ACRWC for Submission to the ACERWC l English l French l

Commitments of Civil Society Organisations at the Sixth CSO Forum on the ACRWC l English l French l



Prohibiting and Eliminating All Corporal Punishment of Children with Disabilities in Africa, Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children l English l French l




Swaziland to be a child-friendly country – DPM

UNICEF calls for social inclusion of children with disabilities in Africa

NIGERIA: Minister Decries Rising Bias Against Disabled Children


The African Child Policy Forum, Terre des Hommes, Plan International, REPSSI, RIATT, Save the Children, World Vision International and UNICEF, with support from Oak Foundation and others, will host the first Conference on Child Protection Systems Strengthening in Sub-Saharan Africa in Dakar, Senegal the 7th, 8th and 9th of May 2012.

Contact Info:

Mr. Jean-Louis Doucrou
Tel: +221 76 529 7208 (mobile), +221 33 869 64 59 (landline)
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


The goal of the conference is to reinforce, support and sustain national efforts to improve child protection systems’ impact on children in Sub-Saharan Africa through cross-country exchange, dialogue and learning on effective systems strengthening approaches and practices. This will be done through five inter-related objectives:

* To take stock of current efforts and experiences to build stronger child protection systems in Sub-Saharan Africa;

* To share promising practices in strategy development, programming, monitoring and evaluation, and resourcing national child protection systems and to provide participants with the most up to date resources on systems building;

* To review, discuss and improve current system strengthening frameworks and emerging guidance;

* To provide opportunities for networking with an aim to build regional and country level partnerships committed to strengthening systems; and

* To explore the establishment of a regional mechanism(s) to foster on-going learning and exchange on systems work in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Concept Note l Download l

For more information visit the conference website at http://www.ncpsconferencedakar.org./spip.php?lang=en

Budgeting and Resourcing Child Protection Systems

Link to webinar: https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?s...


  • Michael Gibbons, Wellspring Advisors (moderator)
  • Dr. Albino Francisco, Coordinator, Mozambican Civil Society Forum of Children Rights (ROSC)
  • Mr. Stephen Wainaina, Economic Planning Secretary, Ministry of State for Planning, National Development and Vision 2030, Government of Kenya
  • Nicole Behnam, PEPFAR/US government
  • Fassil Mariam, Oak Foundation


A key component of systems strengthening is budgeting and identification of resource flows. This session shall expose participants to a range of resource mechanisms from private foundations, public finances from Governments to multilateral funding mechanisms.

The session will also explore the emerging austerity in sub-Saharan Africa and potential strategies to influence increases in public finances for building child protection systems.


The Inter-Agency Working Group on Systems Strengthening and the Community Child Protection Exchange Forum are pleased to announce a webinar (virtual learning event) on strengthening national child protection systems.

Since the inception of the global movement to promote national child protection systems, a variety of international definitions and conceptual frameworks have been developed to better define and describe child protection systems. Many of these frameworks share common language and similarities, suggesting an implicit understanding of core elements or characteristics of child protection systems.

Differences in descriptions of systems components and organization of information also exist. As we move to support more cross-country exchange and learning on systems strengthening across Sub-Saharan Africa, it is critical that system advocates are aware of the differences and commonalities among the existing international frameworks in order to foster more open dialogue.


To raise awareness among conference participants about the commonalities and differences in systems strengthening with a strong focus on synergies ; and begin a dialogue among country delegations about national understandings of systems and what Sub-African specific systems strengthening efforts might look like.

Objectives :

  • To introduce the range of conceptual frameworks commonly being used by agencies, communities and countries in Africa – with a special focus on the commonalities across frameworks.
  • To begin a discussion among countries about some shared elements, components, and characteristics of child protection systems in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • To provide an orientation for the conference on strengthening national child protection systems [for those attending the conference in Dakar ; those not attending the conference are still welcome to participate in the first part of the webinar.]

This webinar will be presented three times - in English, Portuguese, and French - at the times listed below. NB : The French-language webinar will be immediately preceded by a 60-minute webinar on the Alternative Care Guidelines in preparation for the Francophone sub-Saharan African Conference on Family Strengthening and Alternative Care. Further information on the Alternative Care Guidelines webinar will be sent shortly to Francophone countries only.


  • WHO : Everyone who is interested in this topic is invited to participate. Participants in the upcoming conference on systems strengthening (and conference on alternative care for some participants from French-speaking countries) are expected to attend.
  • WHAT : A ninety minute live online conference. Watch a live presentation, and also ask questions and provide comments in real time.
  • WHERE : In front of your computer, anywhere in the world. Click on the links below to participate to the event.

To participate you need :

  • A computer with internet connection,
  • Speakers or earphones (to be able to listen),
  • A microphone (it is not obligatory, but necessary if you want to talk),
  • Ensure that your firewall will not prevent you to open the link,
  • JAVA (latest version). It is very likely that your computer already has it, but please try to log in at the below links to verify.

English : Wednesday, May 2nd, 11:30am GMT to 1:00pm GMT

Link : https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?s...

Portuguese : Wednesday, May 2nd, 1:00pm GMT to 2:30pm GMT

Link : https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?s...

French : Wednesday, May 2nd, 2:30pm GMT to 4:00pm GMT (preceded by alternative care webinar)

Link : https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?s...

Please try to join the webinar about 10 minutes in advance to install the Elluminate software that we will be using to host the webinar. Please also note the following :

  • Blackboard/Elluminate will launch on your computer.
  • You will get a couple of pop-ups. Answer "YES" or "OK" to each one.
  • You will have a chance to enter your name - this is how you will appear in the chat window and participant list during the meeting. Please include your country and, if you are in a group, the number of people you are participating with.

You will be asked to choose your connection speed from a list of choices :

1) If you are connecting from outside the United States or Europe, please select ISDN.

2) If you are connecting from inside the US or Europe, please select CABLE/DSL

Contact information for comments, questions, concerns, or technical support : This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Thursday, 19 April 2012 16:08

Nominations for 2012 CRC elections

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Dear colleagues,

In February 2013, the terms of nine members of the Committee on the Rights of the Child will expire. These are: Ms. Hadeel Al-Asmar (Syrian Arab Republic), Mr. Peter Gurán (Slovakia), Mr. Sanphasit Koompraphant (Thailand), Ms. Yanghee Lee (Republic of Korea), Ms. Marta Mauras Perez (Chile), Ms. Pilar Nores de Garcia (Peru), Mr. Awich Pollar (Uganda), Ms. Kamla Devi Varmah (Mauritius) and Mr. Jean Zermatten (Switzerland). Elections of new members will be held during a meeting of States parties in December 2012 at the United Nations in New York.

Some current members may go for re-election and others may decide not to run again, but we have no official confirmations at the moment. New candidates from Georgia, Italy, Austria, Brazil, Honduras, Togo and the Russian Federation are likely to be nominated by their States. All the nominations will be posted on the Committee’s website in due course.

Nomination process

At the end of June 2012, the States parties to the CRC will receive a letter from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights requesting nominations for members of the Committee.

  • Nominations are usually due to be submitted by States parties to the Office of the High Commissioner by the end of August 2012 (the exact date will be posted on the Committee’s website).
  • The nine members will be elected during the States parties meeting on 18 December 2012.

The role of NGOs in the process:

In the past, NGOs have been successful in influencing the nomination of candidates at national level.

The aim is to get a few candidates (no more than 2 or 3 per region) who fulfil the criteria. It is important to avoid having too many nominees from the same region so that they do not split the votes during the first round of elections. In order to organise the process regionally, it would be good to have one organisation (or a small group of organisations) taking on this regional coordination role. If your organisation is well placed to assist with coordination at regional level, please let me know by 14 May.

Here are some steps which you can take:

  • Identify qualified candidates and approach them for their availability (please remember that there can only be one member/nominee per State party). If your country already has a member on the Committee whose term is expiring and who you support, you can also advocate for their re-election.

  • Coordinate at regional level to get a few good nominations. While the voting regions for the elections are as follows: http://www.un.org/wcm/content/site/citizenambassadors/lang/en/home/thecampaign/contest2010/regional_groups, it is important to look at representation within these regions. For instance, at present East and South-East Asia, Southern Africa, Francophone Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean are under-represented.

  • Lobby your State party to nominate a good candidate who meets the criteria below.

Criteria for nominees

Article 43(2) of the CRC states that the Committee shall consist of “eighteen experts of high moral standing and recognised competence in the field covered by the Convention”; that members of the Committee shall serve in their personal capacity; and that consideration shall be given to equitable geographical distribution and the principal legal systems. In order to get the most suitably qualified experts, we have developed the following criteria for candidates:

  • A demonstrated expertise in the field of human rights and particular commitment to respect for children’s rights

  • A variety of complementary professional backgrounds

  • Independence and impartiality

  • The ability to devote sufficient time to the work of the Committee

  • Experience working with  a broad range of stakeholders including NGOs and children

  • An awareness and sensitivity to cultural differences.

  • Fluent in at least one of the three working languages of the Committee (English, French and Spanish)

  • Experience dealing with communications/complaints from children or their representatives, either as a child victim’s representative or as part of the body or institution examining the complaints

To understand the nomination and election procedure and the role that NGOs can play in these processes in more detail, please refer to:

  • The fact-sheet about the election process l English l French l
  • A copy of the letter which we sent to the missions of your States to the United Nations in Geneva, so that they also receive the same call for strong candidates. l English l

Please circulate this information broadly and coordinate regionally to get the best candidates!


For additional information or if you have any questions, please contact Lisa Myers at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Kind regards,


Lisa Myers
NGO Group for the Convention on the Rights of the Child

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