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Thursday, 27 April 2017 12:30

MALAWI Outlaws Child Marriage

BLANTYRE, 25 April 2017 - Malawi President Peter Mutharika has signed a constitutional amendment raising the legal marriage age to 18. The amendment marks the final step in a years-long process in Malawi to outlaw child marriage. But rights campaigners say it is just a start, and the country must now enforce the ban.

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19 April 2017 - Government says is working on enacting a law that will criminalize child marriages in Zambia.

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Deadline: 31 May 2017

FemJust is launching an anonymous global civil society survey to map current strategies, funding and resource gaps for child, early and forced marriage (CEFM). Your insights will be used to develop a report on the global funding landscape and work to address CEFM – a valuable tool to advocate for further funding. We promise to keep your answers anonymous.

Complete the survey before May 31, 2017 (Allow for approximately 20 minutes)

The survey will be even more meaningful if lots of organisations take part! Please do not hesitate to share the survey with organisations that might be interested.

Further information:
Who can complete the survey?
All civil society organisations that currently work to address child, early and forced marriage, or would like to work on these issues.

Why a survey?
There is currently no systematic analysis of the amount and type of resources directed to CEFM work and the types of civil society efforts that are supported. That stops us all from making the case for increased and improved funding as effectively as we could. This survey - together with a complementary survey for donors - hopes to fill a distinctive knowledge gap.

How will the findings be used?
Your combined input will be used to develop a report on CEFM funding and strategies, which will be disseminated by the end of 2017. The report will be a tool for civil society, international agencies and donors alike to understand the global funding landscape for CEFM and advocate to fill resource gaps.

Who is behind the survey?
The survey is coordinated by American Jewish World Service, FemJust (Feminist Solutions towards Global Justice), GreeneWorks, and the International Center for Research on Women, in collaboration with Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage.

If you have questions or feedback about the survey, please email FemJust at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Deadline: 31 May 2017

In a recent resolution of the Human Rights Council, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) was requested to provide input from a children’s rights perspective to the global review process of the High Level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF). The HLPF is the central UN platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda, and conducts annual reviews of progress towards its implementation based on voluntary national reviews and multi-stakeholder inputs. The 2017 global review process will take place in New York from 10-19 July.

To inform its written input, the OHCHR is drawing on broad consultation including with civil society. This presents an important opportunity for members to offer their expertise in order to help strengthen children's rights in the agenda of the HLPF.

The timeframe is tight and we therefore suggest using existing relevant materials (including from your members) to send a written input. The OHCHR has suggested that concrete country-specific examples of good practice in relation children’s rights and the SDGs under review (see call for written inputs) would be particularly helpful.

The call for written inputs provides further information on the thematic report and guidelines for submission. The deadline for inputs is 31 May 2017.

This is the first time that the OHCHR is providing input on children's rights to the HLPF and is the start of an annual process. Child Rights Connect will be reaching out to members in due course to discuss how the network can approach this process in a systematic and ongoing manner.

Please feel free to get in touch with This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you have any questions relating to the above, and to kindly notify the Secretariat if you are providing a written input to the OHCHR.

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13 April 2017 - No child should be denied their right to learn because of poverty.

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DAKAR / NEW YORK / GENEVA, 12 April 2017 – The number of children used in ‘suicide’ attacks in the Lake Chad conflict has surged to 27 in the first quarter of 2017, compared to nine over the same period last year, UNICEF said in a new report released today.

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CAPE TOWN, 10 April 2017 - The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is to review why children born in South Africa to foreign parents are not automatically awarded citizenship by the Department of Home Affairs.

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MOGADISHU/NAIROBI/GENEVA/NEW YORK, 30 March 2017 - As the spectre of famine hangs once again over Somalia, early numbers show an increasing number of children suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM) and cholera or acute watery diarrhoea (AWD) — a combination that killed many children in the famine of 2011.

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Deadline: May 25, 2015

The Haruv Institute ( is pleased to announce its second international conference on child maltreatment, to be held at the Mount Scopus campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 7-8 December, 2017.

Child maltreatment involves a range of factors: intra-personal, inter-personal and environmental. The conference will emphasize the context in which child maltreatment occurs, its implications and ways to prevent and or better treat its victims. The conference aims to become a forum that promotes the discussion on maltreatment from a variety of disciplines: social sciences, humanities, medicine, nursing and public health, social work, law and criminology. The conference will include world known keynote speakers, and papers in symposia and parallel sessions.

We invite abstracts from faculty members and advanced students in higher education institutions; researchers and stakeholders in national agencies for social services, the law systems and health and mental health systems who study child and youth maltreatment. In addition we welcome presentations by professional workers in these areas.  
To apply, please submit your abstract (250 words maximum), in English, before May 25, 2015 to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Further registration information will be published on our website May 15, 2017.

Download the Call for Papers for more details.

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JOHANNESBOURG, 30 Mars 2017 - Les dirigeants du Nigéria refusent d’admettre que des centaines d’enfants manquent à l’appel après avoir été kidnappés par Boko Haram dans le cadre du pire enlèvement de masse jamais perpétré par le groupe djihadiste, selon Human Rights Watch.

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