NEW YORK, 11 February 2015 - African girls and boys continue to be subjected to distressing levels of physical, sexual and emotional violence despite the significant legal and policy measures adopted throughout the region, according to a new United Nations-backed report.
NEW YORK, February 11, 2015 - A new report The African Report on Violence Against Children is launched today at the United Nations in New York, in an event jointly organised by the African Union, the Office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Violence against Children, the Permanent Mission of Zambia and the African Child Policy Forum (ACPF).
16 June 2014 - On Monday 16th June, 2014, Girls Not Brides and members join the African Union and its member states in marking the Day of the African Child under the theme “A child friendly, quality, free and compulsory education for all children in Africa.”
8 July 2013 - Press Release. ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA. President Joaquim Chissano, former President of Mozambique and Chair of the International Board of Trustees of The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) announced today the appointment of a highly experienced and senior former UN executive Mr.Théophane Nikyèma as the new Executive Director of ACPF.
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.
Mr. Jean-Louis Doucrou
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:
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For more information visit the conference website at http://www.ncpsconferencedakar.org./spip.php?lang=en
I take great pleasure in announcing that ACPF will hold its Fifth International Policy Conference on the African Child (IPC) on May 29th and 30th, 2012.
Since 2004, ACPF has organised the International Policy Conference on the African Child (IPC). This is a major biennial event aimed at promoting policy dialogue and providing a platform for leading thinkers, policy makers, practitioners and activists to positively engage and interact on the challenges facing children in Africa and the policy choices that governments could consider to promote children’s rights and wellbeing. Four IPCs have been held so far, on the following themes: The African Child and the Family (2004), Violence against Girls in Africa (2006), Child Poverty in Africa (2008) and Budgeting for Children in Africa (2010).
The Conference is entitled ‘Intercountry Adoption”: Alternatives and Controversies’. The choice of the theme for the Fifth IPC was based on the growing interest in the adoption of children from Africa to other continents, and the ostensible lack of comprehensive regulation on the subject currently prevailing in the continent, which sometimes leads to discrepancies in the system, and abuse or exploitation of children. The situational analysis of intercountry adoption has not been comprehensively documented in Africa, creating a vacuum on the status of the system in the continent.
This calls for a proper inquiry into the subject, from a pan-African perspective. In view of that, ACPF has found it necessary to bring together experts and policy makers at a global level to ponder and reflect on intercountry adoption and the implications of the growing interest in adopting children from Africa.
For more information on the Conference and registration, please refer to www.africanchildforum.org/ipc
I look forward to your participation at this very important conference.
Executive Director, ACPF
Mr David Mugawe, Executive Director of the African Child Policy Forum (ACPF), worked tirelessly with his team to make the conference a success. The conference was attended by more than 300 participants from 33 countries. CHI was given a platform to speak about the role of child helplines in child justice systems, focusing on the child helplines in Kenya and South Africa. CHI was also a member of the working group/drafting team of the Munyonyo Declaration – a declaration that captured the findings, results, recommendations and actions proposed by the Conference participants. Other organisations represented in the working group of the Munyonyo Declaration were: ACPF, DCI, Save the Children Sweden (Eastern and Central Africa Regional office), Interagency Panel on Juvenile Justice, NGO Group for the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Plan International West Africa Regional Office, and ECPAT/DCI Netherlands. CHI and ACPF signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in September 2011. The collaboration between CHI and ACPF during the global conference on child justice on 7-8 November 2011 is a clear indication of their ongoing partnership.
Source: Child Helpline International (CHI)
A two day regional workshop on effective monitoring and advocacy for the right to quality inclusive education in Africa was held from 12 to 15 September 2011 at Dessalegn Hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The purpose of the workshop was to draw up an actionable strategy and roadmap for effective monitoring and advocacy for efficient implementation of the right to quality inclusive education in Africa. This is within the context of the 2000 Dakar Education for All (EFA) framework for action and the 2006 African Union Second Decade of Education for Africa Plan of Action. The workshop was also aimed at defining ways of strengthening mutual partnerships among African governments, civil society organisations, regional and economic bodies and the international community in ensuring citizens’ right to quality inclusive education.
Participants of the workshop included Government representatives from Ministries of Education from selected countries; representatives of the African Union; representatives of education desks of Regional Economic Communities (SADC, ECOWAS, NEPAD, and EAC); representatives of civil society organisations from ANCEFA, national education coalitions and international NGOs; and representatives of funding agencies and other cooperating partners.
The Africa Network Campaign on Education for All (ANCEFA), the Basic Education Network (BEN) -Ethiopia and The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF), in collaboration with the African Union Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology (HRST) and cooperating partners, had organised the workshop.
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Event: Training of Trainers (TOT) for Survey on Violence against Children within the Family and Community
Date : From 25-27 July, 2011
Where: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Organizer : The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF)
Violence against Children within the Family and Community in East Africa
Violence against children is the most pervasive violation of children’s rights in Africa. The various studies carried out by the African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) confirm this reality. Children encounter arbitrary physical assaults, experience violence in the form of belittling insults, violence in the form of exploitative labour that causes physical pain, mutilation of their bodies and denial of basic rights in the name of traditional practice, violence in the form of sexual abuse with long lasting psychological and health consequences. The list is long and daunting.
Family is the first line of defence in protecting children against harm and exploitation. The family is also an important social institution that plays a crucial role in ensuring the safety and wellbeing of children in all aspects of their life and development. Studies have, however, revealed that contrary to this, the family setting can be a dangerous place for children. Harmful traditional practices with adverse health consequences are the other categories of violence that children are exposed to within the family settings.
ACPF in collaboration with Oak Foundation initiated a project “Violence against Children within the Family in Eastern Africa” to be implemented in four countries in the region, that is, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. The main objective of the project is to contribute to enhancing child protection and ultimately to ending violence against children through generation of reliable data and information that would help to understand the nature, magnitude and factors leading to violence within, primarily, the family setting. The products from this project would inform policy and programme formulation that aim at enhancing child protection and ending violence against children in the respective countries and beyond.
The first Training of Trainers (TOT) was held from 25 to 27 July, 2011 at ACPF in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the organisations who will undertake the survey in Uganda and Ethiopia.
Theme : Ending Corporal Punishment of Children in Africa
Date : From 28 February - 1 March, 2011
The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) and Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children
Ending Corporal Punishment of Children in Africa
There is a growing movement across Africa in support of full prohibition and elimination of corporal punishment and other cruel or degrading forms of punishment of children. This has been initiated by civil society organisations in individual States – non-governmental organizations (NGOs), human rights institutions and faith-based groups – working together with international NGOs, and increasingly with Pan-African bodies.
During 2010, Kenya and Tunisia became the first African States to achieve complete prohibition of corporal punishment in all settings of children’s lives, including the family.
All African States have ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child (with the exception of Somalia which has signed the Convention, signifying an intention to ratify). The Committee on the Rights of the Child has consistently interpreted the CRC as requiring prohibition of all corporal punishment, linked to educational and other measures to eliminate it. Its 2006 General Comment No. 8 consolidates its interpretation and provides detailed guidance to States. Most African States have ratified the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child. This requires states to ensure that discipline by parents and at school respects the child’s human dignity (articles 11 and 20) and that children are protected from all forms of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment by parents and others caring for them (article 16).
Considering the current momentum to achieve rapid progress towards the prohibition and elimination of corporal punishment, The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) and the Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children, in collaboration with the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, held a Strategic Consultation in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso from 28 February to 1 March, 2011.
The objectives of the strategic consultation were:
- To review the status of corporal punishment across Africa and progress towards its
prohibition and elimination;
- To identify immediate and forthcoming opportunities for progress and how to make
effective use of them;
- To discuss the role of key partners and how to achieve accelerating progress effectively
- To identify challenges and how to overcome them;
- To discuss and agree practical ways forward.
The outcome of the consultation is a detailed Strategic Plan