“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.” Nelson Mandela
7 June 2016 - Ratified by every country except one—South Sudan—the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women prohibit child marriage. However, despite widespread condemnation and laws against the practice, child marriage is the terrible fate that many young girls face across the world. Its persistence is mainly attributed to poverty and gender inequality.
7 June 2016 - The Non-Governmental Organisation Coordinating Council –NGOCC Southern Province has welcomed the adoption of a model law on eradicating child Marriage Southern African Development Community -SADC.
27 May 2016 - *Urges stakeholders to rise against violence against children
02 May 2016 - Organizations fighting human trafficking in Ghana are raising the alarm over the number of children being trafficked within the country. Over 10,000 children are estimated to be working under dangerous conditions.
26 April 2016 - Early and forced marriage in Burkina Faso is robbing thousands of girls as young as 13 of their childhood, while the cost of contraception and other barriers prevent them from choosing if and when to have children, Amnesty International said in a report published today.
22 April 2016 - On 8 April, the Government of Zambia adopted a national strategy to end child marriage, joining a growing list of countries thinking long-term about how to address a practice that disempowers millions of girls and women each year.
11 April 2016 - Carlota Domingos* has experienced more than her young age might suggest. At only sixteen, Carlota has already married, become pregnant, dropped out of school and divorced – all in the course of one year.
5th April 2016 - Kombian walks towards the panel, her head down. She takes her seat and picks up the microphone. The conference room falls silent at her voice. She retells how her mother used to lock her and her siblings in their house to prevent them from leaving, but despite the absence of food to see or smell, her stomach would still growl fiercely.
MTAKATAKA, 31 March 2016 - Chief Kachindamoto has broken up 850 child marriages in three years, and banned the sexual initiations of young girls.
CAIRO, 27 March 2016 - A five-day workshop to build the capacity of North African Member States of the AU, to end Child Marriage kicked off today in Cairo, Egypt.
Selection of documentaries on key Child Rights issues in Africa from various sources.