children's rights

New Children NGO for Rwanda

The new Rwandan NGO, Ishami Advocacy for Children, has been launched to spearhead advocacy for children.

Ishami Advocacy for Children founder and president, Nyanja Nzabamwita, says that the first task to be tackled will be to organise centralised trainings of professionals already working in vulnerable and orphans' fields.

Nzabamwita points out that her organisation seeks to train social workers, lawyers and psychologists on how to provide strong coordination support to orphans and vulnerable children in Gasabo district.

Plan to Fast-track Human-Trafficking Law

South Africa is to fast-track a comprehensive new law against human trafficking before the start of the Soccer World Cup, according to Justice Minister, Jeff Radebe.

Radebe points out that, "In the main this Bill was not motivated by our hosting the 2010 World Cup, but as I've indicated, all these international criminal syndicates might use [this] opportunity ... in order to intensify this trafficking of persons."

Minister Slams the Proposed Porn Channel

The Minister of Women, Children and Persons with Disabilities, Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya has sharply condemned the idea of a porn channel on South African television.

Mayende-Sibiya says that, “Adults can source porn wherever, but now when you want to bring it at home, then it becomes a problem. Also, there is a linkage between porn and violence and the abuse of women and the abuse of children.”

Johannesburg Child Welfare Comments on the 2010/11 Budget

Johannesburg Child Welfare welcomes the provision in the National Budget for the extension of the Child Support Grant to impoverished children aged between 16 and 18 years. This is a long-awaited development that will enable a large number of young people to complete their schooling, instead of dropping out early and falling into dangerous methods of survival such as crime, prostitution and other "worst forms" of child labour.

Advancing Children's Rights

‘Advancing Children's Rights: A Guide for Civil Society Organisations on How to Engage with the African Committee of Experts On the Rights and Welfare of the Child’ looks at how CSOs can best engage with the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, the body responsible for monitoring the implementation and ensuring the protection of the rights laid out in the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC).

World Orphan Week Introduced to SA

Swartz says in response to these statistics, SOS Children’s Villages has introduced the annual World Orphan Week (WOW) to South Africa to promote awareness about orphans and their plight.

“WOW is celebrated annually across five countries and we’re excited to introduce the concept of dressing up in something ‘wow’ to raise money for the children of South Africa. We’re expecting South Africans to embrace the concept as a unique way to raise funds while having lots of fun doing it,” explains Swartz.

UNICEF Faces Child Protection Crisis

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) says it faces its biggest child protection crisis in Haiti because the devastating quake had added to the country's huge burden of unaccompanied children. UNICEF deputy executive director, Hilde Frafjord Johnson, points out that, "The risks of child trafficking, children being sold to slavery-like conditions or illegally adopted are significant."

KZN School Gets Zero Percent Pass Rate

The KwaZulu-Natal school which received a zero percent matric pass rate has had no principal since 2000 and has only six teachers -- three of whom were temporary, an education union said on Wednesday.

Zuzanawe High School in northern KwaZulu-Natal was one of the province’s four schools to receive a zero percent matric pass rate during the 2009 examinations.

Rwandan Govt, NGO Discuss Children’s Rights

The Rwandan minister of gender and family promotion, Jean d'Arc Mujawamariya, has urged the civil society organisations (CSOs) to be vigilant and identify loopholes in the Child Act by promoting and advocating for the protection of children's rights.

Mujawamariya says that the government of Rwanda had many achievements in terms of domestication and implementation of the African charter on the rights and welfare of the children.

Millions of Children Face Starvation – UNICEF

Nearly 200 million children in developing countries suffer from stunted growth and health problems due to poor nutrition in their early years. This is according to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

In its report, UNICEF says however, the percentage of children with retarded growth in Asia fell to 30 percent last year from 44 percent in 1990, and in Africa to 34 percent from 38 percent over the same period.

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