children's rights

Child Sex Rife in Zimbabwe

Tens of thousands of children in Zimbabwe have been sexually assaulted over the past 10 years. This is according to Betty Makoni, founder of the Zimbabwean NGO Girl Child Network (GCN).

Makoni, a leading children’s rights campaigner who has been forced to flee the country, points out that the country’s political and economic collapse has created a climate in which its children have become increasingly vulnerable.

Exploitation of Children Booms in Southeast Asia

Commercial sexual exploitation of children is booming in Southeast Asia, with governments failing to do enough to protect young people, experts say.

"The recent economic downturn is set to drive more vulnerable children and young people to be exploited by the global sex trade," Carmen Madrinan, executive director of End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual purposes (ECPAT), said.

Women, Children Trafficked into SA – JCW

The Johannesburg Child Welfare (JCW) says that children and women are being trafficked daily to busy urban areas.

JCW assistant director, Carol Bews, points out that people are often trafficked to South Africa from poorer, neighbouring countries for labour and commercial sexual exploitation.

Bews urges community members to be vigilant and blow the whistle on suspicious occurrences and new children or women in their neighbourhoods.

Donation for Nigeria’s 1m Orphans

The Global Initiative for Peace, Love and Care (GIPLC), a NGO, has donated food parcels and clothes to one million orphans living in Nigeria.

GIPLC coordinator, Nuhu Kwajafa, says the organisation has sent more than 400 orphans to schools by paying-off fees for the orphans.

Kwajafa further says the GIPLC has also established a “save the needy” project in which orphans are helped with medical bills and hospitalisation.

Big Bad Bully Or another kind of victim?

For years, studies have shown that when instructed to do something by someone in authority, people will put their own values and morals aside because “it’ll be ok, he told me to and he knows best”. During the Nuremberg trials, Nazi death camp supervisors repeatedly explained to judges that their duty to obey authority overrode their own moral conscience. We teach our children to obey authority, to follow instructions of parents, and teachers, even when those instructions are morally wrong.

Teen Pregnancies on the Decrease – Study

A survey conducted by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) on behalf of the Department of Education, shows that teenage pregnancies are declining though the rate remains ‘unacceptably’ high.

Provinces that currently show high pregnancy rates include Eastern Cape, with 69 pregnant pupils per 1 000 registered, KwaZulu-Natal with 62 and Limpopo with 60 per 1 000 registered.

The report states that the decline can be attributed to increased access to information and improved contraception use.

SA Improving in Protecting Children from HIV

A new scorecard from the Catch network shows that South Africa is making tentative headway in its efforts to protect children from HIV, but much more needs to be done to save lives. The Catch network is an alliance of organisations that work with children and HIV.

The scorecard measures progress towards the government’s targets for preventing infections and caring for children affected by HIV, which are detailed in its HIV/AIDS National Strategic Plan.

Children’s Act Fails South Africa’s Children

Childline has reported that a million phone calls were made to its crisis counselling line last year - the most it ever received.

Childline Managing Director, Joan van Niekerk, told Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Women, Children and People with Disabilities that the increase in the number of child-abuse related calls coincided with the government’s failure to implement most sections of the Children’s Act which came into effect in 2005.

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