African CSO's jointly voice child rights issues before the African Union

African civil society organisations (CSOs) have jointly been voicing child rights issues in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to present them to the African Union and specifically its African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC). During the biannual CSO Forum, child rights organisations from across the continent gathered to present emerging and pressing child rights issues in Africa. Terre des Hommes Netherlands successfully advocated for inclusion of Child Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in the forum’s official statement to the ACERWC.

Children's rights

Child rights issues for the ACERWC

Since its inception ten years ago, the CSO Forum serves as the preparation platform for each upcoming session of the ACERWC. The opening of the ACERWC traditionally includes statements from civil society actors on the status of child rights in Africa. This time the CSO Forum took place ahead of the of the 33rd Session of the ACERWC which is scheduled from 18th to 28th March 2019. More than 100 participants represented child rights organisations from across the continent covering Eastern, West, North, Central and Southern Africa. During the three day forum, different CSOs presented child rights situations in their respective regions and countries.

Child Trafficking & Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

Terre des Hommes Netherlands not only co-funded the forum as part of its Girls Advocacy Alliance programme. Terre des Hommes Netherlands in addition led the session on Child Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children. In this session, we successfully drew attention to Child Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, which are among the fast growing challenges African children face. Our presentation influenced the decision to include these issues in the regional CSO Outcome Statement: Child Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children will be tabled before the ACERWC.

Girls Advocacy Alliance

The Girls Advocacy Alliance (GAA) focuses on combating violence against girls and young women, fighting their economic exclusion and increasing girls’ economic participation. GAA is an initiative of Plan Nederland, Defence for Children - ECPAT Netherlands and Terre des Hommes Netherlands. Advocating for Girls is funded by and implemented in partnership with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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