The African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child is 25 years in 2015. The Charter has been very instrumental in promoting and protecting child rights over the 25 past years on the continent. As part of the activities to commemorate the event, the Committee will organize in November 2015 a Conference on the status of Children’s Rights in Africa to assess to contribution of the Charter to the protection of children rights in Africa.
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Abstracts of presentations
The conference will feature presentations of papers on identified thematic areas, panel discussions, and discussions on the draft agenda for children’s rights in Africa. Here compiled are abstracts of the presentations for the panel discussions and the parallell sessions.
CALL FOR REGISTRATION
Call for registration to participate at the Conference on the Status of Children’s Rights in Africa since the Adoption of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child
The African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child was adopted by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the Organization of African Unity in July 1990, and entered into force in November, 1999.
The Charter establishes the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC or the Committee) as the body, which is responsible for monitoring the implementation and ensuring the protection of the rights laid out in the Charter. The ACERWC was established in July 2001 pursuant to articles 32-45 of the Charter. One of the major roles of the Committee is to monitor the implementation and ensure the protection of the rights enshrined in the Charter.
This year, 2015, marks the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child. As part of the activities to commemorate the 25th anniversary, a conference on the Status of Children’s rights in Africa since the adoption of the Charter is organized. The conference aims at assessing the position of children in the past 25 years. The conference will feature presentation of papers on identified thematic areas, a panel discussion, and development of children’s agenda for the following 25 years.
The conference is expected to be attended by Member States, members of the ACERWC and other AU Organs with human rights mandates, Partner Organizations, Representatives from Civil Society Organizations, Representatives of International Organizations, UN Agencies, Academicians, and other resource persons.
DATE AND VENUE
The conference will be held from 20-21 November 2015, at the headquarter of the African Union Commission, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
CALL FOR REGISTRATION
The ACERWC hereby calls interested organizations and individuals to register to participate at the conference using the form below. The registration shall be sent via AyalewG@africa-union.org/PhilippeS@africa-union.org before 31 Octobre 2015.
Participants are expected to cover all their expenses. The ACERWC will assist participants by sending out invitation letters for visa processing.
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