SADC Child Rights Conference Begins On Tuesday in Harare

SAPST in collaboration with The Child Rights Network for Southern Africa (CRNSA) will be holding a child rights conference with its members and partners from 10-12 April 2018 in Harare.

The conference will bring together child rights civil society for effective engagement for a SADC Protocol on Children and Young People, whilst strengthening the institutional capacity of CRNSA to effectively contribute to the protection, respect, promotion and fulfilment of children’s rights in Southern Africa.

This meeting is coming at an opportune time when the Network is establishing itself as it is evolving from being a nascent institution formed in 2012 to a formidable and effective platform that is credible to lead child rights governance advocacy in southern Africa.

Delegates from Southern and East Africa will be in attendance.

These delegates hail from organisations which include, National Child Rights Coalition, Botswana Child Rights Coalition Letsema Child Rights Coalition, NGO Coalition on Child Rights, Rede da Crianca, Namibia Child Rights Network, Children’s Consortium, Tanzania Child Rights Forum, National Child Rights Forum, Zimbabwe National Council for the Welfare of Children, East African Child Rights Network, MIET-Africa, Save the Children International and Plan International RESA.

SAPST’s participation in the workshop is being supported by Save the Children. During the first two days of the conference, SAPST will present on the Parliamentary Processes and procedures, Opportunities for CSO engagement with Parliament.

Delegates are also expected to visit the Parliament of Zimbabwe to get a practical appreciation of how a Parliament operates.

The following are topics to be covered at the workshop:

  • Engagement with global, regional and national child rights mechanisms
  • Emerging issues such as child rights and technology; child rights and climate change and child rights and business
  • SADC Protocol on children and young people
  • Public investment in Children
  • Psychosocial support and strengthening child protection systems
  • CRNSA general assembly


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