SADC Child Rights Conference kick starts in Harare

Child rights experts from the continent are gathered in Harare for a three-day conference on effective engagement for the protection, respect, promotion and fulfillment of children’s rights in Southern Africa.

The conference which ends on Thursday is running under theme, “Towards a SADC Protocol and Young People.”

Delegates from Southern and East Africa are 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.

In his opening remarks, Child Rights Network for Southern Africa (CRNSA) outgoing chairperson Desmond Nyuma commended members of the network for carrying out advocacy work on children’s rights. He said more civil society organisations should be mobilised to work on issues affecting children.

In her solidarity message, Save the Children Senior Programme Manager, Child Rights Governance and Child Poverty Ms Yvonne Tagwireyi said African economies should do more in terms of investment in children’s rights. She said there is need for Governments to structure tax systems in ways that promote the rights of children.

In fulfillment of one of SAPST’s objectives of training CSO’s on Parliamentary issues, Mr Henry Ndlovu took time to train the organisations on parliamentary processes and procedures. In his presentation, Mr Ndlovu outlined the importance as well as opportunities for civil society engagement with Parliament.

SAPST’s participation in the workshop is being supported by Save the Children.

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

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