Southern Africa Conference on Childrenâ€™s Rights 2011
Venue: Pan African Parliament
|Event Date/Time: Nov 14, 2011||End Date/Time: Nov 16, 2011|
|Registration Date: Oct 20, 2011|
This conference will be a meeting place for organisations working in the childrenâ€™s rights sector, child rights experts, government representatives and representatives of policy making bodies such as the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACEWRC), SADC Secretariat and Pan African Parliament.
The main objectives of the workshop will be the following:
a) To increase awareness of international instruments promoting childrenâ€™s rights UNCRC, ACRWC and SADC instruments.
b) To review Southern African countriesâ€™ progress towards meeting their obligations in realising children and young peopleâ€™s rights as outlined in the UNCRC & ACRWC.
c) To mobilise child rights orgnanisations and other like-minded forces within the region to formulate strategies and mechanisms to partner with governments to ensure continued implementation of UNCRC and ACRWC and fulfillment of childrenâ€™s rights in the region.
d) To raise awareness for governments in the region to draft and submit State Party reports on the status of children and youth at national level to the UN and AU.
a. A sub regional childrenâ€™s network is established to promote childrenâ€™s rights at both national and regional level.
b. A regional policy dialogue framework around advocacy for childrenâ€™s rights is established.
Summary of Daily Programme Outcomes
- Participantâ€™s increased understanding of instruments and processes promoting accountability for the realisation of childrenâ€™s rights.
- Capacity building sessions for strengthening civil society and governmentâ€™s capacity to collaborate on advocacy issues around childrenâ€™s rights.
- Establishment of a regional child rights reference group to undertake advocacy around childrenâ€™s rights.