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3rd Forum on the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child

Progress Report:
What have we, as civil society, done?
March 11, 2010 Sophie Joy Mosko Save the Children

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Progress report

‡ This progress report is based on information collected from the organizing committee, the questionnaires received and anecdotes. ‡ We received 22 questionnaires ‡ Questionnaires were received from individuals in 11 countries

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Organization of the Forums

3 Forums have been organized 1st in April 20092nd in November 20093rd in March 201063 people attended 146 people attended 142 people registered

In this Forum we have participants from 31 African countries and 2 European countries.

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Feeding information to ACERWC

- Recommendations have been shared with the ACERWC at 2 consecutive meetings. Main recommendations were recorded in the 14th Session report and one was acted upon acknowledging it was recommended by the Forum. - Civil society has fed in comments to the Draft Plan of Action of the ACERWC for 2010- 2014

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CSO influencing the nomination of candidates for the ACERWC - A fact sheet was developed and circulated to more than 750 people on how CSOs can influence the nomination process of ACERWC candidates - In at least 13 African countries, we know the fact sheet was disseminated to other NGOs and coalitions - In Kenya, Senegal (regional workshop), The Gambia, we know it was discussed in meetings or specific meetings were set up to follow the process Any more???

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CSO influencing the nomination of candidates for the ACERWC

We know that CSOs and/or individuals have made effort to nominate candidates in: Senegal Malawi Ethiopia Zambia Botswana Kenya The Gambia South Africa Chad Guinea-Bissau Somalia Mali Tanzania Côte d¶Ivoire
In Kenya and The Gambia a small committee has been established to nominate candidates.

Any more????

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Update on the nominations

The AU Legal Affairs Department has finally sent out the Note Verbale to countries about the election. The official deadline for the AU Department of Legal Affairs to receive nominations is still unclear.

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Lobbying to submit initial report

We know lobbying is being done in:
Senegal ± to be submitted end of Feb. 2010 Togo- submitted Cote d¶Ivoire The Gambia- consultant identified to do the initial report Somalia Rwanda ± to submit updated initial report Sudan ± due in 2010
How? Lobbying, breakfast meetings, media briefings, workshops,etc.

Anywhere else???

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Ratification of the ACRWC

Civil society have most recently been involve in lobbying for ratification in: Guinea-Bissau (done is 2008, but realized now) Zambia Swaziland Anywhere else?

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Information sharing Information about and from the CSO Forum has been shared widely. Questionnaires show that information about CSO Forum was disseminated in at least 9 countries. Some examples: The Gambia- documents shared with 64 member organizations, 15 media houses and all staff members of coalition Niger and Burkina Faso- they did a workshop for network members on what they learned at the CSO Forum

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Information sharing
Senegal- Some of the recommendations from the CSO Forum were integrated into their 2010 Plan of Action; they shared information to member organizations, journalists, and government programs involved in child protection Zambia- Presented at two networks and the Zambian Parliamentary Caucusreach: 28 organizations, 55 individuals Kenya- Held sensitization workshops on the Forum for children; at Regional Juvenile Justice and Pro-Bono Lawyers Conference; att the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry Any more???

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In contact with ACERWC members Organizations in: Mali, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau and Kenya have contacted Committee members but MOST responded that they had NOT been in touch with ACERWC members

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Training on the ACRWC

A lot of training has been carried out in:
Kenya (5 organizations) Ethiopia (1 organization) Zambia (1 organization) Uganda (A Kenyan organization) Somaliland (2 organizations) Mali (1 organization) Zanzibar(1 organisation) Sudan (2 organisations) Senegal (2 organizations) The Gambia (1 organization) Tanzania (A Kenyan organization) Burkina Faso (2 organizations) Guinea-Bissau (1 oranization) Rwanda (1 organisation) Togo (1 organisation)

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Training on the ACRWC

Numbers: hard to estimate- 8,838 people (according to the questionnaires)
Targeting: children, child rights club leaders, area development committee members, Ministry of Education District Resource Center Coordinators, local authorities, hospital staff, area advisory councils, child protection committees, teachers, NGO staff, journalists, training of trainers, parliamentarians, Children¶s Departments in countries, traditional elders, religious leaders, primary school teachers, national coalitions, academic institutions

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Awareness raising on the ACRWC Awareness raising is done in almost all countries. How? Public forums, Day of the African Child, radio, public gatherings (chief¶s meetings, church congregations, funerals), ACRWC printed and shared, talking to other NGOs, publications, public campaigns, to Parliamentarians, national children¶s conference, childfriendly IEC materials, community dialogue, through media, etc.

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Commenting on the ACERWC draft Plan of Action

Most organizations said they did input into the Plan of Action, either at other Forums or through e-mail.

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Joint monitoring mechanisms in place in country

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Guinea-Bissau Niger Kenya (contradictory information) Burkina Faso

‡ Any more?

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Those of us involved in national-level law reform

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Zambia Guinea- bissau Niger Kenya

‡ Any more?

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Action points from the last Forum
Coordinate efforts to raise awareness on the theme of the Day of the African Child Don¶t have information about that- may need to wait until next time to collect it. Create a liaison unit which will link CSOs with the ACERWC. The responsibilities would include but not be limited to: ± Create a website where all information can be found or uploaded (perhaps in collaboration with CRIN) ± To act as the link between CSOs, the ACERWC, the Committee Secretariat and the AU (for example, concerning alternative and complementary reports) ± To organize the CSO Forums ± To share information about alternative reporting, state reporting and activities linked to them ± To publicize the important meetings, including when and where they are going to take place and how to get involved The organizing committee has developed information on the liaison unit that will be presented and decided upon at this meeting- after that we will have to determine the next steps.

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Action points from the last Forum
Provide joint trainings on the ACRWC This has been done somewhat, as questionnaires show. To identify a platform in which African CSOs can express their concerns and experiences working on child rights The regular organizing of the Forum should enable this. Share the contact of all the participants Shared in the last Forum report to all participants. To draft a letter to all donor countries, including foreign missions in Addis Ababa on the importance of including ACERWC in their support to the AU Not done.

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Action points from the last Forum
To liaise with ECOSOCC to put child rights on their agenda and to invite ECOSOCC to the next CSO Forum We have been discussing with the Social Affairs cluster of ECOSOCC, civil society invited to ECOSOCC Peace and Security Cluster meeting and presented child rights, ECOSOCC has asked Save the Children and Oxfam to train cluster leads on engagement with the various AU organs and institutions. ECOSOCC was not, however, invited to the CSO Forum. To draft recommendations on behalf of the forum to the 14th Session of the ACERWC Recommendations have been presented at the 14th session and they were included in the official report of the session Invite the AU Parliament to the next CSO Forum Done

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Action points from the last Forum
Ensure that the issue of child budgeting is explored in subsequent Forums (and nationally in relation to the Day of the African Child) Done- it will be explored at this Forum Ensure corporal punishment as well as other forms of violence against children is an issue to be explored in one of the subsequent CSO Forums. Because we want to devote sufficient time, this issue was postponed for the next Forum- but will be on the agenda for the next one. Ensure that harmful social and cultural norms and traditions are explored in subsequent CSO Forums This will be explored in the next Forum as well. Develop formal structures to link CSOs nationally, building on the coalitions and networks that already exist, to the CSO Forum This will be done in the liaison unit of which the draft by-laws are being presented.

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Thank you!

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