Zanzibar, 1 December 2017 – At the International Child Rights Conference in Zanzibar on sharing best practice and policy on child protection, justice and participation, convened by the World Future Council (WFC), representatives and policymakers from Ghana, Indonesia, Liberia, Nigeria, Seychelles, Somaliland, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Zanzibar and experts on children’s rights and representatives from civil society signed the Zanzibar Declaration on Securing Children’s Rights. In addition, there were detailed country commitments on how each jurisdiction will take forward their own child rights and protection plans. The declaration was facilitated by Dr. Amb. Gertrude Ibengwé Mongella, WFC Honorary Councillor and former President of the Pan-African Parliament.
The signatories from 12 countries have committed to taking strong action to eradicate all forms of violence against children, through raising awareness and sensitization on violence against girls and boys, harmful practices (e.g. child marriage) and corporal punishment in all settings.
In the Declaration, the signatory countries agreed to strengthen formal and informal child protection systems at all levels with a particular focus on prevention programmes (including the increased involvement of fathers and male caregivers, which was seen as a key theme that needs strengthening in all countries). In addition, the signatories committed to targeting the training of the social workforce, enhancing coordination at all levels and increasing budgets to ensure the safety of children.
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