Statement of the Working Group on Children’s Rights and Business on the 2024 World Safer Internet Day

Statement of the Working Group on Children’s Rights and Business on the 2024 World Safer Internet Day

The African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child’s Working Group

LAUNCH OF JOINT GENERAL COMMENT ON FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a pervasive abuse of the rights of girls and women that is as old as human civiliz

42nd Ordinary Session

42nd Ordinary Session

Register for the 42nd Ordinary Session of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child here:

https://www.acerwc.africa/en/form/session-registration-form

41st Ordinary Session

The Committee holds two ordinary sessions each year. Sessions are the venue where the Committee engages various stakeholders to fulfill its promotion and protection mandate. The Committee considers State Reports on the implemetation of the Charter, examine Communications/Complaints submitted by CSOs about alleged violations of children's rights by State Parties.

The Committee can also convene Extra-Ordinary Sessions when necessary.

40th Ordinary Session

The 40th Ordinary Session of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child will Commence from 23 November- 02 December 2022, at Maseru, Kingdom Lesotho.

39th Ordinary Session

The African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (The African Children’s Charter/the Charter/ACRWC) was adopted by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the Organization of African Unity in July 1990, and entered into force in November 1999. The Charter encompasses various provisions which aim at the protection and promotion of children’s rights. The adoption of the Charter introduces various added values that are peculiar to Africa, in addition to the protection provided under its global counterpart instrument, the UN Convention on
the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

38th Ordinary Session

The African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC/ Committee) held its 38th Ordinary Session virtually from the 15th to the 26th of November 2021. Among the activities during the Session was the election of the new Bureau of the Committee; consideration of the Periodic Report of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia and the Complementary Reports of the Republic of Congo and Uganda. The Committee also considered various documents including the Guidelines on child participation; the continental study on the impact of Covid-19 on the rights and welfare of children; the continental study on children without parental care and collaboration with RECs. The Committee also evaluated the commemoration of the Day of the African Child in 2022 and also selected the theme for DAC-2023. In addition to the current report, the ACERWC
issued outcome statements which summarises the findings and highlights recommendations of the Committee on the status of children’s rights in the respective regions.

Committee Experts

Hon. Wilson Almeida Adão

Hon. Wilson Almeida Adão

Position
Chairperson of the Committee


Hon. Aver Gavar
Hon. Anne Musiwa

Bureau of Commitee News

ACERWC BUREAU 2023_2026

Current Bureau: November 2023- November 2025

The Committee consists of 11 members of high moral integrity, elected by the Assebmbly of Heads of States and Governm

 
Aspiration 01

The African Children’s Charter, as supervised by the African Children’s Committee, provides an effective continental framework for advancing children’s rights.

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Aspiration 02

An effective child-friendly national legislative, policy and institutional framework is in place in all member States.

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Aspiration 03

Every child’s birth and other vital statistics are registered

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Aspiration 04

Every child survives and has a healthy childhood

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Aspiration 05

Every child grows up well-nourished and with access to the basic necessities of life

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Aspiration 06

Every child benefits fully from quality education

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Aspiration 07

Every child is protected against violence, exploitation, neglect and abuse

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Aspiration 08

Children benefit from a child-sensitive criminal system

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Aspiration 09

Every child is free from the impact of armed conflicts and other disasters or emergency situations

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Aspiration 10

African children’s views matter

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