In the Firing Line: The War on Africa’s Children

Theme:
  • Violence Against Children
Pages: 81
Year of Publication: 2019
Country: Africa

This report brings together information and analysis on the impact of war and armed conflicts on Africa’s children and what is being done to extend protection to them. It reviews existing legal frameworks for child rights protection and raises concerns including the propriety of reservations by some state parties to the ACRWC. These reservations, unfortunately, relate to violations of child rights which are frequent during wars, thus rendering useless, or weakening the effectiveness of, existing international and regional frameworks to end impunity for the perpetrators. The report also shows how traditional approaches to child protection are now ill-adapted to challenges encountered in contexts of war and armed conflict. They have remained fragmented and overlapping, causing concentrations in some areas while neglecting others. A broad systems approach is recommended. Yet, even this may not be the solution in and of itself. We need solutions designed in local contexts, and informed by universal standards and perspective. Local communities must be a part, and children must be given a voice and space in the design of policies and programmes to guarantee better protective outcomes.

Language: English
Published by: African Child Policy Forum (ACPF)
Author: African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) & AfricaWide Movement for Children (AMC)
Located in: Publications
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