children's rights

The South African Child Gauge

‘The South African Child Gauge’ is the only publication in the country that provides an annual snap-shot of the status of South Africa’s children. Published by the Children’s Institute at the University of Cape Town, this publication tracks South Africa’s progress towards realising children’s rights. The latest issue focuses on the theme ‘Healthy children: From survival to optimal development‘.

Wits Journalism: Reporting on Children

Wits Journalism is a new programme for aspirant and working journalists. Located in Johannesburg – at the heart of the country's media – it is well placed to work closely with the industry and working professionals to ensure a rich and exciting centre of teaching, training, research and public engagement.

Wits Journalism is conducting a five-day course on Reporting on Children from 2-6 August 2010 in Johannesburg.

Abandoned Children on the Increase in SA

More than 2 000 children are abandoned annually in South Africa because of AIDS, poverty, drug abuse and teenage pregnancies, according to Child Welfare South Africa (CWSA).

The organisation has also revealed that mothers, particularly economic migrants and asylum seekers from neighbouring countries, are abandoning their children in big numbers at hospitals after birth.

World Cup Job Prospects Attract Children – RCP

The Refugee Children’s Project (RCP) in Musina says the staging of the FIFA World Cup has resulted in an increase in the number of unaccompanied minors who travel to South Africa.

RCP’s Bertha Chiguvera, says the organisation noted a ‘slight increase’ in the number of children who travel alone to South Africa in search of job opportunities associated with the World Cup.

UNICEF Urges Senegal to Protect Children

The United Nations children's agency (UNICEF) has urged Senegal to better enforce its laws protecting children from abuse and exploitation, citing a case of two boys abused by their Koranic master.

In a press statement, UNICEF points out that, "On Friday 28 May newspapers reported the case of two boys aged 8 and 9 years old who were abused by their Qu'ranic master and who bore traces of injuries due to beatings."

NGO Blames Lack of Quality Healthcare Services

Accessing health services for children with special needs in poor communities is ‘extremely difficult’, according to Masigcine Children's Centre’s Juliane Petersen.

Her view is reiterated by the ‘Health of our Children in South Africa’ study released in mid-May by national research institute, Human Sciences Research Council. The study points out that the shortfall in the country’s public health system has a negative impact on a large number of South Africa’s children.

SWC Could Increase Child Labour – UNICEF

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says the FIFA World Cup could see an increase in child labour linked to the ‘economic bonanza’ that will accompany it.

UNICEF child labour specialist, Aida Girma, points out that, “There is little experience in organising major international sporting events in settings where the number of poor and vulnerable children is so high.”

NGO Leader Lied, Closed Projects

A Danish NGO that operated in Rwanda for 20 years and misled its sponsors by saying that the post genocide leadership was forcing the NGO to support Tutsi children only, according to a newspaper report.

But, the NGO's current leadership of BORNEfonden has discovered the truth, 16 years after their former director, Soren Stenum, duped them into believing that Kigali wanted to get involved into the selection of needy children.

UNICEF and SAF Criticise Child Bride’s Death

A Yemeni human rights group, Sisters of Arab Forum (SAF), and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) say a 13-year-old Yemeni girl died three days after marrying a man twice her age, due to internal bleeding following sexual intercourse.

In a press statement, regional director for UNICEF, Sigrid Kaag, says UNICEF is ‘dismayed by the death of yet another child bride in Yemen’.

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