children’s rights

African Children Face Poverty, Slavery

“Poverty has become part of me,” Jeffrey Moyo quotes Aminata Kabangele, a 13-year old from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Kabangele, who fled her war-torn country after the rest of her family was killed by armed rebels and now lives as a as a refugee in Zimbabwe’s Tongogara refugee camp in Chipinge on the country’s eastern border, points out that, “I have learned to live with the reality that nobody cares for me.”

African Children Face Poverty, Slavery

“Poverty has become part of me,” Jeffrey Moyo quotes Aminata Kabangele, a 13-year old from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Kabangele, who fled her war-torn country after the rest of her family was killed by armed rebels and now lives as a as a refugee in Zimbabwe’s Tongogara refugee camp in Chipinge on the country’s eastern border, points out that, “I have learned to live with the reality that nobody cares for me.”

Gangs Making Killers Out of Our Children

The issue of gang violence in the Cape Flats and the townships of Cape Town is a very serious one and it is one that has plagued communities for a very long time. Lives and whole communities have been destroyed by the mere presence of the gangs and the crime and violence that come along with it. People, and not least of all the children in these communities, are being held hostage by the ruthless gang leaders.
 

Activists Networking against the Exploitation of Children: Social Worker

Activists Networking against the Exploitation of Children (Anex) is a children’s rights organisation advocating for the end of all forms of exploitation and abuse of children. The scope of Anex’s work involves counter-trafficking, anti-child labour and youth development. Although all three programmes are diverse in nature they are all linked in that they actively attempt to extricate all forms or situations which result in the enslavement of children.

Anex seeks to appoint a Social Worker, based in Cape Town.

Responsibilities

Motshekga Joins EE March

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, was dolled up to take centre stage at an Equal Education (EE) Youth Day march in Pretoria.

Motshekga's double - a seven-metre high and three metre-wide blow-up doll - joined about 1 500 protesters marching in Pretoria.

The larger-than-life ‘Motshekga’ listened silently as several pupils in uniform spoke out about their disappointment over the minister's failure to tackle issues around standards for school infrastructure.

Criminalising Consensual Teenage Sex Could Violate Rights

Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) say that sections of the Sexual Offences Act that say teenagers should be prosecuted for having consensual sex violates several children's rights.

They say whether or not it is moral for teenagers between the ages of 12 and 16 to have consensual sex is perhaps a matter best left for their parents to decide.

However, sections of the Sexual Offences Act say teenagers should be criminally prosecuted for their decision to do so, and this is a measure that NGOs feel is a step too far - and one that violates several children's rights.

Children Learn Under Tree After Protests

Pupils at the Tlotlang Thuto Middle School in Bona Bona, North West, are worried that they might not make it to the next grade - not because they are ill-prepared for the examinations - but because of the conditions under which they have to learn.

Some of them study in a partially covered classroom and the rest under trees, while others sit on broken chairs and stones.

After their school was destroyed by angry protestors in July 2012, on rainy days or when its dusty, they have to be sent home.

Disabilities: Minister Calls for Action

The Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities says that progress in the rights of children with disabilities has moved at a snail’s pace with many letting discrimination occur right in front of them.

Minister Lulu Xingwana argues that, “The time has come that we translate many promises and commitments into action, that we move beyond words and statements.”

JASA: Press Code Insufficient for Children

The Justice Alliance of South Africa (JASA) says that the Press Code is not sufficient to protect children from being exposed to the publication of content on sexual conduct.

JASA advocate, Darryl Cooke, points out that, “By the time there is a complaint at the ombudsman, the danger has already occurred in the sense that the publication has already taken place."

Cooke was arguing in the Constitutional Court in a case which questions the constitutional validity of sections of the Film and Publications Act.

UNICEF: Partnership to Demobilise Children

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says that a partnership of humanitarian organisations working with community volunteers in South Kivu, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, has helped to demobilise thousands of children formerly associated with armed groups in the province.

UNICEF's chief of communication in that country, Cornelia Walther, points out that at least 33 000 children have been demobilised across the DRC with UNICEF's assistance since 2004.

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