Millions of children in Africa are missing out on their right to protection, education and adequate care during childhood.
Child rights advocacy has been weak at both country and regional level across the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC). There are inconsistencies in international and regional reporting to treaty bodies like the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child Committee and the African Charter on the Rights and the Welfare of the Child Committee of Experts.
The domestication of ratified treaties on child rights issues has been poor in most Southern African countries. Child rights are therefore inadequately provided for in the law, resource allocation and policy making.
Weak advocacy for children’s rights at country level affects regional efforts. CRNSA has therefore been mandated by the Pan African Parliament to spearhead all child rights advocacy in the SADC region.