Nairobi, 16 June 2020 - Each year, on 16 June, the African Union and its Member States observe the Day of the African Child (DAC). It is a day dedicated to addressing the plight of the African child. This year, the DAC theme is ‘Access to a Child-Friendly Justice System in Africa’. This theme could not have come at a better time. Today, the world is undergoing the throes of a global health crisis occasioned by the novel COVID-19 pandemic which continues to leave devastating marks across continents, including Africa. As it has been witnessed in previous pandemics, children are among the most vulnerable populations prone to this crisis.
The International Planned Parenthood Federation - Africa Region (IPPFAR) takes this opportunity to continue to advocate for the protection of all children and is greatly involved in various related advocacy initiatives in the continent. Through the Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) programme that we continue to champion, and which is implemented through our Member Associations across the continent, children and other authorities continue to be made aware of their rights and respective legal provisions. The rights-based information given to children is done so in a manner relevant with their age and maturity, and in a language that is gender and culturally sensitive.
Our Member Associations continue to play a significant role at national levels with regard to the development of policies and legislations that call for the safeguarding of children’s rights. We continue to partner with local leaders and champions to ensure that children get justice. Similarly, IPPFAR continues to give its invaluable input at the regional and global levels through various advocacy engagements.
On this note, we implore on the African governments to provide all necessary protection to the children of Africa and help them to determine their destinies.
Read the French version of this statement here.