Zanzibar to host international conference on children rights

Monday November 6 2017

By Rosemary Mirondo @mwaikama rmirondo@tz.nationmedia.com

 The World Future Council will host the international child rights conference in Zanzibar at the end of November.

The conference, which will involve parliamentarians and other stakeholders from around the world, will see them converge in the isles to learn from Zanzibar’s introduced children’s rights law.

The law, Zanzibar’s Children Act was awarded the gold prize during the 2015 future policy award for its effective response to abuse of children,   promotion and protection of child rights.

In 2009, Tanzania and its semi-autonomous island region of Zanzibar was one of the first countries in Africa to undertake a national study on violence against children. In response to its findings, and to streamline national child rights legislation.

The World Future Council media and communications manager, Ms Miriam Petersen said in a statement that the conference aims at enlightening the group for them to improve their legislation with a view to protecting the children in their own countries.

“The participants, nominated by their ministries, from across Africa and those from other continents will have a platform to learn from the Zanzibar example and exchange ideas on the legislation,” she said.

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She said it was important for governments to realise that every child’s right to freedom from violence and participation is a fundamental element of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Recent estimates show that at least one billion children are victims of violence every year.

Violence against the girls and boys in all its forms compromises all children’s rights and leaves not only long-lasting scars on children’s lives, but also weakens social and economic progress.

 

She said the conference will offer insights from the Zanzibar’s Child Protection System and the Children’s Act to policy makers and technical experts from other jurisdictions besides exchanging practices from countries across Africa and other continents on topics

 

Furthermore, it will provide a platform where all parties will learn from each other and mutually improve policies, practices and impacts for the benefit of the children and young people.

It also aims to identify opportunities, trends and success factors for policy reform and progress in the child rights arena.