Africa is the only continent with a region-specific child rights instrument. The African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC) is an important tool for advancing children’s rights. While building on the same basic principles as the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the AU Children’s Charter highlights issues of special importance in the African context.
As of January 2014, all member states of the AU have signed the Children’s Charter and all save for 7 have ratified it.
The 7 member states which have signed but not yet ratified the Charter are: Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, Somalia, Sao Tome and Principe, South Sudan and Tunisia.

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    ACRWC@25: Looking back to look ahead

    In line with the Commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the adoption of the Charter,  a Conference on the Status of Children’s rights in Africa 25 Years after the Adoption of the ACRWC will be organized on 20th-21th November, 2015, at the AUC Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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    Methodology Workshop (29-30 June, 2015)

    In line with the Commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the adoption of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC), More Details

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    26th Ordinary Session

    The African Committee of Experts informs the general public that its 26th Ordinary Session from 16-19 November, 2015 at the New Conference Centre of the AUC, Addis-Ababa Ethiopia.

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