Advancing children’s rights: a guide for civil society organisations on how to engage with the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child 2009
Engaging with the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child 2009
Civil society organisations can play an important part and bring value to the work of the African Committee on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) in its mission to promote and protect the rights of the child. For active and constructive participation of civil society to be effective, it's essential that its members improve their knowledge of the Children's Charter, the ACERWC and its working procedures. This guide is intended to be a comprehensive resource on the Charter and the work of the ACERWC, providing practical information for organisations wishing to engage with the committee and relevant background information to ensure that this engagement is put into context.
The guide is designed to be used by organisations who already use and know the Charter, but want specifc information about how to engage with the ACERWC by, for example, finding out the procedure for submitting a communication.
The guide provides the following:
- An overview of the history and content of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child and how it relates to the Convention on the Rights of Children
- A look at how civil society can access and use the committee to advance children’s rights in Africa
- Detail on how the Committee fits into structures of African Union
- Sources of further information
- Annexes including ratification table for Children’s Charter