Child Rights Governance

The Problem

The Government of Afghanistan ratified the UN Child Rights Convention many years ago; however, awareness on children’s rights or on the convention is negligible at the grassroots level.  Children remain one of the groups most vulnerable to poverty, negative attitudes and political instability especially in the remote areas of Afghanistan.

Poverty, continued conflict and unrest have had negative impact on the family and community protection systems. This places children in situations where they face increased risk of abuse, neglect, exploitation and child labor.

Underlying these gaps and challenges in the fulfillment of children’s rights is lack of awareness and application of children’s rights, weak implementation of legislation, inconsistencies in minimum age for marriage, domestic violence and limited of budget allocations for child rights in Afghanistan.

What we do

Save the Children advocates for supporting and strengthening structures and mechanisms that institutionalize child rights governance and enhancing the awareness, knowledge, skills and willingness of government and civil society to implement, promote and protect children’s rights. We work with Mo Hajj and Religious bodies to promote a greater understanding of child rights based in Islamic values and increased the capacity of religious leaders, parents, adults and children themselves to promote and protect child rights in mosques, Hossainais, Madrasas, schools and local communities and Shouras.

Save the Children designs awareness raising programs through media programmes at provincial levels and works with both adults and children so they can identify and react appropriately against child rights violations. violations. In addition, Save the Children has developed child rights awareness materials, training guidelines, booklets, all of which have been shared with religious leaders and relevant stakeholders.   

Our impact

The Children’s Rights Consortium, UNICEF and Save the Children have actively supported the review of relevant legislation, including support to the Child Acts and processes. At present, there is no comprehensive Children’s Act in the Afghan laws or national strategy to prevent and address all forms of violence against children.

A national child rights advocacy forum has been established to ensure better coordination and to advocate for promoting child rights in Afghanistan. In coordination and partnership with UNICEF and Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Disabled, the group has successfully implemented the children consultation on UNCRC reporting in Kabul.