Twenty-five years ago advocates successfully galvanised African leaders behind the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, born of a need to promote a rights agenda relevant to Africa.
The charter revisited ideals articulated in the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child, but it went further, boldly committing Africa to protect children from harmful cultural and social practices. Article 21 explicitly refers to protecting Africa’s children against child marriages and betrothal, urging countries to push the minimum age of marriage to 18.
On Tuesday, Africa commemorated both the Day of the African Child and the 25th anniversary of the charter, and we can reflect on the progress and challenges faced.
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