World Future Council organizes international child rights conference in Zanzibar with high-level political participants from across Africa and Asia
Hamburg/Zanzibar, 27th November 2017: The World Future Council (WFC) is organizing an international conference to exchange best practices and policies to tackle violence against children and youths. The conference is taking place in Zanzibar from 28 th to 30 th November. High-level policy-makers from across Africa, as well as Indonesia, Seychelles and Mauritius, are attending the conference. Zanzibar will host the conference as the winner of the World Future Council’s 2015 Future Policy Award, also known as the “Oscar for best policies”, for its Children’s Act.
According to a new study (1), about 1.7 billion girls and boys, or 75% of all children, are subjected to violence, abuse or bullying. The World Future Council intends to raise awareness and prompt action on this pressing problem. The aim of the conference is to enhance experience sharing between governments in order to find the best solutions on a policy level to effectively reduce violence against children and young people.
Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous region of the United Republic of Tanzania, has proven to be a forerunner in some aspects of child right’s protection and child participation and was recognised for its efforts by the World Future Council in 2015. Zanzibar’s Children’s Act lays the foundation for a coordinated child-protection system while also implementing a range of obligations under regional and international conventions on the rights of the child. International decision-makers, experts and government representatives will be attending the conference to learn from the Zanzibari model and the practices and policies of participating countries to improve child protection laws andstandards in their own countries.
The Tanzanian activist, feminist, UN diplomat and WFC Honorary Councillor Dr Amb. Gertrude Ibengwé Mongella will also be attending the conference. She sees great potential in this kind of regional and international exchange:
“Three in every four children suffer from violence or abuse. Decision-makers are obliged to safeguard the interests of children. Exchanging proven policy solutions and making sure they are successfully implemented will be the game-changer when it comes to effectively protecting children from violence. The World Future Council brings together decision-makers to exchange ideas and experiences, because they know that good policies can change the world,” Dr Mongella says.
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