Book exposes child rights violations

HARARE - Child rights practitioner Maxim Murungweni,  has upped his advocacy for the rights of children in a book titled Hear Our Voices.

According to Murungweni, the book highlights current child rights violations and suggests possible intervention strategies.

He said children face a number of violations such as sexual exploitation which has long-term effects on the child.

“The book is a collection of some of my newspaper articles advocating children’s rights in Zimbabwe.

“It seeks to highlight the topical child rights issues that we are engaging policy makers so that children can enjoy their rights and reach their maximum potential,” he said.

He said there is commitment by policy makers in the fight for child rights and said more still needs to be done in implementing the policies.

“I feel we are on the right track in terms of engagement, what is left is to get adequate resources for children’s issues,” he said.

He added: “My experience for the past 11 years, I have noted that policy makers are willing to respond to children’s issues especially at policy level.

“However, when it comes to implementation that’s where the challenge is.

“There is a disconnect between the existing policies and what is actually happening on the ground mainly as a result of inadequate resources, lack of knowledge on children’s rights.”

Murungweni said he was motivated to come up with the publication by the lack of literature in as far as child rights are concerned.

“The lack of information highlighting some of the topical child rights issues and the need to create a body of evidence with regards to child rights advocacy work that is being done in Zimbabwe motivated me to compile this book so that it contributes to the child rights discourse in Zimbabwe and beyond,” he said.

The book provides the theoretical frameworks based on the human rights approach as outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and African Charter on Rights and Welfare of the Child.

It also provides solutions in addressing these child rights violations

Murungweni said there is need for more research and solutions on child rights violations.

“Nowadays children face more complex violations that need to be researched and alternative solutions provided. There is widespread sexual exploitation of children.

“There is also lack of adequate investment towards children’s issues. Our national or local authority budgets are not adequately covering children’s needs such as making sure that there are adequate schools, safe recreation areas for children. There is also the issue of access to sanitary ware for the girl child,” he said.


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