‘Incorporate children’s rights in mainstream programmes’
LOCAL children’s rights lobby group, Africaid, has bemoaned communities’ perpetuation of stereotypes against children and their failure to integrate children’s rights into the mainstream programmes.
Africaid’s call coincided with today’s commemorations of the Day of the African Child (DAC).
This year’s edition of the DAC will be held under the theme 25 Years After the Adoption of the African Children’s Charter: Accelerating Our Collective Efforts to End Child Marriages in Africa.
Africaid spokesperson Tinashe Rufurwadzo said: “Some of the children and adolescents do not know their HIV status of which it is their right to be tested for HIV and know their status.”
He said they were also advocating for more participation of young adults in issues to do with sexual reproductive health.
Africaid implements the right to participation with attention on children and adolescents living with HIV through the Zvandiri Community Adolescents and Treatment Supporters (CATS) Programme.