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Call for Papers for the Child Sensitive Social Policies Conference 2014 - 'Towards a Child Sensitive Society in Africa'
UNICEF & Women's University in Africa

Deadline to submit abstracts: 10 December 2013

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19 – 21 February 2014, Harare, Zimbabwe

Background

Over the past decade, there has been an increased international focus on child poverty, social inclusion, and the protection of African children. It has thus become common for governments on the continent to present strategies and action plans intended to: address child vulnerability stemming from various factors; protect the physical and emotional integrity of children from harmful practices; and create an inclusive environment for all children to develop and participate in all spheres of life. There have thus been calls for and a movement towards comprehensive, multi and inter-sectoral interventions in cooperation with a broad cross section of stakeholders.

Call for papers

The Women’s University in Africa, in collaboration with UNICEF Zimbabwe invites all child rights stakeholders who include scholars in child sensitive social policies, researchers, law and policy makers, civil society, international agencies and service providers to the first Child Sensitive Social Policies Conference - 2014 (Cresta Lodge, Msasa, Zimbabwe).

Conference objectives

The Conference, themed - ‘Towards a Child Sensitive Society in Africa’, seeks to explore the centrality of children in African contexts.

  • It offers this multiplicity of child rights stakeholders an opportunity to revisit the thought provoking Universalist and Cultural Relativist debates of childhood, with a view of finding common ground between the child rights principles and cultural norms still viewed at odds with each other.
  • It provides a platform for interaction on the marginalisation of vulnerable children and the effectiveness of interventions which address child poverty and social exclusion.
  • It creates an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with the trending factors that increase the susceptibility of children to various forms of abuse, violence, neglect and exploitation.
  • Time has been allocated for lively interactions between delegates through round table break away sessions and other activities to discuss the translation of child rights policy into practice.
  • In keeping with the right to be heard and taken seriously, this conference provides a rare platform for the children themselves to engage directly with all stakeholders on issues that affect them.

It is hoped that this conference will culminate in innovative and feasible approaches to child welfare in Africa, with measurable outputs, which may be integrated into government and private initiatives.

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- Call for papers - Acrobat PDF version (174KB)
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