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Celebrating 30 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child


Pledge by Malawi

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Acceded to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on 02 January 1991

Ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict on 21 September 2010

Ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography on 7 October 2009

Pledges

  1. The Government will continue formulating and enforcing responsive policies and pieces of legislation that actively promote children’s rights. Those who violate children’s rights will be punished according to the law.
  2. The Government will continue increasing resource allocation to the sectors of service for children. These include Ministries of Education, Health, Gender and other agencies.
  3. The Government undertakes measures to increase children’s participation in decision-making processes at various levels. It will establish a children’s parliament in all districts; promote children corners at community levels; and develop national child participation guidelines in decision-making processes.
  4. The Government will train more Community Child Protection Workers in order to create more skilled human capacity for supporting children at community level.
  5. The Government will implement mass birth registration by 2021 in order to ensure that every Malawian child is a citizen and is duly identified by the state. This will ease various processes for protecting and developing children.
  6. The Government will take measures to integrate more children from childcare institutions to their families or relations. The majority of children in institutions have homes, family or relations. Therefore, Government will continue supporting vulnerable families for them to be able to provide adequate care for their children.

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