The South African Human Rights Commission and UNICEF launch a report on children’s rights: “Global Goals for Every Child: Progress and Disparities Among Children in South Africa”
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Attention: Editors and Reporters
The South African Human Rights Commission (the Commission) and UNICEF will release Global Goals for Every Child: progress and Disparities Among Children in South Africa on 14 December 2016. The report speaks to the status of children in South Africa.
South Africa has made significant progress in fulfilling the rights of the child since 1994. The South African Constitution boasts a legislative framework that is world renowned for its advances on the rights of children, and the State has introduced many targeted legislative and policy advancements.
It is, however, concerning that given all the advancements and the initiatives that have been embarked upon, a great number of children are still left behind. High levels of inequality continue to pose a serious challenge to South Africa’s expressed commitment to children’s rights. Poverty remains a lived reality for far too many of our children.
Global Goals for Every Child: progress and Disparities Among Children in South Africa outlines the status of children, particularly with regard to efforts aimed at addressing children who are trapped in poverty and who experience social exclusion as a result.
The study focuses on areas that are pertinent to children’s development, and covers social inclusion, nutrition, health, HIV, water, sanitation, education and child protection.
The report reviews the State’s performance in terms of the commitments made under the National Development Plan. It further illustrates that while progress has been made as far as children’s rights are concerned, much remains to be done, especially in the poorest sections of society where children are most likely to remain trapped in poverty.
The report illustrates, that significant progress has been made in the last two decades in areas such as child poverty, with child hunger declining from 30% in 2002, to 12% in 2014. However, much is yet to be done to fully and progressively realise children’s rights. Discrimination based on race, gender and disability continue to persist.
Addressing these challenges could vastly improve the lives of children in South Africa, in line with the goals of the National Development Plan and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
The Commission is proud to be a part of the publication of Global Goals for Every Child: Progress and Disparities among Children in South Africa. As a nation, we all have to ensure that government, which has the primary responsibility to promote and protect children’s rights, delivers on its obligations.
Through its mandate, the South African Human Rights Commission continues to engage with government and other stakeholders to ensure that the rights of the country’s 19.7 million children are realised.
Speakers at the launch include Commissioner Mohamed S. Ameermia, Acting Chairperson of the Commission, and Dr. Yulia Krieger, Deputy Representative for UNICEF.
* Media briefing on 14 December 2016, 11:00 AM; SAHRC National Office; 33 Hoofd Street, Braamfontein