Eastern Africa Child Rights Network
The Eastern Africa Child Rights Network of Civil Society Organizations (EACRN) was established in March, 2014 to coordinate efforts by civil society organizations in Eastern Africa in advocating for children’s rights. Presently, the network’s membership constitutes of child focused national CSOs coalitions from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan and Ethiopia. The network’s mandate is to implement programmes that are focused on the realization of Children rights as contained in the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC) and the United Nations Convention on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (UNCRC).
A note from EACRN Management Committee Chairman
I call upon all members of EACRN national coalitions to move the agenda of child protection as part of our lives where we work to promote the “Agenda 2040: Fostering an Africa fit for children” of the ACERWC.
I would like to ask all the members to promote and protect issues facing children in Eastern Africa countries and in Africa as a whole. Some of the issues facing children include hardships in the girl-child accessing education resulting in forced early marriage, early pregnancy, a high drop-out rate of school going children, child labour, children affected by armed conflicts and refugee children.
We also ask our regional members to look into how best we can address the issue of child rights violation. We encourage all the national coalitions to mobilize all their members to promote and create awareness on the key child rights violations in the region. Other CSOs in the region can also follow in the footsteps and create awareness of the issues facing children.
We look forward to carrying out a stakeholders analysis and how best we can promote the children agenda in the region. Our Key priority as EACRN is to work together with the East African Community and look at how we can promote the children agenda in the region. I encourage other child rights coalitions within Eastern Africa who are not part of EACRN to consider joining us so that we can work together and promote children’s agenda in the region.
– Paulino Akuei