Editors in Tanzania form a frontline group on Child Rights Protection
Recognizing the plight of children in Tanzania and Africa, group of senior editors have formed media platform to campaign for Child Rights Protection through positive editorial coverage.
The senior editors had established the Editors Champion Group for Child Rights (ECGCR) as a platform through which they will develop an annual plan of action that will guide their work to promote and advocate for key child rights issues.
Jointly with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the editors will coordinate and provide editorial coverage to serve as a platform that advocates and engages with broader stakeholders on key child right issues in Tanzania.
UNICEF has agreed to provide technical support and advice that shall make all children of Tanzania to get proper respect and treatment.
The UN children agency’s advocacy in this drive is aimed at driving change directed at social inclusion and equity, by building an enabling environment for social change on the one hand, and on the other, generating pressure and demand for policy change and development.
Editors from print, online and broadcast media had vowed during the annual meeting, held in Kilimanjaro Region in Northern Tanzania, to make the voices of the voiceless children heard, to foster a public dialogue on child rights, scale of inequities, and the multiple dimensions of child poverty to ensure that every Tanzanian child has a fair start in life.
There are reports of child maltreatment cases including domestic violence, rapes, depression, smoking, obesity, high-risk sexual behaviors, unintended pregnancy and alcohol and drug use in many areas of Tanzania.
The senior editors have decided to address child issues and child protection services as key elements that contribute to children’s health and well-being.
With a population of more than 50 million, Tanzania is one among African countries with higher child disparity rate, caused by poor budgets on education and health provision.
Like most African countries, except South Africa, Seychelles, Mauritius and few other nations in the continent, where children enjoy protection rights, quality education and health, Tanzania is still facing budgetary constraints for children social service provision.
Child labor, under-age marriages among the girls, rapes and other sorts of child abuse are common phenomena in this part of Africa.