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. 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). This, the network seeks to achieve through capacity building of national CSOs coalitions and information sharing among network members. The network also endeavors to engage with national and regional bodies in the promotion of the child rights agenda
Together with The East African Centre for Human Rights – EACHRightsunder the Girls Advocacy Alliance Project, we are completing our three-day workshop of Kenya and Uganda CSOs today.
It’s through strengthening and working with each other that we can advance policies touching on children at both regional and sub-regional levels.
Among the topics that we have been dissecting in the past two days include:
1) Importance of incorporating gender in programming and how it contributes to gender-based violence, Child Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children.
2) The relationship between Child Trafficking & Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and refugees.
3) How to improve engagement with Treaty bodies for the betterment and formation of child-friendly policies.
4) How to design effective advocacy strategies and others.