Harmful Practices against Children  with a Specific Focus on the Interplay between Children's Right to Protection  from all forms of Violence and Customary and Religious Laws

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Addis Ababa, 13-15 June 2012



Marta Santos Pais

SRSG on Violence against Children Statement








Yehualashet Mekonen

The African Child Policy Forum, Ethiopia - "Enhancing child protection through harmonizing customary and formal laws" Statement




Divya Naidoo

Save the Children, Regional Office in South Africa - "Study on the interplay between customary law and practices and children's protection rights" Statement


Julie Stewart

Southern and Eastern African Centre for Women's Law, University of Zimbabwe - "Legal prohibition of harmful practices against children" Statement




Judith Mulenga

International NGO Council on Violence against Children- "Presentation of the NGO Council's submission to the expert consultation" Statement




Violet Odala

The African Child Policy Forum, Ethiopia - "Protection of Children from harmful practices through the law in Africa" Statement


Michael Kakatera

Gender and Women's Rights Directorate Malawi Human Rights Commission

1. "Main findings from the Study on harmful cultural practices conducted by the Malawi Human Rights Commission" Statement

2. "The role of independent national Human Rights institutions" Statement


Eileen Carter

Department of Justice South Africa - "Protection of the child: The Children's Court in South Africa" Statement


Grace Atim

UN Women - "The regional frameworks for the protection of girls and boys from harmful practices" Statement


Reference material


Publication Protecting Children from Harmful Practices in Plural Legal Systems Download

Communication from the European Commission to the European Parliament and the Council - Towards the elimination of female genital mutilation Download